The coronavirus has grabbed international attention and keeps on doing so. The death toll has risen to 106 as of Tuesday, and the number of confirmed infectious cases more than doubled in one day to over 4,500 in China alone.
Governments worldwide are scrambling to act and put in their own measures. Hong Kong has slashed its border crossings between the territory and China, and the Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival on Tuesday for Chinese nationals entering the country.
International governments' reactions
With the death toll and infected cases rising daily, governments are doing their best to protect their people from the deadly virus. Currently, the virus has spread to 16 countries worldwide.
Update of confirmed #coronavirus cases worldwide:— StrategicNews (@StrategicNews2) January 25, 2020
-China (HK, Macao, Taiwan): 1,142 & 54 deaths
-South Korea: 2
- Australia: 4
-U.S. : 2
-Thailand: 5 pic.twitter.com/TR2HFllO81
Cases have already been confirmed in the U.S., Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Australia, France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Macao, with more countries joining the list as time goes by.
Countries worldwide are implementing their own coping measures:
Japan is sending a plane to Wuhan, where the outbreak began, to evacuate its citizens.
Japan confirms patient who caught coronavirus did not visit China https://t.co/jolxdsXvxS— The Independent (@Independent) January 28, 2020
Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, stated that the high-speed rail line between the territory and mainland China would stop operating from Thursday.
Singapore is controlling and limiting entry to the country from Hubei-issued passport holders.
Over half a million South Koreans have signed a petition asking for a ban on Chinese nationals from entering the country.
Most of the deaths have been in Hubei province in China, where Wuhan is located. Most of the victims have been the elderly or people with pre-existing respiratory issues. Little information has been shared regarding the lastest deaths.