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Coronavirus live updates: China says death toll hits 170, while India reports first case

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8:54 pm: SAS suspends flights to and from China

"The safety of our passengers and employees is our highest priority," the Nordic airline said in a statement Thursday. SAS said that it had decided to suspend all flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing, as from tomorrow Friday January, until February 9. See the full statement here.

7.25 pm: Russia reportedly closes border with China

New Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has reportedly instructed officials to close its border with China. "Work on it is already in progress. We will inform all those concerned properly about the measures to close the border in the Far Eastern region and other steps the government has taken (to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia)," Mishustin said Thursday, according to the TASS news agency.

6.46 pm: US State Department says more flights from Wuhan are scheduled for Feb. 3

More evacuation flights from the city of Wuhan for U.S. citizens will take place on Feb. 3, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday morning. Reuters reported that those on the flights would be subject to screenings and monitoring requirements.

4:53 pm: Philippines confirms first case of coronavirus

The Philippines Department of Health said it confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus, after the patient's lab results arrived from Melbourne, Australia. The department said the patient is a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan, China who arrived in Manila via Hong Kong on Jan. 21. It also said she was admitted to "government hospitals last January 25 after experiencing mild cough. She is currently asymptomatic."

@WHOPhilippines: Today, the Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of the 2019 novel #coronavirus in the Philippines. The patient is 38 years old from China.

4:27 pm: China's Communist Party to spend $15.6 million on virus prevention and support

Chinese state media announced a department of the Chinese Communist Party leadership has recently allocated 108 million yuan ($15.6 million) for virus prevention and support nationwide. Some of the funds will go to party members involved in those efforts, according to an online statement.

4:03 pm: India confirms first case of coronavirus

India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus in Kerala, a southwestern coastal state. The government said in a statement that the patient is a student at Wuhan University and has been isolated in a hospital. It also said the person is in stable condition and being closely monitored.

3:45 pm: UK, South Korean evacuation flights from Wuhan delayed

A number of flights that were planned to evacuate U.K. and South Korean citizens on Thursday were delayed, according to officials from both countries.

China approved only one of four flights planned to evacuate a total of 700 South Koreans from Wuhan, while Britain delayed a planned evacuation as it did not manage to get clearance from Chinese authorities, they said.

3:00 pm: China urges food producers to resume production quickly

China's agriculture ministry urged feed producers and slaughterhouses to speed up the resumption of production, according to a Reuters report, as the coronavirus outbreak led to spiking prices amid panic buying of food, as well as disruption to transportation.

The country on Thursday also told local authorities not to cut off highways and main roads between provinces.

1:40 pm: China approves some flights to bring Wuhan tourists back from overseas

China's official aviation authority said Thursday that some airlines have received approval for overseas charter flights to Wuhan. The move is part of authorities' efforts to limit global spread of the new coronavirus that stemmed from the city of 11 million.

1:30 pm: Taiwan's benchmark index dives more than 5%

Taiwan's benchmark index Taiex dived 5.75% by the close on Thursday after returning to trade from a holiday. Shares of index heavyweight Hon Hai Precision Industry — also known as Foxconn — plummeted nearly 10%.

Taiwan's economy is heavily dependent on China, while manufacturing giant Foxconn — Apple's largest iPhone supplier — is among the top five companies from the virus epicenter of Hubei importing to the U.S. Hubei accounted for 27.4% of Hon Hai-associated U.S. seaborne shipments from China, according to research company Panjiva.

Foxconn however said earlier this week that it has plans in place to meet all manufacturing obligations.

1:05 pm: China says it will cover costs for confirmed virus cases

China's National Health Commission and Ministry of Finance announced the personal costs of confirmed virus cases that are not covered by insurance will be subsidized.

Medical personnel and other workers in epidemic prevention will also receive daily subsidies of 200 yuan to 300 yuan each ($29 to $44), said the statement, dated Jan. 25.

12:25 pm: China says $3.9 billion in subsidies issued for epidemic control

China's Ministry of Finance said that its finance ministries have issued a cumulative 27.3 billion yuan ($3.9 billion) in subsidies for epidemic prevention and control, as of 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 29.

12:00 pm: Beijing cancels marriage registrations on Feb. 2

The city's Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs announced it would be scrapping a plan to allow marriage registrations on Feb. 2, a popular date as it was deemed to be auspicious. The bureau said it made that decision to avoid large gatherings of people in order to block the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

11:50 am: Singapore evacuates citizens from Wuhan

Singapore flew home 92 citizens from Wuhan on Thursday morning, according to local media reports. They will be quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival, the reports say.

11:15 am: China postpones domestic football matches

China's Football Association announced it will postpone domestic matches for the 2020 season at all levels.

11:10 am: Ikea closes all stores in China

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea said it has temporarily closed all its 30 stores in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported. That decision followed its move just a day earlier to temporarily close half of its stores in the country.

9:20 am: More Japanese citizens evacuate from Wuhan

A government-chartered plane with around 200 evacuated Japanese passengers from virus-hit Wuhan arrived in Tokyo on Thursday morning, according to public broadcaster NHK — the second such flight to return to Japan in two days. The plane also delivered supplies such as masks and disinfectant to the Chinese city before returning to Japan, according to the report.

9:00 am: Hubei delays resumption of businesses to Feb. 14

Hubei authorities announced late Wednesday night that businesses are not to resume work till midnight on Feb. 13. That followed the nationwide extension of the Lunar New Year Holiday by three days to Feb. 2. This week, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang announced that businesses are not to resume work till midnight on Feb. 9.

8:30 am: Three Japanese nationals who evacuated from Wuhan test positive for coronavirus

Three people who were among roughly 200 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Japan's health ministry. Two of the infected Japanese, who returned on a government-chartered flight on Wednesday, had not shown any symptoms, according to the report.

7:50 am: Chinese officials confirm death toll rises to 170

China's National Health Commission confirmed an additional 38 deaths and 1,737 new cases. Officials said that brings their total to 170 deaths and 7,711 cases, as of the end of Wednesday. They also said 170 people had been cured and discharged. The NHC said the new cases announced Thursday include the first one confirmed in Tibet.

6:35 am: Health officials report 37 additional deaths, 1,032 cases in Hubei province

Early Thursday, health officials confirmed an additional 37 deaths and 1,032 cases in Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Through the end of Wednesday, Hubei authorities said they confirmed a total of 4,586 cases, 162 deaths and 90 cured people so far in this outbreak.

6:01 am: Peter Navarro says the US will keep tariffs on China even if the outbreak starts hurting growth

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro pushed back against the idea that the U.S. would remove tariffs on Chinese imports if the outbreak begins to weigh on China's economy. He told "Closing Bell," "That's a spin that's coming right out of Wall Street." Navarro made those comments in response to CNBC's Carl Quintanilla who asked whether a tariff rollback was on the table if China honored the terms of the "phase one" trade deal but started to see its economy hurt by the coronavirus.

US will keep tariffs on China even if coronavirus starts hurting growth, Trump advisor Peter Navarro says
US will keep tariffs on China even if coronavirus starts hurting growth, Trump advisor Peter Navarro says

5:52 am: Companies announce temporary shutdowns and other plans amid outbreak

General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker in China, told employees that it will keep its factories in the country shuttered through Feb. 9, a company spokesman said in an email to CNBC.

Starbucks has already closed more than half of its locations in China, but CEO Kevin Johnson says the company won't hesitate to close more. Google is also temporarily closing its offices in the country and restricting travel. Microsoft employees in China have been told to work from home until Feb. 9. Amazon has also said it is restricting employee travel to China "until further notice."

Airlines are also slashing routes to and from China. Delta said it would cut weekly flights in half. British Airways stopped all its direct flights to and from the mainland. American Airlines also said it would cancel some China service for more than a month.

3:56 am: Powell says Fed is 'monitoring' coronavirus, but won't speculate on economic impact

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. central bank is keeping a close watch on the outbreak.

"It's a very serious issue and I want to start by acknowledging the significant and considerable human suffering that the virus is already causing," he told reporters at a press conference, adding that it's too early to speculate on how it might impact the global economy. "There is likely to be some disruption to activity in China and possibly globally based on the spread of the virus to date and the travel restrictions and business closures that have already been imposed."

Read CNBC's coverage from the U.S. overnight: Outbreak is 'grave concern' as infections spread beyond China

— CNBC's Eunice Yoon, Riya Bhattacharjee, Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and William Feuer contributed to this report.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that at about 7:50 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday, China's National Health Commission reported that the death toll rose to 170.