Wuhan coronavirus has now passed 6,000 cases worldwide

Wuhan coronavirus has now passed 6,000 cases worldwide

Wuhan coronavirus has now passed 6,000 cases worldwide

The vast majority of the cases also are in China, primarily in Hubei province, where Wuhan has been placed under a virtual lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

A Japanese chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan included some who had coughs and fever on the plane.

Staff who handled the passengers in Anchorage also took maximum precaution, wearing face masks, gloves and had minimal interaction with the passengers. "WHO is continually monitoring developments and the Director-General can reconvene the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on very short notice as needed", the statement said.

Sectors from mining to luxury goods have been shaken by concerns about the possibility of a worst-case pandemic. Chinese officials took an extra step Sunday to extend the Lunar New Year holiday three extra days to cut down on group gatherings. Casino and financial stocks led the Hang Seng index 2.5 percent lower to a seven-month trough.

"In our view, the worst is yet to come", securities firm Nomura said, warning of a severe, near-term blow to China's economy.

Credit rating agency Fitch Ratings released a memo saying the impact on air carriers is expected to be minimal but said that "a prolonged ban on traveling from and to China may have more negative implications" on airlines, depending on the severity and length of the interruptions to global routes.

Health officials in Alaska said all 201 passengers on board continued on to the plane's final destination in California after undergoing health screening in Anchorage. But cases of coronavirus have emerged in more than a dozen other countries, including the USA and Canada.

Facebook became the first major US company to announce a travel suspension after the US Government's warning, saying it had asked employees to halt non-essential travel to mainland China and to work from home if they had travelled there.

"All options for dealing with infectious disease spread have to be on the table, including travel restrictions", a U.S. health official said.

It has so far killed at least 132 people and infected some 6,000 others globally, surpassing the number of cases diagnosed during the SARS epidemic of 2002-03.

A plane carrying 201 US citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China - the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak - has landed at a military base in California after briefly stopping in Alaska on Tuesday night to refuel. "It was about families, and it was about helping each other in a time of need". There are signs it may spread before symptoms show.

Turkish Airlines has suspended flights to Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million. The second will have its capacity expanded to 1,600 beds from 1,300, the official People's Daily said.

About 60 cases, but no deaths, have been reported in 15 other countries, including the United States, France and Singapore. India continues to be vigilant with regular screening of passengers at 21 global airports.

"No one knows what is coming next, but we are operating under the assumption that all new releases scheduled for February will be canceled", the CEO of a Beijing-based firm that has the release rights in China for an Oscar-nominated film told THR.

The Province of Ontario has confirmed its second case of the Wuhan novel coronavirus. Hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected.

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