Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Tuesday Over 100, ‘A Very Grave Threat,” Outbreaks in 24 Countries

By Anna Breuer on 11 February 2020
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Chinese health officials said Tuesday that 42,638 cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed, meaning an additional 2,478 cases had been confirmed in the previous 24 hours.  Meanwhile, the death toll jumped by 108 to at least 1,018 people.

The news marks the first day that the death toll was over 100. Out of the newly reported deaths, 103 were in Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, and five were in other provinces.

The novel coronavirus has spread to 24 countries in total at this point in time.


02-11 Health officials in China reported that 83% of cases occurred within families.  China has had nearly 1,000 cluster outbreaks since the first report, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization.  On Monday, he said that the number of cases was merely “the tip of the iceberg.”

02-11 A cluster of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus were traced to a department store in Tianjin, a city southeast of Beijing.  Tianjin has a population of 15 million and 33 of the 103 confirmed cases there were in patients who either worked at or had shopped in a store in the Baodi district of the city, or who had close contact with someone who had.

02-11 The coronavirus is a “very grave threat.”  Currently, 99% of cases are in China but “this remains very much an emergency for that country” but also for the rest of the world, the WHO’s director general said in a statement.

02-11 Health officials in Hong Kong said that residents of an apartment building were quarantined after two people who live on different floors were reported with confirmed cases of the virus.  The news calls into question how the virus might be spread, such as through a pipe or ventilation system in a building.

02-11 Hong Kong is becoming a tenant’s market.  The coronavirus is pushing down the price of home rentals in the city.  Rental prices are down 10% since the start of the year.

02-11 Officials said that the provinces of Guangdong, Henan, and Zhejiang could see an increase in new cases of the virus as migrant workers returned to work in those regions after the end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday.

02-10 Numerous companies are sitting out the 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  LG and ZTE were the first to cancel, followed by Ericsson, Nvidia, Amazon, Sony, and Intel.  “The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution,” Intel said in a statement.

02-10 An American who was evacuated from Wuhan last week has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, officials at U.C. San Diego Health said.  The patient was one of 167 passengers on a flight arranged by the State Department. He is being treated at a hospital near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

02-10 The Westerdam, a Holland America cruise ship with a reported 1,445 passengers and 802 crew, has been refused entry at five ports including Guam, Japan, and the Philippines, even though no one on board is suspected of having the coronavirus. “The ship is not in quarantine and we have no reason to believe there are any cases of the coronavirus on board despite media reports,” the cruise line said in a statement.

02-10 Royal Caribbean, which had banned passengers who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, or Macau late last week, reversed course after being accused of racism.

02-10 The Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA, said it was cancelling tournaments in Thailand and Singapore amidst concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

02-10 Airbnb has temporarily stopped taking reservations for locations in Beijing.  The San Francisco-based company suspended bookings through February 29 “in light of local authorities’ guidance,” it said.

02-09 The World Health Organization will lead an investigation into the coronavirus.  The Chinese ambassador to the United States told reporters that China was allowing representatives of the WHO to lend assistance “very soon.” The announcement was followed by a message on Twitter from the organization’s director general, who said an advance team was just in the process of flying out to China.

02-09 The United States will spend up to $66 million in efforts to fight the coronavirus, health officials said. The plan was reported in a notice sent to congress by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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