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Coronavirus: Japan, U.S. Evacuate Citizens As China Virus Death Toll Rises To 132

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Coronavirus: Japan, U.S. Evacuate Citizens As China Virus Death Toll Rises To 132

Countries including the United States and Japan have on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city at the epicenter of a new virus outbreak that has killed 132 persons and infected more than 6,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is confident in China’s ability to contain the coronavirus, but concern is mounting as health authorities reported the number of confirmed cases had jumped by 1,459 to 5,974.

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A plane carrying Americans who had been in Wuhan left for Anchorage, Alaska, where they will be rescreened for the virus. U.S. hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected. After departing Alaska, the plane is to fly to Ontario, California.

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Also, a Japanese flight carrying evacuees home included four people with coughs and fevers. The three men and one woman were taken to a Tokyo hospital on separate ambulances for treatment and further medical checks.

It wasn’t immediately known whether they were infected with the new type of coronavirus that appeared in the central city of Wuhan in December. Its symptoms, including cough and fever and in severe cases pneumonia, are similar to many other illnesses.

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As a step up measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus, airlines passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals or blankets and newspapers.

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Hundreds Of Chinese Inmates Infected With Novel Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Kills Young Wuhan Doctor As Hundreds Infected In China's Prisons

Chinese prison officials have officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly discovered virus were diagnosed in five prisons across three Chinese provinces, including Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak.

On Friday, authorities said the virus known as covid-19 has infected hundreds of Chinese inmates, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea.

Also, a 29-year-old doctor in Wuhan who worked in respiratory and critical care at Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital has become the latest victim of the coronavirus.

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Wuhan health authorities said Peng Yinhua had contracted the infection while working on the “front line”, he was admitted to hospital on 25 January. His condition dramatically worsened by 30 January, when he was sent to the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan for emergency treatment.

According to a statement from his hospital, Weng died on Thursday at 9.50pm.

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China’s National Health Commission on Friday said it had received 75,465 reports of confirmed cases and 2,236 deaths on the Chinese mainland.

An additional 102 confirmed infections have been reported in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao as well as Taiwan, with two deaths in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan.

On Friday, Hubei province revised its number of newly confirmed cases to add 220 infections from the province’s prison system. Officials did not say when those infections took place but said that a total of 271 cases, of which 51 had already been counted, had been diagnosed.

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On Thursday, in the eastern province of Shandong, 200 prisoners and seven guards tested positive in Rencheng prison, after infections among correctional officers were first detected last week.

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China’s Hubei, Epicentre Of Coronavirus, Extends Work Suspension To March 11

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China's Hubei, Epicentre Of Coronavirus, Extends Work Suspension To March 11

China’s Hubei province has ordered all schools and businesses to remain shut until mid-march because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Authorities say only businesses involved in epidemic prevention and control or necessary public services would be exempted.

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Hubei is the epicentre of the outbreak, which has infected some 75,000 people and killed about 2,100.

On Wednesday, authorities in Iran confirmed three new cases of the virus known as Covid-19, a day after two people died from the infection in the city of Qom.

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Two Passengers From Coronavirus-Hit Cruise Ship In Japan Die

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Two Passengers From Coronavirus-Hit Cruise Ship In Japan Die

Japanese government has on Thursday said two elderly passengers, an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman became the first people from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo to die of the coronavirus.

After two weeks of quarantine, hundreds more passengers disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been held since Feb. 3 with initially 3,700 people on board.

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The 621 coronavirus cases aboard the ship are by far the largest cluster of infection outside China.

The health ministry said the two patients who died both tested positive for the virus although the woman’s cause of death was listed as pneumonia, the ministry also added that two government officials who had worked on the ship were infected, it added, bringing the number of infected officials to five.

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On Thursday, China called for solidarity in a special meeting called to discuss the coronavirus outbreak with Southeast Asian nations, as Beijing faces criticism for its handling of the epidemic.

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ASEAN foreign ministers joined hands with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during the meeting and shouted “Stay strong, Wuhan! Stay strong, China! Stay strong, ASEAN!”. Wuhan is the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

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