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Coronavirus: first Hong Kong death reported as China cases pass 20,000 – live updates

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Thirty-nine-year-old man in Hong Kong believed to have had underlying condition. Death is only second outside mainland ChinaChina’s leadership admits ‘shortcomings’ in coronavirus responseBritish evacuee falls ill during flight from ChinaHow to protect yourself Hundreds of Canadians await evacuation flight from Wuhan 11.43am GMT African countries are rushing to reinforce their defences against the rapidly spreading coronavirus, as health officials say many countries on the continent are ill-equipped to combat the potentially lethal disease.There have been no verified infections in Africa to date, but porous borders, a continuing flow of travellers and poorly resourced healthcare systems have raised fears that the virus could spread rapidly if the precautions of local authorities prove inadequate. Related: African countries rush to reinforce defences against coronavirus 11.40am GMT Another British university has been hit by a coronavirus scare as a student returning from China was “self-isolated” amid fears they may have contracted the deadly illness.

The University of Southampton revealed the unnamed student felt “unwell” after landing in the UK yesterday, Solent News reports.
Fearing they had contracted the disease, the student went straight from the airport to their flat in the city and called an ambulance which took them to Southampton General Hospital.
The student was kept in overnight. They were discharged this morning but only after being told they would have to ‘self-isolate’ until further notice.
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Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/feb/04/coronavirus-live-updates-china-wuhan-outbreak-death-toll-latest-news-update

Author : Matthew Weaver (now) and Alison Rourke (earlier)

Publish date : 2020-02-04 11:43:56

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