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20200203NEWSLETTER ON THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC IN CHINA
2020/02/04

 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2020: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has infected 17,205 persons as of February 03, 2020. The National Health Commission has reported that there have been 361 deaths and 475 persons have been cured in total.

 

In an effort to curb further transmissions, persons who have had close contact with infected persons are also being monitored. To date, 189,583 of these individuals have been tracked. 152,700 are now under medical observation. On February 2, The National Health Commission stated that 10,055 people were freed from observation.

 

Within the past 24 hours, no new countries have reported cases of infections. There has been only one death reported outside of China in the Philippines. The report highlights that the deceased was a close contact of the first patient confirmed with the coronavirus in the Philippines.

 

As countries and international organisations continue to rally in united efforts to fight further spread of the virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the WHO is "working 24 hours a day to identify the most prevalent rumours that can potentially harm the public's health, such as false prevention measures or cures". The WHO continues to request that countries share information in a timely manner and has advised against any travel or trade restrictions as such actions could drain resources and complicated a country's public health response.

 

In addition to ongoing contagion prevention efforts, China's central bank will inject 1.2 trillion yuan (US$174 billion) into the Chinese economy today to help protect its financial markets that reopened today after the Lunar New Year Holiday from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This unprecedented measure, which is the largest single day addition on record, is being taken to mitigate volatility and maintain economic stability. The Chinese government will continue to take decisive actions in order to curb the impact of the virus and remains fully confident and capable of its ability to overcome the outbreak.

 

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China will continue to remain in close  communication and coordination with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago towards prevention of the coronavirus outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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