People wearing face masks ride escalators inside Hankou Railway Station on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, China. A new infectious coronavirus known as “2019-nCoV” was discovered in Wuhan last week.
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2:27 pm: Beijing park visitors required to wear face masks, get temperature checks
Visitors to the 10 open Beijing municipal parks will need to wear face masks and get temperature checks, Beijing Youth Daily reported, citing the parks authority. The parks have already cancelled Spring Festival activities, and the number of visitors has fallen sharply versus last year — Tuesday saw an 83% drop, the report said.
1:37 pm: United Arab Emirates confirms coronavirus case
State-owned Emirates News Agency reported that the UAE has identified “the first case of new coronavirus in the UAE for members of a family arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan.”
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said “the health condition of those infected is stable and under medical observation,” according to the report. It did not immediately specify how many people were diagnosed with the virus.
12:57 pm: Macao reports massive drop in visitor arrivals during Lunar New Year holiday
Macao’s total visitor arrivals during the Lunar New Year holiday fell 73.6% from last year, according to provisional government data. Mainland Chinese tourist arrivals fell 79.2% from last year, the government said.
Macao is a special administrative region of China and a major gambling hub in Asia. Shares of casino operators like Wynn Macau, Sands China and Galaxy Entertainment have been hit by concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Hong Kong-listed shares of those companies were all more than 4% lower in Wednesday trading.
12:30 pm: Australia plans to evacuate its citizens from Hubei to a quarantine station on Christmas Island
“We have taken a decision this morning to prepare a plan for an operation to provide some assisted departures for isolated and vulnerable Australians in Wuhan and the Hubei province,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a news conference.
Morrison also said that evacuated Australian nationals will be flown to Christmas Island, where the government will set up a quarantine area. The government expects evacuees to remain on the island for up to 14 days. [FULL STORY]