Daily US Times: Hong Kong imposes quarantine rules for anyone arriving from mainland China, in a fresh effort to contain the new Coronavirus.
The Chinese territory has begun the mandatory two-week quarantine as Coronavirus cases surge in mainland China.
Visitors in Hong Kong must isolate themselves in hotel rooms or go to government-run centers, while returning Hong Kong residents must stay inside their homes.
Tens of thousands of travelers queued at the Chinese border city of Shenzhen ahead of the midnight deadline.
So far, Hong Kong has reported 26 cases and one person died. In mainland China, the numbers are increasing in rocketing speed. There, confirmed cases stand at more than 31,200, with 717 deaths.
At least 270 cases have been confirmed in 25 countries with another death reported in the Philippines.
In the meantime, another 41 people have been tested positive on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, making the total number of 61.
Another 41 people have been tested positive on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, making the total number of 61.
An 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been on the ship last month fell ill with the virus. After revealing the information, Japanese health authorities decided to check the ship.
The Hong Kong man boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama on 20 January and disembarked in Hong Kong on 25 January.
Another cruise ship named World Dream has been quarantined in Hong Kong after eight former passengers caught the virus. Some 3,600 people on board of that ship but none have tested positive so far.
The new cases on the Diamond Princess bring Japan’s total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases to 86, the second-highest figure after China.
A positive report from WHO
Amid all the deaths and confirmed cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported some positive news. The organization said there had been fewer reported infections in China in the past two days, but Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general, cautioned against reading too much into those figures.
He also said that the outbreak caused a global shortage of medical equipment such as gowns, masks, and gloves.
The director-general mentioned the bad practice of selling the equipment at a higher price amid the crisis.
He urged suppliers to “uphold the protection of humanity” rather than looking to increase profits.
WHO also released new data from 17,000 patients that suggested 82% had a mild form of the disease, with 15% considered severe cases and 3% critical.