1) #COVID19: HUBEI PROVINCE REPORTS 14,840 NEW CASES
WUHAN, CHINA: China’s Hubei province reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases as of Feb. 12 — a sharp increase from the previous day.
The province said it is starting to include “clinically diagnosed” cases in its figures and that 13,332 of the new cases fall under that classification.
The government said that a total of 1,310 people have died in the province and that 48,206 people have been infected in the region.
2) #COVID19: SINGAPORE CASES HIT 50, ONE OF THE HIGHEST OUTSIDE CHINA
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s health ministry said as of Feb. 12, noon, the total number of confirmed infection cases hit 50, with three additional ones reported.
The city-state has one of the highest number of reported cases of the virus, next to China and Japan.
The health ministry said contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing and that test results for 125 suspected cases are pending.
Of the confirmed cases, more than half are a result of local transmissions where the affected individuals did not have any travel history or links to China.
Singapore in recent days saw a surge in panic buying of groceries and other essential household items.
3) #COVID19: SHUNNED CRUISE SHIP FINALLY DOCKS IN CAMBODIA
CAMBODIA: A cruise ship which was turned away by five countries on fears that someone aboard might be infected, was finally accepted by Cambodia.
According to Reuters, the MS Westerdam landed in the country on Thursday, after being rejected by Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Guam, and spending around two weeks at sea.
The case of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where thousands have been quarantined, had stoked fears. Diamond Princess is currently quarantined off the coast of Japan, and more than 170 people on-board have been found to be infected as of Feb. 12.