February 2, 2020 – Novel Coronavirus Update – Death Toll at 304


Overnight the death toll from novel coronavirus hit 304 people. Chinese authorities state that Hubei province on Sunday reported 45 new fatalities.

On February 2, 2020, there is also now the first reported death outside of mainland China. A 44-year-old male is confirmed as the second person with the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV) in the Philippines. He passed away on 1 February 2020. This has been confirmed by the World Health Authority.

World Health Organization officials brief media at press conference in the Phillipines
World Health Organization officials brief media at press conference in the Phillipines

At a press conference in the Phillipines, WHO officials say, “There are now 2 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in the Philippines. The 1st confirmed case and the 2nd confirmed case are close contacts. Both are known residents of Wuhan, China. The 44-year-old male experienced fever, cough & sore throat before being admitted at San Lazaro Hospital.”

First to China – more cities face lockdown

Wuhan City in China remains on a virtual lockdown. The city of 11 million people remains at the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak. However today, February 2 2020 Chinese officials have imposed a similar lockdown on the city of Wenzhou. Wenzhou is a city of 9 million people located of the coast in the Zhejiang province, that is a part of the eastern industrial heartland of China. This is one of the areass which has helped to drive China’s economic rise over recent years.

United States

There are now eight confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in the United States. The lastest incident is in Boston.

Rita Nieves, the Executive Director at the Boston Public Health Commission, says officials “Are not asking Boston residents to do anything differently” and that “Risk to the general public remains low.” The traveler, according to Nievess was isolated soon after returning to Massachusetts, and his few close contacts are being monitored for symptoms.

“We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately. Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.”

— Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel


The global health situation remains similar as NetNewsLedger reported on February 1, 2020. However, there are growing numbers of reports of racism against Chinese people in countries around the world.


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