Latest Updates: Know How Coronavirus is Impacting the World

Recently China is hit by the outbreak of a deadly new virus named Coronavirus. As per experts, the symptoms of the virus include runny nose, fever, sore throat, cough. This pneumonia-like feeling is making the world worry as its more than normal disease and has even proven to be deadly.
Billions of people across the globe are at the risk of getting infected by this dangerous virus infection.
WHO officials say coronavirus spread outside of China as a serious concern. As per reports, the deadly novel coronavirus has so reached 24 countries outside of China.
With its origin in Wuhan, China around the Chinese  New Year that attracts a large number of tourists to the China region, the celebrations have taken a hit everywhere.
As per CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the treatment available specifies the following:

There are no specific treatments for illness caused by human coronavirus. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms

  • take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give Aspirin to children)
  • use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
Everyone is getting more worried as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread with more than 51714 confirmed cases in China and 693 confirmed  cases from other 24 countries. The figure below shows the spread of confirmed coronavirus cases across the world.
Countries around the world have closed their borders to arrivals from China. Know how the World has been impacted and what are the preventive measures being adopted globally:

1. China

  • Confirmed Infected Cases: 11791
  • Death Toll (As on date): 259
  • Chinese Authorities have canceled major upcoming mass gathering events like temple fairs and festivals including the Spring Festivities.
  • In a travel advisory, Chinese authorities have imposed strict travel restrictions in the area around Wuhan.  Travelers should be aware that the Chinese government could prevent them from entering or exiting parts of Hubei province.
  • IKEA closes around 15 stores in China due to virus outbreak
  • Toyota Motor Corp. is halting operations in China until Feb. 9
  • As a part of precautionary protection efforts, the Shanghai Disneyland Park has been temporarily closed and displays the notice, “As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across China, we are temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland park out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and Cast Members. We are in close contact with health officials and the local government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable. In the interim, we will be providing refunds to guests who have booked tickets to the park or rooms at our resort hotels. Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel.”

2. Malaysia

  • Malaysia has confirmed 4 cases of virus infections.
  • 23 cases tested negative while four more were awaiting laboratory test results.
  • Malaysia will also closely monitor the 49 Malaysians currently in Wuhan
  • Passengers are being scanned at all international airports for any signs of the virus infection
  • As confirmed by PM Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia in coordinating with China to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan

3. France

  • France has become the first European nation to report 3 cases of Corona virus.
  • Health minister, Agnès Buzynminister has urged people in France who suspect they may have the virus to call emergency services and to stay at home to avoid spreading the disease.
  • Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (January 24, 2020), “The French Consulate General in Wuhan has informed French nationals in Wuhan that it plans to set up, in conjunction with the local authorities, a bus service allowing French nationals who so wish and their spouses and children to leave Wuhan City.”

4. Hong Kong

  • Schools in Hong Kong have been closed till 17th Feb to control virus transmission amongst students.
  • Major tourist attraction of Hong Kong, The Disney Land Park has been temporarily shut down due to health concerns and displays the notice, “As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, we are temporarily closing Hong Kong Disneyland park starting from January 26, 2020 out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and cast members. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open. We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”

5. India

  • Indian Government installs Thermal Screening devices at leading International Airports to check for deadly Coronavirus.
  • Air India is likely to operate a flight on 31 January to Wuhan in Central China to evacuate Indians
  • India among top 30 countries at ‘high risk’ from coronavirus
  • The National Institute of Virology Lab in Pune has been alerted and is prepared to swiftly examine any upcoming cases of the coronavirus.
  • Air India says it is suspending Delhi-Shanghai flight from January 31 to February 14.
  • IndiGo suspends flights on Delhi-Chengdu and Bengaluru-Hong Kong routes

6. Canada

  • Canada confirmed its first case of coronavirus
  • Canada Federal Health Minister, Patty Hadju said that, ”While the risk of an outbreak of novel coronavirus in Canada remains low, I encourage Canadians to tell your health care professional if you have traveled to an affected area of China, and develop flu-like symptoms.”

7. Thailand

  • Thailand is said to have 8 confirmed cases by now, which is the second-highest count after China.
  • The Thailand Government is scanning all passengers arriving on flights from Guangzhou across five airports including the main Suvarnabhumi airport, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Don Muang, and Krabi.
  • Major shopping malls and mass travel modes like BTS Skytrain are being promptly disinfected to control further transmission.

8. US

  • Three cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in US till now.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that it had 63 patients currently under investigation, with two confirmed cases. Both the infected people had traveled to Wuhan earlier.
  • The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division said, “The current risk of local transmission remains low,” the agency said in a statement. “There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County.”

9. Japan

  • Japan has confirmed its third case of virus infection.
  • Japan’s health ministry said, “the number of people suspected of contracting the virus is not sharply increasing in Japan, while no further details were shared regarding how many have tested negative or are currently under observation”

10. Australia

  • Australia Coronavirus hit count has been reported as 3.
  • NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said it was a matter of when, and not if, the virus would arrive in Sydney.

11. South Korea

  • Till now 3 confirmed cases have been reported from the South Korea region.
  • According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), it has checked 47 people who have shown symptoms so far, with all testing negative for the illness
  • South Korea’s foreign ministry raised the travel advisory level for Wuhan and the Hubei region to “red alert” and recommended its citizens to evacuate the region
  • Airports across South Korea have set up checkpoints to screen passengers from China and other countries

12. UK

  • Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines scraps China flights to China until February 9
  • The Italian government plans to send a plane to evacuate citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan
  • British Airways has decommissioned daily routes to Beijing and Shanghai from London’s Heathrow airport till further notice
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