COVID-19 - Update 17.02.2020

As of 10 am on Feb 17th Beijing time, the total confirmed cases reached 70.636 in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, with the main increase originating in Hubei Province where 1,933 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours. Outside of China, the count stands at 694 reported cases in 26 countries, with nearly half of those cases on the cruise ship Diamond Princess Yokohama, Japan (355 cases).

As more companies have resumed work since last week, the Chinese government announced again the following measures in order to control the possibility of the virus spreading further:

  • In Hubei Province, all villages, communities, and residential areas shall be subject to the strictest 24-hour “closed management” which mean strict control of vehicles and ‘non-necessary persons’ entering as well as strict control of residents’ movements. Shopping and distribution of goods will be arranged centrally for living necessities and medicines.
  • In Beijing, any person who returns back from outside Beijing is placed into quarantine for 14 days.
  • Communities in the central Dongcheng District of Beijing are now under “sealed management”: all residents must present both entrance card and ID to enter any community, undergo a temperature check and report their movements and whereabouts

Internationally, travel restriction remain for many countries while many international airlines extended their flight restrictions until and throughout March. Currently, only Chinese airlines operate on some routes with a limited schedule.

In the following we list countries where entry is denied if:

One has recently been to Mainland China:
Australia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait (also includes those arriving from Hong Kong), Madagascar, Malaysia, N Korea, Philippines (also includes those arriving from Hong Kong and Macau), Singapore, Taiwan, US, Vietnam
One travels directly from Mainland China:
Bangladesh, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, India, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, New Zealand, Samoa
One visited Hubei Province:
Brunei, Japan (also includes those arriving from Zhejiang), South Korea
Border closures exist between China and:
Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam

We would like to remind you of some basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:

  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;

  • Practice frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;

  • Wear a mask while at crowded places such as railway stations and airports to reduce the risk of droplet infection;

  • Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.

Please see more information from WHO: