Coronavirus: Final UK flight to bring home Britons from Wuhan

  • Coronavirus: Final UK flight to bring home Britons from Wuhan

Coronavirus: Final UK flight to bring home Britons from Wuhan

On December 30, Li texted his classmates that the Wuhan hospital had seen several cases of a SARS-like illness in patients that had visited a seafood market in the city.

All Britons still in mainland China have been urged by the Foreign Office to leave, as coronavirus continues to claim more lives in the country. Two people have died outside mainland China since the outbreak began.

"We're not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak", said a nurse taking part in the strike.

China's markets steadied after anxiety erased some $400 billion in market value from Shanghai's benchmark index the previous day, and global markets also staged a comeback after a sell-off last week, but the bad news kept coming. The death toll in China now stands at 425.

CNN reports that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has asked the European Union to help China procure medical care, as patients and medical staff have also reported to their rapporteurs that the virus has been delayed in examining and that concerns have been raised about the outbreak China may be worse than now reported.

He told MPs in the Commons: "There's an estimated 30,000 United Kingdom nationals in China and the proportion of the population who have the virus outside of Wuhan is much lower than in Wuhan itself".

Hundreds of medical workers in the former British colony held a second day of strikes to force the government to completely close the city's borders with mainland China, a day after embattled leader Carrie Lam left three remaining checkpoints open.

She noted that some developed countries with sound health systems and advanced public health capabilities have imposed excessive restrictions on China, counter to WHO advice.

On Tuesday, the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau announced it was closing casinos for two weeks as a precaution.

Thailand's tally of infections jumped to 25, the highest outside China, while Singapore's rose to 24.

The World Health Organization cited such cases when it declared the outbreak a global emergency last week.

Navy officials in protective suits standing beside a plane that brought Thai nationals back from Wuhan at U-Tapao Airport in Rayong on February 4, 2020.

Such uncertainties have spurred extreme measures by some countries to stem the spread.

Hong Kong has confirmed 17 cases.

"At this point, I am willing to go to any other country, but it's all down to the United Kingdom embassy".

Jamie Morris, a 23-year-old teacher from New Tredegar in South Wales, said he believes he may have contracted the virus at the end of November, before the mass outbreak prompted global media attention.

In South Korea, the latest confirmed case involved a 42-year-old Korean woman who developed chills on January 25, according to a February 4 press release by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A handful of other nations have done the same.

In an interview with PA on Tuesday, a British man who fears he contracted coronavirus said he has been given no indication of when he will be able to leave Wuhan.

Some economists predict world economic output will be cut by 0.2 to 0.3 percentage points due to China's lockdown.

The current case fatality rate (CFR) of the novel coronavirus infection on the Chinese mainland has dropped to 2.1 percent, Chinese health authorities disclosed Tuesday.

Commercial flights to the United Kingdom remain available in some parts of China.