Coronavirus Live Updates and Latest News: Death Toll Jumped to 250, 12000 Cases Confirmed

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

01st Feb, 2020. 09:22 pm

More than 250 people have died, 12000 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed


The highest death toll so far as a result of deadly coronavirus in a 24-hour period reported by Chinese officials.

  • On Feb 1st 2020 46 new deaths in China raised the death toll to 259.
  • Alarmingly about 2,100 new cases were recorded in China in the last 24 hours, raising the total to nearly 12,000 coronavirus cases, according to World Health Organization data and Chinese. The majority of the cases reported are from China; 100 cases have been confirmed in 21 other countries.
  • Coronavirus cases have been reported from every province of China
  • Countries that have confirmed cases includes : Germany, Thailand, Australia, , France, Russia the United States,Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Macau, South Korea, Britain, Vietnam, , Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sweden Finland and , Sri Lanka.
  • Not a Single death reported from any country other than China


Japan, Australia and U.S Imposed Travel Restrictions

The US and Australia are denying entry to non-citizens who have traveled to China, in order to limit the spread of coronavirus to their respective countries, whereas Japan will restrict visitors who have been in the Chinese province Wuhan at the center of the outbreak of deadly virus.

The US announced the restrictions on Friday, The immediate family members and permanent American citizens and residents are exempted. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced temporary restriction on Saturday, saying that “Australian residents, Australian citizens, dependents, legal guardians or spouses” only will be allowed into the Australia

The US officials said that any American citizen returning who has been in the Hubei province of China in last 14 days — believed to be the virus’s incubation period — will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The people who have been to some other parts of China in the last 14 days will be subject to “proactive entry screening” and they will be monitored and screened for up to 14 days

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country would restrict entry to visitors who had visited Hubei in the last 14 days.

The United States will also restrict flights from China to just a few of their airports, including O’Hare in Chicago, Kennedy in New York and San Francisco International Airport.

Hubei Province Extends Holiday till Feb 13

Hubei provincial government has extended the New Year holiday break to February 13 2020, as it is struggling to curb the menace of coronavirus, the Hubei Daily newspaper reported on Saturday.

Russia to Evacuate Citizens from China

Russia’s aerospace defense forces will initiate the evacuation of Russians from China on 1st Feb due to the coronavirus

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press “the evacuation would take place in regions that had been most affected by the outbreak”

Qatar Airways suspends flights to China

Qatar Airways would suspend flights to mainland China from Monday until further notice

In a statement issued on their twitter account it said it was encountering “significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by several countries,” following the coronavirus outbreak in China.

 Apple will close its Stores in China for a Week

Apple China

Apple on Saturday 1st Feb 2020 said it will close its stores in mainland China, one of its biggest markets, till Feb. 9 2020.

In a statement issued by iPhone it was corporate offices, stores, and contact centers “out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts.” Apples online stores will remain open, it said.

Apple operates 42 stores in mainland China, though its iPhones and other devices are also available through other retailers.

Apple generates about one sixth of its Total sales and one quarter of its total operating income from China.

North Korea offers condolences and aid

North Korea China

Kim Jong-un North Korea’s leader, has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping offering condolences and donation of aid — to help China fight the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

North Korea was one of the first countries to close its borders to travelers from China to keep away from the menace of coronavirus.

In his letter to Mr. Xi, North Korea’s leader Mr. Kim “sent warm greetings to all the party members and medical workers of China active in the first line for the prevention of the epidemic, and expressed deep consolation for the families who lost their blood relatives due to the infectious disease,”

North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party has also sent an undisclosed amount of “aid fund” to its Chinese counterpart under a decision its Political Bureau made on Friday

Uzbekistan Suspend flights to and from China

The Uzbek government has instructed the state airline to suspend flights to and from China due to coronavirus epidemic

Charter planes ares tasked to evacuate Uzbek citizens if they wish to return, except from Wuhan

Iran bans flights to and from China

Iran has also put a ban on flights to and from China due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus

Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri stressed the measure would only be temporary.

Till now there have been nor confirmed case of coronavirus in Iran

Pakistan Suspends Flights to and From China

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) partially suspended all direct flight operations between China and Pakistan amid fear of deadly coronavirus.

According to a notification issued by CAA, the direct flight operations between two countries will remain suspended till February 02.

“Please be informed that as per a decision by the Competent Authority at the appropriate level, all direct flight operations between Pakistan and China are to stalled on immediate basis, initially till February 2, subject to subsequent review,” read a notification.

4 Pakistani students diagnosed with coronavirus in China, Dr. Zafar Mirza

Turkmenistan Airline suspends Flights to China

Turkmenistan Airlines, suspended flights to and from China.

The airline said “The move was aimed at preventing the spread of the 2019-nCoV virus which has prompted many other nations to suspend travel links with China, the company said in a statement“.

Vietnam suspends Flights to and From China

Vietnam has also declared a health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak and said it would stop all flights to and from China.

The government has also decided to stop issuing visas for foreign travelers who had been in China in the past 14 days.

Bangladesh evacuates its citizens from Wuhan

Bangladesh have evacuated its 316 citizens, including 15 children, from the Chinese city of Wuhan in a charter plane.

Seven of them were admitted to the hospital after their arrival in Dhaka. The rest of the evacuees will be placed in quarantine for 14 days at a location near the airport.

China seeks medical supplies from EU

Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang asked the European Union to facilitate China’s urgent procurement of medical supplies from member countries

Children are most vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak

Children are most vulnerable to the menace of coronavirus

“While the Chinese government is taking effective measures to respond to this outbreak inside China, Save the Children is concerned about a potential outbreak in other parts of Asia where the healthcare systems won’t be able to adequately screen for the virus or treat patients who have contracted it,” Hassan Saadi Noor, the charity’s Asia regional director, said in a statement.

Turkey evacuates citizens from Wuhan

Turkey evacuates of its 42 citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan. The evacuees were monitored and screened by Turkish health experts comprising of a team of six experts assigned to run blood tests and scan the health conditions to eliminate the potential risk in Turkey.

WHO terms Coronavirus a Global Health Emergency

 Chinese Trucks bring food to Wuhan.

 A group of truck drivers delivered fresh food to the stricken city of Wuhan on Saturday morning.

Cauliflower, Broccoli, Potatoes, chili peppers and more were due to head there by the truckload from Shouguang, an eastern city that is one of China’s biggest vegetable producers.



Coronavirus Timeline: How the Epidemic Spread

 December 31: China alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) about the unknown virus in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province.

January 1: Most of the Coronavirus affected people worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down. The number of cases reported reached 40

January 5:  Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.


January 7: China told the WHO that they had identified a new virus. The novel virus is from the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold, and is named 2019-nCoV.

January 11: First death of, a 61-year-old man who purchased goods from the seafood market.

January 13:, A Coronavirus cases reported in Thailand, the first outside of China, a woman who had arrived from Wuhan.

January 16:, A Coronavirus cases reported in Japan’s health ministry  a man who had also visited the city.

January 17: Second death was reported in Wuhan, health authorities in the US declared that three airports would start screening passengers arriving from the Wuhan.

January 20: China reported third death and more than 200 infections, this time the cases also reported outside Hubei province Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

January 22: Death toll rose sharply to 17 with more than 550 infections.

January 24: the death jumped to 26, with the government reporting more than 830 infections.

January 26: the death toll rose to 56, with almost 2,000 cases confirmed as travel restrictions were increased

January 27: the death toll in China had risen to 106, with 100 in Hubei province, authorities reported. Another 4,515 people in China had been infected.

January 30: the WHO declared coronavirus a global emergency as the death toll in China rose to 170, with 7,711 cases reported in the country

Philippines  and India confirmed their first cases of the virus, with one infected patient in each country.

January 31: the number of confirmed cases in China rose to 9,809. Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom confirmed their first cases of the virus.

February 1, the death toll in China jumped to 259, with 11,791 confirmed infections in the country.


















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