6:32 am: China reported this morning a new epidemic, this time of the H5N1 avian flu virus in the province of Hunan which borders the province of Hubei where the epidemic of the new coronavirus started.“Several people reported that the outbreak started on a farm in Shaoyang city district. The farm has 7,850 chickens, 4,500 of which have died from contagion,” the Chinese ministry of agriculture said on Saturday. The South China Morning Post. “Local authorities slaughtered 17,828 chickens after the epidemic broke out,” said the communication, also reported by the Straits Times, citing Reuters. No human cases of contagion with the avian influenza virus, H5N1, have been reported. In previous episodes of the avian flu epidemic, most human cases of H5N1 infection have been detected in people who have been exposed to live poultry or potentially contaminated environments, such as markets selling live animals. This other epidemic comes as Chinese authorities are also trying to stem an epidemic of the novel coronavirus, whose epicenter is in the city of Wuhan in the neighboring province.
6:15: China is increasingly isolated by the crisis of the new coronavirus which killed more than 300 people there, the United States and Australia having taken measures concerning travelers from this country while Russia reinstated the visas for Chinese tourists. Meanwhile, the number of deaths from proven cases of viral pneumonia in China continues to increase, like that of the affected countries. The Hubei Province Health Commission in central China said Sunday that 45 people have died in the past 24 hours.
These new deaths in this province, whose capital Wuhan is the cradle of the new coronavirus, bring to 304 the total number of deaths recorded in the whole of China. The number of confirmed infections throughout China has also increased, surpassing 14,300 on Sunday, according to the National Health Commission. Nearly 150 infections are reported in more than 20 other countries, from Asia and the Pacific to Europe and North America. Since Saturday midnight (21:00 GMT), all Chinese must obtain a visa for tourism in Russia, while those traveling in groups have been exempt since 2000, and no more work visa will be granted, announced the Russian government ..
Saturday February 1
6:41 p.m.: A German Air Force plane carrying around 100 people repatriated from Wuhan to China arrived in Germany tonight, AFP said. The aircraft landed at around 3:40 p.m. GMT at Frankfurt Airport. The passengers, 102 Germans and 26 foreign nationals, will be examined in an airport gym fitted out for this purpose. Those without danger will then be transported by bus to a military barracks near Germersheim, in the Palatinate, where they will be confined for two weeks.
5:34 p.m .: The second plane chartered by the government to repatriate French nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, took off and it is not expected that he will land in Paris on his return to France. He should bring back French but also other European nationals. The plane “should be able to land on Sunday,” said Health Minister Agnès Buzyn, without giving her precise destination. Wuhan and its region, some 56 million inhabitants, are cut off from the world due to a cordon cordon surrounding the area. The number of people infected in China has reached 11,791, or more than 2,100 new cases for the day on Friday, the National Health Commission said on Saturday. At least 250 patients died. In France, a sixth case of infection with this epidemic of viral pneumonia was detected.
11:58: A second plane, an A380, is to bring other French people from Wuhan, said the Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn, referring to people who would “regret” not having taken the first flight as well as “nationals of the European Union, or even beyond. ” This aircraft, chartered by the French government but departed from Portugal, made a stopover this afternoon in Paris to recover a medical team. A first group of 183 people arrived in France on Friday in Istres.
10:01 am: Apple announces the closure of all its stores in China until February 9, due to coronavirus. The company says it made this decision under the precautionary principle and “based on the latest advice from leading health experts”.
7:45: In France, the 180 nationals repatriated from Wuhan spent their first night in a holiday center, in the commune of Carry-le-Rouet, where they were in solitary confinement for 14 days. Two of the returnees who had symptoms of the disease were transported to La Timone hospital in Marseille, where the results were negative. In the evening, a public meeting took place in the small town of Bouches-du-Rhône to reassure the inhabitants, according to Philippe De Meester, the director of the Regional Health Agency: “It was essential to do it. had to make decisions so quickly that it generated a lot of questions and anxiety. The meeting was also necessary because what we read on social networks and in a certain number of publications is pure and simple delirium. was essential to be able to give information on scientific and medical realities. “
6:44 am: China, where the toll of the coronavirus epidemic rose this morning to 259 dead, warned of “unnecessary panic” as countries in Asia and the United States begin to close their borders to travelers from China. “There is no need to panic unnecessarily, nor to take excessive measures,” said Chinese Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Xu Chen, saying that the World Health Organization (WHO) is “fully trust China. ” Beijing attacked Washington, which recommended its nationals not to go to China or to leave this country if they were there. “The words and actions of some American officials are neither factual nor appropriate,” said Chinese diplomatic spokesman Hua Chunying.
A Chinese reaction came before Washington even announced several exceptional measures to close its borders or impose a quarantine on travelers returning from China and in particular the cradle of the epidemic – the city of Wuhan, in the center of the country, and the Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital – depending on whether they are American or not. As of Sunday at 10:00 p.m. GMT, authorities will ban non-Americans who have been to China in the past 14 days from entering the country, Health Minister Alex Azar said.
For US nationals, a quarantine of up to 14 days will be imposed on those who have visited Hubei Province in the previous two weeks. In Asia, Vietnam has announced the suspension of tourist visas for all Chinese and foreigners who have stayed in China in the past two weeks. Singapore and Mongolia have also suspended the entry of all travelers from Chinese territory.
In China, 46 people have died from coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours and the national toll of the epidemic is now 259, the National Health Commission said on Saturday. The number of people infected in China has also increased, reaching 11,791, the commission said.