Coronavirus Update: Sharp Decline in New Cases, Hotels Take Action to Protect Guests and Staff

By Anna Breuer on 20 February 2020
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The number of new cases of the coronavirus in China dropped significantly as Chinese officials reported that an additional 394 people had the virus in mainland China.  The government also reported an additional 114 deaths.

This brings the total number of people in China with confirmed cases of Covid-19 to 74,576 and the death toll to 2,118.


02-20 An eminent Chinese scientist, Wang Chen, who is president of the China Academy of Medical Sciences, said that, despite the recent drop in the rate of new cases and fatalities, the world should be prepared for the possibility that the coronavirus could become an established disease similar to the flu.“This new coronavirus may become a long-term disease that coexists with humans, just like flu,” he said in an interview with Chinese broadcaster CCTV.

02-20 South Korean officials reported the country’s first death from Covid-19.  The deceased was a 63-year-old patient who had been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward for 20 years.  Meanwhile, the number of people in Korea who are infected with the virus rose to 104, more than double the number reported the previous day.

02-19 A man from Washington State who was the first confirmed Wuhan coronavirus patient in the United States is fully recovered, health officials in Snohomish County, Washington, said. The patient was in isolation at home for several weeks following a hospital stay.

02-20 All of the crew members on the cruise ship Westerdam, currently docked in Cambodia, have tested negative for the coronavirus, the owner of the ship, Holland America Line, said.  The 747 crew members as well as all remaining passengers have been cleared to leave the country, it added.

02-20 Hotels around the world are announcing they are taking precautions to combat the coronavirus. The Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa in Vietnam announced multiple steps including educating employees about the spread of the virus and providing masks and sanitizer, and implementing mandatory body temperature checks for all staff members.

02-20 Amazon expressed concern to its vendors about having sufficient inventory of Chinese-made goods for Prime day, its heavily promoted mid-summer sale.

02-20 Airlines are feeling the pinch from the coronavirus outbreak.  Air France-KLM Group, which owns Air France, KLM, Hop!, and City Hopper airlines, said that the virus could lower its earnings by as much as €200 million ($215.8 million) in the period between February and April 2020.

02-19 Hyatt Hotels loyalty program, World of Hyatt, announced it will extend elite status for the top three elite tiers of the program by one year due to the coronavirus crisis.  In addition, it will extend free night awards and suite upgrade awards that expire in 2020 through December 21, 2020.

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