Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. – Photo from Xinhua

“Friend in need is friend indeed” — President Xi on Hun Sen’s visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who is visiting China to demonstrate support for the country which is facing the deadly coronavirus outbreak….

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. – Cambodia’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus on January 27, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable, as the death toll from China’s viral epidemic on January 30 leapt to 170, with 7,892 confirmed infections. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian PM Hun Sen in China but barred from Wuhan

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in China on Wednesday afternoon but the Chinese government has declined his request to visit Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.  …

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Recovered from coronavirus, Thai cabbie urges Wuhan residents to fight on

The Thai taxi driver, who was Thailand’s first case of person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus, has been discharged from hospital and has offered moral support to besieged Wuhan residents…

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Four Thai evacuees from Wuhan kept in hospital for observation

Four of the 138 Thai citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Tuesday night were found to have a fever. They have been isolated and taken to the…

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Medical workers in protective suits lead a passenger tested positive for a new coronavirus from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Japan said Wednesday 10 people on the cruise ship have tested positive for the new virus and were being taken to hospitals. Health Minister Nobukatsu Kato said all the 3,700 people and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days under Japanese law. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

China deaths rise to 490, Japan confirms 10 cases on ship

BEIJING (AP) — Deaths from a new virus rose to 490 in mainland China on Wednesday while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, in Hong Kong and in Thailand…

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Monoclonal antibodies bind to certain proteins on a virus, neutralizing its ability to infect human cells

US working with drug firm on new coronavirus treatment

The United States is working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen says he will visit students in Wuhan

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday he will visit Cambodian students in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of an outbreak of a…

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An AirAsia with 138 Thais evacuated from Wuhan touches down at U-Tapao airport in Rayong on Tuesday night. – Photo from Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul’s Facebook page

Thais evacuated from Wuhan arrive at U-Tapao airport

A chartered flight with 138 Thais evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has landed at U-Tapao international airport in Rayong on Tuesday night. Three others, two students found to…

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Workers arrange beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. China said Tuesday the number of infections from a new virus surpassed 20,000 as medical workers and patients arrived at a new hospital and President Xi Jinping said “we have launched a people’s war of prevention of the epidemic.” (Chinatopix via AP)

Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward…

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Chinese in Italy have been subjected to abuse since the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus spreads fear and racism worldwide

As the deadly coronavirus has spread worldwide, it has carried with it xenophobia — and Asian communities around the world are finding themselves subject to suspicion and fear. When a…

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Cabinet imposes controls on masks, synthetic yarn for masks and sanitizers

The cabinet has endorsed the Commerce Ministry’s proposal to add face masks, the synthetic yarn used to produce them, sanitizers and the import of scrap and recycled paper to the…

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Flight leaves Don Mueang this morning to evacuate 142 Thais from Wuhan

A group of Thai medics left Don Mueang international airport this morning for the Chinese city of Wuhan, on a flight chartered from Thai Air Asia, to evacuate 142 Thais…

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows officials in protective suits checking on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. – AFP journalists saw the body on January 30, not long before an emergency vehicle arrived carrying police and medical staff in full-body protective suits. The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported on January 31 the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-health-virus-death,SCENE by Leo RAMIREZ and Sebastien RICCI

China virus death toll posts grim record rise, passes 400

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering, and as the death…

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Thais to return from Wuhan tonight, to be quarantined for 14 days

Thai medical authorities are prepared to quarantine the 144 Thais who will be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan and flown home Tuesday evening and transferred to the Navy…

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A woman cleans a boy’s face in Wuhan, in Hubei province (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China’s leadership admits ‘shortcomings’ in handling outbreak

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s top leadership on Monday admitted “shortcomings and difficulties” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as state media said a new hospital built at breakneck pace…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul at a press conference February 2, 2020 / © Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health

Thai evacuees from Wuhan to be quarantined at undisclosed location

The Thai government will not disclose the locations where about 160 people, due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan tomorrow, are to be quarantined for two weeks…

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Workers produce masks at the Thai Hospital Product Company Ltd. factory in Bangkok on January 30, 2020. – A Thai surgical mask factory, producing 10 million masks a month, increased working hours to cope with the rising demand following an outbreak of SARS-like virus in China, with their product exported mostly to US and Europe the rest sold on the domestic market. (Photo by Jonathan KLEIN / AFP)

China in need of surgical masks as Thailand set to control prices

As Thailand is about to impose control on prices and distribution of surgical masks and hand sanitizers, China said Monday it urgently needed medical equipment and surgical masks as the…

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Dr. Kriangsak Atipornwanich, Rajavithi Hospital

Rajavithi Hospital announces success treating severe coronavirus case

Thailand’s Rajavithi Hospital has announced the successful treatment of a severe case of novel coronavirus infection, using a cocktail of anti-viral medications, normally used to treat HIV/Aids and influenza. The…

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Indonesia bars entry to visitors from China amid evacuation protest

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Sunday barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days over concern about coronavirus, as citizens evacuated from Hubei province faced protests…

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China finishes new hospital for virus patients as toll grows

BEIJING (AP) — China sent medical workers and equipment Monday to its just-completed 1,000-bed hospital for treating victims of a new virus that has caused 362 deaths and more than…

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Thai Foreign Minister explains why Government cannot rush Wuhan evacuation

In an effort to answer those who have accused the Thai government of being slow to evacuate its citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the origin of the growing…

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, photo, South Korean protesters stage a rally calling for a ban on Chinese people entering South Korea near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors and indignities for Chinese and other Asians. The signs read: “No Entry.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Fears of new virus trigger anti-China sentiment worldwide

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors…

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The new coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with thousands of confirmed infections

China virus death toll rises to 304 with 45 new fatalities: govt

The number of confirmed deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak rose to 304, as authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province on Sunday reported 45 new fatalities.   In its daily update, figures…

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In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo, a government worker in a protective suit checks the temperature of a person under home quarantine in Zouping in eastern China’s Shandong Province. China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 with more than 14,000 cases, amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease spreads among their populations. (Chinatopix via AP)

Philippines reports 1st virus death outside of China

BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and…

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In China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly epidemic, hospitals are overwhelmed.

China virus death toll surges past 300

The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic soared to 304 on Sunday, as an increasing number of countries imposed extraordinary Chinese travel bans to combat the spread of the disease….

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Thai embassy staff to arrive in Wuhan on Sunday to facilitate evacuations

Three staff from the Thai embassy in Beijing have left the Chinese capital by car heading to Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, to facilitate the evacuation of some…

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No raw materials from China forces closure of Kanchanaburi factory – 500 jobless

About 500 employees of a company in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi were abruptly notified by the management on Friday that they are being laid off, due to a shortage…

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King sends message of his deep concern over coronavirus outbreak in China

His Majesty the King of Thailand has expressed his concern over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 in China and has wished the Chinese government success in overcoming this…

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The official at Suvarnabhumi International airport demonstrates how the thermal scanner works to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

Prayut puts brake on proposal to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has put on hold a proposal by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese tourists fearing it would have a negative…

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People wear surgical masks in the subway station at Times Square in New York, U.S., January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith

China’s total coronavirus deaths hit 259 by end of Jan. 31, up 46: state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The total number of deaths from a coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 259 by the end of Friday, Jan. 31, up by 46, state broadcaster CCTV…

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This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows officials in protective suits checking on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. /AFP

Dead man lies on an empty street at China’s virus ground zero

A grey-haired man wearing a face mask lies dead on the pavement at ground zero of China’s virus epidemic, a plastic shopping bag in one hand. On what would typically…

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Racism against Asians spikes as coronavirus spreads

A wave of racist abuse has been directed at Asian communities as the coronavirus spreads beyond China. Xenophobic posts by media outlets and people on social media have seen a…

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People who arrived from Hubei province wait at a checkpoint at the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

U.S. warns citizens against travel to China as virus toll tops 200

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The U.S. government warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday and the World Health Organization…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. – Cambodia’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus on January 27, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable, as the death toll from China’s viral epidemic on January 30 leapt to 170, with 7,892 confirmed infections. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Hun Sen says no to evacuating Cambodians in China

As the Thai Government comes under increasing pressure for an urgent evacuation of Thais stranded in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is taking…

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Thailand set to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese tourists

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will today propose to the government to consider suspending granting of visa on arrival for Chinese tourists to tighten control to fend off possible spread…

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Medical staff in protective clothing carry a suspected virus patient from an apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak

WHO declares global virus emergency as death toll hits 213

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported Friday the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections.   The UN…

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FILE PHOTO: Taxi drivers in protective suits are seen in front of a residential area, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus and the city’s lockdown, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2020. Picture taken China Daily via REUTERS

China virus death toll tops 200 as WHO declares global emergency

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll in China from the new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization…

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Affected tour operators see priority in Thai-Chinese relations

Though a drastic drop in Chinese tourists to Thailand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak means a fall in tourism revenue, long-term relationship between Thailand and China is more…

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China’s aviation authority has approved chartered flights to bring home from overseas trips residents of Wuhan.

China’s aviation authority has approved chartered flights to bring home from overseas trips residents of Wuhan

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Thai PM falls sick, but it’s not coronavirus

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has cancelled all this appointments and activities today (Thursday) because of sickness. He has been advised by his doctor to rest at the official guest house…

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14 from Wuhan barred from entering Malaysia, Singapore hands out face masks

Fourteen people from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, were turned away at Kuala Lumpur International Airport of Malaysia on Monday as all 1.3 million…

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, a British Airways plane, at left, is towed past other planes sitting parked at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads

BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus…

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Medical workers take the temperature of passengers after they got off the train in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, January 29, 2020. Picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

More Japanese evacuated from China virus epicenter as death toll climbs

TOKYO/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A plane of Japanese evacuees from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan arrived in Tokyo on Thursday as the total number of confirmed deaths from the newly…

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A doctor demonstrates how to wear mask correctly at Nanchang West Railway Station in Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Jan. 29, 2020. Various measures are taken across China to combat the novel coronavirus. (Xinhua/Hu Chenhuan)

China virus death toll rises to 170, more than 1,700 new cases

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) – China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the country has risen by 38 to 170 as…

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Thais stuck in Wuhan to be flown home by February 4

Thai citizens, including students, stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, will be flown back to Thailand by February 4th, Deputy Public Health Minister…

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PM to inspect officials health screening passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will tour Suvarnabhumi international airport on Wednesday to observe officials screening passengers arriving from China, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of novel…

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Six new coronavirus cases confirmed in Thailand, all hospitalised

Six additional cases of novel coronavirus 2019 infection in Thailand have been confirmed by the Ministry of Public Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 14. Public health…

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Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Experts say virus outbreak will last months at least

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The deadly new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, that has broken out in China will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several…

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