The novel coronavirus has killed at least 41 people in China.


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February 9: Coronavirus deaths in China reach 811

The coronavirus death toll in China has risen to 811, Xinhua News Agency quoted the National Health Commission of China as saying on Sunday. The total confirmed cases of the new coronavirus on the Chinese mainland reached 37,198 on Saturday. A total of 2,649 patients previously infected with the coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery on Saturday.

February 8: 2 new cases in UAE

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to seven in the country. The infected, a Chinese and Filipino, are under observation and necessary medical care. Read more

February 6: UAE support moved Chinese to tears

China is deeply appreciative of the UAE’s support and solidarity, medical supplies and assistance, and the decision to keep the air lifeline to China during the ongoing fight against the new coronavirus, a senior Chinese diplomat said.

“When Burj Khalifa, ADNOC Headquarters, and other UAE iconic landmarks lit up the colours of the Chinese national flag and slogans in solidarity with China on 2nd February, many Chinese living and working here in the UAE were moved to tears,” Lin Yaduo, Charge d’affaires at Chinese Embassy in Abu Dhabi said.

People back in China who watched the news also felt the encouragement and warmth from the UAE despite the geographical distance, he added. Read more

China death toll hits 213, cases rise to 9,692

China’s National Health Commission said that novel coronavirus has killed 213 people and infected 9,692 others as of Thursday (January 30).

India’s first case of novel coronavirus

India’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus has been reported from Kerala. A female medical student enrolled in Wuhan University in China, who had recently returned to India, tested positive for the disease.

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said she is in “isolation in a hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored.” The confirmed case is in Thrissur district of Kerala.

Shanghai imposes face mask purchase limit

From Sunday onwards, residents of Shanghai must register to buy face masks, the government announced. Each family can buy up to five masks.

China repatriates citizens

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that chartered planes will be sent to repatriate Chinese citizens overseas, particularly those from Hubei province. China has sent two planes to pick up Chinese nationals in Bangkok, Thailand and Malaysia.

Airlines suspend flights to China

These airlines have suspended all flights to China: Kenya Airways (until further notice), Air France (until February 9), British Airways, Air Seoul, Egyptair, Lion Air, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines and Austrian Airlines (until end of February).

Pakistan suspends all China flights

Pakistan has suspended all flights into and from China immediately, until February 2, according to a Reuters report.

Japan issues travel advisory

Japanese Prime Ministry Shinzo Abe said on Friday (January 31) that the government is raising its infectious disease advisory level for China to 2, which means citizens should avoid non-urgent trips to the country. Japan also said earlier it would refuse entry to anyone infected with coronavirus.

US raises travel warning advisory to level 4

The US has warned Americans against travel to China, raising its travel advisory for China from Level 3 to Level 4.

UK, Korean citizens evacuate from Wuhan

A plane carrying 83 UK citizens and 27 foreign nationals left Wuhan on Thursday. A flight carrying 368 South Koreans from Wuhan also returned to Seoul where five new cases were confirmed on Friday, bringing the total to 11.

Italy confirms first coronavirus cases

The first two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Italy, according to the country’s health ministry, adding that they are Chinese tourists. Italy has blocked all flights into and out of China.

January 31: WHO declares global emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency over the coronavirus outbreak as it continued to spread to 18 countries, including the US, UAE, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

This means that the virus outbreak requires a coordinated international response. To date, China has reported more than 7,800 cases, including 170 deaths.

“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Our greatest concern is the potential for this virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”

The official said, however, that WHO was not recommending limiting travel or trade to China. “There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade,” he said.

Philippines to impose travel ban on Wuhan, Hubei travelers

The Philippine president has agreed to impose a temporary travel ban for visitors from China’s Wuhan city and Hubei province following an outbreak of coronavirus there.

Senator Bong Go said on Thursday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and government officials are also “studying the possibility of imposing temporary travel restrictions for those coming from other places affected by the infection”.

Go said that Duterte is meeting with medical experts and government officials next week to “discuss all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus”.

Philippine province orders 14-day quarantine of Chinese travelers

The governor of Cebu province in the Philippines has ordered a 14-day quarantine of all passengers from China arriving in Cebu, according to Sun.Star Cebu on Thursday.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ordered the quarantine as a precautionary measure during a meeting with government agencies on Thursday. Garcia said she was not in favor of banning Chinese visitors in Cebu, which is one of the Philippines tourism hotspots.

January 30: Coronavirus family in UAE to be discharged

A UAE official said that a Chinese family of four who tested positive for coronavirus is in stable condition and will be discharged from hospital in 14 days. Read more

3 Emirates staff in Dubai hospitalized

Emirates airlines on Thursday (January 30) confirmed that three of its staff members in Dubai were hospitalized after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. An airline spokesperson said that the three tested negative for coronavirus. Read more

Pharmacies warned against overpriced masks

As demand for face masks surged amid public concern on the spread of coronavirus, the Dubai Economic Development warned pharmacies and business against hiking up prices for face masks, and urged the public to report violators. Read more

January 29: First case confirmed in UAE

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Wednesday (January 29) confirmed the UAE’s first case of coronavirus. The ministry said that a family who arrived from the Chinese city of Wuhan tested positive for the virus and is currently under observation. Read more

US evacuates Americans from Wuhan

As many as 240 Americans have been evacuated  from the Chinese city of Wuhan on a plane chartered by the US government.  The plane is carrying diplomats from the US Consulate in Wuhan and other Americans. There were more than 1,000 US citizens stuck in Wuhan prior to the flight.

January 29 death toll

On January 29, the death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 132. The dead are all from China. Nearly 6,000 others have been infected in more than a dozen countries, including five confirmed cases in the US where more than 100 people were being tested fro the virus across 26 states.

January 28: Coronavirus death toll climbs to 106

The death toll in the novel coronavirus outbreak rose to 106 on Tuesday (January 28), with the number of confirmed cases reaching 4,500.

The outbreak has left China scrambling to take drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, including travel restrictions. Wearing masks in public is now mandatory in some Chinese cities, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Philippines stops issuing visa on arrival to Chinese tourists

The Philippines on Tuesday (January 28) said it is temporarily suspending the issuance of visa on arrival to Chinese tourists as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus. Read more details

New coronavirus cause and effects

The new coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine. The virus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan.

The virus can spread between people and Chinese authorities said the virus was like a normal flu and is able to spread during its incubation period and before any symptoms appeared.

Total number infected

There were 4,500 confirmed cases of infection as of January 28. A total of 8,420 people are reported to be under observation.

Dubai Airports starts screening passengers

Passengers on flights from China will be screened on arrival at the Dubai International Airport following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. Read more details

No reported cases in UAE

There are no reported cases of China’s novel coronavirus in the UAE, according to the country’s health authority. Read more details

January 25: First infections in Australia, France, Malaysia

The new coronavirus continued to spread, with a doctor treating victims dying from the virus and the first cases reported in France, Australia and Malaysia, according to reports on Saturday (January 25).

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 41 people in China, with the government on Saturday scrambling to have a new 1,000-bed hospital built to cope with a surge in cases.

Doctor dies from virus

A 62-year-old doctor treating victims infected with the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has died from the virus. State media said doctor Liang Wudong worked at the Hubei Xinhua hospital in Wuhan and was the first known fatality among staff treating patients in the city, which is under lockdown.


France confirmed three cases of coronavirus on Friday, marking the first confirmed diagnoses in Europe. French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn told reporters that one of the cases was reported in the southwestern city of Bordeaux and another in Paris. Both patients were recently in China, she said.


Australia confirmed its first case of coronavirus. Australian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Saturday that a Chinese man in Melbourne had a confirmed case of coronavirus. The man, who is in his 50s, returned from Wuhan on Sunday and now is in stable condition and isolated at a hospital. Mikakos said that passengers on the man’s China Southern Airlines flight would be alerted as a precaution.


A second person in the US has been diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, US officials say. The woman, in her 60s, had returned home to Chicago from Wuhan. The first case of infection involved a man who returned to Washington from Wuhan on January 21. There are 63 patients in 22 US states being monitored for signs of the virus.


Malaysia reported three cases of novel coronavirus, which includes a Chinese woman and her two grandchildren who traveled to Malaysia from Singapore. They are related to a 66-year-old man and his son who tested positive for the virus in Singapore, said Malaysian Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad. The family are now in isolation.
Pakistan and Nepal also reported infections, marking the spread to South Asia.


A 31-year-old student in Nepal tested positive for the virus after returning from Wuhan where he is doing his PhD, the Kathmandu Post reported. He was discharged from hospital after his health improved but an official said they are trying to track him down after laboratory results came back positive for the virus.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Health authorities said the confirmed cases rose from two to five. Authorities are also tracking a patient from Wuhan who transited at the Hong Kong airport and left the city.

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