International governments are taking action, airlines are canceling flights, and infectious cases keep increasing.

Interesting EngineeringBy Fabienne Lang


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The recent coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, a large number of infected cases has risen, spreading across the world and even causing fatalities.
Believed to have spawned from a wild animal wet market in the city, from bats, in particular, the nation has placed Wuhan under lockdown, and stricter measures on wet markets have come about. Many of these exotic animals are eaten or used for medicinal purposes in China.
Below is the latest information of the coronavirus, to keep you up to date:

The situation in Wuhan, China

Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is a city-based in Hubei province in China. The city itself is in lockdown, with public transport at a standstill and minimal operations of trains or planes in and out of the city. 
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, over 56 million people in roughly 20 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, are prevented from traveling.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the outbreak is an emergency in China, but that it is still too early to call it a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO has, however, described the global risk as being high.

UPDATE February 6: 30-hour-old newborn baby becomes the youngest person alive to be infected by the coronavirus

The baby was born in Wuhan to a mother who had tested positive for the coronavirus before the child was delivered. It's still unclear how the virus was transmitted from mother to baby. 
After only 30 hours on Earth, the baby also tested positive for the coronavirus.

UPDATE February 6: Japan's 2020 Olympics preparations could face some issues due to the coronavirus

Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympics in just six months' time, over the summer. The Wuhan coronavirus could create some serious impact on the preparations for the international games.
"I am extremely worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the Games," said Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee. Currently, the 2020 Olympics are going forward as originally planned.

UPDATE February 5: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said anyone who enters from mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days

In response to Japan's quarantine of a 3,700-passenger cruise ship, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said anyone entering from mainland China must submit to quarantine for 14 days until officials are certain there are no signs of the Wuhan coronavirus.

UPDATE February 5: The WHO daily official reports that there were no new countries reported cases in 24hrs

The WHO is keeping everyone up to date about the cases of coronavirus around the world. In some good news, from February 3 to February 4 there were no new countries that reported cases of the coronavirus. Keep up to date here.

UPDATE February 5: The Worldometer gives live updates of exact coronavirus numbers

As of Wednesday, there are officially 24,642 reported cases, of which 3,223 are in critical condition. There have been 493 deaths, and 990 people have successfully recovered. Keep up to date here.

UPDATE February 5: 10 people aboard a cruise ship docked in Japan are infected

So far, nearly 300 out of the 3,700 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been tested for the coronavirus, of which 10 have been found to test positive. 
The ship is currently docked in the port of Yokohama, in Japan.

UPDATE February 4: Second death outside China confirmed

The second confirmed death from coronavirus outside of mainland China is confirmed, according to CNN.
The Wuhan coronavirus' reach has now surpassed the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. The number of confirmed deaths is at 427, with more than 20,000 cases of infection worldwide.

UPDATE February 4: China bans trade in wild animals and tightens grip on wet markets

It's widely believed the Wuhan coronavirus stemmed from a wet market that sells wild animals such as bats and snakes. Kept in poor conditions, the exotic animals that locals ate or used as medicine infected them with the deadly virus. 
As a response, China's Politburo Standing Committee has banned the sale and trade of wild animals and is tightening its grip on wet markets, albeit temporarily.

UPDATE February 4: Thai doctors have discovered a concoction of flu and HIV drugs that alleviates the coronavirus symptoms

Doctors from the Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok have used a mixture of flu and HIV medication to treat severely infected coronavirus patients, and the results are promising. After just 48 hours patients' conditions show vast improvement.
"This is not the cure [...]. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours," said Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi.

UPDATE February 3: Number of deaths up to 362, and 17,388 confirmed cases

The coronavirus keeps rapidly spreading, with the confirmed number of fatalities reaching 362, with the majority of deaths occurring in China. The number of confirmed cases around the world has grown to 17,388 across 23 countries.

UPDATE February 3: Australia bars non-citizens arriving from mainland China from entering the country

As of Saturday, only "Australian citizens, Australian residents, dependents, legal guardians or spouses," arriving from China are allowed to enter Australia.
Exceptions will be made for airline crew, following appropriate personal protective equipment usage.

UPDATE February 3: Japan succeeds in isolating the coronavirus in a step toward a vaccine

Finally a bit of good news. Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases announced on Friday that it had been successful in cultivating and isolating the coronavirus. Now, the Institute will start working on a vaccine against the virus, as well as a kit able to detect the virus rapidly. 

UPDATE January 31: Two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.K.

Two members of the same family in the U.K. have been confirmed as having the coronavirus, making them the first known people infected in the nation. 
The U.K. also evacuated 83 nationals out of Wuhan and have placed them in quarantine.

UPDATE January 31: Alibaba CEO, Jack Ma, pledges $ 14.5 million to fight the coronavirus

Tech billionaire, Jack Ma, will donate $14.5 million (100 million Yuan) through his charitable foundation to "support the development of a coronavirus vaccine" to help fight the outbreak. 
Others are joining the donation forces too: Bill and Melinda Gates have offered assistance, as well as other Chinese firm CEOs.

UPDATE January 31: Death toll rises to over 200 on Friday, with over 9,500 confirmed cases

The coronavirus keeps spreading with 213 confirmed deaths in China, and more than 9,600 infected cases around the world. The WHO has now declared the outbreak a "global health emergency."
WHO general director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated he "left in absolutely no doubt about China's commitment to transparency, and to protecting the world's people."

"In total, there are now 7834 confirmed cases, including 7736 in , representing almost 99% of all reported cases worldwide. 170 people have lost their lives to this outbreak, all of them in China"-@DrTedros
"We must remember that these are people, not numbers.

More important than the declaration of a public health emergency are the committee’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus and ensuring a measured and evidence-based response"-@DrTedros

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UPDATE January 30: The U.S. has five reported cases and starts evacuating nationals

The U.S. has deported 201 nationals out of Wuhan on a chartered flight. The flight first flew into Anchorage, Alaska, for a health screening test and refueling of the aircraft. All passengers passed the health test and traveled on to Southern California.
Five reported cases of the coronavirus have affected U.S. citizens. 
An interesting graphic on Reddit is showing just how quickly the virus is spreading.

UPDATE January 30: China expert says the outbreak has yet to reach its peak

Respiratory expert, Zhong Nanshan, who is in charge of China's team of experts for the control and prevention of the virus, said the outbreak would probably peak in seven to 10 days. 
Zhong stated that larger numbers of cases will arise in the coming weeks, and stated "There are two keys to tackling the epidemic; early detection and early isolation. They are the most primitive and most effective methods."

UPDATE January 29: 17 countries outside of China have cases of infected patients

Currently, 17 countries outside of China have cases of infected patients, calling governments to act on the matter. 
In China alone, the death toll rose by 26 in just one day, and the total number of infected people rose to 5,974 as of Wednesday.

UPDATE January 29: Kazakhstan to halt air and train travel with China

The Central Asian nation will suspend air and rail traffic with neighboring China as of February 1 and 3, respectively. The country will also "suspend the issuance of visas for Chinese citizens as of February 3 amid the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan."
No cases of the coronavirus have yet been reported in Kazakhstan. 

The luxury Marco Polo is one of the few hotels to have remained open in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. @AFPTV journalist @LeoRamirezAFP reports from the once bustling hotel, where now the staff try to stay healthy through daily group exercises
The 151,000-tonne World Dream anchors at Manila port after sailing from China.

Carrying 700 passengers, the cruise ship cancelled a visit to Subic Bay after hundreds of residents protested, fearing its passengers could spread the .

Passengers disembarked in Manila

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UPDATE January 29: Chinese women's football team in solitary confinement in an Australian hotel

China's national women's football team that was traveling to Australia has been isolated in a Queensland hotel. The team had been traveling from Wuhan to Australia on January 22, all team members are said to be in good health. 

The 151,000-tonne World Dream anchors at Manila port after sailing from China.

Carrying 700 passengers, the cruise ship cancelled a visit to Subic Bay after hundreds of residents protested, fearing its passengers could spread the .

Passengers disembarked in Manila

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Papua New Guinea has shut air and seaports to all foreign travellers coming from Asia, in a desperate bid to prevent the deadly from reaching the nationhttp://u.afp.com/34vY 

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UPDATE January 29: International airlines suspending flights to China

Indonesia's Lion Air group, Malaysia's Malindo Air and Air AsiaBritish Airways from the U.K., the U.S.' United Airlines, South Korea's Air Seoul, Taiwan's China Airlines and Eva Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa from Germany, and Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, have suspended their flights, or are considering doing so, either to and from Wuhan, or other Chinese cities. 

UPDATE January 29: Every region in China has been "hit" by the coronavirus

Up until Thursday, the only region that had withstood being plagued by the coronavirus was Tibet, however, now that it has confirmed an infected case that means every region in the nation has been "hit."

UPDATE January 28: Apple is bracing itself for impact to its business

The company relies on factories in China that make their iPhones and AirPods, as well as suppliers located near Wuhan. Apple is bracing itself for massive uncertainties and challenges regarding the production of its products. 

UPDATE January 27: The WHO is considering calling the virus a global public health emergency

As of Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet confirmed the virus as a global public health emergency. However, with human-to-human transmissions increasing worldwide, the agency is thinking about reconsidering this.

UPDATE January 27: Governments issuing travel advice to China

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued travel advice regarding travel to China, and especially Hubei province, where the outbreak started. "All but essential travel" to China is advised.

Read more here about further international updates on the coronavirus outbreak, or join the conversation on Reddit.
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