Australia records 8th case of virus
Mondelez International, the American company that makes Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies, said it expects first-quarter revenue will be hit by the coronavirus spreading across China, and it has temporarily closed two factories, Reuters reports.
However, Mondezlez’s chief executive, Dirk Van de Put, said the coronavirus is expected to have only a short-term impact. China accounts for nearly 4.5% of the company’s sales.
He said the Chinese government had asked the company to close two factories for 10 days to minimise the risk of infection. The company had also placed restrictions on travel by staff in China and ordered other staff to travel less to China.
Japan confirmed cases rises to 11
Three Japanese nationals who returned home from Wuhan have tested positive for the coronavirus, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, citing the health ministry. Two of the three had not shown any symptoms, the ministry said, according to NHK.
The three infected people were among 206 Japanese who were repatriated on a government-chartered plane on Wednesday. A second plane carrying another 210 people landed in Tokyo on Thursday morning. The Japanese government is considering sending a third flight to collect a further 200 Japanese citizens who wish to return from Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.
Japan has 11 confirmed cases of the virus, including two that are believed to have resulted from human-to-human transmission – a bus driver in his 60s who drove tourists from Wuhan on two occasions earlier this month, and a female tour guide in her 40s who worked alongside the driver and the tourists. Neither of them have travelled abroad in the past month, NHK said.
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