Published: Wed, February 05, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong records first virus death

Hong Kong records first virus death

Most of the deaths have been in the Hubei province, which contains the city of Wuhan and where the virus was first detected in December. A newly-built hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, began accepting patients infected with the virus on Tuesday.

Outside of China, Japan continues to have the most confirmed cases of coronavirus with 20, followed by Thailand with 19, Singapore 18, South Korea 16, and Germany and Australia 12 each.

A woman wearing a protective face mask stands in front of a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

It said in a statement that while there are now no medicines authorized to detect, treat of prevent infections with the new virus it is "ready to support medicine developers with all available regulatory tools to advance and expedite the development of effective measures to fight and prevent the spread of this virus".

Such uncertainties have spurred extreme measures by some countries to stem the spread.

Thousands of medical workers in the former British colony held a second day of strikes to press for the complete closure of its borders with mainland China, a day after embattled leader Carrie Lam left open three remaining checkpoints. More than 3,000 passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship anchored off the Japanese port of Yokohama were quarantined after a passenger tested positive for the virus.

"We're not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak", said Cheng, a 26-year-old nurse among the strikers.

Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist, told CNN from his intensive-care hospital bed that he had contracted the virus after coming into contact with an infected patient at Wuhan Central Hospital on January 10.

Hong Kong was hit hard by SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, in 2002-03, an illness from the same family of viruses as the current outbreak and which many believe was intensified by official Chinese secrecy and obfuscation.

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Chinese data suggests the new virus, while much more contagious, is significantly less lethal, although such numbers can evolve rapidly.

The Foreign Office has declined to say how many British nationals in Hubei province have come forward to say they wish to return to the United Kingdom - but the last flights out of Wuhan are expected to leave this week.

The United States said on Friday it would block almost all foreign visitors who have been to China within the past 14 days, joining Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Vietnam and others who have imposed similar entry restrictions.

Canada was praised for not following the U.S.' example of enacting a travel ban in light of the coronavirus outbreak by a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

China accused the United States on Monday of scaremongering and said on Tuesday it would welcome its help to fight the outbreak.

On Monday, the British embassy in Beijing announced the last flights from China to the United Kingdom for British nationals would be leaving this week.

China's nationwide death toll now stands at 425.

The fatality rate outside Hubei was only 0.16 percent, Jiao added.

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