At least 100,000 Chinese “under observation” as Coronavirus deaths soar



  • First human-to-human transmission confirmed in US
  • 9,821 confirmed cases worldwide, 213¬†fatalities
  • South Korea confirms first human-to-human transmission
  • China reported largest one-day jump in fatalities on Wednesday with
  • Hong Kong warns of surgical mask shortage
  • Russia closes border
  • 6,000 quarantined aboard Italian cruise ship
  • Thailand leads with most cases outside China (14)
  • Chinese national hospitalized and quarantined in York
  • Virus arrives in India, Philippines
  • Air France suspends flights to/from mainland
  • IMF now monitoring crisis as economic fears grow
  • State Department authorizes personnel to evacuate China
  • WHO declares global pandemic
  • American Airlines pilots union files lawsuit to end travel to China
  • First 2 cases confirmed in Italy
  • Germany confirms 5th case
  • Turkish Airlines suspends China routes

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Update (2100ET): Nearly two weeks since the start of the Coronavirus epidemic which has now resulted in over 100,000 Chinese being placed under observation and over 210 people dead the US finally did the right thing when late on Thursday the U.S. State Department warned Americans not to travel to China because of the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

“Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, the World Health Organization has determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.¬† Commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.”

The new travel advisory was issued hours after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency. “Those currently in China should consider departing using commercial means,” the department said in the advisory.

In kneejerk response, US stock index futures erased a gain of as much as 0.2%, with March Emini contracts little changed as of 9pmET, confirming the pattern we noted earlier.

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Update (1900ET): The NHC is reporting a total of 9,692 coronavirus cases across China, up from 7,711 yesterday, an increase of 1,982 cases, and with 15,238 new suspected cases, up by over 3,000 from 12,167 yesterday, there are now 25,060 probable cases. Additionally, 213 total deaths have been confirmed, up from 170, the biggest daily increase so far.

A total of 102,427 people are now under medical observation in China.

Outside of China 102 international cases were reported…

… including 28 cases across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. This brings the total confirmed worldwide to 9,822.

Putting this in the context of the deadly SARS epidemic, the coronavirus pandemic has now officially exceeded SARS in cumulative cases in just two weeks.

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Update (1730ET): Hubei Province has just confirmed another 42 coronavirus-related deaths for Thursday, another huge jump on par with some of the announcements from earlier in the week.

At present, 5486 cases are still being treated in the hospital (among them: 804 cases of severe cases and 290 cases of critical cases). Hubei diagnosed another 1,220 cases, bringing the total number for both China and the world above 9,000, well above SARS global total.

Here’s the full statement, translated to English via Google:

From 00:00 to 2400 on January 30, 2020 , Hubei Province newly added 1220 cases of pneumonia infected by new type of coronavirus (including: 378 in Wuhan, 55 in Huangshi, 31 in Shiyan, 123 in Xiangyang, Yichang 50 cases, 70 cases in Jingzhou City, 36 cases in Jingmen City, 66 cases in Ezhou City, 142 cases in Xiaogan City, 77 cases in Huanggang City, 36 cases in Xianning City, 85 cases in Suizhou City, 9 cases in Enshi Prefecture, 35 cases in Xiantao City, and Tianmen City 23 cases, 2 cases in Qianjiang City, and 2 cases in Shennongjia Forest District). There were 42 new deaths in the province (among them: 30 in Wuhan, 1 in Jingmen, 4 in Ezhou, 3 in Xiaogan, 1 in Xiantao, and 3 in Tianmen). There were 26 new hospital discharges (including: 21 in Wuhan, 2 in Xiaogan, 1 in Huanggang, and 2 in Shennongjia Forest District).

As of 24:00 on January 30, 2020, Hubei Province has reported a total of 5806 cases of pneumonia caused by new coronavirus infections (including 2639 cases in Wuhan, 168 in Huangshi, 150 in Shiyan, 286 in Xiangyang, and 167 in Yichang. 221 cases in Jingzhou, 227 in Jingmen, 189 in Ezhou, 541 in Xiaogan, 573 in Huanggang, 166 in Xianning, 228 in Suizhou, 75 in Enshi, 90 in Xiantao, and 67 in Tianmen , 12 cases in Qianjiang City, 7 cases in Shennongjia Forest District), 116 cases have been discharged and 204 deaths (including: 159 cases in Wuhan, 1 case in Huangshi City, 1 case in Yichang City, 3 cases in Jingzhou City, and 5 cases in Jingmen City). (6 cases in Ezhou City, 9 cases in Xiaogan City, 12 cases in Huanggang City, 1 case in Xiantao City, 6 cases in Tianmen City, and 1 case in Qianjiang City). At present, 5486 cases are still being treated in the hospital (among them: 804 cases of severe cases and 290 cases of critical cases), and they are all treated in isolation at designated medical institutions. A total of 35,144 close contacts have been tracked, and 32,340 people are still under medical observation.

Meanwhile, the Chinese ambassador to the UN is holding a press briefing, as Turkish Airlines becomes the latest to suspend flights to China (including routes to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian).

In other news, India TV is reporting a suspected coronavirus-related death, what would be the first outside China. A 22-year-old man from Tripura died in a Malaysian Hospital Thursday, according to family sources. However, this has not yet been confirmed. Earlier reports about a Thai woman dying of nCoV in India were likewise never confirmed.

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Update (1620ET): The first two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Italy. No word yet if there’s any connection to the cruise ship that was quarantined earlier on Thursday (health officials gave it the all-clear a few hours ago). But PM Conte has just blocked air traffic with China.


And we thought the WHO just said not to worry because China has it all under control?

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