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Coronavirus outbreak live updates: 99 more CoVID-19 cases detected in Diamond Princess cruise ship

COVID-19 has killed more than 1,800 people in Mainland China. Three deaths and nearly 800 confirmed cases have been reported in 25 countries outside China.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Feb 18, 2020 22:36 IST
At least 11,741 are severely ill from the infection, which was first reported in Hubei’s capital city, Wuhan, in December.

Diamond Princess, the largest cluster of Covid-19 outside Mainland China, now has 88 more people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This takes the total number of positive cases on the ship quarantined at a dock in Yokohama, Tokyo to 542.

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Covid-19’s economic hit “manageable”: China’s EU envoy

Zhang Ming, China’s ambassador to the European Union, said “With business activity deferred and demand for services reduced there is some impact on the Chinese economy but it is limited, short term and manageable.”

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Sitharaman dismisses report of shortage of medicines in wake of Covid-19

Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman responding to a query said, “There are no reports of shortage of medicines or medical equipment. In fact, there were demands from those who manufacture medical devices to remove the ban on exports.”

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China confident about winning battle against Covid-19: Chinese envoy to India

Chinese ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, also highlighted the impact of the deadly virus on various sectors of the economy, including tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

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Germany sends more medical aid to China to fight Covid-19

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday the government is sending 8.7 tons of aid supplies worth 150,000 euros ($162,000), including protection gear and disinfectants.

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Prices of key pharma ingredients could rise if Covid-19 outbreak prolongs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday met the representatives of various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, textiles, chemicals, electronics and IT hardware, solar, auto, surgical equipments, and paints, to review the situation following the outbreak of the deadly virus in China.

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UK PM Johnson offers President Xi sympathies over Covid-19 outbreak

Earlier this month, the BBC reported that China had expressed concern to Boris Johnson’s father that the Prime Minister had not sent a personal message of support to Beijing over the outbreak of coronavirus.

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Indian industry wants import tax cut to tackle Covid-19 disruptions

The novel coronavirus outbreak in China has hit India’s manufacturing and exports of medicines, electronic, textile and chemicals as China is the biggest source of intermediate goods, worth $30 billion a year, according to a presentation by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), seen by Reuters.

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Covid-19 death toll nears 1,900, WHO urges calm

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak rose again on Tuesday but Chinese and international health officials sought to calm global nerves, citing a study showing most cases are mild and warning against excessive measures to contain the epidemic.

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Oil falls more than 2% on Covid-19 impact, lack of action by OPEC+

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, including Russia, have been considering further production cuts to tighten supply and support prices.

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India may extend deadlines for solar projects delayed by Covid-19 outbreak

India buys about 80% of its solar modules from China, which has shut down some factories, restricted transport and implemented other measures to combat the spread of the virus that has killed 1,868 people in China and infected 72,436 others.

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Around 500 to leave Covid-19 affected cruise on Wednesday: official

A Japanese health ministry official said “The number (who will leave Wednesday) is changing, largely because it is up to passengers (if they get off).”

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Covid-19 outbreak is ‘a very dangerous situation’: Guterres, UN chief

The UN secretary general has said that the virus outbreak that began in China “is not out of control but it is a very dangerous situation.”

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Old patients with existing conditions most prone to die from Covid-19: Study

The study noted that fatality rate was about 50 per cent for cases categorised as critical. It said the death rate from the disease for males was 2.8 per cent and that for females was about 1.7 per cent. In terms of occupation, patients who reported being retirees had the highest case fatality rate at about 5 per cent, and those in Hubei Province had a fatality rate that was more than seven-fold higher at nearly 3 per cent compared to patients in other regions of China, the study noted.

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Covid-19 infected Indians responding well to treatment on Diamond Princess: Embassy

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.

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Covid-19 has infected more than 73,000 people globally

The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Tuesday in Beijing:

— Mainland China: 1,868 deaths among 72,436 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei

— Hong Kong: 58 cases, 1 death

— Macao: 10

— Japan: 610 cases, including 542 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 1 death

— Singapore: 77 cases

— Thailand: 35

— South Korea: 31

— Malaysia: 22

— Taiwan: 22 cases, 1 death

— Vietnam: 16 cases

— Germany: 16

— United States: 15 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China

— Australia: 14 cases

— France: 12 cases, 1 death

— United Kingdom: 9 cases

— United Arab Emirates: 9

— Canada: 8

— Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death

— India: 3 cases

— Italy: 3

— Russia: 2

— Spain: 2

— Belgium: 1

— Nepal: 1

— Sri Lanka: 1

— Sweden: 1

— Cambodia: 1

— Finland: 1

— Egypt: 1


First published: Feb 16, 2020 14:41 IST

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