American officials learned that the evacuated ship was hit shortly before they returned to the United States.
One day before 328 Americans were transported away from a contaminated cruise ship in Japan, the US embassy in Tokyo told passengers that no one infected with the new Coronavirus would be allowed on charter flights to the United States.
But these plans were changed in haste after the results of the test of 14 passengers who returned positive – just as they were loaded onto buses and sent to the airport, where two returned cargo planes were waiting to be transferred to military bases in California and Texas.
After consulting with health experts, the United States government decided to allow evacuees who did not show any symptoms yet on board flights.
The coup was the last chaotic turn in the two-week quarantine of the ship, the Princess, who has become a pandemic nightmare.
Although the Americans were traveling to their country, and countries such as Australia, Canada and South Korea were preparing to evacuate their citizens, the Japanese Ministry of Health announced on Monday that 99 other cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on the cruise ship, bringing the total number to 454.
Injured Americans – who officials said do not have any symptoms and “suitable for flight” – They were taken to a specialized containment area on the evacuation plane, where they were isolated and monitored.
All evacuated US cruise ship passengers, including those who have tested negative for the virus, will be quarantined for an additional 14 days.
Those who develop symptoms or the result of a subsequent test will be sent to a “suitable location to continue isolation and care,” the State Department and the Ministry of Health and Human Services said in a joint statement.
With the arrival of the 14 infected passengers from Japan, the incidence of HIV in the United States has almost doubled, to 29.
Apple cuts sales outlook as epidemic slows production and demand.
Apple said on Monday it had lowered its sales forecast for the Corona virus, indicating how the disease has spread to the industry, even in one of the most valuable companies in the world.
in a statementThe iPhone, which relies heavily on factories in China, said its supply of smartphones would be affected because production slowed due to an outbreak.
No iPhone manufacturers are in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the disease, but travel restrictions have also hindered other parts of the country. The company said that production took longer than expected to return to the right track after the facilities were reopened after the Lunar New Year.
Apple said it also lowered its sales forecast because demand for its products in China was affected. China is one of the fastest growing and largest markets for Silicon Valley.
Apple’s warning is important because it is a pillar of global demand and supply of products.
“The situation is evolving, and we will provide more information during the upcoming earnings call in April,” Apple said. The company added that it was “fundamentally strong, and this turmoil in our business is only temporary.”
Apple is closely monitoring the situation in China. Dr. Timothy said. Cook, Apple CEO, in a call to analysts last month that Apple’s expectations were less accurate than expected because the company was not sure of the impact Coronary virus.
China notes the delay in the national legislature meeting.
China indicated on Monday that it would delay the annual session of the Communist Party-dominated legislature due to the Coruna virus epidemic, a symbolic blow to a government that usually runs a discipline system.
The full annual meeting of the legislature, dubbed the “National People’s Congress,” is a major event in the political session in China. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other leaders are expected to set their agenda for this year, issue the annual budget and pass key legislation.
Every March, about 3,000 delegates gather in the Great Hall of the People, next to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
But the delay is now almost certain, judging by whom Announcement from the Standing Committee of the National People’s CongressThat oversees the legislature. The announcement said the committee would consider voting on Monday to delay the conference.
The National People’s Congress is dominated by Communist Party politicians, and it will be extremely unlikely that the proposal will be formal approval unless Mr. Xi agrees that it is necessary.
The delay will be the first time in the last memory that the annual legislative session is delayed. Even in 2003, when China was fighting SARS, the conference continued as usual.
The wording of the detailed declaration did not give any indication of the date of the conference.
Delaying the conference is unlikely to seriously hinder Chinese policy-making, which is controlled by a small circle of party leaders.
Cambodia stops displacement of cruise ships after positive tests for the afflicted passengers.
About 1,000 passengers and crew on board the cruise ship Westerame in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, are being tested for coronavirus on Monday, after a test for passengers that have already landed appeared, officials said.
The operator of the cruise ship, Holland America Line, intended to send all passengers home after a difficult journey during which ports in five countries were greeted for fear that someone on board might be infected with the Corona virus.
With the discovery of the injured passenger – a sick American woman examined at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – passenger migration has stopped.
Mang Seneth, Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, said authorities and medical teams are collecting samples from everyone who left on the ship in Amsterdam to check the virus. He said he could not estimate how long the test would take or when the results would be available.
The Netherlands Hollande insisted during the flight that all 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members were sick. WHO spokesman Tareq Jasarevich said on Monday that before anyone left the ship, every person on board the temperature was checked and 20 people with mild symptoms were tested for the virus; no fever and infections were found.
But when 145 passengers from the ship arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport and were examined and tested, it was confirmed that one of the passengers was infected with the virus. The 83-year-old passenger is now being taken alongside her 85-year-old husband, who shows symptoms of the disease but has proven to be negative twice.
The World Health Organization said that 601 previous passengers were in hotels in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.
One of those passengers, Christina Kirby, said that they were told to stay in their hotel rooms as much as possible, but were not prevented from leaving or leaving the country.
Isolation of China hits the tourism sector in other countries.
The coronary virus epidemic was a blow to companies dependent on tourism around the world, as China prevented tourist groups from traveling abroad and many countries imposed restrictions on Chinese entry or entry.
Since China has become richer in recent decades, its tourists have become the most important shops, hotels, airlines, restaurants, museums and tourism companies on multiple continents. Chinese tourists spent 277 billion dollars abroad in 2018, up from 10 billion dollars in 2000, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
The sudden drop in their numbers is easily evident, whether in the Champs-Elysees, the Colosseum or on the beaches of Bali. The Italian government has considered whether to provide financial support to the operators of the tourist group.
Fear of the virus and travel restrictions have canceled thousands of flights, hotel reservations, and a handful of cultural and business events. Travel companies have also reported declining tourism by non-Chinese who want to avoid crowded places.
There are about 99 percent of confirmed infections with the new virus in China, but the numbers continue to increase, there and elsewhere, so the decline in tourism is likely to continue.
A Russian court ruled on Monday that a woman who survived the quarantine of the Coronavirus must be forcibly isolated in the hospital, sending a clear message to all potential fugitives and smugglers.
To prevent the virus from taking over Russia, the country closed its nearly 2,600-mile border with China, and ordered the quarantine of hundreds of Russian citizens who had recently returned from China.
But at least five people escaped, citing poor conditions in hospitals and frustration with their condition.
Elia Elena, the woman who ordered isolation on Monday, made the headlines in Russia by implementing a 14-day quarantine escape plan. On February 7, she broke the electromagnetic lock in her room and escaped from the hospital while doctors came to an inbound patient.
Mrs. Elena was passive of the coronavirus when she arrived from China. The court ruled that she would have to stay in the hospital for at least two days and take two negative tests for the crown virus before she could return home. After the verdict was issued, she was taken by ambulance to the Putkin Infectious Diseases Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Elena’s lawyer told Interfax, a Russian news agency, that they would appeal the court’s decision.
On Monday, another St. Petersburg court filed a case against another person who escaped from quarantine in the same hospital. So far, only two people have tested positive for Corona virus in Russia, both of whom are Chinese citizens. They have since been released from the hospital.
The only Russian citizen who has been diagnosed with HIV yet on the Princess Princess diamond ship in Japan.
China is slowly retreating to life.
The world’s second largest economy was virtually closed three weeks ago, as the outbreak of the Coruna virus infected tens of thousands of people, resulting in an unexpectedly prolonged Chinese holiday.
Now, with some factories back in business, the huge task of restarting China has become clear. China’s efforts to contain the virus run counter to its push to get the country back to work, which requires the country’s leaders to strike a balance between keeping people safe and putting vital industries back on track.
Quarantine, broken roads, and checkpoints prevent millions of workers from returning to their jobs. The supply lines were cut.
Reopening companies means trying to bring together a lot of the 700 million people in China, after it has become a national holiday nearly three weeks away. The containment efforts undertaken by China have effectively established the country. At least 760 million people – just over half of the country’s population – are under various types of closures.
Legislators to consider new wildlife legislation.
The coronary virus epidemic prompted China to review its trade and consumption for wildlife, which was identified as a potential source of the outbreak.
This practice is driven The desire to show off wealth and beliefs about the health benefits of products made from some animals.
Officials drafted legislation to implement controls and plan to present them at the upcoming preparatory session for the annual National People’s Congress. Details of the proposal are not yet clear, but the goal is to end the “wicked habit of eating wildlife,” according to a statement released by the conference’s standing committee on Monday.
Although the exact origin of the coronavirus is still under investigation, health officials and scientists say this It spread from the wholesale market in Wuhan, where sellers legally sold live animals from crowded stalls nearby with meat and vegetables.
The epidemic has inspired public sentiments that consumption of animals such as reptiles, civet and hedgehogs is fundamentally unsafe.
Trade in endangered or endangered wildlife is prohibited in China, but Wang Rohe, an official with the National People’s Congress, said last week that law enforcement was lenient.
The new Corona virus, like the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, has been tracked into bats and is believed to have jumped from them to other mammals and then to humans. In the case of SARS, the virus first jumped from the bat to the civet.
One study indicated that pangolin, an endangered species whose flesh value and standards are estimated in China, may have been the carrier of the new virus.
The number of new cases in China is at its lowest level in three weeks.
The number of new cases of the new HIV virus has dropped to its lowest level in three weeks, according to official data released on Monday. Experts said that the decline was largely due to The closure measures imposed by the Chinese government on many cities to prevent the spread of the virus.
On Monday, the Chinese government reported 2,048 new cases And 105 deaths in the past 24 hours. The number of reported new SK cases in China began to decrease around February 6, indicating that the epidemic may slow down. But last Thursday, officials added more than 14,840 new cases to the death toll in Hubei Province, the epidemic outbreak, after they changed the criteria for diagnosing patients.
The trend indicates that the epidemic that once seemed to be out of despair can be contained a few weeks ago – at least for the time being.
“The measures taken were exceptional and we are seeing the impacts,” said Rina MacIntyre, head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.
China closed several cities, threatened quarantine violators with harsh penalties, and arrested patients at the collective quarantine centers in Wuhan.
But public health experts warn that the worst It is not over.
Some experts see the figures China reported with some skepticism. The government has a history of covering data that makes it look bad, and the combination of defective tests and limited medical resources means that some cases may be missed even with the best of intentions.
Public health experts say the coronavirus is highly contagious, more than the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003, and it may be difficult to reduce it.
Australia will evacuate stranded citizens on a cruise ship, but another quarantine awaits.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that Australia will evacuate more than 200 of its citizens trapped on a cruise ship in Japan, and isolate them for another two weeks at a mining camp in North Darwin.
He said the passengers, many of them elderly, will take a Qantas trip to Australia on Wednesday. The New Zealanders of the Diamond Princess will be able to join the journey and be quarantined in Darwin.
Passengers leaving on Wednesday will join more than 200 people evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epidemic center, who have been staying in the mining camp since last week.
Australia has moved 242 more people from Wuhan to Christmas Island, where they stay for two weeks. Mr. Morrison said that they will be released and will be able to return home in the coming hours.
Mr. Morrison admitted that some cruise ship passengers would be frustrated by the two additional weeks isolated. American travelers, who were transferred from Japan to the United States on Monday morning, expressed concern after knowing that they would also face an additional two weeks in quarantine.
But Mr. Morrison stressed that the prevalence of injuries on board the ship – 454 confirmed – has forced health officials to take additional precautions.
He said, “Our primary responsibility is that we must protect the health and safety of Australians in Australia today.”
Australia has had 15 cases of coronavirus, and eight patients have now recovered, according to Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Tokyo Marathon confines the 2020 race to the elite athletes.
Citing the confirmation of the presence of the Corona virus in Tokyo, the organizers of the Tokyo Marathon will restrict the elite racers, including the elite wheelchairs, this year. The event was announced on its website Monday.
A statement posted on the site said that all registered contestants can postpone their entry to the 2021 event, but the contestants who postpone the payment again and will not receive payments For this year’s race. About 38,000 participants took part in the race scheduled for March 1st. Of this number, 245 are elite contestants and 30 are wheelchair athletes.
The Hong Kong Marathon, scheduled for February 9, has been canceled with increased incidence of Coronavirus in the semi-independent Chinese city. In Hong Kong there are now 57 cases of coronavirus infection.
Japan’s Imperial Family Agency, too canceled Celebrations of the emperor’s birthdays, happened inside the imperial palace That usually draws large crowds in Tokyo. Emperor Naruhito became 60 years old on February 23. This will be his first birthday since becoming emperor.
Theft at a knife point and chase in Hong Kong, all over toilet paper.
Three masked thieves appeared at dawn on Monday outside a Hong Kong supermarket. There, they held a deliveryman at a knife point, and they took in over $ 100 of one of the most wanted items in this city of seven million: toilet paper.
Toilet paper was sold all over the city for several weeks after rumors prompted that producers in mainland China had stopped production or that the borders would be closed due to an outbreak of the Coruna virus.
Retailers dispelled rumors, saying there was no real shortage. But large packages of toilet paper are grabbed from supermarket shelves as soon as they are re-stored, and city buildings are crowded with people lining up in stores only to buy the product.
In short it is the show that lovers exchanged individual lists on Valentine’s Day as a kind of realistic joke. On the Internet, users offered to swap surgical masks, which are actually unavailable, for a few rolls of toilet paper. One hoarder was on viewer Social media When the neighbors spotted an apartment, its windows were crowded with the wall of toilet paper rolls.
Local media reported that toilet paper, which was stolen in a robbery on Monday, was discovered hidden in a hotel, but the perpetrators were still at large. Police said two people were arrested in connection with the theft, but were looking for others.
Last week, police arrested a man accused of stealing eight boxes of hard-faced masks, known as N-95 masks, from a parked car after breaking their windows.
Senator Tom Cotton reiterates the unsupported theory of the origins of the Coronavirus.
Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, repeated the baseless theory of conspiracy that stretched from a small town in China to right-wing news media in the United States.
In a Sunday television interview on Fox News, Mr. Cotton suggested that the paucity of information about the origin of the virus raised more questions than answers.
“We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get down to that,” said Mr. Cotton in the Sunday Morning Futures program. Then it raised the possibility that the virus had originated in the Biosafety Lab Level 4 Super. These laboratories are used to research potentially deadly infectious diseases.
“Now, we have no evidence that this disease arose there but because of China’s duplication and breach of trust from the beginning, we need at least ask the question to find out what the evidence says, and China at the present time does not provide evidence for this question at all.”
The Chinese authorities say that the outbreak started in a market in Wuhan, where wild animals were sold. The city is also home to a biochemistry laboratory.
After receiving criticism for lending credibility to what is largely considered a peripheral theory, the senator turned to Twitter to say he did not necessarily believe that the virus was a “determined biological weapon”.
He said that idea was just one of many hypotheses that included the possibility that an outbreak would be a “deliberate release”.
He also said the virus would likely spread naturally, “but it is certainly not from the food market in Wuhan.”
Russell Goldman, Austin Ramsay, Ivan Nchiborenko and Stephen Lee Myers contributed to the research and reports. Claire Foo, Tiffany May, Richard C. Paddock, Soe Lee Wei, Alexandra Stephenson, Ronnie Karen Rabin, Ben Dooley and Keith Brother.