Cruise ship passengers found to be infected by COVID-19 after being evacuated.
What began from a single city in central China has now spread to at least 25 countries and infected over 70,000 people, while the death toll has climbed beyond 1,600. COVID-19, the official name of the virus that caused the outbreak, is now a global emergency.
While countries like India and Japan scramble to cushion the economic fallout and shield their populations from the virus, a cruise ship in Japan has become infamous after at least 10% of its 3,700 passengers from around the world tested positive for the virus. To make matters worse, some of passengers believed to be well who were evacuated from the ship were later found to be infected, leading to a race to track the evacuated passengers. [CNBC]
While the bulk of the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak will be borne by China, the rest of the world will not be immune to the economic ramifications. Especially so considering China’s premier place in the global supply chain and ripple effects through the globalised world.
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