NCOV Update as of 2/17

A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and the rest of the world. As of 7 a.m. on February 17, there are 70,500 confirmed cases in China and 688 abroad. There have also …

Australian Universities Affected by COVID-19

The coronavirus may deliver a painful economic hit to Australian universities, as Chinese students have had to defer their studies. Top universities stand to lose around 2 billion U.S. dollars in fees alone. This amount still “excludes the broader economic contribution from students to accommodation, tourism, and domestic consumption of goods and services.” On February 1, Australia said all non-Australian …

China Workers Back

Workers began returning to offices and factories around China last Monday, February 10, after an extended Lunar New Year holiday in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities have eased some restrictions on work and travel, and major cities allowed businesses to resume operations on the basis of “sound preparation” against the epidemic. Traffic increased slightly and more activities were …

US Staff Leave HK

The United States said Tuesday it had authorized consulate staff to leave Hong Kong as concerns spread over the coronavirus that originated in mainland China. Non-essential staff and their family members will be allowed, but not required, to leave the metropolis “out of an abundance of caution related to uncertainties” on the coronavirus. The US consulate in Hong Kong will …

US Staff Leave HK

The United States said Tuesday it had authorized consulate staff to leave Hong Kong as concerns spread over the coronavirus that originated in mainland China. Non-essential staff and their family members will be allowed, but not required, to leave the metropolis “out of an abundance of caution related to uncertainties” on the coronavirus. The US consulate in Hong Kong will …

Australian Universities Affected

The coronavirus may deliver a painful economic hit to Australian universities, as Chinese students have had to defer their studies. Top universities stand to lose around 2 billion U.S. dollars in fees alone. This amount still “excludes the broader economic contribution from students to accommodation, tourism, and domestic consumption of goods and services.” On February 1, Australia said all non-Australian …

China Workers Back

Workers began returning to offices and factories around China last Monday, February 10, after an extended Lunar New Year holiday in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities have eased some restrictions on work and travel, and major cities allowed businesses to resume operations on the basis of “sound preparation” against the epidemic. Traffic increased slightly and more activities were …