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05 February 2020 Security News

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COVID-19 Pandemic News

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COVID-19 Pandemic News

  • DOD Statement on use of Camp Ashland, Nebraska in Support of HHS DoD 05 Feb 2020 -- On Feb. 3, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, in response to a request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), approved housing support at Camp Ashland, Nebraska for up to 75 people who may need to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas travel due to the novel coronavirus. This is a DoD-owned facility that is leased to the State of Nebraska. The approval was done in consultation with the Governor of Nebraska.
  • Myanmar Workers Leave China Without Pay, Fearing Virus Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Migrant workers returning to Myanmar from China's Yunnan province because of coronavirus fears are walking away from their jobs without receiving the pay owed to them, as their Chinese employers try to discourage them from leaving, sources say.
  • Thousands Quarantined on Two Cruise Ships Amid Coronavirus Epidemic Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Thousands of ship's crew and passengers were held in quarantine aboard two cruise ships after an outbreak of coronavirus on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed cases globally neared 25,000 with the overwhelming majority still in China.
  • Hong Kong Medical Workers Stay on Strike For Total Lockdown Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Thousands of Hong Kong medical workers look set to continue their strike at public hospitals on Thursday, saying that recent quarantine measures announced by the city's government weren't enough to protect the city from the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Vietnam's 10th Case of Coronavirus Confirmed as Authorities Expand Quarantine Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- As Vietnam's Ministry of Health Tuesday announced that the country now has its 10th case of novel coronavirus (nCoV), the government is making preparations to quarantine massive numbers of citizens returning home from China.
  • UN responds to bans on Chinese entry amid coronavirus outbreak Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- The UN does not recommend any travel and trade restrictions based on current information at this time, UN resident coordinator in China Nicholas Rosellini told the Global Times, in responding to the question about some countries issuing a ban on Chinese entry amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • WHO Announces New Strategic Coronavirus Response Plan, Asks for $675Mln to Fund Program Sputnik 05 Feb 2020 -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) is launching a program to assist counties in stemming the spread of the new form of coronavirus, asking for $675 million to implement it, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said on Wednesday.
  • $675 million appeal to stop coronavirus in its tracks, as deaths rise UN News 05 Feb 2020 -- The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Wednesday for $675 million to boost international measures to counter the new coronavirus epidemic, as deaths from the outbreak neared 500.
  • Coronavirus Tests US-China Ties VOA 05 Feb 2020 -- The United States is transporting donated supplies, including life-saving personal protection equipment and medical and humanitarian relief supplies, to Hubei, China, to help with the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
  • Mainland China Reports New Coronavirus Deaths, Cases VOA 05 Feb 2020 -- The number of new cases and related deaths from the new coronavirus rose Wednesday in mainland China, Chinese health officials said, while the discovery of new cases outside the mainland indicated the increasing spread of the outbreak.
  • China Criticizes Australia's Coronavirus Travel Ban VOA 05 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese embassy in Canberra has criticized Australia's coronavirus travel ban. It is preventing entry to all foreigners traveling from mainland China for at least two weeks. An eight-year-old boy in Queensland state has become the 13th confirmed Australian case of the disease. Two Australians are among the 10 people who have tested positive for the virus onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Taiwan bans entry of all Chinese nationals as Wuhan virus surges CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- All Chinese nationals will be denied entry into Taiwan beginning Thursday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China jumped past 20,000.
  • Government tweaks mask rationing plan to include all foreign nationals CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Foreign nationals living in Taiwan will be able to use their national health insurance (NHI) cards or other forms of ID to obtain surgical face masks under a new rationing system that takes effect Thursday at 9 a.m., the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan issues red travel advisory for China CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a red travel advisory for China Wednesday amid growing novel coronavirus infections across the globe.
  • No Taiwanese test positive for Wuhan virus on quarantined ship CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- No Taiwanese are among the 10 people on board a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama harbor who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to the cruise line operator Wednesday.
  • No further evacuation of Taiwanese in next two days: MAC CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- The repatriation of a second group of Taiwanese nationals stranded in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, will not happen in the next two days (Feb. 5 and 6), the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.
  • Mainland steps up services for Taiwan compatriots amid virus outbreak: spokesperson People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese mainland has stepped up services for Taiwan compatriots and businesses on the mainland amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, a mainland official said Wednesday.
  • Taiwan confirms 11th case of novel coronavirus infection Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday confirmed the 11th case of novel coronavirus infection.
  • Three Taiwanese in China confirmed as having coronavirus infection CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Three Taiwanese in China have been confirmed as infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a further two suspected cases, a Chinese official said Wednesday.
  • DPRK Takes Measures to Check Novel Coronavirus Infection KCNA 05 Feb 2020 -- A campaign for thoroughly checking the novel coronavirus infection is underway in every direction in the DPRK.
  • Number of Coronavirus Cases in South Korea Rises to 18 Sputnik 05 Feb 2020 -- South Korea has confirmed two more cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country to 18, the country's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced on Wednesday.
  • Fifth Canadian Case of Coronavirus Identified in Province of British Columbia Sputnik 05 Feb 2020 -- The Canadian province of British Columbia recorded its second case of the novel coronavirus, health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters.
  • Uzbekistan Repatriates Dozens More As Central Asia Frets Over Coronavirus RFE/RL 05 Feb 2020 -- Uzbekistan Airways has returned 84 Uzbek nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, amid rising fears among Central Asian nations over the possible spread of the deadly coronavirus from its giant neighbor.
  • People Onboard Quarantined Cruise Ship Test Positive For Coronavirus RFE/RL 05 Feb 2020 -- At least 10 people on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for China's coronavirus, Japan's authorities say.
  • Wuhan to build 8 more temporary hospitals Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province plans to convert another eight existing venues, including gymnasiums, exhibition centers and sports centers, into hospitals to receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), local authorities said Tuesday.
  • Increased mask production, imports help ease supply shortage Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- China has been increasing its face mask production capacity and importing protective gear in an attempt to soften the medical supply shortages since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Shanghai postpones new school semester again to curb spread of coronavirus Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- All schools in Shanghai are forbidden from opening before the end of February, according to an announcement by the city's Education Commission on Wednesday. The start date for the new semester has not been decided yet. Previously, the authority extended the school holidays to February 16 as an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Trade, cultural events postponed amid virus outbreak Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Worries are surfacing on the internet that China's national "two sessions" this year might be affected as the coronavirus epidemic, which has caused the delay of local "two sessions" in two provincial and 16 city-level administrations and a number of trade and cultural and sports events.
  • Drop of new suspected cases sparks optimism Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Positive signs that have emerged lately from the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak have prompted some public health experts to predict that the inflection point for the epidemic may be seen in the near future after new suspected cases fell for a second straight day.
  • Cities across China call off group banquets amid coronavirus outbreak Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Beijing has banned group banquets, the latest city to release such a notice, following a case involving residents in dozens of blocks from a community in Wuhan who reportedly have symptoms of the coronavirus infection.
  • Residents support community lockdown in coronavirus fight Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- An increasing number of residential communities across China are locked down to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which residents have largely hailed despite the inconveniences caused.
  • Man detained for hiding Wuhan travel, contaminating others Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- A man was detained for concealing traveling from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, and frequently joining village banquets, causing thousands to be quarantined.
  • China starts punishments over misconduct in Hubei during virus crisis Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- One day after a meeting on the prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus, held by the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, China started punishments over misconduct in Hubei Province, where the outbreak started and the region that is suffering the most from the epidemic.
  • More derelict officials to be disciplined Global Times 05 Feb 2020 -- Increasingly more unqualified and irresponsible officials in Central China's Hubei Province, epicenter of the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, have been punished for dereliction of duty amid rising public fury over some local officials' inefficiency and misconducts in handling public health emergencies.
  • Hong Kong investigates 3 local infection cases of novel coronavirus People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on early Wednesday that it was investigating three cases of the novel coronavirus infection which were classified as local infection cases.
  • Key meeting emphasizes treating all patients People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- A meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Tuesday adopted measures to enable more patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Hubei province and especially Wuhan to obtain treatment, improve recovery rates and reduce fatalities.
  • China coronavirus outbreak: Death toll approaches 500 Press TV 05 Feb 2020 -- The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China has approached 500, and more than 24,000 others have been infected with the rapidly spreading virus, which is also taking a toll on the world economy.
  • North Korean Workers Return to China as Coronavirus Epidemic Spreads Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Despite the novel coronavirus (nCoV) epidemic in China, North Korean workers who returned home for the Lunar New Year holiday are returning across the border in large groups, sources familiar with the situation told RFA.
  • China Coronavirus Lockdown Complicates North Korea Refugee Journeys VOA 05 Feb 2020 -- A vast transportation lockdown meant to contain the spread of a new coronavirus in central China is complicating the already grueling journey of North Korean refugees, according to two sources who help arrange North Korean defector trips.
  • Use of HIV medication to be investigated as coronavirus treatment CNA 05 Feb 2020 -- Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) will investigate the use of an HIV medication as a treatment for the coronavirus that has been declared a global public heath emergency, according to an institute researcher Tuesday.
  • Key meeting emphasizes treating all patients People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- A meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Tuesday adopted measures to enable more patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Hubei province and especially Wuhan to obtain treatment, improve recovery rates and reduce fatalities.
  • Resource shortages raise risk of death, official says People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- The mortality rate for known cases of the novel coronavirus is significantly higher in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, than other parts of the country a gap that health officials and experts are racing to close by ramping up medical assistance and enhancing the region's critical care capability.
  • WHO says coronavirus outbreak not yet pandemic People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- The World Health Organisation said the deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus does not constitute a "pandemic".
  • Race against time to win epidemic battle in Wuhan: Chinese authorities People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- A central government group to guide the epidemic control work in central China's Hubei Province requires intensified measures to prevent and control the novel coronavirus epidemic and race against time to win the battle.
  • Chinese hospitals discharge 892 recovered patients of coronavirus infection People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- A total of 892 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Tuesday, Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday.
  • Hubei uses choppers to transport emergency supplies People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- Central China's Hubei Province, the center of the novel coronavirus epidemic, used helicopters to ensure the smooth and timely transportation of emergency supplies to support epidemic prevention and control, a senior local official said Tuesday.
  • China reports 3,887 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection, 65 new deaths People's Daily 05 Feb 2020 -- Chinese health authorities Wednesday said it received reports of 3,887 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 65 deaths on Tuesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.



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