Total cases in mainland China continue to rise, with more than 40,000 reported across the country, a significant increase in the last 24-hours. Deaths from coronavirus are over 900, with the vast majority in still in Hubei province.
As of 10 February, authorities in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing had enacted stricter entry/exit checks as well as health inspections in public areas and in residential communities. There are more restrictions at ports, airports, highways, and waterways; those entering will be subject to health checks and be put in quarantine if they display any symptoms of infection, such as fever.
In Wuhan, health authorities are reportedly going house to house, conducting searches and rounding up sick individuals and forcing them into quarantine centers. Lockdown policies remain in place across Hubei province. In Zhejiang province, full or partial lockdowns are in effect in Taizhou, Wenzhou, and parts of Hangzhou and Ningbo.
Cases of onward transmission were reported over the weekend in Europe. In France, Health Ministry officials announced that five British nationals who had been staying in Les Contamines-Montjoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The infected individuals had reportedly come into contact with a person who had visited Singapore.
What we know:
- 40,574 confirmed cases worldwide
- 910 deaths
- 3,578 recovered
- Rate of spread is slowing
At least 62 airlines from 45 countries have suspended or cancelled flights to mainland China and/or Hong Kong due to the outbreak. Most recently, Taiwan announced that all travelers from mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. In Hong Kong, all travelers entering from mainland China will be subject to a 14 day quarantine, and reports indicate that Hong Kong may completely close the border with mainland China in light of the outbreak.
The U.S. State Dept. has issued guidance not to travel to China due to the outbreak. In addition, Global Guardian recommends the following:
- Avoid all travel to mainland China, and leave by commercial means if possible.
- Reconsider non-essential travel to Hong Kong due to risk of travel limitations.
- If remaining in China, practice advanced careful hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Wear a face mask or respirator in public if traveling in Chinese cities with reported infections.
The last several days continued to see a decline in case spread growth, indicating quarantine measures may be having the desired affect.
See below coronavirus case graph from Johns Hopkins CSSE, the flattening curve indicates slowing spread of the virus:
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