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What you need to know

  • The virus: The Wuhan coronavirus has killed more than 1,000 people globally since the outbreak began, according to authorities. More than 40,000 have been infected.
  • Deadlier than SARS: Since its outbreak in December, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed more people than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, which claimed 774 victims globally from November 2002 to July 2003.
  • Coronavirus cruise: There are 65 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess ship docked in Japan, bringing the total number on board to 135.
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Global death toll passes 1,000

The Hubei health authority reported that 103 more people died of the coronavirus in Hubei province on Monday, raising the death toll in the epidemic’s epicenter to 974.

This brings the total number of deaths in mainland China to at least 1,011. Globally, a total of 1,013 people have died, including one death in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

Hubei authorities confirmed an additional 2,097 cases of the virus in Hubei on Monday, which brings the total number of cases in the region to 31,728.

More than 25,000 patients have been hospitalized in Hubei, including 1,298 who are in critical condition, according to the health authority. More than two thousand patients have been cured and discharged.

The global number of confirmed coronavirus cases now exceeds 42,500. The vast majority of cases remains in mainland China.

China’s National Health Commission is expected to release numbers for all of China’s provinces later.

Where cases of coronavirus have been confirmed around the world

Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in more than two dozen countries, and health officials are working to contain the spread.

Here’s a look at where the cases are throughout the world, according to World Health Organization data. These numbers may differ from those reported by national health authorities, who report updated totals at different times than the WHO.

Cruise ship sets sail after coronavirus scare

After fears of the novel coronavirus kept it docked for almost two days, the Royal Caribbean “Anthem of the Seas” cruise ship left port in New Jersey at 3 p.m. today and is en route to Bermuda, according to a revised itinerary from the cruise line.

A customer service representative for Royal Caribbean also confirmed to CNN that the ship has departed.

The four passengers evaluated for coronavirus all tested negative and were discharged from the hospital, according to a statement from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

World Health Organization team arrives in China

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a team of international experts from WHO arrived in China on Monday to assist with containing the novel coronavirus outbreak. WHO says this is an “advance” team.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the team will “lay the groundwork for larger international team” who will join them “as soon as possible.” The team could range between 10 and 15.

On Sunday, as the team departed for China, Director-General Ghebreyesus said on Twitter the international expert mission to China will be “led by Dr. Bruce Aylward, veteran of past public health emergencies.”

Aylward lead the WHO’s response to Ebola, as well as initiatives for immunization, communicable diseases control and polio eradication.

Trump proposes cuts to global health programs during coronavirus 

The newly unveiled Trump administration budget proposal includes steep cuts for global health programs and the World Health Organization, even as the world grapples with the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, it does increase its proposed funding for Global Health Security. 

The FY21 Budget Proposal, released today, outlines a nearly $65M proposed cut to the World Health Organization – a more than 50% decrease from FY20 funding.

It also proposes a 34% overall cut to Global Health Programs.

It includes a proposed $115 million for Global Health Security aimed at enabling “the U.S. government, in partnership with other nations, international organizations, and public and private stakeholders, to prevent avoidable epidemics, detect threats early, and respond rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks and other critical infectious disease threats (including anti-microbial resistance) in an effort to prevent them from becoming national or global emergencies.” This is an increase of $25 million from last year’s request.

Asked by CNN about the impact the WHO cut could have on the global coronavirus response, the Director of the Department of State’s Bureau of Budget & Planning downplayed the potential negative consequences.

“We believe that each of the international organizations has a need for greater accountability and efficiency,” Douglas Pitkin said during a briefing at the State Department Monday. “We have other mechanisms…for providing resources, targeted outreach and targeted efforts to reach specific diseases and health crises.”

Jim Richardson, the Director of US Foreign Assistance Resources at the State Department, said the US was the “largest donor overall to global health around the world.”

“We do think that it’s important to balance the multilateral against the bilateral assistance,” Richardson said. “Both are important, but it is important for us to make sure that we get the appropriate reform to the multilateral while delivering the best assistance that we possibly can on the ground, and that’s often through bilateral.”

Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun claimed that the budget bolsters “country capacity to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks and to prevent epidemics from reaching our borders.”

“It also allows us to provide the necessary flexibility to respond to emerging global health threats such as the novel coronavirus and Ebola,” he said at the State Department. Biegun praised the State Department and USAID efforts in responding to the novel coronavirus.

No coronavirus cases found in the first group of Americans evacuated from Wuhan

A charter plane carrying passengers evacuated from Wuhan, China, lands at March Air Reserve Base on January 29.

No one from the first group of Americans evacuated from Wuhan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Riverside County Health Officials.

“To date, no one has tested positive for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) among the 195 in quarantine. Two individuals with symptoms were retested and also found to be negative, and have since recovered,” said Public Health Officer Cameron Kaiser, in a statement from the Riverside County Public Health Department.

The group of passengers arrived at the base on Jan. 29 after arriving from China. Many of the passengers work for the US State Department or are related to someone who does. They have been isolated from base personnel and were not permitted to leave the fenced quarantine area.

They have been on a 14-day quarantine that expires on Tuesday, and they will be free to leave March Air Reserve Base if they do not display any symptoms.

Here's where the coronavirus outbreak stands today

The total number of cases and deaths related to the Wuhan coronavirus continue to rise, as officials attempt to stop the virus from spreading.

Here are today’s updates on the virus:

  • In Hong Kong: There are now 42 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, according to The Center for Health Protection. Hong Kong officials have announced they are conducting a partial evacuation of residents from an apartment block following possibility that the coronavirus may have been transmitted via the building piping system.
  • The Mobile World Congress: Amazon and Sony are the latest tech companies to pull out of one of the world’s biggest annual business conferences amid coronavirus concerns. Ericsson and LG electronics have also pulled out from the conference.
  • Coronavirus in the US: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 398 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 37 states, according to an update posted to the agency’s website on Monday. Of them, 12 have tested positive, 318 negative and 68 are still pending.
  • Health workers infected: In the UK, two newly infected people are health workers. Officials are “working urgently to identify all patients and other healthcare workers who may have come into close contact” with them, Public Health England Medical Director, Yvonne Doyle, said in a statement. 
  • Cruise ship to set sail: After being delayed when four passengers became ill, The Anthem of the Seas will take off today at 3 p.m. ET, according to Royal Caribbean. The ship was docked in New Jersey while the family of four and other passengers were tested for the coronavirus.

A Hong Kong apartment building was partially evacuated due to possibility virus was transmitted through pipes

Health officials in Hong Kong are conducting a partial evacuation of residents from an apartment block following possibility that the coronavirus may have been transmitted via the building piping system, Professor KY Yuen said during an impromptu midnight press conference held on Tuesday morning local time.

Health officials have traced at least two confirmed cases of the coronavirus to the specific residential building called Hong Mei House in the Tsing Yi area of Hong Kong.

“As the pipeline that transfers feces is connected to the air pipe, it is very likely for the virus in the feces to be transmitted through the air fan into the toilet,” Professor Yuen said. 

Parts of the building were evacuated as a precaution while health officials and engineers carried out emergency checks, he added.

Professor Yuen said that the transmission route is not clear yet, so the evacuation was taken to protect the residents of the building.

This comes as local health officials confirmed that both the 42nd confirmed and latest case in the city and the 12th confirmed patient both lived in Hong Mei House. The 12th case was confirmed on January 30 and the 42nd case was confirmed on February 10. 

 Hong Kong now has 42 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus.

2 newly infected people in the UK are health workers

Two of the latest four coronavirus infections in the UK are healthcare workers, and British authorities are now “working urgently to identify all patients and other healthcare workers who may have come into close contact” with them, Public Health England Medical Director, Yvonne Doyle, said in a statement. 

Here’s the full statement:

“As a result of our contact tracing we now know the new cases announced today are all closely linked to one another. Our priority has been to speak to those who have close and sustained contact with confirmed cases, so we can advise them on what they can do to limit the spread of the virus.
Two of these new cases are healthcare workers and as soon as they were identified, we advised them to self-isolate in order to keep patient contact to a minimum. We are now working urgently to identify all patients and other healthcare workers who may have come into close contact, and at this stage we believe this to be a relatively small number. 
We would like thank all those who have followed public health advice and have taken the necessary steps to reduce the risk to the general public.”

These are the four cruise ships trapped by the coronavirus

With travel advisories across the globe, four cruise ship were put in effective lockdowns over growing concerns of the novel coronavirus. 

Here’s what you need to know about each ship:

  • Diamond Princess: Quarantined in Japan since Feb. 4, there are at least 24 Americans among the 135 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus aboard the cruise ship, according to information from Princess Cruises and a CNN tally.
  • Westerdam: Over 2,000 people are stuck on the Westerdam cruise ship, operated by Holland America, after it was denied entry to its original final destination in Japan. Despite having no confirmed cases aboard, they will dock in Thai city of Laem Chabang on Thursday because Japan and the Philippines closed their docks to cruise ships.
  • World Dream: More than 3,600 people aboard were quarantined for five days in Hong Kong as a precautionary measure after three former passengers tested positive for the coronavirus. No confirmed cases were found.
  • Anthem of the Seas: This Royal Caribbean ship was docked in New Jersey for an extra two days because four returning passengers were sent to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus. The four family members and 23 other passengers were all cleared of the virus.

Trump again suggests warm weather could weaken coronavirus

President Trump repeated his belief that a coronavirus outbreak in China could subside when temperatures rise with the changing seasons, despite expert opinion that it’s too early to make such a linkage.

Speaking to US governors at the White House, Trump said the temperature issue arose last week in his telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

“That would be a good thing,” Trump went on.

Earlier, Trump said “a lot of people think that goes away in April, with the heat.”

More on this: Trump first raised his theory about coronavirus and warmer weather in a tweet last week. Afterward, infectious disease experts told CNN that it’s too early to say whether warmer temperatures would weaken the virus.

“It would be reckless to assume that things will quiet down in spring and summer,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

“We don’t really understand the basis of seasonality, and of course we know we absolutely nothing about this particular virus,” Hotez said.

“His hope is our hope,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, referring to Trump’s tweets. “But we don’t have knowledge that it will do that.”

In his remarks at the White House, Trump said China was “doing a good job” containing the coronavirus, even as the disease spreads and the death toll rises.

Yesterday alone, the coronavirus — which originated in Wuhan — killed 97 people. It has killed 910 people globally since the outbreak began, according to authorities. More than 40,000 people have been infected.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 398 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 37 states, according to an update posted to the agency’s website on Monday. Of them, 12 have tested positive, 318 negative and 68 are still pending. 

Trump touted those numbers on Monday, saying “many of them are in good shape now.”

There are now 42 confirmed coronavirus cases in Hong Kong

There are now 42 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, according to The Center for Health Protection.

The latest case and the twelfth case lived in the same building, according to The Center for Health Protection’s Dr. Wong Ka Hing.

He added there are 10 floors between these two apartments.

Hong Kong officials are currently holding a late-night press conference on the coronavirus.

Where the coronavirus cases are throughout China

While coronavirus has spread to more than two dozen countries across the world, the vast majority of cases are in mainland China.

Here’s a look at where the cases are throughout mainland China, according to World Health Organization data. These numbers may differ from those reported by Chinese health officials, who report updated totals at different times than the WHO.

Health officials have investigated almost 400 people in the US for coronavirus 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 398 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 37 states, according to an update posted to the agency’s website on Monday.

Of them, 12 have tested positive, 318 negative and 68 are still pending. 

These numbers are cumulative since Jan. 21 and include people with a travel history to China, as well as those who have been in close contact with confirmed cases or other people under investigation.

Pending cases include specimens that have been received and not yet undergone testing, as well as those in transit to CDC from health authorities in various states.

There are 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Six cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, one in Wisconsin and two in Illinois. This includes two instances of known person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California.

Previously, there were 337 people under investigation in 36 states as of Feb. 6, including 12 positive, 225 negative and 100 pending cases.

US health official explains how travel restrictions may not contain coronavirus

The United States’ top infectious disease doctor said that the novel coronavirus is currently under control — “but that could change very quickly,” rendering travel restrictions ineffective against the spread of the virus.

“Once you get a diffuse outbreak throughout the world, you’re not going to be able to control it by travel restrictions,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow on Monday.  

“You’re going to have to do what we call mitigation, or dampen the effect within a country,” Fauci added. “Clearly we’re not there yet. We still have very few cases. But we need to be alert to the possibility that this will get worse.”

Fauci said the coronavirus spreads more easily than SARS but appears to be less severe. The novel coronavirus has killed more people than SARS did in 2002 and 2003 — however, it has infected many more people than SARS did. 

“This particular virus has a much, much greater capability of spreading widely,” Fauci said.

About the virus in the US: There are 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Six cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, one in Wisconsin and two in Illinois. This includes two instances of known person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California. 

The ship delayed in New Jersey after coronavirus scare will set sail again today

The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked in Bayonne, N.J. on Friday.

The Anthem of the Seas — the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was delayed last week after passengers aboard the ship became ill — will take off today at 3 p.m. ET, according to Royal Caribbean. 

The ship will finally set sail after a coronavirus scare kept the ship docked this weekend. 

Royal Caribbean updated their itinerary on Monday to include Bermuda as the only port of call on the trip. 

“With a Monday afternoon departure, we wouldn’t arrive into Nassau until around 3 p.m. ET and would need to depart later that evening to make our way back to Cape Liberty, not a great experience. Given that our goal is to provide you with the best vacation possible, we made the decision to sail to Bermuda, where you’ll have more than a day and a half in port to explore,” Royal Caribbean said in an update. 

The Government of Bermuda says arriving passengers will “apply our own protocols currently in place at all of Bermuda’s points of entry.”  

“Arriving travelers will undergo a travel risk assessment by a Health Officer and could have their health monitored and movement on island restricted for up to 14 days,” the Government of Bermuda says. 

How coronavirus is driving up the cost of groceries in China

People shop for vegetables at a market in Beijing on February 2.

The coronavirus outbreak is driving up the cost of food — and almost everything else in China — adding to the pressure on household budgets. 

China’s consumer price inflation hit 5.4% in January, according to the country’s National Bureau of Statistics today. Prices rose last month at their fastest rate since October 2011, when China was battling to control months of soaring inflation. 

Food, which makes up nearly a third of spending by Chinese consumers, is spiking the most:

  • Pork — a mainstay in the Chinese diet that is already under pressure because of a devastating pig disease — skyrocketed a staggering 116% compared to a year ago.
  • Vegetables were 17% more expensive.

Other items saw modest price rises by comparison: Health care was 2.3% more expensive, for example, while clothing prices rose 0.6%.

The statistics bureau acknowledged the role coronavirus played in causing prices to surge. In a statement, it attributed the increase to the outbreak and to the Lunar New Year holiday, which was observed in January this year rather than February, as it was in 2019.

Amazon and Sony drop out of major tech event because of coronavirus

A worker passes health and safety signage during the Mobile World Congress preparations in Barcelona, Spain, on February 7.

Tech giants Amazon and Sony are the latest firms to pull out of Mobile World Congress, one of the world’s biggest annual business conferences amid the coronavirus spread.

“Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain” Amazon said in a statement to CNN.

Sony also issued a similar statement following the outbreak.

The latest withdrawals follow Ericsson and LG electronics, who announced last week they also wouldn’t attend the event.

The event organizers said Monday that Mobile World Congress will go ahead as planned and that they would ban access to all travelers from the Hubei province.

Organizers outlined additional safety measures including temperature screening. All travelers who have been to China will also need to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China at least 14 days before the event.

What we know about the Wuhan coronavirus so far

A man wears a protective suit outside an office building in Beijing on Monday, as he waits to screen people returning to work.

Officials in China and around the world are working to contain the coronavirus outbreak, which began in December.

Here’s where things stand now:

  • Death toll: The total number of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus has topped 910, according to authorities, officially outpacing the global death toll from the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003.
  • Around the world: More than 40,500 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide, with the vast majority of those in mainland China.
  • What it’s like in China: The country began going back to work today, after the Lunar New Year holiday became an extended quarantine for hundreds of millions in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Even though businesses are gradually resuming operations, many people remain under quarantine, working from home where possible.
  • Food prices soaring: The outbreak is driving up the cost of food, healthcare and clothing in China. The virus is also hurting the global economy — snarling supply chains and disrupting companies.
  • Cruise ship quarantine: The largest outbreak outside mainland China is on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. As of Monday afternoon local time, 135 people on board the ship had tested positive for the virus, with at least 24 Americans among the infected according to information from Princess Cruises and a CNN tally. Thousands of passengers and crew have been quarantined on board for almost a week, and continue to be tested by the Japanese health authorities.

China's president stresses importance of preventing layoffs amid coronavirus

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, wears a protective face mask during an appearance in Beijing on Monday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China needs to stabilize the economy and prevent large-scale layoffs amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

During a meeting at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Xi said it would be important to reduce the impact caused by the coronavirus and fulfill the economic targets this year as much as possible. 

He said officials should take note that the economy has been doing well and the impact caused by the coronavirus would only be short-lived. He added the country is ready to help companies resume production and would assist those that have been heavily affected. 

He also noted that China should work on expanding online consumption. 

Kazakhstan will send planes to pick up citizens in China

A plane belonging to Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is seen parked in Hong Kong International Airport in June 2019.

Kazakhstan is preparing to send two planes to repatriate Kazakh citizens in China, the press attaché for the Embassy of Kazakhstan in London Aigerim Seisembayeva confirmed to CNN.

The planes, operated by Air Astana, will depart from Kazakhstan to Beijing today and Wednesday. This is the second repatriation effort carried out by Kazakhstan, with the first taking place last Monday.

Japan won't test every passenger on quarantined cruise ship

Japanese military personnel set up a covered walkway next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Monday in Yokohama, Japan.

Japan’s health authorities will not test all of the passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said today. 

Here’s why: Suga said it would be too difficult to test everyone for the virus but that “the government provides necessary information to ensure the good health and safety of the passengers and crew members on the ship as a top priority.”

Suga says authorities are testing samples of people who have fever, those over 80 and feel ill, as well as those who had close contact with infected passengers. 

There are more than 3,700 people on board the cruise ship, including 2,600 passengers.

About the ship: There are 65 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess ship docked in Yokohama, bringing the total number on board to 135. The new cases nearly doubled the total, from 70 confirmed cases on Sunday.

At least 24 Americans are infected on board the ship.

The vessel has been quarantined since Tuesday, and passengers are expected to remain under quarantine for at least 14 days.

Taiwan and South Korea introduce further travel bans and restrictions

A person checks flight information displayed at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan on February 4.

Taiwan will ban most people traveling from Hong Kong and Macao starting tomorrow, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement on Monday.

Exceptions will be made for business travelers, “internal transfers of multinational companies” and spouses and minors of those holding residence permits. Other travelers, even those with valid entry and exit permits, including students, will be barred from entering Taiwan.

People who previously entered Taiwan from Hong Kong and Macao must undergo quarantine at home for 14 days, as per previously implemented restrictions.

South Korea bans cruise ships: Meanwhile, South Korea will temporarily suspend entry to cruise ships amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said during a briefing Monday.

Cruise ships docking for purposes without people getting off, such as refueling and stocking up supplies, will still be allowed.

Two cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Busan tomorrow and on Wednesday have been canceled, as well as two others scheduled to arrive later in February.

Cruise liners have emerged as a major battleground in the attempt to halt the spread of the virus — as well as a ship in Yokohama, Japan, two vessels in the US and Hong Kong had also been under quarantine, with passengers and crew tested for the virus.

The coronavirus is already hurting the world economy. Here's why it could get really scary

A shopping mall in Beijing is seen almost deserted on Monday, amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

Nearly two decades have passed since a coronavirus known as SARS emerged in China, killing hundreds of people and sparking panic that sent a chill through the global economy. The virus now rampaging across China could be much more damaging.

China has become an indispensable part of global business since the 2003 SARS outbreak. It’s grown into the world’s factory, churning out products such as the iPhone and driving demand for commodities like oil and copper. The country also boasts hundreds of millions of wealthy consumers who spend big on luxury productstourism and cars. China’s economy accounted for roughly 4% of world GDP in 2003; it now makes up 16% of global output.

SARS sickened 8,098 people and killed 774 before it was contained. The new coronavirus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has already killed more than 900 people and infected over 40,000 across at least 25 countries and territories. Chinese officials have locked down Wuhan and several other cities, but the virus continues to spread.

Read the full analysis here.

At least 24 Americans among those infected on Diamond Princess cruise ship

Japanese officials walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier in Yokohama on Monday.

There are at least 24 Americans among the 135 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to information from Princess Cruises and a CNN tally.

Japanese authorities are still testing hundreds of passengers on board the ship, which has been stuck at a harbor south of Japanese capital Tokyo for almost a week now.

Evidence is increasingly pointing to a full blown outbreak on board the ship, the largest outside of mainland China, where the vast majority of cases have been reported until now.

After being turned away by three countries, the Westerdam will finally dock on Thursday

The Holland America Westerdam cruise ship is pictured passing through Glacier Bay, Alaska in July 2019.

The Westerdam cruise ship – which has more than 2,000 people on board – will dock this Thursday in the Thai city of Laem Chabang. It was previously denied entry to Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan as countries closed their ports to cruise ships over coronavirus fears.

The vessel, operated by Holland America, was scheduled to end its itinerary in Yokohama, Japan, on February 15, but was refused entry at any Japanese port despite having no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on board. 

Holland America says the guests will receive a 100% refund for the current trip as well as “100% Future Cruise Credit.”

Passengers will be allowed to disembark the ship at Laem Chabang, which is around 50 miles from Bangkok.

Crew on quarantined Diamond Princess appeal for help

A person wearing a protective suit moves between levels of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama Port on Sunday.

Several Indian members of the Diamond Princess crew have appealed for help from the Indian government, and alleged that they are at risk of infection by not being segregated.

So far at least 135 people (including five crew members) have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus on board the vessel, amid signs of a full blown outbreak – one of the largest outside of mainland China.

The cruise ship passengers have been under strict quarantine for over a week now, confined to their cabins as medical personnel conduct tests on the 3,700 people on board.

“We are extremely scared at this point in time,” Binay Kumar Sarkar said in a video obtained by CNN. “Our request is to segregate the crew members from the infected.”

He said neither he nor his colleagues had been checked for the novel coronavirus.

CNN is reaching out to Princess Cruises for comment.

“Only people who are recording temperatures higher than 37.5 degree Celsius are being checked,” Sarkar said. “If Japan cannot take stock of the situation, please ask for assistance. The United Nations and government of India should intervene as soon as possible and help segregate us.”

On February 7, the Indian minister of external affairs tweeted that no Indian nationals on the ship had tested positive for the virus, and that his government was “closely following the developments.”

China says 8.2% of coronavirus patients are cured

Of all the patients confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China, 8.2% have been cured, according to officials at the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). On January 27, only 1.3% of patients had been cured.

Mi Feng, a NHC spokesman, said the increased numbers were due to China’s preliminary success in treating the coronavirus, but did not elaborate on what treatment was applied on the patients.

In Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus, 6.1% of patients have been cured and showed no signs of the virus, Mi added.

Mi also said that an expert group from the World Health Organization will be visiting China to exchange ideas on containing the virus, and that an advance team will land in Beijing Monday to discuss the arrangements of the visit.

Airbnb suspends Beijing bookings

People wear protective masks as they walk in a nearly empty Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sunday.

Airbnb is suspending all listings in Beijing from February 7 2020 to February 29 2020 in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Number of UK coronavirus cases reaches eight

A general view shows the emergency department at St. Thomas' Hospital in London on February 7.

Four further patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total UK tally to eight, Britain’s Department of Health said in a statement on Monday.

The new cases are all known contacts of a previously confirmed case, and the virus was passed on in France, the statement says. 

“Experts at Public Health England continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases. They successfully identified these individuals and ensured the appropriate support was provided,” the Department of Health said. 

The patients have been transferred to specialist NHS centers at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Royal Free hospitals in London, and authorities are “using robust infection control measures to prevent further spread of the virus,” the health authority added.

New Diamond Princess coronavirus cases reduced by one, bringing total to 135

Passengers stand on balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Monday.

The number of new coronavirus cases on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship has been reduced from 66 to 65, Captain Stefano Ravera announced in a public address on the vessel.

“We have now been advised that the number of cases is reduced from 66 to 65, of which five were crew members,” he said Monday in a recording heard by CNN.

This brings the total number of cases on the Diamond Princess to 135. The newly announced cases have nearly doubled the total number, from 70 confirmed cases yesterday.

Those cruise passengers have been under strict quarantine for over a week now, confined to their cabins as medical personnel conduct tests on the 3,700 people on board.

Ravera said that they are currently in the process of disembarking the newly discovered patients.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Monday that it is difficult to test to everyone on the cruise ship for coronavirus.

Suga also said there is “a limit capacity to process virus test samples,” adding that authorities were testing samples belonging to people who had a fever, who had close contacted with infected people, and people over the age of 80 who feel ill.

Hong Kong confirms two new coronavirus cases. It now has 38 in total

Sophia Chan, Chief Executive of Hospital Authority, speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on January 20.

Hong Kong has confirmed two more cases of Wuhan coronavirus, bringing its total to 38, Sophia Chan, the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s secretary for food and health, told a regular media briefing on Monday.

The two new cases include a 69-year-old man who has no travel history to mainland China and is currently in critical condition, and a 55-year-old woman from a family cluster of cases who attended a hot pot dinner party.

Among the 38 cases, four patients are currently in critical condition and another patient is in serious condition.

A total of 1,193 people have been placed under mandatory quarantine after entering the city from mainland China, of whom 90% are Hong Kong residents.

Chan said the government has identified nine people who violated quarantine orders during spot checks. Two people are still missing, and police will list them as wanted. She warned that anyone who violated quarantine orders could be subject to a maximum fine of HK$25,000 ($3,200) and six-month imprisonment.

Xi Jinping inspected a coronavirus center in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in Beijing on February 10, 2020.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in the capital Beijing on Monday, the first time he has appeared on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak.

Wearing a protective face mask, Xi visited a specially built center in the city’s Chaoyang district, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The capital is gradually getting back to work Monday, after the Lunar New Year holiday became an extended voluntary quarantine for millions of people across the country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen here inspecting efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in Beijing on February 10, 2020, has been strangely missing in recent weeks.

Xi has been strangely missing in recent weeks, not appearing on front pages or CCTV’s main news broadcasts, which he usually dominates even if his activities are barely newsworthy.

Speculation is rife about just why Xi has taken such a backseat visually, even as state media has been keen to emphasize that he has been guiding all efforts from behind the scenes.

The most convincing theory is that China’s propaganda apparatus is trying to thread the needle of having Xi receive the credit for successful measures against the virus, while not catching any blame or fallout from myriad missteps, particularly in Wuhan.

If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the Wuhan coronavirus

A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect business premises in Shanghai on February 9, 2020.

The total number of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus has topped 910, officially outpacing the global death toll from the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003.

More than 40,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide, with the vast majority of those in mainland China.

The country began going back to work Monday, after the Lunar New Year holiday became an extended quarantine for hundreds of millions in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. Even though businesses are gradually resuming operations, many people remain under quarantine, working from home where possible.

The largest outbreak outside mainland China is on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. As of Monday afternoon local tinme, 136 people on board the ship had tested positive for the virus. Thousands of passengers and crew have been quarantined on board for almost a week, and continue to be tested by the Japanese health authorities.

The UK has declared the Wuhan coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health,” as cases were confirmed in more than 25 other countries and territories around the world.

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At least 27 foreigners in China have tested positive for the coronavirus

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as of Monday morning, a total of 27 foreigners in the country are confirmed to have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus virus.

Two of those have died – one a US citizen, the other a Japanese man in his 60s.

Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three foreigners have been discharged following treatment, while 22 remain in hospital.

UK declares coronavirus a "serious and imminent threat" to public health

The UK has declared the Wuhan coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health,” which gives the government additional powers to delay or prevent the further spread of the virus.

In a statement Monday, the government said, “in light of the recent public health emergency from the novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, (the) Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.”

Two locations in England – Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes – have been designated as “isolation facilities,” the statement added.

China's massive security state is being used to crack down on the Wuhan virus

A staff member screens arriving passengers at Hankou railway station in Wuhan, on January 21, 2020.

The camera hovers just above the elderly woman’s head, as she looks up, her face becomes confused and worried.

“Yes auntie, this is the drone speaking to you,” a voice booms out. “You shouldn’t walk about without wearing a mask.”

The woman hurries off, occasionally looking over her shoulder as the drone continues to shout instructions: “You’d better go back home and don’t forget to wash your hands.”

This is China under quarantine in 2020. In another video promoted by state media, a police drone orders men sitting at an outdoor mahjong table to “stop playing and leave the site as soon as possible.”

“Don’t look at the drone,” it says, as a small child glances up curiously. “Ask your father to leave immediately.”

As Chinese authorities struggle to contain the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, they are turning to a sophisticated authoritarian playbook honed over decades of crackdowns on dissidents and undesirables to enforce quarantines and lockdowns across the country.

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This is where coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide

The Wuhan coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December.

There are now more than 440 confirmed cases in over 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:

  • Australia (at least 15 cases)
  • Belgium (at least 1 case)
  • Cambodia (at least 1 case)
  • Canada (at least 7 cases)
  • Finland (at least 1 case)
  • France (at least 6 cases)
  • Germany (at least 14 cases)
  • Hong Kong (at least 36 cases, 1 death)
  • India (at least 3 cases)
  • Italy (at least 3 cases)
  • Japan (at least 162 cases, including 136 in cruise ship quarantine)
  • Macao (at least 10 cases)
  • Malaysia (at least 17 cases)
  • Nepal (at least 1 case)
  • Philippines (at least 3 cases, 1 death)
  • Russia (at least 2 cases)
  • Singapore (at least 43 cases)
  • South Korea (at least 27 cases)
  • Spain (at least 2 cases)
  • Sri Lanka (at least 1 case)
  • Sweden (at least 1 case)
  • Taiwan (at least 18 cases)
  • Thailand (at least 32 cases)
  • United Arab Emirates (at least 7 cases)
  • United Kingdom (at least 4 cases)
  • United States (at least 12 cases)
  • Vietnam (at least 13 cases)

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Australian researchers claim breakthrough in containing coronavirus

Experts from the New South Wales Health Pathology lab in Australia have successfully grown the live coronavirus from NSW patients – rather than synthetic specimens –according to a health ministry statement.

“Health experts around the world will be able to contain the spread of novel coronavirus among the population faster, following a breakthrough by NSW Health researchers,” the statement said.

Australian health minister Brad Hazzard said experts can now help contain the spread of the virus faster, as understanding the epidemiology of the disease is necessary to develop reliable diagnostic testing to identify and contain it.

“Early and accurate diagnosis of infectious and deadly viruses is critical because undiagnosed patients can unknowingly transmit it to others,” Hazzard said.

NSW Health Pathology’s director of public health pathology, Professor Dominic Dwyer, said that “this cutting-edge work will expand access to faster, reliable diagnostic testing for infected patients not just here in NSW but around the world.”

He added that synthetic virus tools don’t offer the same high degree of diagnostic accuracy needed to develop effective drugs to treat patients.

“We’re proud to be able to share our discovery with the World Health Organization, and international researchers and clinicians, so together we ultimately help save lives,” Dwyer said.

136 cases confirmed on board Japan cruise ship

The Diamond Princess is quarantined at the port city of Yokohama, Japan.

There are 66 newly confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess ship docked in Yokohama, according to an announcement just made by the ship’s captain Stefano Ravera.

That brings the total number of cases on the ship to 136, nearly doubling the previous total of 70 confirmed cases yesterday.

Ravera cautioned that this does not mean that the quarantine is not working.

“It was not unexpected, the additional cases, involving individuals exposed prior to the start of the quarantine,” he said.

Japanese authorities are still testing hundreds of passengers on board the ship, which has been stuck at the harbor south of the capital Tokyo for almost a week now.

Evidence is increasingly pointing to a full blown outbreak on board the ship, the largest outside of mainland China, where the vast majority of cases have been reported until now.

The view from quarantine on board the Diamond Princess

Philip and Gay Courter are among the hundreds of passengers trapped aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, a city south of Tokyo.

The couple, originally from Florida, sent these photos to CNN of the view outside of their window, as medical staff conduct thorough tests of passengers and crew, dozens of whom have been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus so far.

“We need to get out of here,” the couple said earlier of their quarantine. “We have a company called Medjet that we’re members of the organization that they serve. And they are ready and willing and have everything that’s in place to come and get us. But the Japanese government is refusing to allow us to leave.”