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Novel Coronavirus

Humanity Road has activated to produce a special report with outbreak information in all current countries reporting confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The following report includes health agency information by country. The Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 491 people and infected more than 24,500 others in 25 countries since the first cases were reported in December. source“ This is an emerging, and rapidly evolving situation source .

Confirmed cases outside of China remain low. WHO reports 191 cases outside of China and of those only 1 death (Philippines). source WHO recommends the public can reduce transmission by avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Also, frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment can reduce the spread of the disease. \

Misinformation about the outbreak, the response, and the disease itself is being spread via social media. The public should look to only trusted sources, such as the CDC and WHO, for accurate information about coronavirus.

Situation Overview

The “Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say “The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe, according to many of the world’s leading infectious disease expert” New York Times (McNeil, 2/2). Exact numbers for the outbreak are being revised daily. As of 05 Feb 2020, the World Health Organization estimates deaths at 491 people with 24,500 other people infected in 25 countries since the first cases were reported in December. Humanity Road has monitored emerging reports from officials in every country, and include a summary below.

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Significant Updates

Below is a summary of aid response

  • In an effort to combat misinformation, On January 30, 2020 Facebook provided information about its plans including removing content containing false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them,. https://about.fb.com/news/2020/01/coronavirus/

  • In an effort to combat misinformation, on January 29, 2020, Twitter announced that it will provide links to credible source information for officials when a search is entered about the coronavirus. The social media company announced official coronavirus partnerships in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, US, UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Vietnam. source

  • According to the current dashboard from World Health Organization- about 3,000 new cases are being reported daily Link to Map Dashboard

  • WHO Rumor Control platform is fighting misinformation https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

  • The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) asks countries to provide data - only 38 percent of the cases outside China have been reported. 02 Feb Aljazeera

  • 22 nations imposed travel or trade-related measures. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom reiterated the agency's advice not to impose travel or trade restrictions on China saying such measures can cause "fear and stigma". 02 Feb Aljazeera

  • China, global automakers have already extended factory closures in line with government guidelines. Those manufacturers include Hyundai, Tesla, Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Nissan and Honda Motor. 02 Feb Aljazeera

  • Hong Kong Hospital Authority: 5,000 staff were absent from duty on Tuesday 02 Feb Aljazeera

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Global Impact Snapshot


China Special Administrative Region Hong Kong

  • Summary: All cases are current being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital 22.34016°N 114.13467°E Since 31 December 2019 (as of 4 February 2020, 12:00 noon), the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has received reports of a total of 982 cases fulfilling the reporting criteria of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent, including 17 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (including 1 fatal case) and 808 cases which were ruled out as novel coronavirus infection. The remaining 157 cases were still hospitalised for investigation. Separately, the CHP has received notification of the 18th confirmed case after 4 February 2020, 12:00 noon. Hong Kong reported its first death from the coronavirus on Tuesday 3 February 2020 only the second outside China The Centre for Health Protection has set up a hotline (2125 1122) for cases of Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent. The hotline operates from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm from 23 January onwards to receive enquiries.

  • Case Count: 18 as of Feb 5, 2020

  • Deaths: 1

  • Health Agency https://www.dh.gov.hk/eindex.html

  • Hotline The Centre for Health Protection has set up a hotline (2125 1122) 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

  • Resources: Preparedness instructions https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

China Special Administrative Region Macau

  • Summary: 5 February 2020

    • If ambulance transport or other assistance is needed, residents may contact the Public Security Police Force via the emergency hotline at 999.

    • Macao will close its casinos for two weeks over the coronavirus outbreak. source

  • Case Count: 10 confirmed cases as of Feb 5

  • Deaths: 0 as of Feb 4

  • Health Agency Ministry of Health and Welfare https://www.gov.mo/en/entity-page/entity-552/

  • Resources: none found

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a state in East Asia

  • Summary: 5 February 2020

    • Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) disclosed that 102 additional cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection were reported in Taiwan on February 3. As of writing, a cumulative total of 1,166 cases have been reported, including 10 confirmed cases.

  • Case Count: 11 Confirmed cases as of Feb 5

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency https://www.mohw.gov.tw/mp-2.html

  • Resources: none found

African Continent

  • Summary: We conducted a summary across current news feeds for emerging information on coronavirus in African nations. Botswana govt reports negative outcome for all five suspected cases. Ethiopia did the same for three cases earlier. Kenya says 7 cases so far, all negative. Namibia also recorded negative for one case. source

  • Case Count: No confirmed case as of Feb 5, 2020

  • Deaths: None


  • Summary: 5 February 2020,

    • 13 cases of 2019-nCoV have been confirmed in Australia: 4 in New South Wales, 4 in Victoria, 2 in South Australia, and 2 in Queensland. source

    • Australia has in place border, isolation, surveillance and case tracing mechanisms. Australians that arrived from China on Qantas assisted flight from Wuhan landed at RAAF Base Learmonth, Western Australia and are being quarantined on Christmas island for a 14 day holding period. Christmas Island, highly skilled and well-equipped Government services will work together to look after Australians and their families, and give them all necessary health care throughout their stay.

    • Australian and Chinese Governments are also working together on a possible second assisted departure from Wuhan to Australia.

  • Case Count: 13 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Hotline: The National Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080

  • Deaths: None

  • Resources: Australia Health department is providing information to the Australian and Chinese community through Facebook, Weibo and WeChat. We’ve placed translated print ads in eight Chinese newspapers.

  • Health Agency National Health Agency https://www.health.gov.au/ directs the public to their state health departments listed below:

  • Resources: Coronavirus instructions are being shared from each regional health agency in Australia.


  • Summary: 05 February 2020

    • One of nine repatriated Belgians from Wuhan has tested positive for the coronavirus. source source The group was on board a flight of 254 people of 30 mostly European nationalities who had been living in or around Wuhan. The repatriated were immediately quarantined and tested for coronavirus in a military hospital close to Brussels. The person was one of nine repatriated Belgians who had undergone tests in that hospital. The agency said the eight others had tested negative. “All the other countries” had been notified of the case, said Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block.

    • Brussels Saint-Pierre hospital 50°50'4"N, 4°21'9"E is designated as reference health centre to treat any potential coronavirus cases

  • Case Count: 1

  • Deaths: none

  • Health Agency Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment https://www.health.belgium.be/en/about-fps

  • Resources: https://www.belgium.be/en/news/2020/coronavirus_outbreak_current_status


  • Summary 05 February 2020

    • “Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen told a packed news conference on Thursday that he would kick out anyone who was wearing a surgical mask because such measures were creating an unwarranted climate of fear.” 02 Feb 2020 NYTimes

    • Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hospital

  • Case Count: 1

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency http://moh.gov.kh/

  • Resources: None found




  • Summary: As of February 2, 2020 6 cases of nCov 2019 coronavirus have been detected in France.

    • As of 24/01, air and rail links from Wuhan have been suspended

    • A specific reception service for travelers is set up at Charles de Gaulle and Saint Denis airports in La Réunion for flights from China, Hong Kong and Macao.

    • Health agency is recommending the public use barrier measures (coughing in your elbow, using single-use tissues, wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly) and wearing a surgical mask found in local pharmacies are effective.

  • Case Count: 6 as of Feb 5, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency France Ministry of Solidarity and Health https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/

  • Resources: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/soins-et-maladies/maladies/maladies-infectieuses/coronavirus/coronavirus-questions-reponses


  • Summary: As of February 5, 2020 there are 12 cases reported in Germany.

    • Experts at the Robert Koch Institute continue to assess the risk to the population in Europe and Germany as low.

    • Measures to help identify suspected cases pilots are required to inform the tower about the health of their passengers before landing after flights from China. Travelers from the affected areas are required to provide information on their flight and their whereabouts in the following 30 days after landing on exit cards.

    • The Federal Foreign Office has issued a partial travel warning to China

    • 122 Germans that were repatriated from China are on quarantine in a military compound for two weeks. Two of the cases were identified from them. They are under intensive care in Frankfurt.

  • Case Count: 12

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Federal Ministry of Health https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/

  • Resources: MOH Coronavirus updates https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus.html


  • Summary: As of February 5, 2020 399 people are in quarantine Centre at Chhawla, New Delhi 4 isolation beds, 4 Critical Care Life Support Ambulances are 24x7 available at the Centre.

    • Indian travelers advised to refrain from traveling to China

    • Only three positive cases reported so far they are continuing strict vigil. A total of 2528 people have arrived from coronavirus affected areas to the state so far. Of these 2435 people are under observation in homes and 93 in hospitals.

  • Case Count: 3 Confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency India Ministry of Health https://mohfw.gov.in/

  • Resources: MOH Coronavirus updates https://mohfw.gov.in/diseasealerts/novel-corona-virus


  • Summary: The Ministry of Health's coronavirus task force 2019-nCoV met on February 4, 2020 in the presence of the minister, Roberto Speranza. The decision was made, together with the Civil Protection, to significantly strengthen the controls and medical and health personnel at all airports and ports. In Rome Fiumicino, sanitary corridors and thermal scanners are being activated on all arrivals. source

    • All Flights to China cancelled

    • Increase in health checks also in ports

    • Around 100 beds have been set up in Cecchignola divided into mini-apartments for the needs of the different families quarantined.

    • President Conte along with the Council of Ministers met at Palazzo Chigi announced allocating the funds necessary for setting up precautionary measures following the declaration of the public health emergency.

  • Case Count: 2 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Italy Ministry of Health http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/p5_11.jsp

  • Resources: MOH Coronavirus updates http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/homeNuovoCoronavirus.jsp



  • Summary: Patients are being held in isolation at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar: 2°42′35.3″N 101°56′41.7″E. a suspected case of the coronavirus was also reported at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) complex that houses the Petronas Twin Towers. In an effort to curb fear mongers, one journalist has been charged to “knowingly making statements on the coronavirus with the intention to cause public fear” source 3 February 2020, a humanitarian mission involving various gov agencies and private parties to bring home Malaysians in Wuhan, China has been safely implemented 131 people are on the plane. Will be monitored 14 days. http://bit.ly/2tAOBzC

  • Case Count: 12 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Malaysia Ministry of Health http://www.moh.gov.my/

  • Resources:



  • Summary: As of February 5, 2020 the Department of Health has recorded 133 patients under investigation for the virus.

  • Case Count: 3 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: 1

  • Health Agency Republic of Philippines Department of Health https://www.doh.gov.ph/

  • Resources: DOH Coronavirus updates https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV


  • Summary: As of February 5, 2020 two cases of infections are known and confirmed.

    • 80 persons were evacuated by plane and set under quarantine, thus far no infections were identified. Russia has set up a quarantine area in Siberia's Tyumen region for Russians being evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. All evacuated citizens will be held in quarantine for 14 days source

  • Case Count: 2 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency http://government.ru/en/department/23/events/

  • Resources: Guidance from Russian tv news https://www.tvc.ru/news/show/id/177547

Sri Lanka


  • Summary: DORSCON Level Yellow. Singapore Ministry of Health there is no need to avoid places where persons with suspected or confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV infection have been. The risk of infection from transient contact, such as in public places, is low. There is also currently no evidence of community spread. Source Clarifications on Misinformation regarding 2019-nCoV Source

  • Case Count: 28 confirmed cases, 289 tested negative, 20 cases pending Source

    • Feb 4 MOH Press Release: Confirmed cases of local transmission of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore. Source

    • Feb 5 MOH News release: Four More Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Singapore Source

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency: Ministry of Health Singapore https://www.moh.gov.sg/

  • Resources: Coronavirus updates https://www.moh.gov.sg/2019-ncov-wuhan The Government will give every Singapore household a pack of 4 masks from 01 Feb to 09 Feb 2020. Source

    • Feb 4 Advisory to Residential and Community-based Facilities on Additional Precautionary Measures Source

    • Feb 4 General advisory for workplaces and frontline workers in response to confirmed cases of local transmission of novel coronavirus in Singapore - MTI, MOM. NTUC, SNEF Source

    • Feb 4 Advisory to Parents: Precautionary Measures in Preschools - 2019-nCoV - Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Source


  • Summary: The National Center for Microbiology (CNM) confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in La Gomera, (Canary Islands) on Friday, January 31.

    • Feb 3 Friday, a group of 21 Spaniards flew out of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and arrived in Madrid on an airplane chartered by the United Kingdom. They have been quarantined at a military hospital in the Spanish capital. source

  • Case Count: 1 confirmed case as of Feb 5, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare https://www.mscbs.gob.es/

  • Resources: Coronavirus updates https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/home.htm


  • Summary: January 31, 2020 Sweden confirmed its 1st citizen with coronavirus who was isolated and treated at Ryhov County Hospital.

    • Feb 3 Swedish government declared classified the new coronavirus as an illness that is dangerous to society.

    • Feb 3 The Swedish Foreign Ministry "Utrikesdepartementet" and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency "MSB" brought home twelve Swedish citizens from China.

    • As of February 5, 2020 Swedish government has restricted travel to Hubei province in China and Hong Kong. source

  • Case Count: 1 confirmed case as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Public Health Agency of Sweden https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/

  • Resources: Coronavirus updates https://www.krisinformation.se/en


  • Summary: "Thailand confirmed six new cases of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, four of them Thai nationals and two Chinese, bringing the total to 25, the highest number outside China" 4 Feb Jakarta Post

    • Alert Level 3 : Avoid travel to affected areas Source

  • Case Count: 25 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Thai Ministry of Public Health https://www.moph.go.th/

    • Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422

  • Resources:

The Republic of Korea

  • Summary: South Korea reported three new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday (Feb 5), including two South Korean men who attended a conference in Singapore where they both came into contact with a Malaysian man infected with the same virus. This brings the total number of coronavirus patients in South Korea to 19. source

  • Case Count: 19 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare https://www.mohw.go.kr/eng/

  • Resources: Coronavirus report https://www.mohw.go.kr/eng/nw

United Arab Emirates

  • Summary: On January 29, 2020, United Arab Emirates Confirmed First Cases of the New Coronavirus in the Middle East. source Coronavirus cases in UAE to be treated free of cost, insurance not necessary. source UAE ministry issues new guidelines for schools on coronavirus. Any student, staff or associated family member who has flown in from China in the past 14 days, is to be exempted from school. source source The UAE’s civil aviation authority has announced that all flights to and from the People’s Republic of China (with the exception of Beijing) will be suspended as of February 5, 2020 until further notice. source

  • Case Count: 5 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx

  • Resources: Dubai Coronavirus updates س كورونا الجديد - Novel coronavirus

United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

United States


  • Summary: Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic and said it would halt all flights to and from mainland China. The government advised its citizens to limit large gatherings. Trade and exchanges with China are discouraged during this time. As of 3 Feb all Vietnamese and foreigners entering Vietnam from China will be quarantined for 14 days source source

  • Case Count: 10 confirmed cases as of Feb 05, 2020 source

  • Deaths: None

  • Health Agency Vietnam Ministry of Health https://www.moh.gov.vn/en_US/web/ministry-of-health

  • Resources:

Education and Prevention


3 Feb

Maritime / Shipping / Ports

If you are travelling on a cruise ship, the CDC offers a cruise ship sanitation with scorecard https://wwwn.cdc.gov/InspectionQueryTool/InspectionGreenSheetRpt.aspx

Cruise Line updates

  • Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan: 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members quarantined after passenger diagnosed with coronavirus" 02 Feb 2020 CNN

  • Carnival Cruise lines: "All booked guests who have traveled to/from or through mainland China in the 14 days prior to their departure will not be allowed to sail, consistent with guidelines issued by CLIA," CNN

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines has implemented mandatory temperature checks for all passengers, regardless of origin or destination. Travelers whose temperatures are above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) will not be allowed to board

  • MSC Cruises, for example, canceled Shanghai stops and replaced them with Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore CNN

  • Crystal Cruises subbed in Taipei for Hong Kong. CNN

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