Coronavirus live updates: China death toll hits 811 as new virus kills more people than SARS


A citizen wearing a mask cycling across a deserted road in Wuhan, China on February 7, 2020. The 2019 new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan in late 2019, and has spread to more than two dozen countries since.

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All times below are in Beijing time.

10:48 am: Over 70 exhibitors pull out of Singapore Airshow

More than 70 exhibitors have withdrawn from the Singapore Airshow, Reuters reported. The event, due to be held in Singapore from Feb. 11-16, is touted as Asia’s largest aerospace event.

Those that have pulled out of the event include Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The airshow takes place once every two years, and was initially expected to attract 54,151 trade attendees from 147 countries.

Experia Events Managing Director Leck Chet Lam said the number of firms that have withdrawn represented less than 8% of those that had signed up, according to Reuters. As of Friday, Singapore reported 40 confirmed cases of the new virus.

10:29 am: Singapore’s central bank calls on financial firms to be prepared for increased demand

Singapore’s central bank has called on financial institutions to “be prepared to manage any increase in demand for certain financial services,” as a result of the virus outbreak. Such services include cash withdrawal or online financial services, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Sunday.

Singapore has reported 40 confirmed cases so far, and raised its risk assessment to the second highest level on Friday. The city-state of 5.6 million people has one of the most number of confirmed cases outside China.

MAS also reminded financial firms to be careful of cyber security threats. “There have been cases of cyber threat actors taking advantage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomware attacks,” MAS said in a statement on Sunday, referring to the interim name of the new virus.

9:21 am: Four on cruise ship docked near New York City test negative

Four passengers onboard the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship have tested negative, according to New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy.

The ship is docked in Port Bayonne in New Jersey, some 15 miles from New York City.

Staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship on Friday to test 27 passengers who had recently traveled from mainland China. The CDC cleared 23 of those passengers but the remaining four had to be further evaluated.

“All four passengers from the cruise ship docked in Bayonne tested negative for novel coronavirus,” Murphy tweeted. “New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and the risk to residents remains low.”

8:44 am: China reports 89 additional deaths, bringing total to 811 in the mainland

China reported that the total number of deaths in the country has reached 811 — that’s 89 more deaths than a day earlier.

The National Health Commission said on its website that 2,656 new cases were confirmed. This brings the total number to 37,198 in mainland China.

7:30 am: Death toll in Hubei province rises to 780

Hubei province reported an additional 81 deaths and another 2,147 new cases as of Saturday. It brings the cumulative number of deaths in the province to 780, and total confirmed cases to 27,100.

The number of deaths from the mysterious virus is now higher than the global death toll for SARS.

China has reported 811 deaths in the mainland so far. That brings the global death toll to 813 — including one in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.

The SARS outbreak in 2003 killed 774 people globally, according to the World Health Organization. (Update: This post has been updated to reflect China’s total deaths after the numbers were released.)

All times below are in Eastern time.

4:09 pm Canada confirms seventh case of coronavirus

The Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed the country’s seventh case of the coronavirus on Saturday, Canadian officials told CNBC.

The agency indicated on its website tracking the outbreak that Canadian province British Columbia has a total of four confirmed cases, and the province of Ontario has three.

1:44 pm Volkswagen postpones restarting production at some China plants

Volkswagen said Saturday that it has pushed back resuming production at some of its China plants, Reuters reported.

The company will not restart production until Feb. 17 at most plants in its joint venture with SAIC motor and the Tianjin plant in its joint venture with the FAW Group due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One car-manufacturing plant Volkswagen operates with SAIC in Shanghai and most of the plants in the FAW joint venture will restart on Feb. 10, the German automaker said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

Volkswagen said it was facing supply chain challenges as China goes back to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, as well as limited travel options for its employees.

Rows and rows of empty shelves at a local supermarket in Singapore as panic buying swept through the city after the government raised the alert level for a deadly coronavirus on February 8, 2020 Anxious Singapore shoppers formed long lines at grocery stores and cleared the shelves of essential items, after the city-state raised its alert level.

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10:19 am Singapore confirms seven more cases

Singapore’s Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed seven new cases of the coronavirus,, bringing the total number of cases in the city-state up to 40.

Five of the seven are linked to previously announced cases, the ministry said on its website.

Of the 40 confirmed cases, two have been discharged from the hospital but four remain in critical condition, it added.

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: Canada confirms seventh case of new coronavirus, US citizen dies in Wuhan

— CNBC’s Yelena Dzhanova contributed to this report.

Source: CNBC

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