Back to the Air New Zealand flight that left Wuhan on Wednesday morning. Radio New Zealand is reporting that one person was stopped from boarding the plane because they were found to be unwell after the screening process for passengers.
RNZ reports that New Zealand’s foreign ministry said about 60 people who registered for the flight did not turn up at the airport.
This is the full list of nationalities on the plane:
- 54 New Zealand citizens and 44 New Zealand permanent residents on Chinese passports
- 23 Australian Citizens and 12 Australian permanent residents on Chinese passports
- 17 Timor Leste
- 17 Papua New Guinea
- 8 Britain
- 5 Samoa
- 4 Tonga
- 2 Fiji
- 1 Kiribati
- 1 Federated States of Micronesia
- 1 Uzbekistan
- 1 Netherlands
17,000km journey for Australian evacuees
Our reporter Ben Doherty is on Christmas Island where Australian evacuees are being taken for quarantining. There are 35 Australians on board an Air New Zealand plane that left Wuhan for Auckland on Wednesday morning local time, along with 100 New Zealnders, some Britons and also people from several Pacific nations.
The Australians will then be flown from Auckland to Christmas Island, which is on the other side of Australia in the Indian Ocean, making for a journey of 17,000km.
Ben has sent this report on the extraordinarily roundabout route the Australians are being forced to take and it includes this excellent map.
It’s worth noting that the number of deaths in China rose by 65 from 425 on Tuesday to 490 today. That’s an increase of 15.3% compared with a percentage increase of 18% the day before. So perhaps there are signs that the rate of fatalities is slowing. The number was closer to 30% on some days last week.
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Death rate in mainland China is 2.07%
The latest figures show that 490 people have died in mainland China from the virus. According to the very reliable Johns Hopkins University tracker, there are now 23,680 confirmed cases in the mainland meaning the mortality rate from the virus is 2.07% nationally.
Of the deaths, 479 have now occurred in Hubei province where the capital, Wuhan, is the eipicentre of the deadly outbreak. There have been 16,678 confirmed cases in the province making for a death rate of 2.87% in the province.
The next highest number of deaths is two in the provinces of Henan, Chongqing and Heliongjiang, showing how concentrated the outbreak has been.
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Welcome to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. I’m Martin Farrer and I’ll start by outlining the main developments today:
- The death toll in the Chinese province of Hubei has risen to 479 as of the end of Tuesday local time. There have been 3,156 new cases reported in the epicentre making 16,678 in the province. The mainland China total is now 490 deaths, with 23,680 recorded cases.
- There has also been one death in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines, bringing the global total to 492.
- Almost a dozen people on a cruise liner at the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, Reuters is reporting.
- All British nationals have been advised to leave China in a move criticised as leaving people to fend for themselves.
- An eight-year-old boy has become Australia’s 13th confirmed case. He is isolation in a hospital in Queensland.
- An Air New Zealand evacuation has left Wuhan carrying 193 passengers, including 100 New Zealanders, 23 Australians and 70 people from Pacific countries such as Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and the Federated States of Micronesia.
- Hyundai is suspending production in South Korea because the outbreak has disrupted the supply of parts from China.
- Nike became the latest multinational company to warns that it expects its business to be damaged by the outbreak.
- Global financial markets rallied for the second day in a row on Tuesday as invesorts shrugged off concerns that the virus could damage the world economy.
BeforeI bring you more details on all these developments, here is a roundup some of the precautions being taken by countries around the world:
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