Wuhan builds shelter hospitals to curb coronavirus spread

Wuhan builds shelter hospitals to curb coronavirus spread

The outbreak has killed more than 420 people, spread round the world and fuelled fears for global economic growth, with rival financial centre Hong Kong reporting its first coronavirus death on Tuesday, only the second outside mainland China.

The virus has killed 425 people in China and infected more than 20,000 others.

It was the second death from the new coronavirus outside mainland China and brought the toll from the fast-spreading outbreak to 427.

The ship's captain said Hong Kong's health authorities notified the ship about the passenger's infection on Saturday, according to a recording of the announcement tweeted by a passenger.

Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, said it had asked all casino operators to suspend operations for two weeks to help curb the spread of the virus.

"This fatality rate is pretty low in other regions in China".

The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that it is still early in the outbreak, but coronavirus does not yet constitute a pandemic.

Such uncertainties are leading some countries to take extreme measures to stem the spread of the virus.

In Hong Kong, the local Princess Margaret Hospital confirmed that a 39-year-old local resident died from the virus in the morning after his heart stopped beating, local media reported.

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A passenger on a Japanese-operated cruise ship tested positive after leaving the vessel while it was in Hong Kong, and Japanese officials were considering a quarantine of the more than 3,000 people on board.

Hundreds of medical workers in the former British colony held a second day of strikes to force the government to completely close the city's borders with mainland China, a day after embattled leader Carrie Lam left three remaining checkpoints open.

"We're not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak", said Cheng, a 26-year-old nurse among the strikers. The territory was badly hit by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a coronavirus that emerged from China in 2002, killed nearly 800 people worldwide and cost the global economy an estimated $33 billion.

Chinese data suggests the new virus, while much more contagious, is significantly less lethal, although such numbers can evolve rapidly. The Trump administration on Friday announced a series of measures to prevent foreign citizens who have recently visited China from entering the U.S.

The United States began mandatory 14-day quarantines Sunday for US citizens who had been in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow played down the potential impact on the United States, but said on Tuesday that China's coronavirus would delay a surge in US exports to China expected from the Phase one trade deal that was to take effect later this month.

On Sunday, the USA began implementing strict travel restrictions in response to the virus, including temporarily denying entry to foreign nationals who visited China in the past 14 days, according to CNN.

Several Chinese carriers are continuing to operate flights between China and the UK. The health ministry said the person was in good health and didn't show any symptoms of the disease.

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