Passengers coming from China wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus. (Reuters)
Passengers coming from China wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus. (Reuters)

Coronavirus live updates: World faces chronic shortage of protective equipment

  • Kerala government lifts coronavirus 'state calamity' alert as no positive case detected in recent days
  • Govt has taken several measures to check spread of coronavirus to India; visas issued to Chinese nationals no longer valid: Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus live updates: The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has reached 636 as of the end of Thursday, up by 73 from the previous day, the country's National Health Commission said on Friday.

Out of the total rise in the toll, central Hubei province - epicentre of the outbreak - reported 69 deaths, including 64 in the provincial capital Wuhan.

Here are the latest updates about the deadly coronavirus:

Kerala government lifts coronavirus 'state calamity' alert as no positive case detected in recent days: Minister

150 passengers identified with symptoms of coronavirus referred to isolation facilities: Health minister in Rajya Sabha

Union Health Minister says 1,39,539 passengers of 1,275 flights have been screened for coronavirus

Govt has taken several measures to check spread of coronavirus to India; visas issued to Chinese nationals no longer valid: Harsh Vardhan

World faces chronic shortage of coronavirus protective equipment: WHO

The world is facing a chronic shortage of gowns, masks, gloves and other protective equipment in the fight against a spreading coronavirus epidemic, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

Hong Kong shoppers snap up rice and noodles as coronavirus fears mount

Panicky Hong Kong residents scooped noodles, rice, meat and toilet rolls into supermarket trolleys on Friday despite government assurances of ample supplies during an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed 637 people in mainland China

Thai minister says kick out 'Western' tourists not wearing face masks

Thailand's health minister lashed out at "Western" tourists on Friday for not wearing face masks and suggested they be expelled from the country for putting others at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

The outburst came as the kingdom faced steep losses over a drop in visitors from China, where the virus has killed more than 600 people and prompted sweeping travel restrictions.

Avoid steroids in coronavirus treatment: Experts

Treating the current novel coronavirus with steroids may do patients more harm than good, experts have warned.

Steroids are often used by doctors to reduce inflammation, which is present in the lungs of patients with novel coronavirus. Lung inflammation was observed during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreaks, which were caused by coronaviruses.

However, steroids also impair the immune system's ability to fight viruses and other infections that often develop in patients with life-threatening illness.

Oli directs authorities to bring back Nepalis from China

Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has directed authorities to bring back Nepalis stranded in from China amid the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, a media report said.

At least 180 Nepali nationals, mostly students, have filed applications at the country's embassy in China seeking immediate evacuation from China where the virus has killed 636 people, The Himalayan Times said in the report on Thursday.

China's Xi tells Trump Beijing will defeat coronavirus as doctor's death sparks outcry

Chinese President Xi Jinping assured U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that China is doing all it can to contain a new coronavirus that has killed almost 640 people, including a doctor who sounded the alarm only to be threatened by police.

China was gradually achieving results and was confident it could defeat the epidemic with no long-term consequences for economic development, Xi told his U.S. counterpart in a telephone call, according to state television.

Japan finds 41 more cases on ship

Japan on Friday reported 41 new cases of a virus on a cruise ship that's been quarantined in Yokohama harbor while the death toll in mainland China rose to 636, including a doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the disease threat.

Coronavirus claims world's biggest capacity car plant

The most productive car factory in the world fell quiet on Friday as South Korea's Hyundai suspended operations at its giant Ulsan complex, hamstrung by a lack of parts with the coronavirus outbreak crippling China's industrial output.

The five-plant network can make 1.4 million vehicles annually, in a coastal location facilitating importing components and exporting cars globally.

Australia to Quarantine Coronavirus Evacuees in Outback Camp

Australia has confirmed it’s preparing a former resources industry workers’ camp in the Outback to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-stricken Wuhan.

Australia will use “a mining camp facility in the Northern Territory near Darwin and we are working through the consultation phase with the local community and others about the implementation of those arrangements," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Friday.

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