In this live blog the editors of NU.nl update you a few times a day about the latest developments regarding the corona virus.
In short: now more than 74,000 people worldwide are infected with the COVID-19 virus and more than 2,000 people have died from the disease that causes the virus. More than 10,000 people would be in critical condition. The majority of patients are in China.
View the interactive map with figures from WHO health organization here.
5 minutes ago
In Ukraine several hundred people demonstrated on Thursday against the arrival of 45 compatriots evacuated from Wuhan, reports Reuters news agency . The evacuees go there in quarantine for two weeks in a sanatorium, but the residents of Novi Sanzhari are afraid of being infected with the corona virus as a result. They broke the windows of at least two buses containing travelers who had returned, threw stones at the buses and at the police, blocked a bridge to the sanatorium and set fire to car tires. However, tests show that none of the evacuees are carriers of the virus, the Ukrainian authorities emphasize.
Although a few hundred riot police officers managed to calm the minds, that could not prevent a few police officers and protesters from being injured.
5 hours ago
KLM will no longer fly to China until the end of March. The flights are canceled due to concerns about the corona virus.
6 hours ago
In the meantime, some thirty Dutch people, who were on cruise ship Westerdam, have returned from Cambodia. They have all had contact with the local GGD, writes Minister Bruno Bruins (Medical Care) in a letter to Parliament on Thursday. He emphasizes that nobody was infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus when leaving Cambodia. The other approximately sixty Dutch cruise tourists, who still have to return, are not infected.
The last persons on board were allowed to leave the ship on Wednesday, after the remaining travelers had tested negative for the virus. In the meantime it also appears that the crew is not infected.
6 hours ago
The last travelers from Westerdam were taken by bus to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. (Photo: Reuters)
7 hours ago
The Chinese port city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province is taking measures to get the economy going again. To prevent the spread of the corona virus in the city, the city closed last month. Now the local authorities have decided to reopen the entrances and exits of the motorways. Part of the checkpoints at the motorways will also be removed. The inhabitants of Wenzhou have the reputation of being entrepreneurial.
10 hours ago
Another thirteen people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, reports the Japanese Ministry of Health.
11 hours ago
Holland-America Line (HAL) shipping company reports Thursday that the 747 crew members of De Westerdam tested negative for the corona virus. This happened one day after the last passengers got the same result. 25 employees go home because their employment contracts expired on 15 February. The rest remain on board the cruise ship, which will remain in the port of Sihanoukville for the time being. The Westerdam leaves as soon as a new route has been established. The next cruise was scheduled for February 29, but it will not take place.
12 hours ago
Both KLM and Air France have suspended flights to China due to the virus outbreak. In the first quarter of 2020, the group expects an additional cost item of up to 200 million euros.
12 hours ago
The name of the new corona virus often causes confusion. Hopefully this explanation provides clarity. In the beginning, the WHO health organization chose the temporary name 2019-nCoV , while the virus is actually officially called SARS-CoV-2 . The organization found this name - which is used by the Dutch RIVM - too confusing, because it is too reminiscent of the SARS outbreak in 2002. In the meantime, the WHO has chosen to replace the temporary name 2019-nCoV with the simpler one COVID-19 virus . You therefore become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 (used by RIVM) or COVID-19 virus (used by WHO) and you die from the COVID-19 disease. NU.nl has chosen to use the names of the WHO. We use coronavirus as a synonym for this virus.
12 hours ago
The number of infections in South Korea more than doubled on Thursday with 53 new cases to 104. Most of the infections were found in Daegu, according to the Yonhap news agency . The mayor of the southeastern city asks the 2.5 million inhabitants to stay inside due to the corona virus. (Photo: Reuters)
12 hours ago
The South Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on Thursday, confirmed that the first South Korean patient died of the effects of the COVID 2019 virus.
19 hours ago
The government of South Korea reported 31 new COVID 2019 infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 82 in the country.
According to the government, patients are infected during church services in the city of Daegu, in the southwest of the country. These services are said to have been attended by at least one infected person. The church in question has suspended the services in Daegu.
yesterday at 5:24 PM
The two people in Iran who became infected died of the coronavirus. They died shortly after the announcement of the infections. The nationality of the deceased has not yet been announced.
yesterday at 5:14 PM
Tests have shown that a man in Egypt who carried the corona virus can no longer transmit the virus. As far as we know, he was the only infected person in Africa. The man must remain in quarantine for another two weeks and undergo some tests to make sure that he is really healed, the WHO reports.
yesterday at 12:52 PM
Iran now reports the first two infections in the country.
yesterday at 12:50 PM
Medical staff from a hospital in Xiangyang (in Hubei province) receives bags of donated chili peppers. The food was donated by Shandong province. (Photo: Reuters)
yesterday at 12:46 PM
Adidas has sold 85 percent fewer items in China in the period since the Chinese New Year than in the same period last year. The sales fall back due to the effects of the virus outbreak.
yesterday at 11:23 am
Egypt was the first African country to report coronavirus infection last week. This person, a foreigner whose nationality was not disclosed, was then immediately isolated. The country now reports that the person tested negative for the virus. There are no known infections on the African continent so far.
yesterday at 11:19 am
A further 79 people aboard the Diamond Princess near Japan appear to be infected with the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
yesterday at 9:32 AM
The Dutch passengers on the Diamond Princess are allowed to leave the ship according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It concerns five Dutch people. The Dutch embassy in Tokyo is in contact with them. They have been tested for the virus.
yesterday at 9:24 AM
The last passengers of the cruise ship Westerdam who are still in Cambodia may return to the Netherlands, reports the Holland America Line (HAL) shipping company. Their departure was postponed when an American passenger - after she had already left the plane - was diagnosed with the virus last week.
yesterday at 8:03 AM
A second person died on Wednesday in Hong Kong as a result of the coronavirus. It is about a seventy-year-old man who already had health problems, according to the Princess Margaret Hospital. A total of 62 infections were found in the Chinese autonomous region.
yesterday at 7:39 AM
The test results of 781 passengers from cruise ship Westerdam have arrived. The group is not infected with the corona virus. This means that they can leave Cambodia. There are still 255 people on board, the rest sitting or sitting in hotels. 406 people were told on Tuesday that they were not infected.
yesterday at 3:03 AM
Health organization WHO has no evidence that people in North Korea are infected with the 2019 coronavirus. The organization will provide the country with the means to investigate people.
In addition, several aid organizations have requested an exception to sanctions against North Korea, so that aid can be sent in time if the corona virus breaks out in the country.
South Korean media reported earlier that several infections and possible deaths had been discovered in their neighboring country, but the newspaper of the ruling North Korean party denies this.
Tuesday at 7:18 PM
Employees in a factory in the Chinese province of Hubei make protective suits related to the corona virus. (Photo: Reuters )
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
From 20 February, Russia will no longer allow Chinese citizens to enter its territory in connection with the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. The restriction does not apply to Chinese airline passengers who transfer to a Russian airport. According to the authorities, this is a temporary measure.
Tuesday at 4:29 PM
Good news! Researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium have discovered that an existing malaria drug works against COVID-19, the disease caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
Patients in China who were given chloroquine for a week showed less fever, improved lung function, and were sooner virus-free and cured, according to the KU. Until now, doctors could only fight the symptoms of the virus.
The medicine can be used until a vaccine against COVID-19 is available. This is expected to take another two years.
Tuesday at 1:59 PM
In phishing scams, criminals pose as the WHO health organization to steal personal information.
Tuesday at 11:26 AM
2.3 percent of people infected with the 2019 coronavirus dies, according to the first large-scale study into the virus.
Tuesday at 11:15 AM
Chinese authorities are touring homes in Wuhan City to collect contaminated and potentially infected citizens and put them in new quarantine centers, local state media report. The inspections are carried out with the help of big data and artificial intelligence, the authorities said without further explanation.
If there is a suspicion of an infection, people must undergo a test. Anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person will be put in quarantine. The Chinese government made an app available last week that allows citizens to check up to three other people for the chance of an infection.
To accommodate the people, ten new quarantine centers are set up in the city across eight districts of the city. In total, this involves 11,400 new beds. Rooms in factories, industrial areas and transport centers are being converted into quarantine centers, reports The Guardian based on local media.
Villages and communities are locked according to state media. From Tuesday, anyone who buys cough or other medicines must show their identity card.
The measures appear to be a new escalation in the fight by the Chinese authorities against the spread of the virus in Hubei province. Previously, Beijing fired two senior government officials in Wuhan, after citizens increasingly accused the government of a lack of transparency around the outbreak.
Tuesday at 10:54 AM
The director of a prominent hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have died after being infected with the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. This is Liu Zhiming, head of the Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, the Chinese state broadcaster reports Tuesday.
It may be the second prominent doctor who dies in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Earlier this month, Li Wenliang, a doctor, passed away with his colleagues as the first alarm about the potentially dangerous virus outbreak. Wenliang was arrested by the Chinese authorities after his warning to spread rumors.
Just as with the death of Wenliang, there is confusion on the demarcated Chinese internet about whether or not the hospital director Zhiming died. On Monday evening, the propaganda department of the local health committee reported in a live blog that it had died. But in a later post, the department announced that rescuers were still trying to save his life. The propaganda department has not posted anything since the state broadcaster reported on the death of Zhiming on Tuesday.
Chinese media also write about the possible death of Xu Depu, the former head of a hospital in the city of Ezhou in Hubei province. A nurse at the hospital has confirmed his death, according to local state newspaper Red Star News .
Tuesday at 7:50 AM
The schools in Shanghai remain closed for longer. The authorities previously reported that the educational institutions will not open before the end of this month. It has now been announced that primary and secondary education students will start taking lessons online from 2 March, when the new semester starts.
Tuesday at 5:08 AM
The Canadian government sent a plane to Japan on Tuesday to collect nationals who were trapped on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The UK government is also trying to arrange a flight to take the British home.
Tuesday at 00:50
In the Chinese province of Hubei, another 93 people have died from the corona virus. The total death toll in China has thus risen to 1,868, according to the local health organization. In addition, 1,807 new infections were added in the province.
Most deaths are from the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus has broken out.
Monday at 11:38 PM
The last 255 guests and 747 crew members currently on the Westerdam are expected to remain on the cruise ship in the port of the Cambodian port city of Sihanoukville for a few more days, reports Holland America Line (HAL) shipping company Monday. There are still 29 Dutch on board.
Some Cambodian doctors were on board Monday to test the remaining people on the ship for COVID-19, the disease that causes the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. According to the HAL it takes a few days for the test results to arrive. Until that time, nobody is allowed to leave the ship. (Photo: Reuters )
Monday at 5:01 PM
Bad news for the four hundred Americans who took a cruise on the Diamond Princess: after almost two weeks of quarantine on the ship, they were repatriated by the US government, but still have two weeks in quarantine after arrival in the US, the BBC reports.
The repatriation aircraft landed on Monday at two military bases in California and Texas, where as a precaution passengers must remain for another fourteen days before they can go home.
Monday at 1:55 PM
The Chinese gambling city of Macau will open the doors of casinos on February 20. The branches were closed for nearly three weeks to inhibit the advance of the 2019-nCoV virus.
Monday at 1:43 PM
All other passengers on the Westerdam cruise ship have been tested for the corona virus, reports Holland America Line (HAL) shipping company Monday. More than four hundred people on board certainly do not carry the virus and can go home, according to the shipping company.
At least 31 Dutch people were on board. It is not certain whether the results of their tests have already been received. HAL wants to help all persons on board to come home as quickly as possible.
Monday at 9:07 AM
The Red Cross has opened giro number 7244 to prevent the further spread of the 2019-nCoV virus, the aid organization reports Monday.
Monday at 9:05 AM
In Japan, for fear of the corona virus, all festivities around the birthday of Emperor Naruhito have been canceled. A public appearance of the emperor will not take place and the imperial palace will not be open to the public.
Monday at 8:57 AM
The first charter flight with Americans taken from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has arrived in the United States, AFP news agency reports .
Monday at 8:12 AM
It is not only the organization of the Tokyo Marathon that is concerned, the organization of the Olympic Games in the Japanese city of millions is also watching the spread of the corona virus. This year in July the big sporting event will start.
Monday at 8 a.m.
The organization behind the Tokyo Marathon withstands 38,000 runners this year and only allows professional athletes, Japanese media and Reuters news agency report Monday morning.
Chinese runners who were interested in the event were previously asked not to come. With the measures, the organization wants to prevent large groups of people from gathering in one place in the city. This is intended to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
Monday at 7:54 AM
Another fourteen Americans have been infected with the corona virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the US Department of Foreign Affairs reports Monday. The group is nevertheless allowed on charter flights that bring a total of four hundred Americans to the United States. "The infected have been put in isolation and their health is being monitored by emergency workers," the ministry said in a statement.
The approximately four hundred Americans are expected to arrive in the US on Monday morning (local time).
Monday at 6:11 AM
Australia is also going to evacuate passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Earlier the United States, Hong Kong and Canada announced that they would pick up their inhabitants. The Netherlands does not intend to do so for the time being. There are five Dutch people aboard the ship.
Sunday at 11:53 PM
Four hundred Americans quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have left Japan. They were picked up by charter flights from the United States.
Sunday at 11:51 PM
In the Chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, 1,933 new infections were reported by the local health authority on Sunday. A hundred people in the region have died as a result of the virus. A total of 58,182 infections with the 2019 coronavirus have now been reported in Hubei. The number of deceased is 1,696. In the whole of China, that number is now 1,770.
2.048 new infections were added throughout China on Sunday. In total there are now 70,548 people with the virus in the country. Five Chinese died outside of Hubei.
Sunday at 9:45 PM
In the meantime, sixty Dutchmen have left the ship Westerdam in Cambodia.
Sunday at 1:27 PM
The first Dutchmen who have returned from Wuhan are not infected with the corona virus, reports the GGD Brabant-Zuidoost on Sunday.