At least eight planes were placed in ‘lockdown’ conditions at London’s Heathrow Airport Friday over growing concerns of the deadly Coronavirus spreading across the UK.
“Coronavirus fears sparked a lockdown of eight planes Friday morning at Heathrow Airport — including a flight from California — after passengers complained they were suffering from symptoms, according to new reports,” reports the NY Post.
“Passengers on United Airlines Flight 901 from San Francisco were told by the captain to stay put after landing because someone on board might be infected,” adds the Post. “Further details involving the other aircraft are unknown. Heathrow Airport declined to comment but is believed to be running as normal with all runways open.”
“Our team at London Heathrow Airport is providing assistance related to United flight 901 (San Francisco-London Heathrow) today, following reports of an individual becoming unwell onboard,” the airline said in a statement to multiple outlets. “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with local authorities.”
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Source: New York Post
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: 1000 Dead, 42K+ Cases, Experts Say Could Reach 60% of Global Population
The Coronavirus outbreak claimed its 1,000 victim in mainland China Tuesday; sparking new fears that the global disease could impact 60% of the world’s population if unchecked.
“With the death toll from the coronavirus at 1,017, the head of the World Health Organization gathered top scientists in Geneva on Tuesday to try and answer a raft of questions about the new disease. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a plea for global unity against ‘a common enemy that does not respect borders or ideologies,’” reports CBS News.
“With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” Tedros warned.
Health officials in Hong Kong issued even more dire predictions Tuesday, saying 60% of the world’s population could be infected if the disease remains unchecked.
“The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled,” reports the Guardian.
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OUTBREAK UPDATE: China Confirms 15,152 NEW CASES of Coronavirus, 254 More Dead
Officials in Beijing confirmed the diagnosis of more than 15,000 new cases of Coronavirus Thursday; raising the death toll from the disease by more than 250 people.
“The chief executive of smartphone maker Xiaomi said the the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak could impact first-quarter sales, but CEO Lei Jun said Thursday that he believes demand will bounce back in the second and third quarters,” reports CNBC.
“Due to the outbreak of (the) virus, this year’s first quarter smartphone sales will face an impact, but we believe that in the second and third quarters they will strike back. Overall, the impact might not be that serious,” the CEO said.
“The coronavirus is causing travel demand to slump across the whole Asia-Pacific region, according to data released by travel analytics firm ForwardKeys on Thursday, with the region seeing a 10.5% slowdown in outbound travel bookings for March and April (excluding trips to and from China and Hong Kong),” adds CNBC.
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