COVID-19 UPDATE : New secretaries of Hubei Provincial Committee and Wuhan Municipal Committee appointed, staff at HK Central Government Complex allegedly infected with virus (Updated : 6.50pm)


13th February 2020 – (China) Ying Yong has been appointed secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), replacing Jiang Chaoliang, according to a decision by the CPC Central Committee. Meanwhile, Wang Zhonglin has been appointed secretary of the Wuhan Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a member of the Standing Committee of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the CPC, replacing Ma Guoqiang.

F1 governing body FIA said the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the country’s sports authorities.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, a staff member of the accounts department of the Security Bureau on the 9th floor of the East Wing Central Government Complex of HKSAR was suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus. He is being treated in isolation ward at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Laboratory results are expected in the evening.

As at noon today, public hospitals had reported to the Department of Health the admission of 52 patients (30 male and 22 female, aged 10 months to 91) in the past 24 hours who met the reporting criteria of severe respiratory disease associated with a novel infectious agent. Specimens of the patients concerned have been sent for testing. There are 126 patients under isolation currently.

 The Hospital Authority will maintain close contact with the Centre for Health Protection to monitor the latest developments and to inform the public and healthcare workers on the latest information in a timely manner.

Also, 10 Hongkongers on Diamond Princess cruise in Japan have been confirmed with the novel coronavirus infection.

Australia’s ban on foreign nationals traveling from mainland China to Australia has been extended for another week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a news conference on Thursday. The initial 14-day ban, introduced on 1st February, was set to end on Saturday. Morrison said that the ban will be reviewed “on a weekly basis.”

Vinh Phuc Province in Vietnam has locked down Son Loi Commune in Binh Xuyen District, where seven people have contracted the new coronavirus. The lockdown, to last 14 days starting on Thursday, is the latest effort by authorities in the northern province to contain the disease after a three-month-old girl tested positive for the virus.

“One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine,” the country’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Chris Whitty said in the statement.

Total infected cases worldwide have reached 60,376 as at 3pm and 1,362 deaths were reported.

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