Trump says US ‘very, very prepared’ for coronavirus: Live updates


The coronavirus is spreading extra shortly in Europe, the Middle East, and different components of the world than in China the place the virus first emerged within the central metropolis of Wuhan on the finish of final yr.

The variety of new coronavirus infections inside China was for the primary time overtaken by recent instances elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy, Iran and South Korea rising as new hotspots for COVID-19. The illness was additionally detected for the primary time in Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria.

In the United States, the place well being authorities are coping with 59 instances – largely Americans repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan – President Donald Trump sought to calm issues.

Speaking in a stay broadcast, Trump stated the US was “very, very ready” to face the virus menace and that Vice President Mike Pence could be in command of the nationwide response.


Here are the most recent updates:

Thursday, February 27

India evacuates nationals, overseas residents from Wuhan

An evacuation flight carrying 76 Indian residents in addition to plenty of overseas nationals from Wuhan arrived again in India on Thursday.

It earlier dropped medical provides within the metropolis the place the outbreak originated on the finish of final yr. 

China investigates launch of coronavirus-infected inmate in Hubei

China has despatched an investigation crew to Wuhan after stories {that a} jail launched an contaminated inmate who then managed to travel to Beijing.

A crew led by the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Ministry of Public Security will look into the incident, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China stated in a information launch on Thursday.

Media stories stated an contaminated inmate was launched from a Wuhan girls’s jail after finishing her sentence. Family members then drove her to Beijing.

The report triggered an uproar on social media, as individuals requested how she may have escaped the sealed off metropolis.

Taiwan raises epidemic response degree to highest amid virus issues

Taiwan on Thursday raised its epidemic response degree to the very best, official media reported, amid rising issues over the coronavirus outbreak.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency stated Premier Su Tseng-chang introduced the choice in a cupboard assembly on Thursday, citing sporadic instances of group transmission on the island.

Taiwan has logged 32 instances of the coronavirus and one dying, and has largely suspended travel and tourism hyperlinks with China to curb its unfold.

Japanese girl confirmed with coronavirus for 2nd time

A girl working as a tour-bus information in Japan has examined optimistic for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural authorities stated on Wednesday, the primary individual within the nation to take action amid rising issues concerning the unfold of the an infection.

The second optimistic check comes because the variety of confirmed instances in Japan rose to 186 by Thursday from round 170 the day earlier than. 

New US coronavirus case could also be 1st from unknown origin

A brand new coronavirus case in California may very well be the primary within the US with no recognized connection to travel overseas or one other recognized case, and a doable signal the virus is spreading in a group inside the nation, well being officers stated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case on Wednesday.

California officers stated the individual is a resident of Solano County, northeast of San Francisco, and is getting medical care in Sacramento County. They didn’t instantly launch another particulars.

South Korea stories 13th dying from coronavirus

The Mayor of Daegu, the town on the centre of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak, stated a 13th individual had died from the an infection on Thursday. The determine was not confirmed by the KCDC.

South Korea stories 334 further coronavirus instances, lifting whole to 1,595

South Korea reported 334 further instances of the brand new coronavirus on Thursday, elevating the entire tally to 1,595, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) stated.

The determine is the biggest reported further instances within the nation since its first case was confirmed on January 20.

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Dongsung-ro, a serious procuring thoroughfare in Daegu, has been left almost solely abandoned on account of the unfold of coronavirus in South Korea [Yonhap via EPA]

Of the brand new instances, 307 had been within the southeastern metropolis of Daegu, the place a church that was on the centre of the outbreak is positioned, the KCDC assertion stated.

China stories 433 new coronavirus instances, 29 deaths on Feb 26

Mainland China reported 433 new instances of coronavirus infections on February 26, the National Health Commission stated on Thursday, up from 406 on the day before today.

The whole variety of confirmed instances on mainland China has now reached 78,497, the well being authority stated.

The variety of new deaths stood at 29, the bottom every day charge since January 28, and down from 52 the day before today. A complete of two,744 individuals have now died on account of the outbreak.

Hubei, the central Chinese province on the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 409 new instances and 26 deaths on Wednesday. Beijing and the provinces of Heilongjiang and Henan had been the areas of the opposite three fatalities.

US, South Korea postpone joint workouts over virus

The US and South Korea on Thursday postponed deliberate joint navy workouts on account of the coronavirus.

The resolution to delay the coaching was made after Seoul declared its highest “severe” alert degree over the virus, Combined Forces Command stated, including the postponement was “until further notice”.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea.

Trump says US ‘very prepared’ for virus; Pence to steer response

President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that the US was “very, very ready” for the coronavirus and put Vice President Mike Pence in command of overseeing the nation’s response.

Trump additionally sought to minimise fears of the an infection spreading broadly throughout the US, saying, “I don’t think it’s inevitable.”

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US President Donald Trump sought to reassure Americans over the unfold of the coronavirus at a information convention on Wednesday [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

He stated the US may need to limit travel to Italy, South Korea and different nations on account of the outbreak, however now was not the fitting time.

Health authorities on the White House information convention stated Americans ought to be prepared for what may grow to be a wider outbreak requiring such steps as college closures.

“Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases we have so far. However, we do expect more cases,” stated Dr Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shanghai looking for individuals who crossed coronavirus affected person from Iran

Shanghai is taking motion to try to establish individuals who got here into contact with a coronavirus affected person who arrived within the metropolis from Iran, the native authorities stated on Thursday.

The affected person, who has not been recognized, was recognized in Zhongwei, a metropolis within the northwestern area of Ningxia, some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) away, on Wednesday.

Authorities in Zhongwei stated the affected person arrived in Shanghai on February 20 after flying from Iran by way of Moscow. The affected person then travelled to Zhongwei by way of the town of Lanzhou by practice.

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More new instances of coronavirus are being reported exterior China than within the nation, the place the outbreak first started within the central metropolis of Wuhan late final yr. The metropolis stays sealed off [China Daily via Reuters]

Trump says prepared for coronavirus response on ‘a lot bigger scale’

President Donald Trump stated on Wednesday the US was ready to escalate its response to the novel coronavirus on a “much larger scale” ought to the pathogen proceed to unfold.

“We do have plans for a much larger scale should we need that,” he stated.

“We have hospitals in states that make rooms available and they’re building quarantine areas where you can keep people safely.”

Asked if the US had elevated its stockpile of protecting tools equivalent to face masks and robes, he stated: “We’ve ordered a lot of it, just in case we need it.”

IMF, World Bank take into account ‘digital’ Spring Meetings as virus spreads

Growing issues contained in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank concerning the unfold of the brand new coronavirus have prompted the establishments to think about scaling again their Spring Meetings in April or maintain them by teleconference, individuals acquainted with the discussions informed Reuters.

The establishments’ April 17-19 Spring Meetings are scheduled to deliver some 10,000 authorities officers, journalists, enterprise individuals and civil society representatives from throughout the globe to a tightly packed, two-block space of central Washington DC.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Muslim pilgrims

Saudi Arabia has briefly suspended visas for the Islamic pilgrimage and visits to Al-Masjid an-Nabawy in Medina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced on Twitter on Thursday.

The kingdom has additionally suspended entry to Saudi Arabia for anybody with tourism visas from nations the place the coronavirus is a menace. The overseas ministry additionally referred to as on residents to not travel to nations the place the brand new coronavirus is spreading.

Read updates from Wednesday, February 26 right here.