COVID-19 UDPATE : Total death toll in Hubei rises by 116, E.U. considers border closing, virus can spread by asymptomatic patients


14th February 2020 – (Beijing)  The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in China’s Hubei province rose by 116 today. However, the province’s health commission did not disclose the total number of deaths which stood at 1,310 on Thursday. Of the new deaths, 88 occurred in Wuhan. 4,823 cases had been detected in Hubei, taking the total in the province to 51,986.

Novel coronavirus can be spread by people who aren’t exhibiting symptoms, U.S. Centre for Disease Control director says. In other words, Redfield said that an infected person not showing symptoms could still transmit the virus to someone else based on information from his colleagues in China. “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission,” Redfield said. “You can start to think of it in the sense like seasonal flu.”

Europe Union could consider border closings if coronavirus escalates. The situation is being monitored on an hourly basis.

Malaysia confirmed its 19th coronavirus case. The patient is a 39-year-old woman from China, who is a friend and a relative to two previous cases. She and four other individuals arrived in Malaysia from Wuhan on 25th January.

Two hospital staff “are undergoing active surveillance at home” for two weeks after coming into contact with a coronavirus patient in United Kingdom.

Passengers will begin to disembark the Westerdam cruise ship on Friday at the Sihanoukville port in Cambodia where the ship is now docked, Holland America line said in a statement.  “Cambodian authorities have granted clearance to Westerdam to begin disembarkation of guests the morning of Feb. 14, 2020, in Sihanoukville,” the statement said.

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