66,492 Confirmed Cases in Mainland China after Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak, Likely to affect US Economy Marginally

  • China’s National Health Commission, as of Friday (February 14, 2020), has confirmed 2,641 new cases of coronavirus infections, taking the total number of confirmed infections throughout mainland China to 66,492. The total number of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has shot from 143 to 1,523. Reports say most of the deaths have taken place in Wuhan city and Hubei province. National Health Commission official Liang Wannian has told media that the Chinese government is continuing their effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Wuhan. To contain the spread of infection, Beijing has ordered everyone (especially those who are returning to the city after holidays) to “self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine”. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has told media that the coronavirus outbreak in China may knock-off 2/10th to 3/10th of a percent off the U.S. GDP in the first quarter. The U.S. State Department is all set to evacuate around 380 American citizens and their families from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship (currently quarantined in Japan) with the help of two evacuation flights.