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Coronavirus live updates: China confirms 121 more deaths, 5,090 new cases

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Coronavirus live updates: China confirms 121 more deaths, 5,090 new cases

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All times below are Beijing time.

10:40: China confirms 121 more deaths and 5,090 new cases

The National Health Commission of China recorded 121 additional deaths across the country, in addition to 5,090 new confirmed cases as of February 13.

10:05: Supply chain disruptions hit companies, says American Chamber of Commerce

Gregory Gilligan, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said that supply chain disruptions have hit members and that the organization is helping companies navigate different regulations in various parts of China.

"Basically, we work with people to circumvent existing temporary regulations to try to slow the virus down. Many places have adopted measures that affect logistics, transport – therefore, the delivery of materials, the procurement of materials that have already been produced, etc. "he stated. – Huileng Tan

9:30 am: Guangzhou prohibits people from dining out in restaurants

In an attempt to stem the spread of the virus, the Chinese city of Guangzhou forbade people to go out to eat in restaurants. That ban took effect on February 12, when people returned to work this week after the prolonged Lunar New Year break.

Guangzhou is the capital of the manufacturing center of Guangdong province and is one of the largest cities in China. – Cheng

9:10 am: Bank of Japan warns that coronavirus could harm the country's economy

Japan's central bank said the impact of the outbreak on production and tourism should be monitored.

The country's economy may have already contracted sharply in the October to December quarter due to the slowdown in demand and consumption abroad, hit by natural disasters, Reuters reported.

Japan has 33 confirmed cases so far and reported its first death from a coronavirus patient on Thursday, although it is unclear whether it is directly related to the disease.

8:45: Chickens destined for China are being redirected due to outbreak

U.S. chicken shipments to China are being diverted to ports in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam due to the virus outbreak, according to Reuters, citing a U.S. poultry export group.

This is due to the outbreak that prevents people from returning to work in China, leading to a slowdown in the unloading of products at Chinese ports, which have run out of space for refrigerated containers. These containers must be connected to power once discharged, to keep frozen meat cold, the U.S. Egg and Poultry Export Council told Reuters.

It is estimated that 300 to 400 refrigerated poultry containers are being diverted, the council said, according to the report.

7:55: Hubei reports 4,823 new cases

China's Hubei province recorded an additional 116 deaths and 4,823 new confirmed cases by the end of February 13. Of the new cases, the government said 3,095 were "clinically diagnosed".

This term refers to a new method to tabulate the case totals that now count towards the "confirmed cases" count. The move was made so that a broader set of patients could receive the same treatment as a confirmed case, according to a CNBC translation of the Chinese text of the official announcement.

In total, Hubei officials said 51,986 people were infected in the province.

A woman wears a protective mask while riding a bicycle on February 11, 2020 in Wuhan. Hubei province, China. Flights, trains and public transport, including buses, subways and ferry services, have been suspended.

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All times below are in Eastern time.

17:55: Royal Caribbean warns Asia cruise cancellations to cut profit in 2020 by 65 cents

Royal Caribbean had to cancel 18 crossings in Southeast Asia and modify itineraries for several other cruises. The result: a big blow to the bottom line. The company expects 65 cents to be withdrawn from its earnings per share in 2020. If the outbreak continues and forced to cancel all of its trips in the region by the end of April, profits would take an additional hit of 55 cents per share.

The company added that it is regularly talking to the CDC, WHO and other health officials and has taken steps to protect passengers and crew. Among these measures is to deny the boarding of people who have traveled to and from mainland China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days.

"It is important for all organizations to act responsibly, and we have already taken aggressive steps to minimize risk through shipping restrictions and itinerary changes," said Richard D. Fain, president and CEO.

Royal Caribbean's shares fell more than 1% in extended trades. The shares have fallen nearly 15% since the beginning of the year. – Cheddar Berk

12:07: White House lacks "high confidence" in China's coronavirus data

The United States "does not rely much on information coming out of China" about the coronavirus case count, a senior government official told CNBC's Eamon Javers. The official also noted that China "continues to reject US offers of assistance". The New York Times reported last week that Chinese officials have shown little interest in accepting US aid – Lovelace

10:25: CDC confirms 15th US case in evacuation under quarantine at Texas military base

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a 15th case in the USA, a recent evacuee from Wuhan who was quarantined at the Joint Base in San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The United States has evacuated some 800 Americans from Wuhan, of which more than 600 remain in quarantine at military facilities across the country.

Two others evacuated at a Marine Corps base near San Diego, Calif., Also have COVID-19, the CDC said on Wednesday. "There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including others who have recently returned from Wuhan," said the CDC. – Feuer

9:36 am: Huanggang, China, closes apartments, reinforcing virus control measures

The Chinese city of Huanggang, near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, said that from Friday it will strengthen measures to control epidemics, including closing residential complexes and allowing essential vehicles on the roads. Food and delivery of other essential goods will be organized by designated personnel, the city said in a statement. – Reuters

Read US CNBC coverage overnight: The United States confirms the 15th case, as global cases exceed 60,300

– Huileng Tan of CNBC, Evelyn Cheng, Dawn Kopecki, Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and William Feuer contributed to this report.




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