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Taiwan records fifth case of new coronavirus infection #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Taiwan records fifth case of new coronavirus infection

Jan 28. 2020
As of noon Monday, 402 suspected cases of the new type of coronavirus had been reported in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center. (CNA)

As of noon Monday, 402 suspected cases of the new type of coronavirus had been reported in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Another Taiwanese woman who returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan has been diagnosed with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the fifth such confirmed case in Taiwan, according to the Taiwan Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Monday.

The woman, in her 50s, had been working in Wuhan since October last year and returned to Taiwan on Jan. 20, before seeking medical attention Jan. 25 after developing a fever and muscle aches, the CDC said.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the woman was on the same flight as another woman who returned from Wuhan and was later confirmed as the first case of the coronavirus in Taiwan.

The CDC reported that the woman did not visit the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, a wet market, in Wuhan where the coronavirus is believed to have been passed from animals to humans.

She is currently in a stable condition under hospital quarantine, the CDC added.

As of noon Monday, 402 suspected cases of the new type of coronavirus had been reported in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center.

While infection has been ruled out in 190 of those cases, five have been confirmed.

Due to concerns over the coronavirus epidemic that originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Taiwan’s CDC has extended its highest travel warning to Hubei, urging people to avoid unnecessary travel to the area.

Currently there are about 200-300 Taiwanese businesspeople in Wuhan, said Tsai Chih-ju (蔡志儒), an official at Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council.

First case of coronavirus reported in Cambodia #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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First case of coronavirus reported in Cambodia

Jan 28. 2020
Cambodian aviation authorities on Monday announced that all flights between the Kingdom and Wuhan city have been cancelled. hun sen facebook page

Cambodian aviation authorities on Monday announced that all flights between the Kingdom and Wuhan city have been cancelled. hun sen facebook page
By The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

Cambodia reported its first case of the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Monday, Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng announced. He said medical specialists detected the virus in a Chinese tourist in Sihanoukville.

The minister said Jia Jianhua, 60, travelled from Wuhan city, where the outbreak originated, to Sihanoukville with three family members – Wang Lingzhen, 57; Xiao Yan, 38; and Jia Ruixuan, 33. Their aeroplane landed at Sihanoukville International Airport on January 22.

On January 25, Jia developed a high fever, runny nose, and other flu-like symptoms, and on Monday, Cambodian experts confirmed he had contracted the virus. His other family members tested negative.

“They travelled from Wuhan city to Sihanoukville and then took a taxi to the Independence Hotel where they stayed for two nights. They later moved to Queenco Hotel.

“In the afternoon of January 25, Jia Jianhua said he had a fever after swimming in the pool for two hours. That same day, his wife called relatives in China to tell them Jia was feeling ill,” Bun Heng said.

He said the following day, provincial authorities – including the director of the provincial department of health as well as emergency response officials of the Ministry of Health –investigated the case after being informed by Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun.

Jia is in a stable condition and has only minor symptoms like sneezing, Bun Heng said. He and his family have been placed under quarantine.

The authorities are now on the lookout for individuals that may have come into contact with Jia to test them for the virus. They will also disinfect places where the family stayed to eliminate any trace of it.

Meanwhile, Cambodian aviation authorities on Monday announced that all flights between Cambodia and Wuhan city have been cancelled.

This comes after Chinese authorities banned all local and international flights to the central Chinese city, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) standby secretary of state and spokesman Chea Aun told The Post.

On Monday, the virus claimed its 81st victim in China, according to official numbers. There are now nearly 3,000 cases in that country alone. The virus has also spread to at least 14 other nations, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan and South Korea.

SSCA deputy director and spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha

spokesman Sin Chansereyvutha told The Post on Monday that only two airlines operate regular flights between Wuhan city and Cambodia – Lanmei Airlines and JC Airlines.

“This is not our decision or the decision of the airlines. The Chinese government was the one that decided to cancel all flights in and out of the city,” he said.

According to Chansereyvutha, Cambodia operates more than 200 flights a week to China.

The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said 23 Khmer students are now in Wuhan city.

Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong told The Post on Monday that they are all in good health. He said the students are receiving support from Cambodian embassies and consulates in China.

“The consuls have regular contact with the department of foreign affairs in Hubei province and the schools. They are asking them to help care for and provide food to the students. The authorities in Hubei province said they will do all they can.

“Wuhan University is providing three meals a day for foreign students free of charge. Canteens in the other schools are open as are convenient stores and supermarkets near the schools,” he said.

The students are enrolled at Wuhan University, Huazhongkeji University, Hubei University, Wuhan Ligong University, Huazhong Normal University and the Naval University of Engineering.

On Monday, China announced that it will adopt a host of measures including delaying and reducing conferences and major events, extending the Spring Festival holiday and supporting work online to curb the spread of the virus, China Daily reported.

The impact of the virus could be more severe than that of Sars 17 years ago, Thailand’s The Nation reported.

Preliminary estimates of the impact on tourism and related businesses in Thailand and other Asian nations are at around 80 billion to 100 billion baht ($2.6 billion to $3.2 billion), if the spread of the virus is contained by early March.

Malaysian man staying put in Wuhan #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Malaysian man staying put in Wuhan

Jan 28. 2020
Soares Chen

Soares Chen
By The Star/ANN

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian man who arrived in Wuhan on Jan 19 for the Chinese New Year reunion with his wife’s family spoke of being “trapped” at their home there.

Although the people in Wuhan are allowed to go outside, Soares Chen (pic) said, they are not allowed to drive and there is no public transport.

He said they were spending all day at home, watching TV and browsing the Internet.

Chen, who grew up in Penang, is based in Leipzig, Germany. He is a programming language enthusiast.

In a series of tweets, he said he is currently healthy but is under lockdown in Wuhan.

“I am sharing some of my own thoughts on the coronavirus from ground zero perspective, ” he posted.

Chen said he had boarded a flight to Wuhan based on reports then that there was no known human-to-human transmission.

He said he understood that it might cause more harm than good to flee the city at the time as there was a risk of carrying the virus to other places or getting infected during the journey out.

“The best course of action is to stay home and minimise risk of getting infected, ” he added.

He said the locals were not so much worried about the virus itself but rather at the “incompetency” of the government in handling the outbreak.

“Since the lockdown, everyone is trapped at home and have no idea what is really happening in the city, ” said Chen, who is now at his in-laws’ place.

He also mentioned about “no shortage of food, people are just panicking to stock food. But I don’t go to the market so I can’t personally verify”.

Chen said the rumours about overcrowded hospitals were making people nervous.

“What worries us the most right now is whether we can even get diagnosis and treatment in the hospital if we get infected, ” he added.

“We need more information on what is happening in Wuhan right now to make the right decisions. We have the right to know it for our own safety, ” he said.

Mobile game sales in S. Korea surpass W4.2tr($3.6 billon) in 2019 #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Mobile game sales in S. Korea surpass W4.2tr($3.6 billon) in 2019

Jan 28. 2020
By The Korea Herald/ANN

Sales of South Korean mobile games rose 5.2 percent on-year to surpass 4.2 trillion won ($3.6 billion) last year, industry data showed.

According to the data from mobile big data platform IGAWorks, combined sales at three app markets – Google’s Play Store for Android devices, Apple’s App Store for iPhones, and ONE store – came to 4.29 trillion won in 2019.

NCSoft had the biggest market share with 21.5 percent, followed by Netmarble with 11.7 percent and Nexon with 5.1 percent, the data showed. (Yonhap)

S. Korea ups coronavirus alert, 4th case confirmed #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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S. Korea ups coronavirus alert, 4th case confirmed

Jan 28. 2020
(Yonhap)

(Yonhap)
By The Korea Herald/ANN

President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered an all-out check on every individual who has recently traveled here from Wuhan, China, as Korea confirmed its fourth case of the Wuhan coronavirus amid growing public fears over the viral illness that has already caused 80 confirmed deaths in China.

The government raised the level of the four-tier infectious disease alert to the second most severe rung, after a 55-year-old Korean man, who had visited Wuhan, Hubei province, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day.

The man, who showed no symptoms of infection when he was screened at an airport upon his return to Korea on Jan. 20, received treatment at a medical facility on Jan. 21 for cold symptoms. On Saturday, he developed symptoms of a high fever and aching muscles, and was put under close observation. He was diagnosed with pneumonia Sunday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adding fuel to public health concerns, the man was confirmed to have carried out normal activities after he contracted the virus, according to the agency. An in-depth inspection following his activities is underway.

The latest case comes a day after a 54-year-old Korean resident of Wuhan, who returned to Korea on Jan. 20, tested positive, in the third confirmed case of the coronavirus here.

The man also showed no symptoms during screening for the virus at the airport and had led normal activities without being identified or monitored by health authorities.

According to his movements disclosed by the KCDC on Monday, he received treatment at a plastic surgery clinic, dined at restaurants, took a stroll along the Han River and stayed in a hotel in southern Seoul before visiting his mother in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province.

Seventy-four people came into contact with the man, according to the public health agency. One of them had symptoms of infection and was placed in isolation, but tested negative. The others are under self-imposed isolation and being closely observed by health authorities.

The medical facilities and hotel he visited have all been disinfected, the KCDC said.

Two other cases — a 35-year-old Chinese woman and a Korean man — were confirmed on Jan. 20 and Friday, respectively.

Fifty-seven people had shown symptoms of the virus as of Monday afternoon. One person was awaiting test results, and the remaining 56 people have tested negative for the virus.

The Korean government has stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the virus by tightening checks on passengers entering Korea and expanding the range of people to be put under quarantine and on monitoring lists among those who visited China.

In a meeting with senior secretaries, President Moon Jae-in ordered all-out, preemptive measures — such as transparent disclosure of information to the public as well as mobilization of medical personnel from the military — to rein in the spread of the corona virus, according to Yoon Do-han, senior secretary for public communication.

He also urged close monitoring of the coronavirus’ impact on the economy. The finance minister is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, according to Yoon.

The Foreign Ministry raised the travel advisory level for Wuhan and the Hubei province region to “red alert,” also second-highest in the country’s four-tier travel warning system.

The government is reportedly conducting a final review to send a chartered plane to Wuhan to evacuate an estimated 600 Koreans believed to be staying in and around Wuhan.

All of China is now classified as a “coronavirus risk area,” with travelers coming from the country required to fill out health forms upon arrival. If a person from Wuhan or nearby areas shows any signs of a fever or breathing problems, he or she will be placed under quarantine starting from Tuesday. Those who have visited other parts of China and who show symptoms of pneumonia will be put in isolation.

Public fears are mounting in Korea, with the presidential website flooded with petitions demanding a ban on the entry of all Chinese travelers. More than 480,000 people signed the petitions as of Monday afternoon.

There were 2,744 confirmed cases across China, 461 of whom are in critical condition, as of Sunday midnight, China’s National Health Commission announced, with a combined population of over 57 million people placed under full or partial lockdown.

The end of the Lunar New Year holiday in China was pushed back to Sunday from Thursday, and the reopening of schools was postponed until further notice to “reduce mass gatherings” as part of efforts to block the spread of the coronavirus.

The youngest patient is a 9-month-old girl in Beijing.

The virus is rapidly spreading outside mainland China, with Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Australia, the US and Canada having reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The KCDC advised citizens to look after their personal hygiene — such as washing hands and wearing masks. Those showing pneumonia-like symptoms should immediately contact an emergency call center by dialing 1339, it said.

(laeticia.ock@heraldcorp.com)

China’s travel ban a serious blow to tourism in Japan #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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China’s travel ban a serious blow to tourism in Japan

Jan 28. 2020
By Saki Sakamoto and Minoru Akita
The Japan News/ANN

TOKYO – The Chinese government on Monday banned its citizens from group trips abroad, in a bid to prevent the further spread of a new type of coronavirus.

A halt in the flow of Chinese tourists, who account for 30% of foreign visitors to Japan, will have a significant impact on the tourism industry, to which many other industries are linked. If the ban continues for a prolonged period, it will be difficult for the Japanese government to meet its target number of foreign visitors to Japan this year.

The Japanese government has decided to allow Japanese residents in Wuhan, China, to return home.

Cancellations flow in

Tokyo-based Kamome Tourist Co. in Shinjuku Ward has received cancellations of 480 group tours for about 20,000 tourists that were scheduled to take place as early as Monday.

“I’ve been receiving cancellations constantly since this morning. This situation will hit us hard,” said agency President Sho Yamazoe. Kamome Tourist offers Chinese visitors tours to Mt. Fuji and other places.

“Many of our staff are coming to the office on their days off to cope with the situation, calling restaurants and shops that were included on our tours,” Yamazoe said.

A spokesperson for Prince Hotels Inc., where one-third of the foreign guests are Chinese, said, “We can’t predict the impact yet.”

J. Front Retailing Co., which owns Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. and other stores, is also concerned that “China’s move will have a big impact on duty-free sales,” according to a spokesperson.

Investments threatened

Preliminary figures put 2019 spending in Japan by foreign visitors at about ¥4.81 trillion, with about 36.8% of this, or ¥1.77 trillion, spent by visitors from China. The amount spent per tourist from China was about ¥210,000, more than visitors from other Asian countries.

“The hotel and transportation industries that had prepared to receive visitors for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are getting a smack in the eye in the stage where they would be recouping their investments,” said Shunsuke Kobayashi, a senior economist at Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.

According to an estimate by Nomura Securities Co., if the number of foreign visitors to Japan declines by 10%, consumption will decline by ¥480 billion, pushing down the gross domestic product by about 0.1% a year. If Japanese people refrain from going out to avoid the risk of virus infection, domestic consumption may also decline, possibly fueling downward pressure on the Japanese economy.

Hard to reach target

According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, the number of Chinese visitors to Japan in 2019 increased 14.5% compared to the previous year to 9.59 million The online version of Chinese newspaper The Beijing News put the number of travelers on group tours at 55.24% of the total in 2018, and Monday’s ban is expected to have a significant impact on the flow of Chinese travelers.

The Japanese government aims to increase the number of foreign visitors to Japan to 40 million in 2020. A senior Japanese government official said, “It [the ban] was inevitable to prevent the spread of infection, but it’s now become difficult to achieve our goal.”

Banks tell Hong Kong staff to work at home after China Visit #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Banks tell Hong Kong staff to work at home after China Visit

Jan 28. 2020
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Cathy Chan 

Credit Suisse and UBS Group are among banks telling Hong Kong staff to work from home for two weeks if they’ve just visited mainland China as global banks step up their response to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

Employees should discuss with their division manager and human resources before returning to work after that time, Credit Suisse said in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. Anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms is required to work from home until a doctor certifies the person is well enough to return, it said. Both it and UBS are also introducing travel restrictions.

Credit Suisse said the measures were “to safeguard our staff and clients” after Hong Kong’s decision Saturday to raise its response level to “emergency” to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is believed to have an incubation period of around 14 days. The bank’s memo said the International Commerce Center tower, where it has its main offices, would be starting temperature checks as well.

UBS in a memo to staff — confirmed by a spokesman — said its Hong Kong office will be open as normal on Wednesday and asked employees in the city and Singapore to work remotely if they had returned from the mainland within the past 14 days.

Two Hong Kong-based spokeswomen for Credit Suisse didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday, a public holiday. The Zurich-based bank had more than 45,000 employees worldwide at the end of 2018, according to its website. Hong Kong is a regional hub.

A spokesman for Citibank in Hong Kong also said its employees were being asked to report any personal travel to Wuhan or the surrounding area and to work from home for two weeks after returning. Business travel to the area was restricted earlier, he said.

Deutsche Bank has sent a memo to Hong Kong staff recommending employees work from home for 7 days after any China visit, according to people familiar with the matter. There won’t be any staff in the office on Monday and Tuesday because of China’s New Year holidays, one person said. A spokeswoman declined to comment.

A novel coronavirus began spreading in early December in Wuhan, in central China, and has since spread around the country and abroad. At least 80 people have died.

Investors dump airlines, miners #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Investors dump airlines, miners

Jan 28. 2020
By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Ksenia Galouchko 

After surging to a fresh record high at the end of last week, European equities on Monday became the latest market to get hammered by fears that measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus were failing, sending investors running from risky assets.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index ended the session 2.3% lower, dropping the most since Oct. 2, with miners, airlines, luxury-goods makers and tech stocks taking a serious beating. All industry groups were in the red, signaling just how worried traders were. The U.S. also dropped, with the S&P 500 tumbling as much as 1.9% on Monday morning.

“Fear is the name of the game,” said Stephane Ekolo, an equity strategist at TFS Derivatives in London. “Market participants are taking some risks off the table as they are afraid of the potential economic implication of the virus outbreak.”

Monday’s drop is quite a change from Friday, when the market rallied on optimism that China was moving quickly enough to contain the outbreak. The death toll has now risen to at least 80 people, the infection is spreading around the world, and investors are dumping equities at the start of a week jam-packed with earnings.

“A spike in volatility will add further excuses to sell and to adjust the weight into the end of the month,” said Alberto Tocchio, chief investment officer at Colombo Wealth in Lugano. “We are therefore continuing to buy puts on main European and U.S. indexes in order to protect the portfolios.”

The Euro Stoxx 50 Volatility Index jumped 36%, the most since Feb. 2018, signaling that traders were unsettled by the rising number of victims from the outbreak. The gauge had dropped to a record low earlier this month.

While Monday’s pull-back in stocks was pronounced, all was not lost yet. Technical charts showed the Stoxx 600 remained in an uptrend channel, and trading above its 50-day moving average.

Here are the most affected sectors in Monday’s sell-off:

Luxury-goods makers

– Shares in luxury-goods makers were hurt by worries that Chinese consumers won’t spend as much time shopping during Lunar New Year festivities as they usually do. Kering SA, Swatch Group AG and Burberry Group Plc were among the biggest decliners in the sector.

– “It’s very apparent that the last thing on anyone’s mind right now is purchasing luxury items,” Keith Temperton, a trader at Tavira Securities, said by email.

– While it’s too early to draw any firm conclusions on the potential impact on the industry from the virus, disruptive events – especially those affecting consumer sentiment and people traveling – have in the past been “historically good times” to buy into the sector, a team of Exane BNP Paribas analysts wrote in a note.

Airlines and Airports

– The spread of the virus and China’s order to suspend sales of package tours in an attempt to contain the outbreak are weighing on travel and leisure shares including airlines.

– Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM shares tumbled as the two airlines are the most exposed to China among European peers, with about 7% of capacity, according to a UBS note; IAG SA also underperformed even as its exposure is more limited. Finnair also sank; the carrier has 10% of its seat capacity exposed to China and a further 38% to other Asian countries, according to Goodbody.

– “This is of growing concern for global long-haul airlines,” Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. analyst Daniel Roeska said in an email. “While low-cost airlines in Europe don’t have any exposure, the majors’ links to their Chinese partners will make Asia traffic a difficult region in their 1Q,” “However, we have also seen that travel can resume very quickly after events like this and I would expect top-line challenges for AF, LHA, IAG only as long as the tragic situation persists.”

– Among airport managers, Fraport AG has the highest exposure to Asia, which represents about 10% of the airport’s capacity, according to UBS, followed by Aeroports de Paris and Flughafen Zurich AG.

Autos

– Shares of European carmakers and suppliers dropped on fears of further weakening in demand in China, the world’s biggest automotive market. Car sales in the country fell for a second straight year in 2019 and, while the head of its main automotive industry association is predicting some growth in the market this year, Beijing Automotive Group Co. has said competition is “brutal.”

– Wuhan, the virus outbreak’s epicenter, is the base of Dongfeng Motor Corp., one of the three main shareholders in French carmaker PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot, Citroen and Opel models. In addition to that partnership, Dongfeng is also working on electric vehicles with PSA’s main domestic rival, Renault SA.

– Parts producers with multiple sites in China include German tire and powering-systems manufacturer Continental AG and French peers Valeo SA and Faurecia SE.

Technology

– Tech stocks, which touched their highest levels since May 2001 on Friday, also pulled back, weighed by losses for almost every member of the Stoxx Tech Index apart from Ericsson. Prosus NV, Micro Focus International Plc, Dialog Semiconductor Plc and AMS AG were among the biggest decliners.

– Trade-war concerns for the tech sector have dissipated, Fahad Hassan, a fund manager at Atlantic House Fund Management, said by phone, still “this is just a different sort of macro concern that obviously affects all stocks, but given tech has been the strongest group so far this year, I think it was going to get hit on any pull-back,” Fahad added, referring to the coronavirus.

Mining and Steel

– Mining shares slid as much as 4.6%, their biggest drop on since August. Large diversified miners such as Anglo American Plc, BHP Group Plc, Glencore Plc and Rio Tinto Plc paced the retreat, alongside steelmakers ArcelorMittal SA and Evraz Plc, as base metals tumbled on concerns that the spread of the coronavirus will weigh on demand, with China being the world’s largest consumer of commodities.

– “The sharp fall of virtually anything related to industrial metals this morning is more than a knee-jerk reaction to the latest coronavirus developments. It more reflects in our view the rise in the global level of uncertainty, which will remain high in the next three weeks; at the very least. Keep your distances,” said Stephane Barbier de la Serre of Makor Capital.

Embassy offers aid to Thai student isolated in Wuhan #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 28, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Embassy offers aid to Thai student isolated in Wuhan

Jan 27. 2020
By THE NATION

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday (January 27) acknowledged a social media posting by a Thai student in Wuhan city of China’s Hubei province, which has been in lock down to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Pasnicha Krutdamrongchai raised the issue of food shortage in the city on her Facebook page on Sunday (January 26), said Busdee Santipitak, the ministry’s spokesperson and director general of the Department of Information.

“We instructed the Embassy of Thailand in Beijing to contact her and solve her problem with food supply” she said.

Pasnicha was living in Wuhan when the city was cordoned off by the Chinese government.

The Thai embassy, Busdee said, has asked other Thai students in China to offer their assistance, and assured that all 64 Thais living in Wuhan were unaffected by the virus.

“The embassy is collaborating with related Chinese agencies to ensure the well-being of Thai nationals in the city,” he said

Meanwhile, the foreign office in Hubei province, said canteens and shops in Wuhan University remain open.

“The Thai embassy in Beijing is in regular contact with Thais in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province” she added.

Coronavirus outbreak: Indonesians in locked-down Wuhan want to come home #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

Published January 27, 2020 by SoClaimon

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Coronavirus outbreak: Indonesians in locked-down Wuhan want to come home

Jan 26. 2020
Travelers are checked by health personnel at the entrance to an underground train station in Beijing on Jan. 24. Security and health officers are working to prevent the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus that originated in Wuhan. China has sealed off millions living near the epicenter of the outbreak. (AFP/Noel Celis)

Travelers are checked by health personnel at the entrance to an underground train station in Beijing on Jan. 24. Security and health officers are working to prevent the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus that originated in Wuhan. China has sealed off millions living near the epicenter of the outbreak. (AFP/Noel Celis)
By The Jakarta Post/ANN

Indonesian nationals trapped in the locked-down city of Wuhan, China, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged, have expressed hope that they will be allowed to leave the country amid the outbreak.

Fitriani, a 25-year-old master’s student at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, said she hoped she could be evacuated to a safer region or return to Indonesia before the outbreak worsens.

“I didn’t plan on returning to Indonesia during this winter break. However, I started to think of going home when the virus reportedly infected 198 people by Jan. 21, but the city has been locked down since Jan. 23,” Fitriani told The Jakarta Post via text message on Saturday.

Fitriani is among the 93 Indonesian citizens, a majority of them students, trapped in Wuhan since the Chinese government shut down travel out of the epicenter of the viral outbreak on Thursday, according to the chairman of the Wuhan branch of the Indonesian Student Association in China (PPIT Wuhan), Nur Musyafak.

The Chinese government has halted all travel from and toward Wuhan, shut down its public transportation and told residents to stay home, AFP reported, adding that 17 other smaller cities in Hubei province prepared various measures ranging from closing public venues and restricting large gatherings to halting public transportation and asking citizens not to leave their cities.

There were around 200 Indonesian nationals in Wuhan, Nur of PPIT Wuhan said, adding that many of them had returned to Indonesia for the Lunar New Year holiday, which usually lasted until mid-February.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi offered a different number, however, citing embassy records that say there were 428 Indonesian students in Wuhan, 1,280 in Beijing and 849 in Shanghai, while adding that, as of December, 90 percent of the Indonesian students in Wuhan and its surroundings had returned to Indonesia for Chinese New Year.

Fitriani, who lives at her university’s dormitory with five other Indonesian students, said she would not leave her dorm unless necessary. Her dorm set up thermal scanners to monitor students’ body temperatures on Jan. 22, she added.

The last time she went out was to buy groceries at a nearby traditional market that was now temporarily closed as some sellers feared the coronavirus. She said she had stocked up on food for the next week, as suggested by Chinese authorities.

“The prices of vegetables and fruits have gone up, from 5 Chinese renminbi per 500 grams to 30 renminbi per 500 grams. I had no other choice but to buy them as I need them,” Fitriani said.

Fitriani, who has been in Wuhan since September, talked about how unusually quiet the streets had been as she only spotted a few private vehicles and people wearing facial masks.

Another China University of Geosciences student in Wuhan, Rio Alfi, 35, said he initially had plans to return home to Pekanbaru, Riau, along with his wife and son before the lockdown was announced.

He said that although he had stored groceries for the coming week, he could not help but worry as prices of commodities had gone up while food stocks being sold had declined, leading people to scramble to get the commodities at a supermarket he had gone to.

“We’re waiting for what’s next because it’s been three days since the lockdown. Psychologically speaking, it’s pretty tough for us here in Wuhan. The student association and the Indonesian Embassy have coordinated and are monitoring the situation. However, there’s been no decision yet as to whether we’ll be evacuated out of Wuhan or receive assistance over supplies,” he told the Post via text message on Saturday.

Rio, who has been studying in Wuhan since 2016, said that this year’s Lunar New Year was different as fewer people were praying for their ancestors at cemeteries.

AFP reported that the Chinese army had deployed medical specialists to Wuhan on Saturday as hospitals bustled with patients, adding that authorities began building a new field hospital in Wuhan to deal with the outbreak.

The coronavirus, which bears similarities to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), killed 54 people as of Sunday morning in China and spread around the world, including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, as confirmed infections surged to 1,652 people, Channel News Asia reported.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director for citizen protection told the Post on Friday that as Wuhan was under quarantine, the ministry through the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing was coordinating with local authorities to provide assistance needed by Indonesian nationals in the city.

Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun said the embassy was in close contact with Indonesian citizens through Chinese messaging app WeChat.

“We’re constantly in contact with them. There is a coordinator appointed in each campus’ dormitory. So far, from the information that we’ve received, their food stock still suffices,” he told the Post on Saturday.

He said the embassy had bought plane tickets for Indonesian students in Wuhan who had been traveling outside of the city prior to the lockdown so that they could return to Indonesia.

Following the lockdown, Indonesia announced a temporary suspension of all flights operated by Indonesian airlines to and from Wuhan. Authorities had activated thermal scanners at entrance points in Indonesia to detect any symptoms of the virus, such as fever.

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