UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Ten new cases of coronavirus were found on a cruise ship under quarantine in a Japanese port, while the number of deaths from the virus on the Chinese mainland rose to 563 as nearly 3,000 cases emerged, officials said. New injury.
About 3,700 people on board the Diamond Princess, operated by the Carnival cruise company, will be quarantined for at least two weeks. Twenty of them were confirmed to be infected with the virus while tests are still ongoing. Japan has reported 45 cases so far.
In Hong Kong, the World Dream cruise ship, with 3,600 passengers and crew on board, was placed in quarantine pending the completion of checks after it was found that three people were infected with the virus.
Authorities said 33 of the ship’s crew had symptoms of a respiratory infection and three were taken to a stone hospital and treatment facility after they had a fever.
But the Hong Kong Health Department said in a statement late on Wednesday that all but one of them were not infected with the virus while the results of the remaining test had not yet been shown.
Taiwan’s health authorities have announced that all international cruise ships will be banned from landing on the island from Thursday.
In Singapore, at least three people were infected with the virus after attending a company meeting in mid-January at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, which was attended by 94 overseas workers, including one from Wuhan.
The authorities did not reveal the name of the company, but the World Health Organization said it was investigating the matter.
The incident gives more evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China, which the World Health Organization has said is deeply troubling and could point to a much wider outbreak.
The number of deaths from infection with the virus in China jumped by 73 on Thursday to 563, as experts intensified efforts to devise a vaccine for the disease that caused the interruption of life in Chinese cities and closed factories, which could harm the second largest economy in the world.
Hubei, the epicenter of the virus, recorded 70 new deaths on Wednesday and 2,987 new infections, which exceeds 80 percent of the official number announced by the Chinese authorities. The remainder of the deaths were in Tianjin, in Heilongjiang Province, in the northeast, and Guizhou Province, in the southwest.
Hundreds of foreigners were evacuated from Wuhan and placed in quarantine centers around the world.
The World Health Organization said hundreds of experts will meet in Geneva on February 11 and 12 to try to find a way to combat the virus outbreak by speeding up research into drug and vaccine creation, adding that a multinational team led by the organization will head to China “very soon”.
The National Health Commission of China announced the discovery of 3,694 new cases of coronavirus around the country as of February 5, bringing the total number of infections to 28,018 people.
Five well-informed sources said that China is considering postponing the annual session of the National People’s Congress (parliament) due to the Corona virus, which has imposed severe restrictions on travel and other forms of activity as part of efforts to limit its spread.
The annual session of the Council begins on the fifth of March every year and lasts at least ten days to pass legislation and announce the main economic goals for the year.
This will be the first postponement of the annual meeting of the Legislative Council since China implemented its current schedule in 1995.
The media office of the State Council of China or the media center of the National People’s Congress did not reply to requests for comment sent by fax.
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