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Coronavirus news and live updates: Death toll rises to 2,000


Coronavirus patients rest at a temporary hospital converted from a sports center in Wuhan, Hubei province on Monday, February 17.
Coronavirus patients rest at a temporary hospital converted from a sports center in Wuhan, Hubei province on Monday, February 17. Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP

At least 2,009 people have now died from the novel coronavirus, the vast majority of them in mainland China. China’s Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Monday, bringing the countrywide toll to 2,004.

Cases pass 1,000 outside China: More than 1,000 people have now been infected with the virus outside mainland China. Japan and Singapore are still seeing a steady rise in cases, with the Ministry of Health in Tokyo reporting seven new infections on Tuesday.

Cruise ship disembarks: After weeks under quarantine in Japan, the passengers of the Diamond Princess will begin to disembark today.

It will take days to get all those onboard off the ship, but it will be a relief for the cruise goers who have tested negative for the coronavirus. More than 500 of their fellow passengers have already been diagnosed with the virus.

But the US embassy in Tokyo said in a statement Wednesday that there was still a “high risk” of exposure and so no one was allowed to return to the US from the ship for a further 14 days.

Canada evacuation: A chartered airplane that will evacuate Canadian citizens from the Diamond Princess is on its way, according to Global Affairs Canada. The flight is expected to depart Tokyo Haneda Airport on Thursday. 

Westerdam waits: Meanwhile, test results are pending for 1,000 crew and passengers waiting aboard…



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