Coronavirus LIVE: Panicked North Korea EXECUTES man as hermit kingdom outbreak fears erupt

The trade official was arrested and immediately shot after risking the spread of coronavirus by visiting the public bath, the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported. The man had been placed in isolation after travelling to China as Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un imposed military law to enforce the lockdown, sources said. So far North Korea has not confirmed any cases of coronavirus, but has taken drastic measures to stop is spreading over its border with China.

North Korean officials have implemented the policy of isolating anyone who had been to China or had contact with Chinese people.

Mr Jong-un vowed to “rule by military law” against anyone who left quarantine without approval.

Experts say an epidemic there could be dire because of its chronic lack of medical supplies and poor health care infrastructure.

It comes as Chinese health bosses claim the disease may be completely eradicated by April, after the country reported its lowest number of new cases in nearly two weeks.

The deadly disease has so far killed more than 1,100 people with infected almost 60,000, mostly in China.

Britain confirmed its ninth case of coronavirus yesterday as Public Health England confirmed a woman, who had recently flown into London from China, was being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in central London.


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A North Korean officials was executed for breaching quarantine measures, according to reports (Image: Getty)

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Coronavirus news: Quarantined Britons in the Wirral have started to leave the unit (Image: Getty)

11.53pm Mother of Britain’s youngest suspected case of coronovirus infection says she is terrified she might lose him

The Sun reports that eight-month old James Adlam is awaiting  test results for coronavirus infection after being treated for a leg injury by a doctor, who later tested positive for the disease.

His mother, Stephanie Adlam told the Sun: “I’m terrified for my little baby. I have to live every moment wondering if he might die.”

11.45pm Coromanvirus reaches London in dramatic scenes, as two medics forced into quarantine.

Two medics were sent into isolation after a woman suffering from Coronavirus arrived at hospital in an Uber cab contrary to public health advice, reports the Telegraph.

The Chinese woman turned up unnanounced at Lewisham Hospital after falling ill following a trip to China. She is rported to be the first coronavirus patient in the capital.

11.16pm update: How World of Warcraft could explain how virus spreads

The computer game could provide vital information into how human behaviour influences the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Telegraph.

Researchers have posited the theory that behaviours displayed in the virtual reality of  World Of Warcraft could be used as a basis for research into the spread of the diseases like the coronavirus in the real world.

Ran Balicer of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, wrote in the journal Epidemiology: “Unlike previous ‘virtual plagues’ that had been officially planned, [Corrupted Blood] was a local effect that went out of control — a naturally occurring virtual outbreak.”

He added: ““Attempts by game administrators to quarantine infected areas proved futile due to the ability of characters to rapidly teleport to distant lands.

“This is similar to the role of air travel in the rapid global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).”

9.45pm update: Motor racing-F1 teams monitoring Vietnam for coronavirus risks

Formula One teams are keeping a close eye on the health situation in Vietnam after the Chinese Grand Prix was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, McLaren boss Zak Brown said on Thursday.

The sport is due to make its debut in the country, which borders China, on April 5 with a street race in the capital Hanoi.

Brown made it clear that his British-based team would not force any employee to go.

“Vietnam has not been raised yet as a potential issue. But obviously it is very nearby (to China) so we are going to monitor the situation,” the American told reporters at the launch of the 2020 McLaren F1 car.

“We would never do anything that puts our people at risk and I don’t believe Formula One would.”

Two local officials told Reuters on Thursday that Vietnam had quarantined a community of 10,000 people near Hanoi for 20 days because of fears the virus could spread there.

8.20pm update: Chinese city BANS eating inside restaurants as coronavirus deaths exceed 1,300

A major Chinese city has banned people from eating in restaurants as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.

The deadly disease has already killed more than 1,300 people in China and infected more than 60,000 others.

In central China’s Hubei province, officials said 242 people died on Wednesday, the biggest daily rise since the virus emerged in the provincial capital Wuhan in December.

Officials in the city of Guangzhou, which is home to more than 15 million people, have banned people from dining inside restaurants in order to counter the coronavirus.

7.55pm update: Woman in London diagnosed with coronavirus took Uber to A&E

The woman diagnosed with coronavirus in London first went to A&E in an Uber to seek help, it has emerged.

The patient, who contracted the virus in China, turned up at Lewisham hospital’s A&E department in south London on Sunday and spoke to staff at the reception desk.

Public Health England (PHE) has been advising anyone who thinks they may have symptoms of coronavirus to stay at home and call NHS 111, who will send out a specialist team if needs be.

6.40pm update: Scotland tests 42 people per day for coronavirus

The number of people tested for coronavirus in Scotland has risen by 42 in a day, it has emerged.

All of those tested have come back negative.

5.50pm update: Wuhan evacuee ‘ecstatic’ to leave virus quarantine

A man who has been in quarantine for two weeks shouted “We’re free!” as he left isolation after testing negative for coronavirus.

Matt Raw, 38, was one of 83 people allowed to leave isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, on Thursday after being kept at the facility following their return from Wuhan, China.

He raised his fist as he was let out through locked gates surrounding the apartment block where he has been staying and said: “We’re free … and the sun’s shining.”

He said he was “ecstatic” that he, his mother Hazel, 75, his wife Ying, 38, and all of the others who had been on the evacuation flight to Britain with them tested negative for the virus.

4.42pm update: Coronavirus not spreading ‘dramatically’ outside China except on cruise ship

Cases of coronavirus infections are not rising dramatically outside China apart from on a cruise liner now quarantined off a Japanese port, the World Health Organisation’s emergency measures director said on Thursday.

“Outside cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship we are not seeing dramatic increases in cases outside China,” Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies programme, told a Geneva news briefing. A further 44 cases were reported on the Diamond Princess on Thursday, raising the total to 219, though authorities said some elderly people would finally to be allowed to disembark on Friday.

3.30pm update: Males more likely to be infected with coronavirus due to weaker immune systems

Men are more likely to get infected with China’s deadly coronavirus thanks to what experts have called a far weaker immune system than women.

Scientists have discovered that males have made up around 68 percent of patients at Wuhan University hospital last month, located in the city that spawned the illness.

The astonishing figure is based on the details of the 99 coronavirus patients throughout the month of January, The Financial Times reports.

2.33pm update: Uk dentists issue desperate warning amid killer outbreak

UK dentists have warned they are running out of face masks and could have to “down drilles” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Dental Association (BDA) warned that larger surgeries are at risk of running out of face masks by the middle of next week and will not be able to treat patients safely under current rules.

It comes as nine people in the UK have been struck down by coronavirus.

2.12pm update: WHO warns ‘net has widened’ as faster diagnosis methods rolled out

A new method being used by health workers to diagnose cases of coronavirus means the true scale of the mass outbreak has become clearer, World Health Organisation officials have said.

Medics in Hubei, the virus-ridden Chinese province, this week starting using a quicker way to confirm cases of the infection.

Previously, a nucleic acid test was needed to determine if a patient had caught coronavirus, a process which can last days.

But over the past few days CT scans have been used to bring about quicker confirmation. 

2.04pm update: Coronavirus cover up: Mystery as whistleblower goes missing

A chinese video journalist, who had been covering the spread of coronavirus in Wuhan, has mysteriously disappeared. 

Chen Qiushi, a freelance video journalist, travelled to the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak on January 24 and began filming and reporting on the health crisis in the city.

The journalist had been posting critical videos to his YouTube account, where he spoke of his visits to overflowing hospitals, funeral parlours and makeshift isolation wards, but has since gone missing.

Mr Qiushi went missing last Thursday evening, February 6, after telling friends he planned to report on a temporary hospital in Wuhan.

1.46pm update: 83 Britons quarantined in the Wirrall start leaving unit

The 83 Brits quarantined in an NHS unit on the Wirral after travelling back from the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan in China, have started to leave after testing negative for the deadly virus. 

Matt Raw, the first evacuee from the Chinese city of Wuhan to be pictured leaving Arrowe Park Hospital, punched the air as he was let out of a gate guarded by two security guards. 

1.22pm update: London virus patient turned up at hospital in Uber taxi

The UK’s ninth case of coronavirus turned up to London’s Lewisham hospital via an Uber taxi, according to reports.

Yesterday Britain confirmed it’s ninth case of coronavirus, after a woman presented herself at Lewisham hospital having fallen ill.

The woman, who had recently travelled back from China, did not follow public health officials’ advice and had simply “self-presented” at its A&E unit on Sunday afternoon.

It is now believed the woman arrived at the hospital in an Uber taxi, the Guardian reports.

12.58pm update: First coronavirus death in Japan

Japan has confirmed its first coronavirus death, Health Minister Katsunoba Kato has said. 

The victim is an 80-year-old woman living in Kanagawa prefecture, which borders Tokyo, Kato told a news conference.

12.40pm update: Stomzy cancels tour dates amid coronavirus concerns

Stormzy has cancelled a string of dates on his Heavy is the Head world tour amid concerns about coronavirus. 

The rapper took to social media today to announce he would no longer be performing at the venues – many of which are already sold out – due to the ongoing health crisis.

In a statement he said: “I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH World tour to Asia and playing some epic sold out shows but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the Tour.”

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Matt Raw was the first patient to leave Arrowe Park Hospital this morning (Image: Getty)

12.28pm update: 8 month old baby suspected to have coronavirus

An eight-month-old baby boy was last night in isolate for suspected coronavirus after being treated by a GP infected with the virus.

The little boy, thought to be the youngest British person in isolation, is a haemophiliac and already suffers with a lung condition.

He and his mother have been put into quarantine in their own home in Sussex after both came into direct contact with the confirmed carrier, his father said. 

12.14pm update: Pandemic would cost £2.3trillion

A global coronavirus pandemic would likely trigger a massive recession resulting in a five percent drop in GDP and wiping a staggering £3trillion off the world’s economy, with the impact comparable to that of a war, a financial analyst has warned.

The claims came on the day a sharp rise in the number of both cases and deaths in the Chinese province of Hubei underlined the problems health officials are having in containing the spread of the disease.

And they follow a warning by the University of Hong Kong’s Professor Gabriel Leung that the coronavirus – which was officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization on Monday could eventually infect 60 percent of the world’s population, which, even assuming a relatively low mortality rate of two percent, would equate to 50 million deaths.

12.03pm update: London Underground feared to be HOTBED for coronavirus 

The London Underground could be a hotbed for the spread of coronavirus, doctors have warned.

Dr Robin Thompson of Oxford University said: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.

“This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.

“As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen.”

11.25am update: Somerset GP surgery closes amid coronavirus fears

A GP surgery in Taunton, Somerset, has shut following a potential coronavirus outbreak. 

French Weir Health Centre was closed this morning as a precautionary measure following guidance from Public Health England. 

Dr Mike Smart said: “We have had a possible case of coronavirus.

“We have been advised by Public Health England and have temporarily closed the practice following their advice.

“We are still helping patients via phone calls.

“We have had a deep clean of all the possible infection areas but at this stage coronavirus has not been confirmed.”

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Coronavirus news: The UK’s ninth case was confirmed yesterday (Image: PA)

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Coronavirus: A boy wears a cardboard box over his head in Shanghai (Image: Getty)

11am update: Hampshire school child quarantined

A school pupil has gone into self-isolation over coronavirus fears after family members returned from abroad. 

The child was collected from Bay House School in Gosport, near Portsmouth, by their parents yesterday as a “precautionary measure”.

The school remains open after the risk to staff and students was deemed to be “extremely low” following talks with Public Health England.

10.37am update: Jump in coronavirus cases due to ‘broader definition’

A spokesman for the World Health Organization has said the surge in new coronavirus infections in China reflects a “broader definition” of the virus.

10.30am update: Toyko Olympics will go ahead as planned 

Tokyo Olympic organisers have said the 2020 Games will go ahead as planned, despite the continued spread of coronavirus.

Yoshiro Mori, organising committee president, said: “I would like to make it clear again that we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games. Let me make that clear.”

The Olympics are set to open in July, with the torch relay beginning next month.

10.24am update: NHS chief praises quarantined patients

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has commented on the 83 people who are due to leave the quarantine facilities in Merseyside today.

He said: “As our first group of guests leaves Arrowe Park Hospital, we want to thank them for the highly responsible, pragmatic and stoical way they have played their part in keeping both themselves and others safe.

“They have set an important example, recognising that over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus’s spread.

“I particularly also want to thank all the NHS staff who have worked so hard to make their stay as safe and comfortable as possible.

“With about 72 hours’ notice they and subsequently their colleagues in Milton Keynes have mobilised clinical teams, personal support and pastoral care to look after over 200 people returning to this country under extremely trying circumstances.

“They have been hugely helped by the volunteers, residents, schools and those from local councils.

“While the NHS steps up, everyone can continue to play their part by taking simple steps such as washing hands to prevent the spread of infection and calling NHS 111 first before going to the doctors or A&E if they have any concerns about or show symptoms of the virus.”

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Coronavirus latest: Cruise ship passengers may be allowed to leave (Image: Getty)

10.08 am update: Quarantined patients in Milton Keynes all test negative for coronavirus

All the test results for the 118 people quarantined in Milton Keynes, after travelling from the Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak, have come back negative for coronavirus.

9.56am update: Man executed for breaching coronavirus rules – reports

A North Korean man has reportedly been executed after breaching the country’s strict rules surrounding coronavirus. 

The man was shot after being spotted at public baths, according to Korean news outlet Wikitree.

9.48am update: Taxi driver tests positive for coronavirus 

A Japenese taxi driver in Tokyo has tested positive for coronavirus after reportedly catching the disease from a passenger in the back of his cab. 

9.33am update: Public Health England say they are focused on delaying a nationwide outbreak

Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for Public Health England, has said officials are prioritising delaying the outbreak in the UK.

He said: “Delay is the next stage of what we need to do because if we are going to get an outbreak in the UK – this is an if, not a when – but if we do, putting it back in time into the summer period, away from winter pressures on the NHS, buying us a bit more time to understand the virus better, possibly having some seasonal advantage, is a big advantage.”

Professor Whitty said work was ongoing to test current antivirals to see if they are effective against coronavirus. But he said the vast majority of people with the virus had mild symptoms.

9.10am update: Scientist warns against hugging and kissing

People should avoid hugging and kissing to stop the spread of coronavirus, a scientist has warned. 

Professor John Oxford’s warning comes ahead of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

The scientist described the deadly illness as a “social virus”, adding that “British standoffishness” could help prevent it spreading in the UK.

8.43am update: World Rugby to reschedule two rounds of Sevens Series. 

World Rugby has announced two rounds of the HSBC Rugby Sevens Series will be rescheduled due to the spread of coronavirus.

The events will now be staged at the end of the series with the Singapore leg taking place on October 10-11 and the Hong Kong tournament on October 16-18.

A World Rugby statement said: “The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority.”


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8.25am update: Cruise ship passengers allowed to disembark 

Japenese health officials are planning a voluntary disembarkation of guests on the Diamond Princess to complete their quarantine period at a shoreshide facility.

A statement from Princess Cruises said: “Princess Cruises has been informed that over the next several days, Japanese health officials are planning a voluntary disembarkation of guests to complete their quarantine period at a shoreside facility. 

“From the information available it is our understanding that this will be a phased approach, with the most medically vulnerable guests in the first phase, including older adults with pre-existing health  conditions.  

“According to officials, guests in the first group will be tested for the 2019 novel coronavirus. If the test is positive, they will be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and isolation. 

“If the test is negative, they will be given the option to leave the ship and be transported to a quarantine housing facility.”

8.14am update: Vietnam plans mass quarantine of 10,000 people

Vietnam officials have announced that an area of 10,000 people will be placed under quarantine for 20 days in the first mass quarantine outside China.

A health ministry statement said: “As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune.”

There are 15 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Vietnam, five of them in Son Loi commune.

8.10am update: Cases of coronavirus surge 

The number of people killed by the coronavirus has jumped by record numbers, as Chinese health officials said 242 people had died on Wednesday – the fastest rise in the daily count since the outbreak. 

The surge brings the total number of deaths in the Hubei province to 1,310.

The previous record rise in the toll was 103 on the February 10.

The number of people confirmed to have coronavirus in the province also skyrocketed, as 14,840 cases were recorded yesterday – bringing the total number to 48,206 – a new daily record.

It comes after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases.

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