Coronavirus Update: Hubei Goes into Lockdown, Apple Reopens Beijing Stores, Death Toll Reaches 1,669

By Anna Breuer on 16 February 2020
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Chinese officials on Sunday reported 2,009 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and an additional 142 deaths in the preceding 24 hours. On Saturday, the government reported 2,641 new cases and 143 additional deaths.

The total number of people infected with the coronavirus is 68,500 and at least 1,669 have died as a result.


02-17 Officials in China’s Hubei Province have told residents to stay at home.  About 200,000 rural communities with a population of some 24 million people will go into strict quarantine, even as restrictions in other parts of the country are lifted.

02-17 The United States evacuated U.S. citizens and their families from the cruise ship Diamond Princess overnight.  Passengers were told in an e-mail made public that “Buses will move you and your belongings from the ship to the aircraft.”   Once off the ship, passengers were screened for symptoms.  The aircraft then took off for Travis Air Force Base in California where the passengers would undergo a 14-day quarantine.

02-16 American passengers on board the Diamond Princess criticized the move by the United States to attempt to enforce a 14-day quarantine for them following the planned evacuation of U.S. citizens from the cruise ship.  The original 14-day quarantine period for them on board in Yokohama was slated to end on February 19, three days from now.

02-16 The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess increased by 70 to 355, Japanese health officials said.

02-16 China is the largest supplier of facemasks in the world, but the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a severe shortage in the country.  The result is that the Beijing government is implementing war-time like rationing for the masks while pushing other companies to manufacture their own for their employees.

02-16 France announced its first death due to coronavirus and its 12th case. The deceased was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist.  The new patient is a British national.

02-16 The Taiwanese government said that a 61-year-old man who was not known to have visited mainland China died as a result of the coronavirus.  The man had a history of diabetes and hepatitis B.   Health officials there were investigating how he might have become infected.

02-16 Officials in Malaysia said that an American who had disembarked from the cruise ship Westerdam last week and then traveled to Malaysia tested positive for the coronavirus.   Over 140 passengers from the ship traveled to the airport in Kuala Lumpur and all but eight had been allowed to continue to home.

02-15 Toyota will resume manufacturing operations in China next week. “Starting the week of February 17, we will begin a step-by-step process to gradually resume business operations at our manufacturing plants in China,” the carmaker said. “We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and make decisions following the direction of local and regional governments. Normal operations will resume once it is deemed safe and appropriate.”

02-14 Apple reopened its five stores in Beijing. Apple is limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at one time and media reports showed Apple employees taking the temperature of customers entering, looking for signs of fever. The stores will be open for shorter than usual periods for the time being, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

02-14 The Centers for Disease Control said it is setting up five labs across the country to test for the coronavirus.  People with flu-like symptoms whose flu test results are negative can be tested for the novel coronavirus at the labs.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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