Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Climbs Over 700, An American Dies in Wuhan, the Virus Gets a Name

By Anna Breuer on 8 February 2020
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Chinese health officials said Saturday that 34,546 cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed, meaning an additional 3,399 cases had been confirmed in the previous 24 hours.  Meanwhile, the death toll jumped by 86 to at least 722 people.


02-08 An American diagnosed with the coronavirus died in China.  The 60-year-old woman is the first U.S. citizen to die from the illness and passed away on February 6 in Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, according to a spokesman at the U.S. embassy there.

02-08 China has named the virus, at least temporarily. The government there ordered local authorities and state news media to refer to it in English as NCP for novel coronavirus pneumonia, the national health commission said. The virus’ final name will be announced by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses perhaps as early as next week.

02-08 France confirmed five new cases.  The country’s health minister said that four adults and one child – all British nationals – had tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 11.

02-08 Hong Kong’s only public golf course closed for two weeks following the visit of an infected player. The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course said that the individual was confirmed to be a coronavirus patient.

02-08 Wikipedia editors created a Wikipedia page for “racist and xenophobic attacks on Asians” as a result of the coronavirus.  The page has reports of incidents 14 countries, mostly against people of Chinese descent.

02-08 Despite a scare, there are no confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in New York City. Four people there who were suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus have tested negative.  Test results are pending for a fifth person.

02-07 Several cruise lines including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines said they have banned passengers who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, or Macau from their cruise ships “until further notice.”  Norwegian is also banning crewmembers that hold any of those passports and Royal Caribbean said it is banning anyone regardless of nationality who has visited Mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau or who has been in contact with anyone who has. MSC Cruises is banning anyone who has visited mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau or passed through any of their airports in the past 30 days.

02-07 Automakers with operations in China whose factories have been idled by the coronavirus may remain shut down longer than anticipated.  At least three companies, BMW, Group PSA – which owns Citroën, DS, Opel, and Peugeot – and Toyota – have said they are delaying the restart of production in China by at least another week.

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