Coronavirus - Update 14.02.2020


On Feb 13th, a steep incline of confirmed cases were noticed, pushing the number of cases above 60,000. It was later noted that this was due to including clinically diagnosed cases in addition to laboratory-confirmed cases. Previously, only infections confirmed by specialised testing kits were considered accurate; now, Chinese authorities are also recording cases identified by computerised tomography (CT) scans of symptomatic patients.

In locations of worst-affected Hubei Province, China officials have implemented “wartime control measures” in Zhangwan District of Shiyan & Dawu county, including, but not limited to, the closure of all buildings, vehicle restrictions and 24-hour working shifts for each community in the two locations.

On Feb 12th, Formula 1 and the sport’s governing body, the FIA, announced the Chinese Grand Prix - scheduled to take place on 17-19 April in Shanghai - had been indefinitely suspended. Formula E has already cancelled its Chinese Grand Prix, which was due to take place in Sanya on 21 March.

Hong Kong also announced the extension of the closure of its schools until at least 16 March, most of the schools in mainland China remain closed until further notice.

British Airways and Singapore Airlines have cut the number of flights from the UK and Singapore to Hong Kong due to weak demand. Many other airlines are extending their suspension of flights to China to March or April due to weak demand and travel restrictions.

As a result of discussion between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus has received its official name: COVID-19.

The COVID-19 maybe transmitted mainly through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, as well as human-to-human transmission through "contaminants", such as contact with virus-contaminated surfaces.

WHO recommends the following five important actions to help people curb the spread of the new coronavirus:

  • First, maintain an interpersonal distance of at least one meter and avoid crowded public places.

  • Second, maintain hand hygiene to the highest standards.

  • Third, when sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or a curved elbow.

  • Fourth, if wearing a mask, learn how to wear it properly (check for instruction online such as: https://www.wikihow.com/Put-on-a-Medical-Mask)

  • Fifth, it is important to understand when to isolate yourself and to seek medical attention. Please contact Euro-Center if you require advise on seeking medical attention.

Finally, please monitor the development of the situation from official/governmental websites.

Please see more information from WHO:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice