February 14, 2020 / 4:56 AM / in 13 days

Factbox: Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

(Reuters) - Here are the latest developments around the coronavirus outbreak:

FILE PHOTO: A security officer in a protective mask checks the temperature of a passenger following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, at an expressway toll station on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Xianning, a city bordering Wuhan to the north, Hubei province, China January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Pollard/File Photo

** China reported 121 new deaths on Friday, bringing the toll to 1,380. Another 5,090 new cases were confirmed, pushing up the number of infected patients to 63,851.

** In Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, daily new cases jumped by 4,823, while number of new deaths rose by 116.

** Japan confirmed its first death from the virus on Thursday. This is the third death outside mainland China — the Philippines and Hong Kong have reported a death each.

** Japan has vowed to step up testing and containment efforts. Total confirmed cases in the country rose to 33, with another 218 on the cruise ship quarantined at a port in Yokohama.

** Passengers on the cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over virus fears started disembarking in Cambodia. It docked in the port town of Sihanoukville on Thursday.

** Many cruises in Asia are being cancelled while others currently sailing are being re-routed, skipping originally scheduled stops in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

** Asian shares edged up on Friday, on course to post the second straight week of gains, helped by hopes governments will make provisions to soften the impact on their economies from the coronavirus epidemic. [MKTS/GLOB]

** China’s economy will grow at its slowest rate in the current quarter since the financial crisis, a Reuters poll showed.

** The epidemic could shave up to 0.2 percentage points off Japan’s economic growth this year, another Reuters poll showed.

** Major shopping mall landlords in Hong Kong are offering cuts in February rent by as much as 60% to help tenants ride out the effects of the virus outbreak

** Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near Hanoi for 20 days, two local officials told Reuters.

** Pakistan’s Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health confirmed that four Pakistani students that had developed coronavirus disease in China were fully recovered now.

** Shell (RDSa.L) said on Friday it had sent some staff home from its main Singapore office after it identified an employee who had been in contact with a coronavirus case.

** KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM (AIRF.PA), offered a public apology on Friday after a crew member sparked online outrage by posting a sign in Korean saying passengers on a recent flight were not allowed to use a toilet because of the coronavirus.

** Hong Kong extended the suspension of schools until at least March 16.

Compiled by Uttaresh.V and Sarah Morland; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Tomasz Janowski

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