- A top legislative body of the Chinese parliament will meet on February 24 to discuss delaying the key annual March meeting of parliament due to the outbreak, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.
Two patients in Hong Kong, five in Macao and two in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery. The country now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Some 60 million people in that area and other parts of China are under lockdown in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading further. The vast majority have been reported in Hubei, the central Chinese province at the center of the epidemic.
"We are concerned by the continued increase in the number of cases in China", he said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened a meeting of experts to discuss measures to contain the virus in his country, where more than a dozen cases have emerged in the past few days without any obvious link to China.
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Over 70,500 people have been infected due to the virus, the National Health Commission said.
The biggest cluster outside China is on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan, with 355 infections confirmed.
Canadian, Italian, South Korean and Hong Kong passengers were expected to follow, after their governments also announced plans to repatriate passengers. She said she expected to spend another two weeks in quarantine on US soil. "Why would I want to be put on a bus and a plane with other people they think may be infected when I have spent almost two weeks isolated from those people?" tweeted Matt Smith, an American lawyer on the ship with his wife. The flight will take return some New Zealand evacuees to their home country as well, he said.
A number of local officials have been sacked for their role in mishandling the outbreak - including Hubei's top two health officials, and the political chiefs of the province and Wuhan who were replaced with Xi loyalists. In Singapore, the largest bank, DBS, has evacuated 300 employees when one had tested positive with the virus. In it, Xi said he first "issued requirements for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus" on January 7.
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While the speech underlines that Xi has been personally directing the response to the outbreak - something that has been repeatedly emphasized in state media - the revelation that he knew about the virus when Hubei officials were publicly downplaying its danger, exposes him to the risk of being blamed, along with them, for failing to properly handle the outbreak in its early weeks.