The last 24-hours has seen the largest single day increase in cases since the outbreak began. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing $9 million from its own contingency fund and asking the international community to raise $675 million to fund their Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to support countries in preventing, detecting, and diagnosing onward transmission.
The WHO is also sending 500,000 masks, 350,000 gloves, 40,000 respirators and 18,000 isolation gowns from their warehouses in Dubai and Accra to impacted countries.
Expanded lock down policies are now in place in Wenzhou and Taizhou;
- Public transportation has been suspended
- Only one person per household will be allowed to go outside every two days to purchase necessities.
- Residents in Hangzhou are required to wear face masks and will be subject to identification and temperature checks.
- The estimated number of impacted residents in Zhejiang province is at least 21 million
What we know:
- 24,607 confirmed cases
Nearly 500 deaths recorded (one in Hong Kong; one in the Philippines)
- New cases confirmed in Belgium
- Multiple airlines have suspended or limited flights to/from China, including Hong Kong
- Hong Kong has closed all land borders with mainland China and issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming into the city from the mainland
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 the United Arab Emirates announced it was suspending all flights to and from China except for those from Beijing.
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 Hubei province.
- Consider leaving China by commercial means.
- If remaining in China, stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others.
- 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 limited number of cases and deaths outside mainland China is a promising sign; however, the rapid jump in cases in the last 24-hours is a worrying trend after an apparent slowdown of the spread in cases.
See below coronavirus case graph from Johns Hopkins CSSE:
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