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British Airways cancels all flights to mainland China as Wuhan coronavirus spreads

  • British Airways, the United Kingdom's flagship airline, has canceled all direct flights to and from mainland China as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread.
  • The company apologized for the inconvenience to its customers in a statement.
  • According to Reuters, no direct flights to and from China are available on the airline's website for January and February.
  • The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000.
  • As of Tuesday, the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries.
  • This is a developing story.

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British Airways cancels all flights to mainland China as Wuhan coronavirus spreads - Business Insider

  • British Airways, the United Kingdom's flagship airline, has canceled all direct flights to and from mainland China as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread.
  • The company apologized for the inconvenience to its customers in a statement.
  • According to Reuters, no direct flights to and from China are available on the airline's website for January and February.
  • The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000.
  • As of Tuesday, the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries.
  • This is a developing story.

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British Airways cancels all flights to mainland China as Wuhan coronavirus spreads - Business Insider

  • British Airways, the United Kingdom's flagship airline, has canceled all direct flights to and from mainland China as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread.
  • The company apologized for the inconvenience to its customers in a statement.
  • According to Reuters, no direct flights to and from China are available on the airline's website for January and February.
  • The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000.
  • As of Tuesday, the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries.
  • This is a developing story.

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A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

  • A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people being quarantined after traveling on a flight with patients suspected to be infected by the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Multiple robots were employed on each floor of the 16-story hotel on January 27 and 28 to reduce human contact and prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, Reuters reported.
  • Passengers on a flight from Singapore to Hangzhou are being held under quarantine after two of over 335 people on the plane were found with a fever, according to the Reuters report.
  • As of Wednesday morning local time, the novel coronavirus had killed 132 people in China and infected nearly 6,000 people worldwide.
  • It has spread to at least 16 countries outside of China, including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.

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Virus is Xi's greatest challenge

  • While the ruling Communist Party's response to the coronavirus outbreak has been a lot more transparent than during SARS outbreak, a failure to contain its spread highlights flaws in the way the world's most populous country is governed.
  • State-controlled media have criticised local officials for failing to highlight risks in the early weeks of the outbreak, almost a month ago.
  • That party censors chose not to delete the outpouring of anger on China's popular social media platforms towards officials in the central Chinese city says a lot about  Beijing's strategy.
  • Zhou Xianwang, the major of Wuhan, told media in the city this week that as a local government official he had to get Beijing's approval before he was allowed to make news of the virus public.

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Hong Kong stocks plummet about 2.5% on return from Lunar New Year holiday amid coronavirus concerns

  • Shares in Hong Kong plummeted Wednesday morning as they returned from a holiday amid coronavirus fears.
  • Insurance stocks also took a hit, with life insurer AIA declining 1.87% and Hong Kong-listed shares of China Life Insurance falling 4.27%.
  • Shares of Apple suppliers were mixed on Wednesday after Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday that the Cupertino-based tech juggernaut's operations in China are being impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country.
  • The moves came after the Apple CEO said the firm has restricted employee travel and shut one store in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, also adding that the company is cutting back on retail store hours in China.
  • Oil prices rose in the morning of Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 0.96% to $60.08 per barrel.

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Xi vows to fight 'demon' virus as deaths hit 131

  • Shanghai | China's president Xi Jinping says he was confident the country would beat a "devil" virus which has now killed at least 131 people and is spreading globally.
  • Meeting with the head or the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has so far refused to declare the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency, Mr Xi said China would strengthen international cooperation.
  • The Chinese health authorities said the death toll rose to 132 on Tuesday with 5,496 confirmed cases which is more than reported during the 2003 SARS epidemic.
  • Still, there is a lot not known about the new coronavirus and scientists in China, Australia, the United States and other countries are racing to find a cure.
  • China's president Xi Jinping says he was confident the country would beat a "devil" virus which has now killed at least 131 people and is spreading globally.

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Facebook and Ford are among companies banning China travel after outbreak

  • New York (CNN) - Facebook, Ford and other high-profile companies have told their employees not to travel to China as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread.
  • Now, a slew of companies are limiting business trips to the country, with some telling their employees to avoid coming to work if they've visited China recently.
  • The company told staff returning from China to countries such as the U.S. to expect increased scrutiny, also asking them to work from home if they were coming back from Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located.
  • On Thursday, a GM spokesperson told CNN Business that none of its employees had contracted the virus, and that it had restricted trips to China with exceptions for "business critical needs." The representative added that its offices and plants in the country have been closed since Jan. 24 for the traditional Lunar New Year festival.

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Airlines are cutting flights to China — and the coronavirus could be a 'substantial' risk for the industry, an analyst warns

  • Herbert said an average revenue drop of 13% has been observed over past outbreaks, citing data from the International Air Transport Association, an airline trade organization.
  • SARS had a higher fatality rate — about 10%, compared to 3% from the current virus — which made it "an economic sledgehammer to airlines in the Asia-Pacific region," the Canaccord report said.
  • As a result of SARS, which ultimately infected around 8,100 people, the report said revenue per passenger kilometer — otherwise known as RPK, and also measured in revenue per passenger mile, or RPM — fell by 35% at the worst of the outbreak, and led to an 8% decline in RPKs in the region for all of 2003.
  • Although the infection only reached 1,300 people in the Middle East and South Korea, the report cited an unusually high 38% fatality rate led to a 12% dive in RPKs in the South Korean market for the first month of the disease's spread, although passenger volumes recovered within two months.

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3M is boosting production of face masks as demand skyrockets due to the coronavirus outbreak

  • The CEO of 3M, which makes goods like Scotch tape and Post-It notes, said Tuesday that the company will boost its production of face masks as demand rises due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
  • Mike Roman said during a conference call about the company's fourth-quarter results that 3M is increasing production of face masks at facilities in China and around the world, CNBC reported.
  • Wang Jiangping, China's vice minister of industry and information technology, warned that the country is facing a shortage of protective masks and suits because of the outbreak's rapid spread.
  • Local authorities in Wuhan, China — the city where the outbreak began — have urged all residents to wear masks in public places, since people without symptoms could still have the virus and spread it to others.

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