Philippines reports first virus death outside China

Philippines reports first virus death outside China

Philippines reports first virus death outside China

The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, responded by banning travel from the island nation to China.

As the new virus has been confirmed in more than 20 countries, the WHO has declared a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

The number of confirmed infections across China is now far higher than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak of 2002-03. "This patient came from the epicentre of this outbreak", Abeyasinghe added.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday called for all-out efforts to improve the allocation of key medical supplies such as protective suits and facial masks, especially for medical workers on the front-line.

The United States, which flew almost 200 people out last week, is planning "a handful more flights".

According to a report by news agency ANI, the outbreak occurred in a farm in the Shuangqing district in the province, which lies on the southern border of Hubei province, the epicentre of the rapidly spreading Coronavirus.

All Hubei schools will postpone the opening of the new semester until further notice and students from elsewhere who visited over the holiday will also be excused from classes.

An aerial view shows the newly completed Huoshenshan Hospital, a dedicated hospital built in 8 days to treat coronavirus patients, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 2, 2020.

New Zealand and Vietnam also barred foreigners who have been in China, with Vietnam saying it would halt all flights to and from China.

Similar expansive restrictions have been announced by countries including Italy, Singapore, and China's northern neighbour Mongolia.

Cebu Air and two other Philippine carriers, Philippine Airlines and the local unit of AirAsia Group Bhd, have canceled flights to China this month, joining many others around the world who have done the same.

Meanwhile, South Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Turkey all evacuated some of their citizens from China. A Turkish military transport plane carrying 42 people arrived in Ankara on Saturday night.

There are six known cases in France, the first European country to be affected.

Europe so far has 25 people infected with the virus.

China has reported 304 deaths from the virus, more than 14 thousand - the vast majority in China - have been infected.

Chinese nationals coming from China and connecting through foreign airports will not be allowed to travel.

Some Filipinos were upset after health officials announced the first fate of the new coronavirus in the Philippines.

German Health Minister Spahn said he had spoken to his US counterpart and agreed that the Group of Seven health ministers should hold a teleconference on how to co-ordinate efforts against the coronavirus. Chinese state media has been live broadcasting the construction of a second makeshift hospital in the city, the Leishenshan Hospital, which is expected to be in operation by Wednesday, the Bangkok Post reported. The other G-7 members are France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Britain.

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