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COVID-19: 16,155 patients released on recovery


A total of 16,155 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Wednesday, Chinese health authority said Thursday.
Wednesday saw 1,779 people walk out of hospital after recovery, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.


By the end of Wednesday, a total of 2,118 people had died of the disease and 74,576 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China, N.Rs learnt


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COVID-19: Two passengers found dead


Two passengers who were on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship have died from COVID-19.
The victims – a Japanese man and woman in their 80s – are the first people from the Diamond Princess to lose their lives from the illness.


Both had underlying health problems and had been in hospital after being taken off the ship, reports Sky News.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said an evacuation flight for British passengers will leave Tokyo on Friday.


It is understood that only those without symptoms will be able to fly back to the UK.
There are 78 British nationals on the ship, four of whom have been confirmed to have COVID-19.
Once passengers have returned to the UK, they will be kept in isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.


It is the same facility where 94 people who were flown back to the UK from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak – were quarantined.
British passengers on board the Diamond Princess have repeatedly begged authorities to bring them home, saying they feel “desperate”.


More than 620 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, on the cruise liner.
The Diamond Princess has been controversially quarantined in Yokohama, off the coast of Japan, since 3 February.


On Wednesday, passengers started to disembark the ship after the two-week isolation came to an end – and another 500 are expected to leave today.
Crew members and those who had shared a room with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to remain in quarantine.


Japanese officials have not confirmed how many people remain on board, or when everyone will be allowed to leave the cruise liner.
Some passengers from the US, Hong Kong and Australia have already returned home.
In mainland China, the number of new cases of COVID-19 has dropped.

China’s central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 349 new confirmed cases on Thursday, down from 1,693 the previous day.
The death toll has now reached over 2,128 globally, with all but eight deaths in mainland China.


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COVID-19: WHO declares progress in fight


The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed “tremendous progress” in the fight against the deadly new coronavirus since it emerged in China in December.

“We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time … trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,” said Richard Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, at a press conference in Cairo.


The death toll from the COVID-19 virus jumped past 2,000 on Wednesday, almost all of them in mainland China where 74,185 cases of infection have been confirmed.

Egypt’s health ministry announced last week the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Africa, a foreigner whose nationality was not revealed.


In a joint statement with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population on Wednesday, the WHO noted that the person had shown a “negative” response upon further testing.

“After 48 hours of being admitted to the isolation unit in the hospital, further PCR tests revealed a negative result for the carrier of the COVID-19 virus who tested positive last Friday,” the statement said.


It was not immediately clear why the patient tested negative in the latest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a widely used method to determine the presence of infectious agents.

A senior WHO official insisted to AFP on Wednesday that the negative results of the patient, who remains in quarantine, still do not make the continent free of the disease.


She said that other carriers of the disease could be present in other countries without necessarily being detected.

During the conference, WHO officials reiterated that even though the foreigner had not shown any symptoms of the virus, the person is still being monitored and has not been released.


John Jabbour, WHO’s Egypt director, told AFP that “we are making sure that Africa is still free of the disease except for the case in Egypt”.

Slamming misinformation on social media, Brennan noted “there is no evidence it (the virus) was produced in a lab or as a biological weapon”.

In response to Chinese efforts to contain the virus, he said that Beijing “has really thrown its weight behind the outbreak” and that reports of concealing the severity of the disease are “frankly unwarranted”.

Deep trade links with China and often overstretched healthcare systems have raised concerns about the capacity of African countries to respond to an outbreak.


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COVID-19: Corruption, main cause – EFCC Boss says in Video


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied that its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu said that “Coronavirus is caused by corruption” while speaking at the passing out parade of 281 cadets of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5, at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna on Tuesday February 18.


In a statement shared on its official Twitter handle, the anti-graft agency alleged that the report is false and misleading. The agency claimed that Magu said;

“Tackling corruption is a clarion call, given that corruption is a huge burden to the nation. It is worse than Cancer, Ebola Virus, Coronavirus and all other deadly diseases put together.”


A video evidence however proved that Magu said he “he strongly believes coronavirus is caused by corruption.”

In a video which has long gone viral, the EFCC boss was heard saying;

“Corruption is the biggest strategy to human kind. Your excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about.

“And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption.”

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COVID-19: First Africa Patient Recounts How He Avoided Bringing It To The Continent


Kem Daryl, Africa’s first coronavirus patient, has narrated how he decided to remain in China to avoid bringing the disease into the continent.


The 21-year-old Cameroonian student, whose country shares a border with Nigeria, was living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou when the deadly virus broke out in Wuhan, spreading to other provinces.

Daryl was placed under a 14-day quarantine, having suffered fever, a dry cough, and flu-like symptoms.


Unlike many, Daryl began to show signs of recovery after two weeks in isolation at a local Chinese hospital as he was treated with some antibiotics typically used for HIV patients.

“No matter what happens, I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa. When I was going to the hospital, I was thinking about my death and how I thought it was going to happen,” he said from his varsity dormitory, where he was being quarantined.


The computerized tomography (CT) scan carried out on him had thereafter showed no sign of the illness, making him the first African person who, despite known to have been infected with the deadly disease, recovered in no time.

Daryl said he had no intention of leaving China, irrespective of the available options, as even his medical bills were being taken care of by the Chinese government.


“I don’t want to go home before finishing studying. I think there is no need to return home because all hospital fees were taken care of by the Chinese government,” he said.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister for information, had said that citizens in Wuhan, a Chinese city where the virus is known to have broken out, were unwilling to return home.


Africa recorded its first case of coronavirus last Friday after a foreigner who had been put in isolation at a hospital in Egypt tested positive for the disease.

Medical experts also warned that countries in the continent with weak health systems may struggle to cope with a potential outbreak.

While coronavirus has killed over 1,770 and infected more than 72,000 people, two recently suspected cases in Nigeria had tested negative after medical investigations were carried out.

Meanwhile, here’s all you need to know about the symptoms, treatment, prevention of the mysterious coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Kenya Airline suspend travels to China


The carrier, which operates direct flights to Guangzhou, said it’s monitoring the situation with Kenya’s health and foreign ministries.

In a statement, officials with the airline said, “The safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority.”


South Africans in Wuhan lockdown call for evacuation from coronavirus outbreak epicenter.

Many Kenyans had expressed concerns about the carrier’s flights to the Asian country when a passenger who had arrived from Guangzhou was quarantined after showing symptoms of coronavirus Tuesday.


The passenger was a student who had traveled from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. The test result was negative, according to the Kenya health ministry on Friday.

The country’s government had advised its citizens against non-essential travel to China, where authorities are battling a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 200 people.


Four suspected cases in Ethiopia and one in Ivory Coast tested negative. Botswana also put a passenger who arrived from China under isolation on Thursday.

Airlines around the world are suspending flights to China as the coronavirus spreads
Rwanda Air and Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc are among some African airlines that have suspended flights to China.


In a statement on Friday, Rwanda Air said the decision was made after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

Ethiopia Airlines, however, tweeted it will keep operating its flights to five Chinese destinations while adhering to international standards to ensure the safety of their passengers.

Several other carriers based outside of Africa, including British Airways, have suspended flights to China as conoravirus continues to spread globally.

Kenya Airways did not say when flights to China will resume.


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COVID-19: Hospital director in china dies


A hospital director in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, died from the disease on Monday, state media reported on Tuesday.


Liu Zhiming, Director of Wuchang Hospital, died from infection with the new coronavirus, which has so far spread to more than 72,000 people across China, the state-owned newswire China News Service said on microblogging site Weibo.

His death comes as more medical personnel on the front lines of China’s battle against Covid-19 are falling ill with the disease.


China reported last week that more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected, and at least six have died.

A total of 72,436 infections and 1,868 deaths have so far been reported across the country, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.


In the previous 24 hours, medical authorities counted 1,886 new cases and 98 deaths.

Both the number of new infections and deaths dropped slightly from the past few days.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday the number of new coronavirus infections in China appeared to be declining, though it was too early to tell if the reported decline would continue.

China’s renowned epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said he expected the outbreak to peak by middle-to-late February, later than initially estimated, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.


Zhong said he expected the situation to be “stable” by the end of April.

Cities continued to tighten their restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus.

Beijing on Monday cordoned off its hutongs, traditional alleyways in the centre of the city, with community
members restricting non-residents’ access.

The Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, which was supposed to take place from April 21 to April 30, has been postponed due to the outbreak, the organisers said in a statement.


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COVID-19: Tokyo marathon cancelled


Organisers said Monday they are cancelling the amateur portion of the Tokyo marathon, affecting around 38,000 runners, on fears about the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan.

“We reached the conclusion that unfortunately it is difficult to organise the event… after several cases (of the virus) were confirmed in Tokyo,” the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said in a statement.


The decision will not affect elite runners, including elite wheelchair participants, the organisers said.

But they only account for around 200 of the tens of thousands of people who had registered for the March 1 race.


The cancellation comes after Japanese government officials warned the spread of the virus in the country entering “a new phase”.

At least 65 cases have been diagnosed in Japan, excluding hundreds of infections aboard a cruise ship quarantined off the coast.

On Sunday, the health minister warned citizens to avoid large crowds and non-essential gatherings, sparking speculation that the marathon would be cancelled.

A public gathering for the birthday of Emperor Naruhito that was scheduled for February 23 has also been cancelled on virus fears.


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COVID-19: Victim evacuated from flights heading to U.S


More than a dozen infected Americans from a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship off Japan flew on evacuation flights to the US with other passengers on Monday, as the epidemic claimed more lives in China to take the death toll above 1,700.


The COVID-19 virus has infected more than 70,500 people in its epicentre of China and sparked panic buying, economic jitters and the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events.

With fresh cases emerging daily in Japan, the government has advised citizens to avoid mass gatherings and cancelled public events, including annual celebrations in central Tokyo for the Emperor’s birthday and the amateur portion of the city marathon, affecting around 38,000 runners.


Beijing’s municipal authorities have ordered everyone arriving in the capital to self-quarantine for 14 days, the presumed incubation period of the virus. State media said China may postpone its annual parliament session, which has been held in March for the last 35 years.

Outside China, the biggest cluster of infections is from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan’s Yokohama, where an additional 99 cases were revealed on Monday.


That brought the total to 454 diagnosed despite passengers being confined to their cabins during a 14-day quarantine.

As criticism grows of Japan’s handling of the ship crisis, governments are scrambling to repatriate their citizens, with Canada, Australia, Italy, and Hong Kong poised to follow Washington in removing nationals from the vessel.


Early Monday more than 300 passengers were transferred onto coaches via makeshift passport control and loaded onto two planes.

The first flight touched down at Travis Air Force Base in California shortly before midnight Sunday, with the second landing early Monday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.


Before they boarded the flights, US officials were informed 14 of them tested days earlier had received positive results. Authorities allowed them to fly but isolated them from other passengers in a “special containment area”.

Those on board were expected to undergo a further 14-day quarantine period on US soil.


“I am happy and ready to go,” Sarah Arana told AFP before leaving the ship. “We need a proper quarantine. This was not it.”

Australia became the latest country to order its citizens evacuated from the ship, with more than 200 citizens still on board due to be rescued on Wednesday.


Forty other US passengers tested positive for the virus and were taken to hospitals in Japan, said Anthony Fauci, a senior official at the National Institutes for Health.

It was not immediately clear if they were already counted among the 355 confirmed cases on the ship.


In China, authorities have placed about 56 million people in Hubei under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.

New cases outside the epicentre have been declining for the last 13 days. There were 115 fresh cases outside the central province announced Monday, sharply down from nearly 450 a week ago.

Chinese authorities have pointed to the slowing rise in cases as proof their measures are working, even as the death toll climbed to 1,770 with more than 11,000 recovering.

But World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned it is “impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take”.


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COVID-19: 2000 patients newly recorded in a day


No less than 2,000 new Coronavirus patients were recorded in China on Sunday, the country’s health authorities disclosed.

The authorities also said 142 deaths were recorded, bringing the number of deaths to 1,665.


As of Sunday morning, the confirmed number of infected people reached 68,500.

The rate of people diagnosed with the new Coronavirus dropped slightly in Hubei province, although the death toll remained high at the epicentre of the outbreak.


Over the last 24-hour period, 1,843 new cases were reported, Hubei’s health commission said on Sunday, down from 2,420 the previous day.

According to the commission, 139 people died from the Covid-19 disease within the province during that period, the same number as during the previous 24-hour period.


Most of the deaths and infections occurred in the city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected in December.

In total, Hubei recorded more than 56,000 cases of the respiratory illness caused by the virus.


Outside of mainland China, four people have died of Covid-19 so far.

France on Saturday reported the first death in Europe, a Chinese tourist from Hubei.


The French Health Ministry announced later on Saturday that a 12th Coronavirus case had been diagnosed in the country.

The patient, a British national, had been staying in a chalet in the Alpine Ski Resort of Contamines-Montjoie where a cluster of six other cases had already been diagnosed.

The patient had been hospitalised in isolation in Lyon a week ago and tested for Coronavirus regularly since then with a positive result registered today.

Their condition was “not of concern as of today,” the ministry said.


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COVID-19: First death by coronavirus in Europe


A Chinese tourist has died in France after contracting the new coronavirus – the first fatality from the disease outside Asia.

The victim was an 80-year-old man from China’s Hubei province, according to French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.

He arrived in France on 16 January and was placed in quarantine in hospital in Paris on 25 January, she said.


Only three deaths had previously been reported outside mainland China – in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.

However, 1,523 people have died from the virus within China, mostly in Hubei where it first emerged. These include 143 deaths newly reported on Saturday by the country’s national health commission.


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A further 2,641 people have been newly confirmed as infected, bringing China’s total cases to 66,492.

What has happened in France?
In late January, France became the first European country to confirm cases of the virus. It has had 11 confirmed cases of the disease, officially called Covid-19. Six people remain in hospital.


The deceased man had been in a critical condition in the Bichat hospital in northern Paris, the health minister said. He died of a lung infection due to the coronavirus.

The man’s 50-year-old daughter is among the six in hospital with the virus, but she is recovering, Ms Buzyn said.


The other five are British nationals who caught the virus at a chalet in the ski resort of Contamines-Montjoie.

How are other countries affected?
Outside mainland China, there have been more than 500 cases in 26 countries.


Earlier, the US said it was sending a plane to Japan to evacuate Americans stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is being held in quarantine in a Japanese port.

Some 400 US citizens are reported to be on the vessel, according to Japan’s NHK broadcaster. Those with symptoms are expected to be treated in Japan.


Out of 3,700 people on board, 218 have tested positive for the virus. Australia also said it was considering removing its citizens from the ship.

Are cruise ships really ‘floating Petri dishes’?
Are African countries ready?
Egypt’s health ministry on Friday confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in Africa. The ministry described the person as a foreigner, but did not disclose their nationality.


How is China coping?
Despite the spread of the virus, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that the outbreak in China was now “generally under control”.

The foreign minister said outside Hubei province the number of new infections had fallen for 11 consecutive days. He said there had also been a rapid increase in the number of people who had recovered.


However, new figures released on Friday revealed the toll on medical staff in the country. Six health workers have died and 1,716 have been infected since the outbreak, officials said.

Local authorities have struggled to provide protective equipment such as respiratory masks, goggles and protective suits to hospitals in Hubei.

COVID-19: Cases outside China

Meanwhile, Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment.

The World Health Organization is beginning an investigation in China this weekend into the outbreak


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COVID-19: NCDC tested 5 travellers from China negative


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Saturday that five travellers from China tested negative to Coronavirus also known as COVID19.

NobleReporters discovered that the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said on Friday that the centre had “two cases and tests are going on at the moment. As soon as they are completed, it will be announced. If a person returns to the country, say within 20 or 30 days, there is no point wasting reagents to test such a person.

“For other diseases, we usually advise people to go to the hospitals to get tested but for suspected cases of Coronavirus, patients are advised to simply put a call through to us, we will come to the patient because going to the hospital can amplify the disease if it is found to be positive.”

On Saturday, the NCDC announced the results of the tests, saying five travellers have been examined and they tested negative to Coronavirus.

The centre stated, “Since the beginning of #COVID19 outbreak, the protocol in Nigeria is to test returning travellers from China with symptoms. So far, five people have been tested. Results were negative.”


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COVID-19: Death rate over 1,500


The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,500 on Saturday but new infections fell following a mid-week surge caused by a change in the way cases are counted.


More than 66,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei province in December before spreading across the country a month later and causing global panic.

Some 1,700 medical workers have been infected, with six dying from the COVID-19 illness, officials said, underscoring the country’s struggle to contain the deepening health crisis.


Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged that the outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in the country’s health emergency response system.

Battling the outbreak is a “big test for the country’s governance system and governance ability,” Xi said as he chaired a political meeting on government reforms this week, according to state media.


Chinese authorities have placed some 56 million people in Hubei under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.

A number of cities far from the epicentre have also imposed tough measures limiting the number of people who can leave their homes, while schools remain closed nationwide and many companies have encouraged employees to work from home.


Several countries have banned arrivals from China and major airlines have cut services with the country.

But the epidemic has continued to spread across China and hundreds of cases have emerged in more than two dozen countries.


In Singapore, which has 67 confirmed cases, the Roman Catholic Church said it was suspending all masses indefinitely to help prevent the spread of the virus and urged the faithful to follow services on YouTube or the radio.

Fewer new cases
The National Health Commission reported 143 new deaths on Saturday, with all but four in Hubei, raising the toll to 1,523.


The commission also reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in Hubei.

The number, however, was almost half those reported the previous day.


The scale of the epidemic swelled this week after authorities in Hubei changed their criteria for counting cases, adding thousands of new patients to their tally.

Previously, they were counting only cases with a positive lab test result but are now also including those “clinically diagnosed” through lung imaging.


Officials said the change was necessary to ensure that patients get treated early amid reports of backlogs in lab tests.

The revision added nearly 15,000 patients to Hubei’s tally on Thursday, with the World Health Organization noting that cases going back weeks were retroactively counted.


“We’re seeking further clarity on how clinical diagnosis is being made to ensure other respiratory illnesses including influenza are not getting mixed into the COVID-19 data,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday.

There were over 4,800 cases reported in Hubei on Friday and 2,420 on Saturday.


The number of new confirmed cases has been steadily falling outside Hubei, with 221 infections reported on Saturday.

A top Chinese scientist had predicted that the epidemic could peak by the end of this month after the number of new cases had fallen earlier in the week.


The WHO cautioned that it was “way too early” to make any predictions about the disease’s trajectory.

Authorities said Friday 1,716 medical workers have been infected during the outbreak, with six dying from the illness.

Most of the infections among health workers were in Hubei’s capital, Wuhan, where many have lacked proper masks and gear to protect themselves in hospitals dealing with a deluge of patients.

The grim figures come a week after grief and public anger erupted over the death of a whistleblowing doctor who had raised the alarm about the virus in December and been reprimanded and silenced by police in Wuhan.


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COVID-19: City in Indonesia ban sale of snakes, bats.


A city in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province known for exotic animals has stopped sales over Coronavirus (COVID-19) fears, a health official said on Friday.

Tomohon is known for its market that sells meat and live animals including rat, snake, bat and monkey for consumption.


“We have notified traders to temporarily stop the sale of bats, snakes and anything that is considered extreme,” Tomohon Health Chief Isye Liuw said.

“We are also tightening monitoring to watch for trucks carrying such animals into Tomohon. They come from other areas in Sulawesi,’’ she said.


Liuw said she had set up a team to spread the message about the ban.

“We told people about the danger of coronaviruses and they are fearful,” she said.


The move comes after the country’s Trade Ministry on Thursday introduced a ban on cattle and poultry imports from China. It had already banned imports of exotic animals from China.

The earliest cases of COVID-19 were linked to a food market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan which reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption.


Indonesia has not recorded any infections of the new coronavirus so far.

But a team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the U.S. said in a study last week that a lack of confirmed cases in countries that usually operate direct flights to and from Wuhan, such as Indonesia, “may suggest the potential for undetected cases.”


These countries should “rapidly strengthen outbreak surveillance and control capacity” to ensure potential cases are detected.

Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Putranto reacted angrily to what he saw as suggestions that Indonesia had not done enough monitoring or was incapable of identifying cases.


“That’s insulting. The kits we are using are from the U.S.,” Terawan said on Tuesday.

Indonesian officials said on Thursday they were investigating information that a Chinese tourist had tested positive of the virus after travelling to the resort island of Bali.


The man from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, tested positive on Feb. 5, a week after returning to China, according to Chinese authorities.

“We will be tracing his movements, what he did and where he went in Bali,” Indonesia’s presidential chief of staff, Moeldoko, said on Thursday.


The Indonesian Health Ministry said the man was likely to have been infected in China after returning.

“We suspect that he was infected after he arrived at the airport in Shanghai,” said Achmad Yurianto, secretary general of the ministry’s directorate for disease control.

Indonesia is home to some 260 million people, and has stopped flights to and from China since the outbreak of the virus.

The new coronavirus has infected tens of thousands in China and killed more than 1,300 there, as well as spreading to around two dozen countries.


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COVID-19: FG has forgotten us – Nigerians in China cries


Nigerian students in Wuhan, China have lamented their alleged abandonment by the Federal Government as other nationals are evacuated.

N.Rs culled that since the Chinese city went into lockdown three weeks ago, a Nigerian student, Victor Vincent, has watched as other international students on his campus have returned home.

According to 26-year-old Vincent, last week, it was the turn of a group of pupils from Myanmar who lived in the apartment above.


The China University of Geosciences student said, “They knocked on my door to say goodbye. And give me their fresh vegetables, because they wouldn’t be needing them.”

Vincent is reportedly one of around 50 Nigerian students living in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, who say they have been “abandoned” by the Nigerian government and whose repeated pleas for evacuation and medical supplies are “largely ignored by government officials.”


The report also noted that the students, along with over a dozen other Nigerian teachers and businesspeople living in Hubei province, had repeatedly written and called Nigerian government officials requesting assistance.

According to them, “very little” has been forthcoming from the Federal Government.


With the virus death toll now topping 1,000, several countries, including the United States, the UK, and Japan, are working to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan but Nigeria is yet to take such a step, N.Rs heard.

Vincent, who is an executive of the Nigerian Students in Wuhan Association, said the group had asked the government for evacuation and medical supplies, such as masks, goggles, gloves, and disinfectants.


The report said there was “a glimmer of hope” last Thursday when Vincent, who is also the student association’s financial secretary, received a grant of 20,000 Chinese yuan ($2,870) from the Nigerian ambassador to China.

According to Vincent, who has been studying in Wuhan since September 2018, the money was provided to “assist us in procuring foodstuffs and medical supplies”.


He added, “Other than that, the situation remains the same. We still have no clear indication of when we are getting evacuation, where we will be quarantined or even if that will happen at all.

“As each day passes, the chances of evacuation slip by. It’s the total lack of support and sense of abandonment by your country.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye said that he had not received official communication from the Nigerian missions in China on the matter. NobleReporters learnt

Nwonye said, “There is no official communication to that effect that has got to me, even from the mission there. So, I haven’t seen any official communication from there. We will get to our mission either in Beijing or Shanghai.”


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COVID-19: Coronavirus hit Vietnam


Villages in Vietnam with 10,000 people close to Hanoi, the capital were placed under quarantine on Thursday after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said.

The locking down of the commune of Son Loi, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Hanoi, is the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged from a central Chinese city late last year.

“As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune,” said a health ministry statement.


“The timeline… is for 20 days”.

Son Loi is a farming region made up of several villages.


The health ministry previously said five people in Son Loi had been infected with the virus, and on Thursday reported a sixth case.

More than 1,350 people have died in China from the virus, and nearly 60,000 others have been infected, since it was first detected in the Hubei province in early January.


China has imposed unprecedented quarantines across Hubei, locking in about 56 million people, in a bid to stop it spreading.

Tens of millions of others cities far from the epicentre are also enduring travel restrictions.


The virus has also had massive ramifications globally, with many countries banning travellers from China in a bid to stop people spreading the disease.

Vietnam, which shares a porous border with China, has 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including those in Son Loi.

Vietnam had banned all flights to and from mainland China in a bid to stop the virus from spreading.

It also suspended new tourist visas for Chinese nationals or foreigners who had been in China over the past two weeks.


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