More than 30,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in China, with over 600 deaths. At least 60 people have tested positive and been quarantined on a cruise ship off Japan’s coast.
— The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in the mainland has risen to 636, with the majority in central Hubei province, where the illness was first detected.
— One of the doctors who raised the alarm on the coronavirus died of the disease early on Friday morning.
— A 36-hour-old baby became the youngest person to be diagnosed with the infection.
— The new virus has infected more than 31,161 people globally, with new cases in Germany, the UK, and Italy.
Below are Friday’s latest developments.
All updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)
03:00 Japanese car manufacturer Toyota said Friday it would keep its Chinese factories shut.
“After considering various factors including guidelines from local and regional governments … we’ve decided to continue our suspension of production at all Toyota plants in China until February 16,” spokesman Aaron Fowles told AFP news agency. The economic impact of the coronavirus in China has been widely discussed.
01:30 More than two dozen trade fairs and industry conferences in Asia have been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In Hong Kong, a major international art show has been canceled. The city saw its first death this week and there are fears that the contagion will spread further.
01:20 A cruise ship off the coast of Japan has been quarantined after 61 passengers were diagnosed with the virus. The Diamond Princess is moored in the Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.
01:00 The number of total confirmed infections in China from the coronavirus epidemic has climbed to 31,161, the government said on Friday.
The number grew after 3,143 new infections were reported, the National Health Commission said in its daily update.