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Latest death toll, quarantines, evacuations, Lunar New Year celebrations

Mainland China reported another rise in cases early Monday: The number of deaths grew by 97 to 908. China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising the Chinese mainland’s total to at least 40,171. Outside of China, there have been more than 300 confirmed cases. 

The confirmed deaths surpassed the total number of people who died during the 2003 SARS epidemic, which killed 774 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

All but two of the confirmed deaths have been in mainland China, with one death in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong. As of Sunday, there were 12 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S.

The U.S. embassy confirmed over the weekend that an American citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China.  

Planes carrying about 300 Americans from the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak arrived at military bases in California and Texas on Friday. Passengers will be under a 14-day quarantine. 

Japan is scrambling to control 70 cases of coronavirus on the Princes Diamond cruise ship moored off Yokohama. There are at least 13 Americans with coronavirus on board and passengers have been confined to their rooms.

China is being criticized for failing to respond to early warnings about the coronavirus. Dr. Li Wenliang, who has since died from the virus, was silenced when he tried to sound the alarm.

Coronavirus — Lunar New Year
Children wearing surgical masks watch the annual Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan’s Chinatown on February 9, 2020, in New York City.


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