Coronavirus live updates: China says six health workers have died, Singapore warns of recession

  • China’s Hubei province reported an additional 116 deaths and 4,823 new cases as of the end of Feb. 13.
  • Of the new cases, the government said that 3,095 were “clinically diagnosed.”
  • In total, Hubei authorities said that 51,986 people have been infected in the province.
  • The United States does “not have high confidence in the information coming out of China” regarding the count of coronavirus cases, a senior administration official told CNBC.

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All times below are in Beijing time.

China’s National Health Commission said on Friday that 1,716 health workers in the country had been infected with the coronavirus and six of them have died.

It is the first time China has published figures specifically relating to infected medical personnel.

Chinese health officials have previously warned of medical equipment shortages as hospitals in the country come under heavy strain and face resource constraints.

The Singapore government is warning of scams made under the pretext of investigations linked to confirmed cases of coronavirus, as the city-state seeks to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Scammers have reportedly been calling people to ask for financial details under the pretext of “contact tracing” — the process of identifying those with close contact with infected patients. People who have been identified are closely monitored for symptoms and tests for signs of infection. — Huileng Tan.

The cruise industry is canceling or re-routing planned journeys through Asia as a result of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Industry leader Carnival Corp warned on Thursday that the flu-like virus would have a “material impact on its financial results,” with travel restrictions necessitating the suspension of cruise operations from ports in China.

In addition, Royal Caribbean Cruises has had to cancel a total of 18 sailings in Southeast Asia, while also modifying several itineraries. The company cautioned that full-year financial results would be weaker-than-expected if travel restrictions and concerns over the outbreak persist.

The profit warnings come shortly after one cruise ship off the coast of Japan announced it has more than 200 coronavirus infections onboard, while another cruise ship was reportedly shunned from docking by five Asian ports despite no known cases of the virus.


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