Covid-19 death toll rises to 1,669; with first death in Europe recorded

By MDN Digital News Team
February 17, 2020


MDN International News Service - Pandemic novel coronavirus (Covid-19) death toll has now risen to 1,669, with 9,500 patients under medication, quarantined, and discharged from mainland China, authorities reported.

On Sunday (Feb 16), a total of addtional 142 deaths which easily brought the total global death toll to 1,669 - four of which came from mainland China and the rest were from Hubei Province.

The first death of which occured outside of Asia was in France. She was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist. According to reports, she was receiving treatment since January 25, 2020. Other deaths outside of China were recorded in Philippines, Hongkong and Japan.

A total of 286 patients were also confirmed by Japanese authorities from Diamond Princess cruise ship undergoing a 14-day quarantine at the port of Yokohama in Japan.

But only days and the quarantine period would be ended, some passengers of the cruise ship who are Americans will be able to go home via a chartered flight of the United States.  

However, those who would be able to go home would again undergo a 14-day quarantine at the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield California. Or they will be taken to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, upon returning to the American soil.

"The US government has chartered flights that will depart Yokohama to the United States on Sunday, February 16," the country's embassy in Tokyo said in a letter to passengers Sunday. "These charter flights are the only opportunity for eligible passengers to fly to the United States until March 4, 2020, at the earliest. This date is 14 days after the remaining passengers are expected to depart the ship on February 19."

In the Philippines, The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed the number of Filipinos onboard the cruise ship who were infected by the corona virus disease (Covid-19) has already reached 27.

On February 15, there 16 new confirmed cases according to a report made by Philippine Embassy in Tokyo. The DFA said all of the infected Filipino passengers on board the cruise ship were all crew members of Diamond Princess.

There are around 500 Filipino crew members on board the ship and they are continually monitoring the status of other Filipinos.



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