Infection Cases from Wuhan Coronavirus Increase to 68,500, New Reported Cases Slightly Drops

  • China’s National Health Commission has reported on Sunday that there has been a slight drop in the reported new cases of the infected persons from the Wuhan coronavirus or COVID-19 virus (as named by the World Health Organization). The confirmed new cases of infected individuals have dropped from 2,641 as on the previous day to 2,009 on Sunday. The number of new deaths from the Covid-19 virus was 142 on Sunday, just 1 less than the reported 143 new deaths a day back. Till Sunday, 68,500 cases of the illness and 1,665 deaths have been reported by China. The Wuhan coronavirus has spread across two-dozen countries and 500 infection cases have been reported outside mainland China. An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has reportedly died while traveling in France, thereby taking the death toll outside mainland China to 4 (one death each in Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, and France). Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato has said on Sunday that on the quarantined cruise ship in Japan, 70 more people on board have been tested positive for the coronavirus, thereby increasing the total number of infected persons onboard to 355. The announcement by the Japanese minister comes after the Canadian government said in a statement on Saturday that they will airlift (on a chartered plane) their citizens from the quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise liner, docked in Japan’s Yokohama.  China's National Health Commission (NHC) has also revealed that 1,716 healthcare workers have been infected by the coronavirus, thereby presenting a new challenge for the Chinese government. Meanwhile, two prominent video bloggers in China (Fang Bin and Chen Qiushi) have disappeared less than 2-weeks after reporting the extent of the Wuhan virus crisis in China. Friends and family of Chen believe that the vloggers were forcibly quarantined by the Chinese authorities. Chief Eurozone economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, Claus Vistesen, said that the Eurozone economy may be adversely affected in Q1 2020 by coronavirus outbreak in China.