Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong activates highest level of response to new coronavirus pneumonia

Hong Kong activates highest level of response to new coronavirus pneumonia

Schools that are now on Lunar New Year holidays will remain closed until February 17 and education authorities have asked universities to extend leave for students.

There were a total of nine people in the group who were travelling together with the first male patient: his wife, son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and another family of four comprising husband and wife and two children.

The death toll in China has risen to 41, authorities reported on Saturday, from 26 a day earlier.

China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.

Specialist military medical teams have also been flown into Hubei province, where Wuhan is located. "We are encouraging people to come forward and get diagnosed".

Malaysia Airports said in a statement today that it was working closely with the ministry to screen global passengers at its airports, including carrying out thermal screening and allocating special medical bays for quarantine purposes. Almost all flights at Wuhan's airport have been cancelled and checkpoints blocked the main roads leading out of town on Friday.

"I have to admit that I'm not actually anxious about the disease itself, it is more the isolation and I had holiday plans and now they are all gone". It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

There are three known cases of the coronavirus in France, the first European country to be affected by the outbreak.

The decision to move US consulate staff and families was due to the outbreak of the coronavirus "and logistical disruptions stemming from restricted transportation and overwhelmed hospitals in the city of Wuhan", the spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

US coffee chain Starbucks said on Saturday that it was closing all its outlets in Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, following a similar move by McDonald's in five Hubei cities.

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Kelly continued, "He used the F-word in that sentence and many others". "I pointed to Ukraine", Kelly said. Secretary of State then reportedly asked his aids to bring a map that had no marking or writing.

The local government of the virus-hit city said Saturday, "Motor vehicles shall be prohibited from driving in the central urban areas".

Despite the spread of the disease globally, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the government did not plan to ban China tourists from entering the country.

There are a dozen or so confirmed cases outside the country, with many more under monitoring. Cases have also been reported from Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, France, Australia.

The escalation of the coronavirus coincides with Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China.

The World Health Organization has not classed the virus as an "international emergency", partly because of the low number of overseas cases.

All three are in stable condition and exhibiting light symptoms such as a dry cough, he added.

In a sign of the growing strain on Wuhan's health care system, the official Xinhua news agency reported that the city planned to build a second makeshift hospital with about 1,000 beds.

All flights from Wuhan have been canceled. The post was later removed. Later in the day, Queensland health authorities said that all five were cleared of the virus. Popular tourist destination Sanya city in Hainan province has closed all tourist sites to prevent the spread of the virus.

Media captionWhat's life like in quarantined Wuhan?

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