by Tyler Durden
First case reported in Africa after the Egyptian Health Ministry confirms non-Egyptian patient who recently traveled to China
Hubei health officials report 2,420 new cases and 139 new deaths for Feb. 14
NHC officials report an additional 4 deaths and 2,641 cases.
China warns of incoming case surge
China says 1,716 medical workers have been infected
WHO demands to know more about sick doctors, insists group of 12 virus experts will reach Beijing over the weekend
Singapore reports largest daily jump in cases amid increased human-to-human transmission
Egypt confirms first case; virus now present in 29 countries/territories
Hong Kong reports 3 new cases
New quarantine measures take effect in Wuhan
President Xi touts new “biosecurity law”
Hong Kong Disney land offers space for quarantine
Chinese company says blood plasma of recovered patients useful in combating the virus
US mulling new travel restrictions
Japan reports 4 new cases; one patient recently returned from Hawaii.
CDC Director: Virus is “Coming” to the US.
5 presumptive cases reported in British Columbia
Toll of infected passengers and crew aboard ‘the Diamond Princess’ climbs to 218
Update (1900ET): The NHC has followed up the officials from Hubei with revised nation-wide figures.
Nationwide, officials reported another 4 deaths, and another 2,641 cases, bringing the nationwide total as of end of day Friday to 66,492.
CHINA HAD 143 DEATHS FROM CORONAVIRUS FEB. 14, STATEMENT SAYS
CHINA ADDS 2,641 NEW CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES ON FEB. 14
CHINA SAYS TOTAL CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE TO 66,492
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Update (1800ET): Here are the confirmed numbers out of Hubei for Feb. 14, Ying Yong’s first day as the province’s new party chief.
Offering less information than usual (just figures on new cases and deaths), health officials from the province reported 2,420 new cases and 139 new deaths.
CHINA’S HUBEI PROVINCE REPORTS 139 CORONAVIRUS DEATHS FEB. 14
CHINA’S HUBEI TOTAL CORONAVIRUS CONFIRMED CASES RISE TO 54,406
Friday marked the beginning of ‘war time’ conditions in Wuhan, accompanied by a total ban on leaving one’s dwelling for any reason other than a government-authorized service or to receive treatment.
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Update (1650ET): On Friday morning, Japanese health officials confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus, including one individual who had recently visited the US state of Hawaii.
We must admit, we were a little alarmed when we saw that, but with no additional information about the timing or circumstances of this alleged visit, we didn’t really get into it.
Another one of the recent cases in Japan is the son of the first woman who succumbed to the virus in the country. He works as a taxi driver, and was reportedly ferrying people around before his symptoms emerged, raising fears that he could have infected others.
The Mainichi, a national newspaper in Japan, said the government will carry out tests on some 100 people, including around 80 party attendees, who came into close contact with the taxi driver. Already, around 10 have complained of symptoms like fevers or coughs.
So far, more than 250 people in Japan, including 218 passengers and crew from ‘the Diamond Princess’, have already been confirmed to be infected.
Still, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said there is “no reason for changing the government position that it has yet to reach a state of epidemic in Japan.”
Looks like the government was smart to separate out the cruise ship numbers from the total cases confirmed in Japan.
But for Americans, this is the most disturbing passage from the Mainichi story.
In Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, a man in his 60s who recently returned from a trip to Hawaii has tested positive for the coronavirus, the city government said. He has not visited China recently.
In cases reported Thursday in the western prefecture of Wakayama, a route of contraction is not known, either.
Is it possible that he could have picked up the virus in Hawaii, a popular vacation destination for Chinese and Japanese travelers? It might be unlikely, but one never knows.
Ummm, Hawaii? “In Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, a man in his 60s who recently returned from a trip to Hawaii has tested positive for the coronavirus, the city govt said. He has not visited China recently.” Need more details on this #COVID19 🦠 case. https://t.co/TIEW41xOri
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 14, 2020