On Thursday, U.S. officials reported the 15th case of coronavirus in the United States.
The patient had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, and placed under federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Here are 3 of the latest developments on the coronavirus outbreak, via REUTERS.COM:
-China reported 121 new deaths on Friday, bringing the toll to 1,380. Another 5,090 new cases were confirmed, pushing up the number of infected patients to 63,851.
-In Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, daily new cases jumped by 4,823, while number of new deaths rose by 116.
-Vietnam is monitoring more than 5,000 Chinese workers who returned to the country after the Lunar New Year holiday for signs of coronavirus, state media reported on Friday. On Thursday, it also quarantined a rural commune of 10,000 people near Hanoi.
Additional reports on coronavirus
From The Hill:
Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved an executive order this week for plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the novel coronavirus, according to the Military Times.
The order directed Northern Command and geographic combatant commanders to initiate pandemic plans that include quarantining service members who have traveled to China since Feb. 2. The Military Times reports that troops around Asia have begun enforcing the directive at their own discretion on members who have traveled to China during the dates specified.
The plan follows the Department of Defense Global Campaign plan for Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Diseases 3551-13, the Pentagon’s blueprint combating the spread of the flu and previously unknown diseases.
From Washington Examiner:
Five U.S. cities have begun testing people with flu-like symptoms to see if they might instead have the new coronavirus that originated in China, a sign that officials think cases of the virus may be seeping into the country despite screening at airports.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the initiative during a Senate panel on Thursday, where he was discussing the president’s budget proposal. Elaborating on NPR Friday, Azar said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was working with health departments in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles to test people for coronavirus who show up to doctor’s offices and hospitals with flu symptoms.
“Many questions about the virus remain,” Azar, who is leading the president’s task force against coronavirus, said during Thursday’s hearing. “And this effort help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”
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, city authorities said on Friday.
Chinese authorities have been struggling to contain the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 120 people on the mainland.
The state-backed Beijng Daily newspaper cited a notice from Beijing’s virus prevention working group reading: “From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving. Those who refuse to accept home or centralised observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under law.”
From the New York Times:
For the cruise industry, the coronavirus is a public-relations nightmare.
For more than a week, the world has watched as the Diamond Princess ship has been quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama, its 3,600 passengers and crew stuck and the number of people infected by the coronavirus climbing to 218.
A second ship has been sailing the South China Sea like a modern-day version of the Flying Dutchman, turned away from five ports over fears that a person onboard was infected.
From the Washington Post:
The economic casualties from China’s coronavirus epidemic are mounting as Asian and European auto plants run short of parts, free-spending Chinese tourists stay home and American companies brace for unpredictable turbulence.
The ripple effects of China’s shutdown are spreading, with the auto industry especially hard-hit. Nissan temporarily closed one of its factories in Japan after running short of Chinese components, one week after Hyundai in South Korea did the same. Fiat Chrysler warned that it may shutter one of its European plants. Some U.S. manufacturers could face parts shortages in one to two weeks.
Among the first tangible effects in the United States is a decline in the number of Chinese tourists. Visitors from China represent a lucrative market for U.S. airlines, hotels, luxury retailers and entertainment venues, with average spending of about $6,500 per person.