The Wuhan coronavirus continues its spread across Asia and the world. If you're just joining us now, here's what you need to know:
- The numbers: The Wuhan novel coronavirus has killed 562 people and infected more than 28,000 people worldwide. The vast majority of those are within China and concentrated in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. Only two deaths have been outside of mainland China: one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
- Recoveries: There are reports of stable and improving patients, with some recovered enough to be discharged from hospital in the US and South Korea.
- Treatment: There is still no cure or vaccine, but doctors in Thailand say they successfully treated a patient with a combination of antiviral drugs.
- Global response: Some countries like the US and UK are sending their final evacuation flights to Wuhan this week. The US also sent supplies and support to Wuhan after receiving sharp criticism from China on Monday.
- Cruise ship quarantine: More than 5,300 people are being quarantined on two cruise ships off Hong Kong and Japan, with concerns that passengers and crew were inadvertently exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus by infected passengers.