Coronavirus live updates: Singapore braces for more cases, Chinese city bans dining out

  • 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.

As the virus spreads outside the city of Wuhan, Chinese officials said at a meeting Wednesday that regions that are hardest hit by the disease must take immediate measures in screening, quarantine and medical treatment modeled after the response in Wuhan. That’s according to an English-language press release from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting of the national-level virus response group, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, also ordered local governments to use targeted response measures, rather than blanket, one-size-fits-all policies. The meeting did recommend local authorities use big data technology for tracing the transmission of the disease through contact, and monitoring those at risk for contracting it.

Some places in China have already been asking locals to enter some personal identification information into an app before taking public transit, or entering shopping centers. 

Singapore must be prepared that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country could continue to climb in the coming weeks, said Janil Puthucheary, senior minister of state at Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information.

As of Thursday noon, Singapore has 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 15 of which have recovered and discharged, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. The Southeast Asian nation with a population of 5.7 million has one of the highest numbers of cases outside China.

Singapore has not recorded any deaths, but that too is something people must be “psychologically prepared” for as the number of cases continue to rise, said Puthucheary. — Lee

China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 121 deaths nationwide, as well as 5,090 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 13.


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