- The New York Times – As Coronavirus Spreads, Hong Kong Limits Border Traffic With Mainland China
Facing heavy pressure even from some pro-establishment politicians, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is shutting down train lines and limiting flights and tourism.
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top official, said on Tuesday that the city would sharply cut the number of visitors from mainland China in an effort to control the spread of the new coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan last month. The limits, including the closure of rail and ferry service and reducing flight arrivals by about half, will begin at midnight Thursday. They follow days of increasing pressure from health care workers, epidemiologists and even pro-Beijing politicians who have traditionally supported Mrs. Lam’s government. Hong Kong will close several of its border crossing points and increase checkpoints to detect fevers at those that remain, Mrs. Lam said. China will also stop issuing visas for individual travelers from the mainland, which make up about half of visitors to Hong Kong, she added.
- Tass (Russia) – Chinese coronavirus dangerous at 2 meter distance, expert says
The expert noted the virus might be transmitted by contact, if it gets in human eyes or on mucous membranes
The 2019-nCoV coronavirus may be contagious at a two-meter distance, says National Health Commission expert Li Xingwang of Beijing Ditan Hospital. “Everyone must wear protective masks and reduce the number of close contacts to as low as possible. By ‘close,’ we currently mean a distance of one to two meters – the infection may happen at this distance,” says Chinese media quotes the expert as saying.
- Kyodo News – Japan sees 1st coronavirus case not linked to travel to China
Bus driver infected with coronavirus drove 2 tour groups from Wuhan
The government on Tuesday confirmed two more cases in Japan of the new coronavirus, including a tour bus driver who has never been to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak of the deadly virus began in a seafood and poultry market. The findings bring the total number of confirmed infections in Japan to six. The bus driver in his 60s drove two groups of Chinese tourists from Wuhan earlier this month, Japanese health minister Katsunobu Kato said.
- Reuters – German auto supplier Webasto says two employees infected with coronavirus
German car parts supplier Webasto on Tuesday said a second employee had become infected with the coronavirus following the visit of another employee, from China, to the company’s headquarters in Stockdorf, Bavaria. “The auto supplier Webasto confirms that the person infected with the Coronavirus is from Starnberg and an employee at the company headquarters in Stockdorf,” Webasto said. Webasto on Monday had said a Chinese employee from Shanghai had tested positive for the virus upon his return to China following his visit to the company headquarters.
Not trying to be an alarmist, but the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has jumped by more 50% to nearly 4,500 in less than 24 hours. It's possible today's stock market dip-buyers were a bit premature. https://t.co/OJ9fBMfwhX
— fred hickey (@htsfhickey) January 28, 2020