China reports 143 more deaths, 2,641 additional cases

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All schedules below are in Beijing schedule.

8:50 am: IBM withdraws from the RSA conference in San Francisco

IBM says it no longer participates in an important conference, the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco in February for fear of viruses, he said in a tweet.

The conference is scheduled for February 24 to February 28. Previously, Facebook announced that it had canceled its global marketing summit scheduled for next month also in San Francisco, for the same reason, according to a Reuters report.

Another important event, Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest trade fair for the mobile phone industry, was canceled this week for those fears. That decision came after many companies withdrew from the conference, such as LG, Sony, Ericsson, Nokia, Nvidia, Intel and Amazon.

8:05 am: China confirms 143 more deaths, 2,641 new cases

The National Health Commission of China reported 143 additional deaths across the country, as well as 2,641 new cases confirmed as of February 14.

That account includes Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, where 2,420 new cases and 139 more deaths were reported.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 66,492, and the total number of deaths by 1,523, the authority said.

All schedules below are in Eastern Time.

3:03 pm: US health officials UU. Patients with flu-like symptoms will be examined for coronavirus.

US health officials UU. People with flu-like symptoms will be monitored for the coronavirus in five cities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The five laboratories are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City, but the agency hopes to expand monitoring across the country. – Feuer

1:21 pm: CDC worried about report of infected health workers in China

An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UU. He said the Chinese National Health Commission’s notice about 1,716 health workers infected with the coronavirus was “worrisome.” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, told reporters during a press conference that there are currently no US health workers infected with the virus. He also reiterated the possibility of community propagation in the United States. – Lovelace

12:11 pm: Chinese official will travel to Germany to discuss outbreak

11:55 am: WHO and China investigate health workers infected with viruses

The world health authorities are working with the Chinese authorities to determine when 1,716 health workers in the country were infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. It seems that infections among medical workers peaked in mid-January and have declined “rapidly” since then, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergency program, at a conference of Press at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “This may reflect higher levels of training, higher levels of protection and higher levels of awareness.” – Lovelace

10:44 am: WHO reveals details about its mission to China

The director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press conference that he hopes that the WHO-led mission to China will arrive this weekend. The team will include 12 international and WHO experts, Tedros said, as well as the same number of Chinese counterparts, although it did not identify individual members. He said experts will visit three provinces to observe response efforts on the ground, but did not say if the mission will visit the epicenter of the outbreak, the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. “The goal of the joint mission is to quickly inform the next steps in the preparation and response activities of COVID-19 in China and around the world,” he said. —Feuer

Read the CNBC coverage of the United States overnight: China tries to return to work how Beijing establishes a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals.

10:14 am: Beijing authorities issue a quarantine order for returning residents

Beijing officials accused of responding to the virus issued an order for all those returning to Beijing to remain in quarantine in their homes for 14 days, Chinese state media The People’s Daily reported. Those who refuse to quarantine or follow the official rules on virus containment will be punished according to the law, the newspaper said in a publication on the Chinese social media site Weibo. —Feuer

– Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and William Feuer of CNBC contributed to this report.

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