Hong Kong records the first death by virus, Macao closes the casinos

(Add cases in Singapore; paragraphs 7.8) * The man dies in Hong Kong, with a global cost of 427 * China says the United States should panic less, help more * Thousands stranded on Japanese cruise ships in quarantine * USA UU. Confirm new case of transmission within the United States * Australian evacuees quarantined on a remote island By Farah Master and Ryan Woo HONG KONG/BEIJING, Feb. 4 (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported Tuesday of its first death from the newly identified coronavirus, the second outside of mainland China due to an outbreak that killed more than 420 people, spread throughout the world and generated fears all over the world. economic growth. China's markets stabilized after anxiety erased about $ 400 billion in market value from the Shanghai benchmark the previous day, and global markets also had a comeback after a massive sale last week, but The bad news kept coming. Macao, the world's largest gaming center, said it had asked all casino operators to suspend operations for two weeks to help stop the spread of the virus. In another announcement that will aggravate concerns about the economic impact, Hyundai Motor said it would gradually suspend production at its factories in South Korea due to supply chain disruptions due to the outbreak. Hong Kong's death led to 427 victims of the virus, including a man who died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan, the central city of China at the epicenter of the outbreak. Chinese authorities said the number of victims in mainland China increased a record 64 from the day before to 425, mainly in Hubei, the practically closed province whose capital is Wuhan. Singapore reported six more cases, including four local transmissions, bringing its infection count to 24, the health ministry said. Although four of these cases constitute a local transmission group, there is still no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission in Singapore, it said in a statement. New cases were reported in the United States, including a patient in California infected by close contact with someone from the same household who had been infected in China. It was the second instance of spread from person to person in the United States after a case reported last week in Illinois. The total number of infections in mainland China increased from 3,235 to 20,438, and there were almost 200 cases elsewhere in 24 countries and the special administrative regions of China in Hong Kong and Macao. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the influenza-like virus is a global emergency and experts say that much is still unknown about the pathogen, including its mortality rate and transmission routes. Such uncertainties have stimulated extreme measures by some countries to stop the spread. Australia sent hundreds of evacuees from Wuhan to an island in the Indian Ocean, while Japan ordered the quarantine of a cruise ship with more than 3,000 on board after a Hong Kong man who sailed last month tested positive for the virus. ON STRIKE In Hong Kong, hospital staff said the 39-year-old male victim had a pre-existing chronic illness and had visited Wuhan in January before becoming ill. Thousands of medical workers in the former British colony conducted a second day of strikes to press for the complete closure of their borders with mainland China, a day after combat leader Carrie Lam left the three remaining control points open. We are not threatening the government, we just want to prevent the outbreak, said Cheng, a 26-year-old nurse among the strikers. The Asian financial center has confirmed 17 cases of the virus and its network of public hospitals is struggling to cope with a flood of patients and measures to contain the epidemic. Hong Kong was severely affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that emerged from China in 2002 to kill almost 800 people worldwide. WHO figures show that SARS killed 299 people in Hong Kong then. Chinese data suggests that the new virus, although much more contagious than SARS, is significantly less lethal, although these numbers can evolve rapidly. In Wuhan, authorities began converting a gymnasium, an exhibition center and a cultural complex into makeshift hospitals with more than 3,400 beds for patients with mild infections, said the official Changjiang Daily. The United States said Friday that it will block almost all foreign visitors who have been in China in the last 14 days, joining Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Vietnam and others with similar restrictions. China on Monday accused the United States of alarmism and said Tuesday that it would appreciate its help in fighting the outbreak. The White House said China had accepted its offer of American experts among a WHO mission to study and help fight the virus. With Wuhan and some other cities in a virtual blockade, severely restricted travel and China facing growing international isolation, fears of a wider economic disruption are growing. Many airlines have suspended flights to parts of China, and Japan's largest airline, ANA Holdings, the last to announce cuts, said it would reduce the number of flights to Beijing by two-thirds for at least seven weeks. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd of Hong Kong plans to reduce 30% of its global capacity in the short term, including 90% of its capacity for mainland China. The organizers of the Singapore Air Show said a meeting of some 300 international aviation officials had been canceled, although the show itself would continue this month. Some economists predict that world economic production will be reduced by 0.2 to 0.3 percentage points due to the closure of China. For a chart that compares coronavirus outbreaks, see https://tmsnrt.rs/2GK6YVK. (Reports by Lusha Zhang and Ryan Woo in Beijing and Farah Master in Hong Kong; additional reports by Cheng Leng and Winni Zhou in Shanghai, Roxanne Liu, Muyu Xu and Se Young Lee in Beijing, Tom Westbrook in Singapore, Byron Kaye in Sydney, and Linda Sieg, Sakura Murakami and Ami Miyazaki in Tokyo; Written by Robert Birsel; Edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Clarence Fernandez) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)