China: Doctor who raised alarm on coronavirus dies of disease

China: Doctor who raised alarm on coronavirus dies of disease

China: Doctor who raised alarm on coronavirus dies of disease

Top universities stand to lose around US$2 billion (Aus$3 billion) in fees alone, according to preliminary estimates from analysts at Standard & Poor's. "There was no close contact with the parents, yet it was diagnosed with the disease", Zeng Lingkong, director of neonatal diseases at Wuhan Children's Hospital, told Chinese TV.

Two dozen nations have now confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which reportedly emerged in December a year ago from a market in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The other fatalities were in Tianjin city, the northeastern province of Heilongjiang and Guizhou province in the southwest.

Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, hit by months of sometimes violent anti-China, pro-democracy unrest, said the coronavirus was hurting its economy and urged banks to adopt a "sympathetic stance" with borrowers.

"He is now in critical condition and we are trying our best to rescue him", Wuhan Central Hospital said in a social media post just after midnight.

Thousands of holidaymakers on cruise ships in Hong Kong and Japan face an agonising wait to find out if more among them have been infected.

More than two dozen airlines have suspended or restricted flights to China and hundreds of foreigners have been evacuated from Wuhan and placed in quarantine around the world.

In the port city of Yokohama, Japan, health workers said 20 people from the cruise ship Diamond Princess were confirmed with the virus. Some 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries have been confined to quarters.

The report further states that netizens noticed at least three such situations wherein the website showed significantly higher numbers, followed by an updated government data.

As the number of coronavirus cases in China jumped dramatically once again on Thursday - to more than 28,000 - other countries where the new strain of viral pneumonia has spread are stepping up efforts to limit the epidemic.

As thousands of hospital workers in Hong Kong went on strike to demand the border with mainland China be closed completely, the city announced that all people entering from the mainland, including Hong Kong residents, must be quarantined for 14 days.

Honda (HMC) and Hyundai (HYMTF) are among the global carmakers who have invested heavily in China, forming partnerships with local companies and building vast factories.

Doctors said the baby's vital signs were stable, and it had no fever or cough but was experiencing shortness of breath, Reuters reported citing state broadcaster CCTV.

The novel virus resembles the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed more than 300 people in Hong Kong in 2003. This is the third confirmed case in Italy after two Chinese tourists were found to be carrying the virus last week.

Antivirals and other drugs can reduce the severity of an illness, but "so far, no antivirals have been proven effective" against the new virus, said Thanarak Plipat, deputy director-general of Thailand's Disease Control Department in the Health Ministry.

The dollar gained on Wednesday and a gauge of global equity markets surged for a third day.

Gay Courter, a 75-year-old American novelist on board, appealed for the USA government to take Americans off.

He was the first to report about the virus way back in December previous year when it first emerged in Wuhan, the provincial capital of China's central Hubei province.

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