Coronavirus live updates: US confirms 14 new cases, repatriates passengers aboard cruise ship

4:10 pm: US confirms 14 cases of coronavirus from passengers on board Diamond Princess cruise shipThe U.S. facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the State Department said in a statement on Monday. Morrison added that seats on the plane will also be allocated for New Zealand citizens who are on the cruise ship. 11:30 am: Passengers of cruise ship docked in Cambodia to be trac


4:10 pm: US confirms 14 cases of coronavirus from passengers on board Diamond Princess cruise shipThe U.S. facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the State Department said in a statement on Monday.
Morrison added that seats on the plane will also be allocated for New Zealand citizens who are on the cruise ship.
11:30 am: Passengers of cruise ship docked in Cambodia to be trac
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Coronavirus live updates: US confirms 14 new cases, repatriates passengers aboard cruise ship

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4:10 pm: US confirms 14 cases of coronavirus from passengers on board Diamond Princess cruise ship

The U.S. facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the State Department said in a statement on Monday. During the evacuation process and once the passengers had disembarked the ship, which is currently quarantined in Japan’s port of Yokohama, U.S. officials said they received notice that 14 passengers had tested positive for coronavirus. After consultation with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department made the decision to allow these 14 individuals, “who were in isolation, separated from other passengers and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process.” The flights, which departed Japan at approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, landed in the U.S. Monday morning. All passengers will now remain under quarantine for 14 days. “Passengers that develop symptoms in flight and those with positive test results will remain isolated on the flights and will be transported to an appropriate location for continued isolation and care,” the statement said.

US passengers embark in a plane at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined on board due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. KAZUHIRO NOGI | AFP via Getty Images

4:00 pm: China to consider a plan for delaying key economic meeting

The standing committee for China’s top legislative body will meet next Monday, Feb. 24, and consider a draft proposal for postponing the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress, according to state news agency Xinhua. The congressional meeting, expected to begin March 5, is a key annual event in Beijing at which China releases its economic targets for the year, including GDP. Since a new pneumonia-likevirus began spreading in the last several weeks, Chinese authorities have discouraged locals from traveling and gathering together. The Beijing municipal government announced Friday that any new visitors to the city must quarantine themselves for 14 days after arrival. — Evelyn Cheng.

2:50 pm: Australia to evacuate more than 200 citizens from Diamond Princess cruise ship

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday that more than 200 citizens on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship will be evacuated, according to Reuters. More than 350 passengers on board the ship, currently off the coast of Japan, have tested positive for the virus. That includes 24 Australians, the report said. Morrison added that seats on the plane will also be allocated for New Zealand citizens who are on the cruise ship.

1:35 pm: Malaysia bars entry of MS Westerdam cruise passengers after American tests positive for virus

Malaysia has barred the entry of remaining passengers from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia — after an American passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus upon her arrival in Kuala Lumpur. The cruise — which carried 1,455 guests and 802 crew — departed Hong Kong on Feb. 1. The ship arrived in Cambodia last Thursday after being turned away by several countries including Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand, which were afraid passengers on board might be infected. Following the confirmation of the infected American, the ship operator is now tracking the other passengers who have departed the ship. (see 11:30 a.m. update) — Lee

12:50 pm: 78% of companies face labor crunch due to shutdown, Amcham survey finds

Nearly half the companies polled by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai report their global operations have suffered from the shutdown in China, a survey of 109 manufacturers in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and the Greater Yangtze River Delta region has found. 78% of those companies say they don’t have sufficient manpower for full production, while 30% said logistical challenges will be their biggest concern, according to the survey, which was released on Monday.

11:30 am: Passengers of cruise ship docked in Cambodia to be tracked after one tests positive

Excited passengers disembark from the MS Westerdam. The cruise ship arrived in Cambodia on February 14, 2020 after being stranded for two weeks. Paula Bronstein | Getty Images

All passengers who have already disembarked from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia are now being tracked, after an American passenger tested positive, according to a Reuters report. Holland America Line said it is working with governments and health authorities to track the other 1,454 passengers, who had been given the go-ahead to travel by Cambodian authorities after health checks were done. Many have left the country as of Sunday, the report said. The ship has 802 crew. The MS Westerdam had spent almost two weeks at sea after being rejected by five countries on fears that its passengers could be infected, before being accepted by Cambodia.

10:35 am: More support to boost businesses hit by outbreak

China’s central bank cut rates on its medium-term loans on Monday, in a bid to support businesses which are reeling from the disruption to activity. That followed several moves in the past few weeks to support businesses. On Friday, China said it will tolerate more bad loans, and also said it has supplied more than $76.9 billion in credit.

10:00 am: More food companies offer ‘contactless’ delivery in China

McDonald’s, Starbucks and other fast food companies in China are increasing their “contactless” delivery and pickup services as the outbreak continues, according to a Reuters report. Customers can opt to order online, and their orders will be placed in a location for pickup — without human contact, according to the report.

8:50 am: China reports 105 additional deaths

China’s National Health Commission reported there were 105 additional deaths and 2,048 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 16. That brings the country’s overall total to 70,548 confirmed cases, and 1,770 deaths, according to authorities.

8:10 am: Singapore downgrades GDP due to virus, likely to spend big in annual budget

Singapore, one of the worst-hit from the outbreak with among the highest number of cases outside of China at 75, downgraded its growth forecast on Monday. To cushion the economic blows from the virus outbreak, economists said the Singapore government will likely register one of its largest fiscal deficits on record this year — with estimates ranging from 7 billion Singapore dollars ($5.04 billion) to 8 billion Singapore dollars. — Lee

7:30 am: Hubei reports 100 more deaths and 1,933 new cases

China’s Hubei province said it has confirmed 1,933 new coronavirus cases and 100 more deaths as of Feb. 16. It said that the virus has infected 58,182 people in the province and killed 1,696 people in the region alone. Hubei is the center of the outbreak and where the majority of cases and deaths are located. —Wang

Chinese customers wear protective masks as they line up single file to buy dumplings at a popular local shop on February 16, 2020 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer | Getty Images

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11:30 am: American citizens begin evacuating quarantined cruise ship in Japan

American passengers quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan began evacuating on Sunday. Officials said they would be taken on a charter flight to one of two U.S. military air bases, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Passengers will be screened for symptoms prior to boarding. Americans that decide to not return on the charter flight will be unable to travel to the U.S. until March 4, according to the American Embassy in Tokyo. Japanese officials said the quarantine aboard the ship should end on Feb. 19. There were 355 cases of the virus confirmed as of Sunday, with roughly 3,700 total passengers and crew on board. —Newburger

10:50 am: China pharmaceutical company to sell Favipiravir drug as potential virus treatment

Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in China, has received approval to start selling Favipiravir as a potential treatment for the virus, according to a company filing. The company must still continue clinical trials of the antiviral drug, which is being developed by Toyama Chemical of Japan, after it hits the market. —Newburger

6:21 am: Taiwan confirms death of man with no known history of travel to China


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Coronavirus live updates: Diamond Princess passengers, including 14 new cases, arrive in US

More than 35,000 runners had registered for the March 1 marathon, which will now be open only to competitive runners. Bandidos, a Mexican eatery, is packing its 25 yuan ($3.58) Margaritas into jars and sending them with a straw to customers. Customers can contact one of the representatives for the bar on messaging app WeChat to order their drinks. The Hong Kong-based airline said Monday that it had slashed overall passenger capacity by 40% in February and March, citing the coronavirus outbreak.


More than 35,000 runners had registered for the March 1 marathon, which will now be open only to competitive runners.
Bandidos, a Mexican eatery, is packing its 25 yuan ($3.58) Margaritas into jars and sending them with a straw to customers.
Customers can contact one of the representatives for the bar on messaging app WeChat to order their drinks.
The Hong Kong-based airline said Monday that it had slashed overall passenger capacity by 40% in February and March, citing the coronavirus outbreak.

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11:00 a.m. Tokyo marathon canceled for non-professional runners

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation said Monday that it will cancel the running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus continues to pose a significant public health threat for large-scale events. More than 35,000 runners had registered for the March 1 marathon, which will now be open only to competitive runners. The Tokyo marathon is an Olympic trial race. — Tom Franck

10:30 a.m. Geneva inventions exhibit postponed due to coronavirus

An annual International Exhibition of Inventions held in Geneva has been postponed by six months due to the coronavirus epidemic, its organizers said on Monday. Half of its 700 exhibitors come from Asia. The exhibition was slated to feature 1,000 new inventions and products from 40 countries, according to the organization, and some 57,000 visitors were expected to attend. “…The exhibition management has chosen to be wise and decided to postpone the largest event of its kind in the world until September,” organizers said in a statement, citing difficulties for inventors planning their trips. —Reuters

10:05 a.m. Beijing Auto Show delayed

Organizers of China’s annual car show, which was scheduled for late April, will delay the event due to the outbreak, Reuters reported on Monday. A new date for the auto show has not yet been set. — Amelia Lucas

9:35 a.m. Coronavirus could impact 5 million companies worldwide, new research shows

The new coronavirus outbreak and subsequent shutdown of huge swathes of China could impact more than 5 million businesses worldwide, according to a new study from global business research firm Dun & Bradstreet. The Chinese provinces most impacted by the virus are intricately linked to the global business network. The affected areas with 100 or more confirmed cases as of Feb. 5 are home to more than 90% of all active businesses in China, according to the report, and around 49,000 businesses in these regions are branches and subsidiaries of foreign companies. About 19% of the companies with subsidiaries in impacted regions are headquartered in the U.S. —Elliot Smith

9:10 a.m. China is sterilizing cash in an attempt to stop the coronavirus spreading

Chinese banks have been ordered to disinfect cash before issuing it to the public in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that has so far killed 1,770 people in the country. The Chinese government said during a press conference on Saturday that banks would only be permitted to release new bills which had been sterilized. Money removed from high-risk sites such as hospitals and markets would be sealed and specially treated, but it would then be held by the People’s Bank of China instead of re-entering circulation, officials said. —Chloe Taylor

8:50 a.m. Biotech firm Novacyt’s shares jump on coronavirus test update

Novacyt said on Monday that it has launched a “CE-Mark” molecular test to help detect COVID-19, the new coronavirus that is afflicting China. Novacyt CEO Graham Mullis says the test can produce a result in less than two hours. Novacyt shares jumped more than 30% in late session trading in Paris. —Reuters

7:50 a.m. WTO warns that COVID-19 could further weaken expected growth of global trade in goods

Growth of global trade in goods is likely to remain weak in early 2020, the World Trade Organization said on Monday, adding that the below-trend performance could be reduced even further by the new coronavirus. The WTO said that, based on a decline of its trade outlook indicator, year-on-year merchandise trade growth may fall again in the first quarter of 2020. —Reuters

6:50 a.m.: China’s drinkers get happy hour margaritas delivered to their door as coronavirus lockdown continues

Bars in major Chinese cities are delivering their happy hour drinks deals to customers’ places of residence as a large number of people remain stuck indoors because of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. But with people staying at home in China and some cities putting a ban on dining out in groups, to try to contain the spread of the virus, bars are taking drinks to where their customers are. In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, a major trading and economic hub, a number of bars have started delivering their discounted drinks. Bandidos, a Mexican eatery, is packing its 25 yuan ($3.58) Margaritas into jars and sending them with a straw to customers. Their happy hour is from Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m local time. Customers can contact one of the representatives for the bar on messaging app WeChat to order their drinks. — Arjun Kharpal.

5:30 a.m.: Russia confirms citizen aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship has coronavirus

Russia has confirmed a citizen who had been aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Japan’s port of Yokohama has tested positive for the coronavirus. The woman will be taken to hospital to undergo a course of treatment in the near future, the Russian embassy to Japan said in a post on Facebook on Monday. She is thought to be the first Russian national to contract COVID-19, after the two previous cases of the virus found in the country were both Chinese citizens.

5:15 a.m.: Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways warns of hit to results in first half of the year

Cathay Pacific Airways has warned its financial results in the first half of the year will be “significantly” lower than last year. The Hong Kong-based airline said Monday that it had slashed overall passenger capacity by 40% in February and March, citing the coronavirus outbreak. It also said a reduction in passenger capacity was likely in April. “The first half of 2020 was already expected to be extremely challenging financially,” Cathay Pacific Group Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said in a statement. “As a result of this additional significant drop in demand for flights and consequential capacity reduction caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the financial results for the first half of 2020 will be significantly down on the same period last year.”

3:10 am: US confirms 14 cases of coronavirus from passengers on board Diamond Princess cruise ship


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Coronavirus live updates: Americans begin evacuating quarantined cruise ship in Japan

A US passenger thumbs up to reporters while arriving at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission reported that there were 2,009 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 142 additional deaths as of Feb. 15. 11:30 am: American citizens begin evacuating quarantined cruise ship in JapanAmerican passenger


A US passenger thumbs up to reporters while arriving at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus.
China’s National Health Commission reported that there were 2,009 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 142 additional deaths as of Feb. 15.
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A US passenger thumbs up to reporters while arriving at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. KAZUHIRO NOGI

This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time. China’s National Health Commission reported that there were 2,009 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 142 additional deaths as of Feb. 15. The total number of cases in mainland China has reached 68,500, and the total deaths has reached 1,665, according the latest statistics from the commission on Sunday.

11:30 am: American citizens begin evacuating quarantined cruise ship in Japan

American passengers quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan began evacuating on Sunday. Officials said they would be taken on a charter flight to one of two U.S. military air bases, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine. Passengers will be screened for symptoms prior to boarding. Americans that decide to not return on the charter flight will be unable to travel to the U.S. until March 4, according to the American Embassy in Tokyo. Japanese officials said the quarantine aboard the ship should end on Feb. 19. There were 355 cases of the virus confirmed as of Sunday, with roughly 3,700 total passengers and crew on board.

10:50 am: China pharmaceutical company to sell Favipiravir drug as potential virus treatment

Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in China, has received approval to start selling Favipiravir as a potential treatment for the virus, according to a company filing. The company must still continue clinical trials of the antiviral drug, which is being developed by Toyama Chemical of Japan, after it hits the market.

6:21 am: Taiwan confirms death of man with no known history of travel to China

Taiwan said a man in his 60s with a history of hepatitis B and diabetes has died of the virus. It’s the first death on the island. The man died Saturday after nearly two weeks in a hospital, but does not have a known history of traveling to China. Health officials are investigating how he became infected. Taiwan has 20 confirmed cases of the virus.

3:40 am: American from cruise ship tests positive for second time in Malaysia


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San Francisco’s Clever Girls Facebook group is a place for people who love live music — and raptor memes

“Clever girls” is a popular, music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was started by a Facebook user known as “Concert Raptor” who wanted to bring people together and give away tickets to shows. Approximately 50 people showed up for the scavenger hunt, putting in place the foundation for Clever Girls, a music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was previously known as Concert Raptors. A few months later, he officially started the Facebook group. After the group started, the scavenger hunts gr


“Clever girls” is a popular, music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was started by a Facebook user known as “Concert Raptor” who wanted to bring people together and give away tickets to shows.
Approximately 50 people showed up for the scavenger hunt, putting in place the foundation for Clever Girls, a music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was previously known as Concert Raptors.
A few months later, he officially started the Facebook group.
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“Clever girls” is a popular, music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was started by a Facebook user known as “Concert Raptor” who wanted to bring people together and give away tickets to shows. Courtesy of Ari the Raptor

Just before the 2015 edition of San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival, a mysterious Facebook user who went by the name of “Concert Raptor” devised a 20-clue scavenger hunt across the city for any music fans skillful enough to get through it. The top prize was a free three-day pass. Approximately 50 people showed up for the scavenger hunt, putting in place the foundation for Clever Girls, a music-focused Bay Area Facebook group that was previously known as Concert Raptors. “That hunt was definitely a turning point for me, the energy within it and just the amount of interest that there was,” the original Concert Raptor told CNBC. He now goes by “Ari teh Raptor,” an alias he said he uses to keep the focus on the community rather than himself. The group has since grown to more than 11,600 users and is now used by music lovers around the Bay Area to share news and early bird ticket codes, and to buy, sell or give away concert tickets. Occasionally, members will also use the group to share any quality raptor memes that they come across. It’s just one example of the changing relationship between Facebook users and the social network, which boasts more than 2.5 billion visitors per month. Until recently, users were focused on the site’s News Feed, which contained updates from friends. But as that main billboard got clogged with random news stories and political screeds, Facebook has begun to nudge people more toward participating in groups with others who share their interests.

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The project began in 2014 when Ari was living in San Francisco, working as a data scientist by day and hitting up concerts at night. He noticed that people were often stuck outside concert venues, unable to get in. This made him realize that money was a huge blocker for true fans, so he decided to use some of his extra cash to give tickets away in unique ways. At first, he would post on concert event pages, telling people to find him at a bar to receive a free ticket. “I had always wanted to do a scavenger hunt from the get-go, but there was a lot of trust I had to garner because I just looked like a scam, I was just this dinosaur saying ‘I got free tickets,'” said Ari with a laugh. As music fans grew to trust him, Ari began to ramp up the challenges. After the 2015 Outside Lands scavenger hunt, a group of the people who had participated in a number of his ticket give-aways encouraged him to create a community. A few months later, he officially started the Facebook group. After the group started, the scavenger hunts grew. In many cases, people had to search for hidden stickers with raptor emblems on them.

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Coronavirus live updates: State Department set to evacuate Americans from cruise ship, China slams global ‘overreaction’

Those symptomatic passengers unable to board the flight will “receive the required care in Japan,” the State Department said. It said that situation will be manageable as China has a relatively low bad loan ratio, the report said. On Friday, China said that 1,716 health workers in the country have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters during a press briefing that there are curre


Those symptomatic passengers unable to board the flight will “receive the required care in Japan,” the State Department said.
It said that situation will be manageable as China has a relatively low bad loan ratio, the report said.
On Friday, China said that 1,716 health workers in the country have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters during a press briefing that there are curre
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4:30 pm: U.S. State Department will evacuate all Americans from Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan

The State Department will provide a chartered aircraft to fly American citizens aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise directly from Japan to the U.S., it said in a statement Saturday. The aircraft is set to arrive in Japan on the evening of Feb. 16, and will land in the U.S. at Travis Air Force Base in California. Some passengers will then continue onward to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. All passengers will need to be quarantined in the U.S. for a further 14 days. Those symptomatic passengers unable to board the flight will “receive the required care in Japan,” the State Department said.

2:50 pm: China rail refunded $4.5 billion in tickets —officials

Chinese officials disclosed Saturday that travel during the latest Lunar New Year period was a fraction of previous years, as people stayed home and took advantage of refund policies that authorities enacted in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. China’s aviation authority said since it first announced a ticket refund policy in late January, domestic and foreign airlines have processed 20 million tickets worth more than 20 billion yuan ($2.9 billion). The number of flights has been about a quarter of what it was last year, a representative said. China’s railway authority said rail trips during the holiday travel period so far have been one-seventh of the 280 million it had anticipated, and that it has processed 11.5 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in ticket refunds.

2:10 pm: China says it will tolerate more bad loans

China’s central bank says lenders will accept higher levels of bad loans in a bid to support firms affected by the virus outbreak, according to a Reuters report. It said that situation will be manageable as China has a relatively low bad loan ratio, the report said. He added that the problem will be manageable as China has a relatively low bad loan ratio.

12:55 pm: China bans insurers from offering virus-specific products

China’s deputy chair of the banking and insurance regulator, Liang Tao, said Saturday at a press conference that there are already more than 400 insurance products that can cover risks related to the new coronavirus pneumonia. “Due to the lack of pricing data, and for the protection against violation of consumer rights, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission prohibits companies from issuing such single-liability products,” Liang said, according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language remarks.

12:30 pm: 25,633 medical workers sent to Hubei so far

A total of 217 medical teams comprised of 25,633 healthcare workers have been sent to the virus-hit Hubei province as of Feb. 14, according to state-owned media People’s Daily citing China’s National Health Commission. The majority of them are in Wuhan. On Friday, China said that 1,716 health workers in the country have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

11:15 am: Trump trade advisor Navarro says drug production could start as soon as this month

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox Business Network on Friday night Eastern time that testing and production of a coronavirus drug could start as soon as late February. He said on the show that the White House is “moving at Trump time” on a treatment drug and are hopeful testing and production could begin “as early as the end of the month, mid-March.” Navarro told Fox Business Network a vaccine could be “hopefully as early as next November,” adding that five large American companies are working to get 150 million doses of a vaccine ready.

10:40 am: US evacuating citizens aboard quarantined cruise ship off Japan

The U.S. is evacuating its citizens and their families who are onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan that has been quarantined for almost two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There will be two evacuation flights from Japan for around 380 people, the report said. At least 218 passengers on the Diamond Princess were confirmed to be infected.

10:25 am: Support for companies to fight outbreak in China

As of noon on Friday, banks and financial institutions have supplied more than 537 billion yuan ($76.9 billion) in credit to fight the virus, Liang Tao, deputy head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said Saturday morning at a press conference in Beijing.

9:30 am: China’s foreign minister slams global ‘overreaction’ to virus

China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China’s efforts to control the epidemic have been comprehensive and that it’s “under control,” while slamming the “overreaction” of other countries, according to a Reuters report. In an interview with Reuters in Berlin, he said: “The epidemic overall is under control.” “”We’ve taken such complete prevention and control efforts, efforts that are so comprehensive, that I can’t see any other country that can do this,” Wang said, adding that they would find it very difficult, according to Reuters. “But China has been able to do this.” The U.S. should not take unnecessary measures that will affect tourism and trade, he said, according to Reuters. The U.S. was among several countries who placed travel curbs on Chinese citizens, or travelers who have been to mainland China.

8:50 am: IBM withdraws from RSA conference in San Francisco

IBM says it’s no longer participating in a major conference — the RSA cyber security conference — in San Francisco in February over virus fears, it said in a tweet. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 24 to Feb. 28. Earlier, Facebook announced it has called off its global marketing summit set for next month also in San Francisco, for the same reason, according to a Reuters report. Another major event, Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, was canceled this week over those fears. That decision came after many companies pulled out of the conference, such as LG, Sony, Ericsson, Nokia, Nvidia, Intel and Amazon.

8:05 am: China confirms 143 more deaths, 2,641 new cases

China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 143 deaths nationwide, as well as 2,641 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 14. That tally includes Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, where 2,420 new cases were reported, and 139 more deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 66,492, and number of total deaths at 1,523, the authority said. All times below are in Eastern time.

3:03 pm: US health officials will check patients with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus

U.S. health officials will monitor people with flu-like symptoms for the coronavirus in five cities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The five labs are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City, but the agency hopes to expand the monitoring nationwide. — Feuer

1:21 pm: CDC concerned with report of infected health workers in China

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said the notice from China’s National Health Commission about 1,716 health workers infected with the coronavirus was “concerning.” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters during a press briefing that there are currently no U.S. health workers infected with the virus. She also reiterated the possibility of community spread in the United States. — Lovelace

12:11 pm: Chinese official to travel to Germany to discuss outbreak

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Germany this weekend to discuss the deadly outbreak among other national security issues. Wang is slated to give a keynote speech at the annual Munich Security Conference. Since the deadly outbreak, Wang is the first Chinese senior official to travel overseas. His trip comes as White House officials express doubts about the information coming out of China. — Macias

11:55 am: WHO and China investigate health workers infected with virus

World health officials are working with Chinese authorities to determine when the 1,716 health workers in the country were infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. It appears infections among medical workers peaked in mid-January and has “rapidly” decreased since, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, said at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “This may reflect increased levels of training, increased levels of protection and increased levels of awareness.” — Lovelace

10:44 am: WHO reveals details on its mission to China

Director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news briefing he expects the WHO-led mission to China to arrive over the weekend. The team will include 12 international and WHO experts, Tedros said, as well as the same number of Chinese counterparts, though he did not identify individual members. He said the experts will visit three provinces to observe on-the-ground response efforts, but did not say if the mission will visit the epicenter of the outbreak, the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. “The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally,” he said. —Feuer Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: China tries to get back to work as Beijing sets a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals.

10:14 am: Beijing authorities issue self-quarantine order for returning residents


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A health worker measures the body temperature of a person during the heavy snowfall amid coronavirus fears. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has killed more than 1,500 people in China and infected more than 66,000 people. Chinese officials on Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the last 24 hours. 10:30 am: WHO calls on global leaders to ‘stop stigma and hate’ surrounding virusWHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged global leaders on Saturday to stop sti


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This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Chinese officials on Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

2:00 pm: Cruise ship confirms 67 new coronavirus cases as US evacuates citizens

The Diamond Princess cruise ship that is in quarantine in Japan confirmed 67 new cases of the virus on board. The ship was put under quarantine last week in Yokohama with about 3,700 people on board. American passengers aboard the ship will be evacuated on Sunday with chartered aircraft, according to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. There are 400 U.S. citizens on board and at least 40 Americans who were infected have been taken off the ship for treatment. Those who are evacuated will undergo 14 days of quarantine once they reach the U.S.

1:30 pm: Xi started fighting virus earlier than previously known, newly published speech shows

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued internal orders regarding the virus outbreak roughly two weeks before his first public statements on the epidemic, according to a newly published speech on Saturday in the Qiushi Journal, the Communist Party’s top publication. The speech indicates that Xi started giving orders about the outbreak as early as Jan. 7. His first public instructions on the epidemic was Jan. 20, in which he provided brief instructions on the virus. China’s release of the speech is an apparent effort to mitigate public anger over the handling of the outbreak, and show that Xi has led the battle against the epidemic — including quarantining millions of people in Hubei, the province at the epicenter of the outbreak. Xi gave the speech on Feb 3, about the time when the virus was becoming a national crisis.

10:30 am: WHO calls on global leaders to ‘stop stigma and hate’ surrounding virus

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged global leaders on Saturday to stop stigma and hate amid the virus outbreak. His comments follow reports that people of Asian descent have faced discrimination amid fears of the virus. “It’s easy to blame, it’s easy to politicize, it’s harder to tackle a problem together and find solutions together,” Ghebreyesus said during an address at the Munich Security Conference. “We will all learn lessons from this outbreak, but now is not the time for reclamations or politicization.”

7:12 am: China announces policies to support businesses impacted by virus

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) released a notice on Saturday that encouraged banks to strengthen loans to the manufacturing sector at better rates, and give better financial services for businesses producing protective gear to combat the virus.

5:00 am: First coronavirus death confirmed in Europe


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Singapore has one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases outside of China. On Thursday, a senior administration official told CNBC the White House does “not have high confidence in the information coming out of China” regarding the count of coronavirus cases. 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 highe


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3:30 pm: Alibaba warns virus-related disruptions may hit revenue growth in March quarter

The new coronavirus caused more than half of China to shut down for at least a week, and as the country slowly gets back up to speed, e-commerce and technology giant Alibaba said Thursday some of its businesses are getting hit.

“For our e-commerce business, the delay in employees returning to work following the Spring Festival holiday is preventing merchants and the logistic companies from resuming operations,” CEO Daniel Zhang said, according to a transcript seen by CNBC. He added that a “significant number of packages” were not able to be delivered on time.

Chief Financial Officer Maggie Wu said it was too early to quantify the impact of the coronavirus on the company, she noted the disruptions from the disease would likely negatively hit overall revenue growth for the March quarter, especially in its businesses which rely on physical production — such as the retail marketplace and consumer services in China.

The company reported a 38% year-on-year increase in revenue to 161.5 billion yuan ($23.2 billion) in the quarter ended Dec. 31. That’s slightly slower than the 41% revenue growth between the December quarter of 2017 and 2018. Alibaba shares closed 1.76% lower in U.S. trading, while its Hong Kong-listed stocks were down around 0.8% on Friday.

3:15 pm: China allocates more funding for virus control efforts

China’s finance ministries have allocated 80.55 billion yuan ($11.5 billion) for virus prevention and control efforts as of Thursday, Ou Wenhan, assistant finance minister, said Friday at a press conference in Beijing, according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language remarks. He added that 41 million yuan has already been paid out. The total allocation is an increase of about $2 billion from the 66.74 billion yuan the ministry disclosed last week.

3:00 pm: Singapore’s leader flags risk of recession due to virus

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday that the coronavirus’ economic impact on the island nation’s economy has already exceeded that of SARS in 2003, according to a report by local publication The Straits Times. Lee said it’s possible that the city-state could go into recession. Singapore has one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases outside of China. (see 11.22 a.m. update) — Huang

2:40 pm: Global airline revenue set to plummet

Global airline revenues could drop by between $4 billion and $5 billion in the first quarter of this year, as flights got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a forecast by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization. Some 70 airlines have cancelled all international flights to and from mainland China, and another 50 airlines have curtailed related air operations, it said. That has resulted in an 80% decrease in foreign airline capacity for mainland China. In terms of impact to tourism in the first quarter, due to fewer Chinese travelers, Japan could be hurt the most by losses worth $1.29 billion in tourism revenue, followed by Thailand at $1.15 billion, according to the organization.

2:15 pm: China’s industrial power demand set to drop as shutdown continues

Industrial power demand in China may drop by as much as 73 billion kilowatt hours — representing 1.5% of industrial power consumption in the country, according to Reuters citing IHS Markit estimates. Many of China’s factories are not yet functioning at full capacity, or are under an extended shutdown. Last year, industrial power consumption accounted for 67% of the country’s total, according to the report. Meanwhile, weaving machines at textile plants are operating at the lowest in five years — below 10% of capacity, the report says, citing ICIS data. The country is the largest textile and garment exporter in the world.

1:15 pm: China writes off 108 deaths in Hubei, citing double-counting error in province

China’s health commission said Friday it removed 108 deaths from the total figure due to a double-count in Hubei province, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak. The pneumonia-causing virus has killed a total of 1,380 people in mainland China as of the end of Thursday, the commission said in its Chinese-language daily online report. In parentheses after the death count, the statement added, per a CNBC translation: “Because of duplicated Hubei province statistics, 108 are written off.” Friday’s report is the second day in a row the province’s data has caused major changes to a nationwide figure. And it adds to doubts many have about the accuracy of the data. On Thursday, a senior administration official told CNBC the White House does “not have high confidence in the information coming out of China” regarding the count of coronavirus cases.

12:30 pm: Chinese officials recommend using tech, localized approach to tackle outbreak

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.

11:22 am: Singapore must be prepared for cases to climb, minister says

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

10:40 am: China confirms 121 more deaths, 5,090 new cases

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

10:05 am: Supply chain disruptions have hit businesses, says American Chamber of Commerce

Gregory Gilligan, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China said supply chain disruptions have hit members and that the organization is helping companies navigate different regulations in various parts of China. “We’ve basically been working with folks to work around to get through the temporary regulations that are in place to try to slow down the virus. Many places have put up measures that impact logistics, transportation — so delivery of materials, getting materials that are once produced out, etc,” he said. — Huileng Tan

9:30 am: Guangzhou bans people from dining out in restaurants

In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, China’s Guangzhou city has banned people from going out to eat at restaurants. That ban was effective Feb. 12, as people came back to work this week after the extended Lunar New Year break. Guangzhou is the capital of the manufacturing hub of Guangdong province, and is one of the largest cities in China.

9:10 am: Bank of Japan warns coronavirus could hurt the country’s economy

Japan’s central bank said the impact of the outbreak on production and tourism must be monitored. The country’s economy may already have contracted sharply in the October to December quarter due to slowing overseas demand and consumption taking a hit due to natural disasters, it said, according to Reuters. Japan has 33 confirmed cases so far, and it reported its first death of a coronavirus patient on Thursday, although it was unclear if it was directly linked to the disease. That would be the third coronavirus death outside of China.

8:45 am: Chickens meant for China are being rerouted due to outbreak

Shipments of chicken from the U.S. to China are being diverted to ports in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam due to the virus outbreak, according to Reuters, citing a U.S. poultry export trade group. This is due to the outbreak keeping people from coming back to work in China, leading to a slowdown in the unloading of products at Chinese ports, which have run out of space for refrigerated containers. Such containers must be plugged into power once offloaded, to keep frozen meat cold, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council told Reuters. An estimated 300 to 400 refrigerated containers with poultry are being diverted, the council said, according to the report.

7:55 am: Hubei reports 4,823 new cases

China’s Hubei province reported an additional 116 deaths and 4,823 new confirmed cases as of the end of Feb. 13. Of the new cases, the government said that 3,095 were “clinically diagnosed.” That term refers to a new method for tabulating case totals which now count toward the “confirmed case” count. The change was made so a broader set of patients can receive the same treatment a confirmed case does, according to a CNBC translation of the official announcement’s Chinese text. In total, Hubei authorities said that 51,986 people have been infected in the province.

A woman wears a protective mask as she rides a bicycle on February 11.2020 in Wuhan. Hubei province, China. Flights, trains and public transport including buses, subway and ferry services have been suspended. Getty Images

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5:55 pm: Royal Caribbean warns cruise cancellations in Asia to shave 2020 profit by 65 cents

Royal Caribbean has had to cancel 18 sailings in Southeast Asia and modify itineraries for several other cruises. The result: a big blow the bottom line. The company expects 65 cents will be shaved off its 2020 earnings per share. If the outbreak continues and it’s forced to cancel all of its trips in the region through the end of April, profits would take an additional hit of 55 cents per share. The company added it’s in regular conversation with the CDC, the WHO and other health authorities and has put in place measures to protect passengers and crew. Among those steps is denying the boarding of people who have travelled to and from mainland China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days. “It is important that every organization acts responsibly, and we have already taken aggressive steps to minimize risk through boarding restrictions and itinerary changes,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. Royal Caribbean shares were down more than 1% in extended trading. Shares have fallen nearly 15% since the start of the year. — Cheddar Berk

12:07 pm: White House does not have ‘high confidence’ in China’s coronavirus data

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’s . The official also noted that China “continues to rebuff American offers of assistance.” The New York Times reported last week that Chinese authorities had shown little interest in accepting help from the U.S. — Lovelace

10:25 am: CDC confirms 15th US case in evacuee under quarantine at Texas military base

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a 15th case in the U.S., a recent evacuee from Wuhan who was quarantined at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The U.S. evacuated roughly 800 Americans from Wuhan, more than 600 of which remain under quarantine at military facilities across the nation. Two other evacuees at a Marine Corps base near San Diego, California also have COVID-19, the CDC said Wednesday. “There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC said. — Feuer

9:36 am: China’s Huanggang to seal apartments as it tightens virus control measures


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“The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally,” he said. —Feuer10:00 am: WHO holds briefing on coronavirusWorld Health Organization officials are holding a press conference to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic. The new coronavirus that began to grab national attention in mid-January has killed more than 1,300 people in mainland Chin


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Total deaths: At least 1,380

10:44 am: WHO reveals details on its mission to China

Director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news briefing he expects the WHO-led mission to China to arrive over the weekend. The team will include 12 international and WHO experts, Tedros said, as well as the same number of Chinese counterparts, though he did not identify individual members. He said the experts will visit three provinces to observe on-the-ground response efforts, but did not say if the mission will visit the epicenter of the outbreak, the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. “The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally,” he said. —Feuer

10:14 am: Beijing authorities issue self-quarantine order for returning residents

Beijing officials charged with responding to the virus issued an order for all those returning to Beijing to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days, Chinese state media The People’s Daily reported. Those who refuse to quarantine themselves or follow the official rules on virus containment will be punished according to law, the newspaper said in a post on Chinese social media site Weibo. —Feuer

10:00 am: WHO holds briefing on coronavirus

World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic. Watch the conference live here. —Feuer

9:03 am: Virus risk to US is ‘very low,’ but that could change ‘rapidly,’ Azar says

The American public’s risk of getting infected with the new coronavirus is “very low” but that could change “rapidly,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC. “We’re deploying the full force of the U.S. government to protect the health and safety of the American people,” Azar said. Health officials have confirmed 15 U.S. cases of COVID-19. Azar said people can protect themselves from the virus by washing their hands with soap and water, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. — Lovelace

8:48 am: Drugmaker says outbreak will likely continue for a few months and drag on its revenue

Drugmaker AstraZeneca said it has seen no impact from the coronavirus, but it assumes it’s just a matter of time. The company expects the outbreak will continue for a few more months. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, revenue will grow by a high-single digit to low double-digit percentage this year, while earnings per share will rise by a mid- to-high-teens percentage. The company’s stock was down 2% in premarket trading. — Miller

8:20 am: IMF chief says next two weeks will be critical for China

The next two weeks will be crucial in determining the economic impact of the coronavirus, says International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. In that time, factories are due to reopen in China, which would give a “better understanding on the resilience of China and on that basis, the spillover for the rest of the world,” Georgieva said. She said the IMF was also watching how the new coronavirus was spreading outside of China, stating that it was “not a major issue for now” but if it spreads into “weak health system countries, for example in Africa” that may change. — McKeever

7:20 am: Businesses in China try to return to work

Two weeks after the Lunar New Year holiday was originally supposed to end, Chinese businesses are still hobbling as the country deals with disruptions from a highly contagious virus. The new coronavirus that began to grab national attention in mid-January has killed more than 1,300 people in mainland China. More than half of the provinces delayed the resumption of work from the first week of February by at least a week in an effort to keep people from interacting and spreading the virus. In many places, businesses were scheduled to resume work last Monday, but a variety of data indicates progress has been slow as the virus remains an unresolved concern. Many local governments have also imposed strict restrictions on entering certain areas and requiring quarantines of at least two weeks for people who have returned from out of town. — Cheng

7:10 am: Hong Kong pledges $3.2 billion to contain virus

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Friday pledged handouts totaling $3.2 billion to the Hospital Authority and businesses grappling with the coronavirus outbreak that has piled further pressure on the Chinese-ruled city’s battered economy. Lam said the government would provide $605 million to the Hospital Authority in addition to a series of one-off payments to retailers and others impacted by the outbreak. Hong Kong has 56 confirmed cases of the virus, including one death. The package will need to be approved by the city’s Legislative Council. — Reuters

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6:30 am: China’s Xi says country must fix loopholes exposed during coronavirus outbreak

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the ruling Communist Party to repair loopholes and weaknesses exposed during the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported Friday, citing state television. His comments came shortly after China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 121 deaths nationwide, with 5,090 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The flu-like COVID-19 virus was found to have killed a total of 1,380 people in mainland China as of Thursday evening after the health commission said it had removed 108 deaths from the total figure due to a double-count in Hubei province — the epicenter of the outbreak. It is the second day in a row that the province made significant changes to its count, fueling doubts many have about the accuracy of China’s tally. The White House does “not have high confidence in the information coming out of China,” a senior U.S. administration official told CNBC on Thursday.

5:50 am: China’s top auto industry body reportedly expects auto sales to tumble more than 10% in the first half of 2020


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— Josephs9:20 am: Shunned cruise ship finally docks in CambodiaA cruise ship which was turned away by five countries on fears that someone aboard might be infected, was finally accepted by Cambodia. The case of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where thousands have been quarantined, had stoked fears. 7:55 am: Hubei province reports 14,840 new casesChina’s Hubei province reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases as of Feb. 12 — a sharp increase from the previous day. The health minis


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9:40 am: United Airlines extends China cancellations until late April

United Airlines on Wednesday said it would extend cancellations of its China service until at least April 24, about a month later than the carrier previously planned, as coronavirus cases continue to climb. United normally operates 12 flights a day from its U.S. hubs to Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong and the carrier has more service to China than any other U.S. airline. The extension follows a similar step American took a day earlier. “We will continue to monitor the situation in China and evaluate our schedule as we remain in close contact with the CDC and other public health experts around the globe,” United said in a statement. — Josephs

9:20 am: Shunned cruise ship finally docks in Cambodia

A cruise ship which was turned away by five countries on fears that someone aboard might be infected, was finally accepted by Cambodia. It landed in the country on Thursday, according to Reuters citing ship tracking data. The MS Westerdam was rejected by Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Guam, and has spent around two weeks at sea. The case of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where thousands have been quarantined, had stoked fears. Diamond Princess is currently quarantined off the coast of Japan, and more than 170 people onboard have been found to be infected as of Feb. 12.

8:55 am: 14th coronavirus case in US confirmed

The CDC confirmed a new case in California, taking the total number of cases in the U.S. to 14. The patient is among a group under quarantine after they returned to the U.S. on a chartered flight from Hubei.

7:55 am: Hubei province reports 14,840 new cases

China’s Hubei province reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases as of Feb. 12 — a sharp increase from the previous day. The province said it is starting to include “clinically diagnosed” cases in its figures and that 13,332 of the new cases fall under that classification. The government said that a total of 1,310 people have died in the province and that 48,206 people have been infected in the region.

7:41 am: Singapore cases hit 50, one of the highest outside China

Singapore’s health ministry said as of Feb. 12, noon, the total number of confirmed infection cases hit 50, with three additional ones reported. Next to China and Japan, which is treating more than a hundred people who contracted the disease onboard a cruise ship, the city-state has one of the highest number of reported cases of the virus. The health ministry said contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing and that test results for 125 suspected cases are pending. Of the confirmed cases, more than half are a result of local transmissions where the affected individuals did not have any travel history or links to China. Singapore in recent days saw a surge in panic buying of groceries and other essential household items. —Roy Choudhury All times below are in Eastern time.

2:12 pm: Mobile World Congress canceled after major tech companies pull out

Organizers of Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, have canceled the conference slated to start in Barcelona in less than two weeks. Facebook and other major companies have pulled out of MWC in recent days amid growing fears over the outbreak. “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,” GSMA said in a statement. — Browne

12:29 pm: IMF chief says coronavirus ‘clearly more impactful’ on global growth than SARS

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told CNBC’s Sara Eisen on Wednesday the new coronavirus that started in China is “clearly more impactful” on the world economy than the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic. “China was different [then], the world was different,” said Georgieva, in an interview with Ivanka Trump from a State Department event on economic empowerment for women. During the SARS outbreak, China was only 8% of the global economy, Georgieva pointed out. “Today, China manufactures 28%, with possible impact through value chains on other countries.” — Belvedere

11:50 am: CDC prepares for community outbreaks in US


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Coronavirus live updates: Princess Cruises guests allowed to leave ship, global cases soar above 60,300

ET to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic. As of Thursday, more than 60,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in over two dozen countries, resulting in least 1,300 deaths almost exclusively in China. The number of new cases appeared to be stabilizing until Thursday, when a change in how China defines cases led to a spike in confirmed cases in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. -Bursztynsky7:02 am: Princess Crui


ET to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic.
As of Thursday, more than 60,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in over two dozen countries, resulting in least 1,300 deaths almost exclusively in China.
The number of new cases appeared to be stabilizing until Thursday, when a change in how China defines cases led to a spike in confirmed cases in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
-Bursztynsky7:02 am: Princess Crui
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Coronavirus live updates: Princess Cruises guests allowed to leave ship, global cases soar above 60,300

A man pushes a man on wheelchair past a propaganda banner on a wall in a hutong, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Beijing, China February 11, 2020. The Chinese characters on the banner read, “Strengthen self-protection, do not panic, believe in science, do not spread rumours”. Tingshu Wang | Reuters

This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Eastern time. Total confirmed cases: More than 60,300

Total deaths: At least 1,369

10:25 am: CDC confirms 15th US case in evacuee under quarantine at Texas military base

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a 15th case in the U.S., a recent evacuee from Wuhan who was quarantined at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The U.S. evacuated roughly 800 Americans from Wuhan, more than 600 of which remain under quarantine at military facilities across the nation. Two other evacuees at a Marine Corps base near San Diego, California also have COVID-19 while a third person under quarantine at the base is in the hospital, awaiting test results, the CDC said Wednesday. “There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan,” the CDC said.

9:51 am: WHO officials hold press conference on outbreak

World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference at 10 a.m. ET to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic. As of Thursday, more than 60,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in over two dozen countries, resulting in least 1,300 deaths almost exclusively in China. The WHO declared the virus a global health emergency last month, a rare designation that helps the international agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak. The number of new cases appeared to be stabilizing until Thursday, when a change in how China defines cases led to a spike in confirmed cases in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. Watch the live press conference here. — Feuer

9:36 am: China’s Huanggang to seal apartments as it tightens virus control measures

China’s city of Huanggang, near the epicentre of the outbreak of the coronavirus, said that starting from Friday it would tighten epidemic control measures including sealing residential complexes and only allowing essential vehicles on roads. Food and the delivery of other essential goods will be arranged by designated personnel, the city said in a statement. — Reuters

8:59 am: HSBC cuts China economic growth forecast on coronavirus impact

HSBC said it’s lowered its first-quarter forecast for mainland China’s economic growth to 4.1% year-on-year from 5.8% due to the fallout from coronavirus. The bank also cut its China full-year growth forecast to 5.3% from 5.8%, adding the impact was already starting to be felt in tourism, trade, supply chains and elsewhere. HSBC lowered its full-year estimate for global growth to 2.3% from 2.5%, adding it expected the brunt of the impact in the first quarter, with some improvement as the year progresses. — Reuters

7:58 am: NYC small business chief: Chinatown hit hard because of fears over coronavirus

Small businesses located in New York’s Chinatown are losing customers over unsubstantiated fears of coronavirus, the city’s small business chief told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Business owners are telling us revenues are down 40% in Chinatown,” said Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services. “And it’s unfounded.” The city on Wednesday confirmed that the seven people suspected of having the virus in the city tested negative. -Bursztynsky

7:02 am: Princess Cruises says passengers can leave ship for quarantine in Japan as cases climb by 44

Japanese health officials are planning to move guests aboard a Princess Cruises ship to quarantine facilities in Japan as they confirm an additional 44 cases aboard the ship, the company said. Princess Cruises was told the “most medically vulnerable” guests will move in the first phase, including older adults with preexisting conditions. Japanese health officials will test guests before they disembark and transfer them to local hospitals if they are positive. Guests who are otherwise healthy will be transferred to a quarantine facility or can remain on board through the end of the quarantine period, the company said. The 44 new cases aboard the ship bring the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections to almost 220, making it the single biggest concentration of cases outside of China. — Kopecki

6:03 pm: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi warns of first-quarter smartphone hit

The chief executive of smartphone maker Xiaomi said the the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak could impact first-quarter sales, but CEO Lei Jun said Thursday he believes demand will bounce back in the second and third quarters. “Due to the outbreak of (the) virus, this year’s first-quarter smartphone sales will face an impact, but we believe that in the second and third quarters they will strike back. Overall, the impact might not be that serious,” the CEO said, according to a translation of his comments from the company provided to CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal.

5:48 pm: Japan will spend 10.3 billion yen ($93.9 million) to fight the coronavirus, Abe says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the Cabinet will decide on Friday to spend 10.3 billion yen from the country’s budget to respond to the coronavirus, Reuters reported. Steps to tackle the outbreak will total 15.3 billion yen, he added after a task force meeting.

5:26 pm: Travel slump spreads from China to Asia-Pacific region, data shows


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