The first death outside China from the new coronavirus was recorded Sunday in the Philippines, as countries around the world evacuated hundreds of their citizens from the infection zone and Chinese authorities completed a new, rapidly constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the outbreak.
The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) said the 44-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from the now locked-down Hubei Province city of Wuhan, arrived in the country together via Hong Kong on January 21.
The US said Friday it was declaring a public health emergency and temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had travelled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of a deadly new virus.
More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei.
Uber said in a statement posted on its Twitter account that two drivers may have transported a user who is possibly infected with the new coronavirus.
China's death toll from a new virus has risen to 259.
Taiwan is asking its diplomats to talk to governments where Taiwanese airlines fly to ensure more flights are not cut off due the island's inclusion by the World Health Organization as part of China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Philippines joined the USA and others in banning entry to travellers from China.
WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that despite the emergency declaration, there is "no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with global travel and trade".
The death rate in China is falling, but the number of confirmed cases will keep growing because thousands of specimens from suspected cases have yet to be tested, WHO's Galea said. They include an evacuee, a Chinese relative of a man who tested positive and a man who returned from Wuhan.
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Logan has three daily non-stop flights from China, though none originate in China's central Hubei province or its capital, Wuhan. Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs).
The United States, Japan, Britain, Germany and other nations already had advised their citizens not to travel to China.
China's central bank said Sunday it would pump 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) into the economy as it ramps up support for the nationwide fight against the virus. Delta, United and American Airlines have suspended all U.S.to China flights.
The first death from the disease outside China was confirmed today after a man died in the Philippines.
The Transportation Security Administration sent out new guidelines that will reportedly go into effect Sunday.
But Singapore and the United States announced measures on Friday to ban foreign nationals who have recently been in China from entering their territories.
Spain reported its first detected case, a German man who had close contact with an infected person in Germany and then traveled to the Canary Islands with some friends.
China's financial markets will open on Monday after an extended Lunar New Year holiday due to the virus and there will be no further extensions, the country's securities market regulator said in an interview published by the state-backed People's Daily newspaper on Sunday. New Zealand also raised its travel advice for China to "Do not travel", the highest level.
Saudi Arabia's state-run media reported that 10 Saudi students were evacuated from Wuhan on a special flight.
Officials said the man, who is in his 20s, recently traveled to Wuhan, China, and sought medical attention soon after returning.
The iPhone maker said in a statement it was closing stores, corporate offices and contact centers in China until February 9 "out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts".