15th February 2020 – (Hubei, China) The death toll in China surged past 1,500 today after 139 more people died in Hubei province. The province’s health commission also reported 2,420 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, about half the number from the previous day. At least 1,519 people have now died since the beginning of the outbreak. More than 66,000 people have now been infected, with most deaths occurring in Hubei.
The Chinese capital Beijing is imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on all those returning to the city, and will punish those who refuse to quarantine themselves or follow official rules on containing a new coronavirus.
Total infected cases worldwide stood at 66,886 as at 10am today with total deaths at 1,523.
First COVID-19 case confirmed in Egypt. This is the first confirmed case in Africa. Ministry of Health reports that the patient is a foreigner. No further information is released.
Measures to help firms affected by COVID-19 must recognise differences from SARS: Chan Chun Sing
While 2003’s severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic can serve as a guide on what to prescribe for businesses affected by the new COVID-19 outbreak, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in Singapore said “each crisis is different” and the Government’s support measures will have to take into account these differences.