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Coronavirus Latest: Death Toll Passes 1,100 as Cases Jump on Japanese Cruise Ship

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 11:00 a.m. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China had risen to 44,742 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, while 24 other countries had reported a combined 441 infections.

Another 97 people died (link in Chinese) from coronavirus infections in China on Tuesday, according to the National Health Commission (NHC), bringing the country’s death toll to 1,114.

A total of 2,015 more cases were confirmed on the Chinese mainland yesterday, the NHC said. Authorities also noted a further 3,342 suspected cases, bringing that figure to 16,067.

Some 746 people in China left hospital yesterday after recovering sufficiently from the illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,742.

Hubei, the province at the center of the epidemic, said (link in Chinese) it added 1,638 new cases on Tuesday, 1,104 of which were in the provincial capital of Wuhan where the virus is thought to have originated. The province also reported 94 new deaths, 72 of those in Wuhan.

Hubei is by far the Chinese province hit hardest by the outbreak. Of the more than 44,000 cases confirmed so far in China, around 33,000 are in Hubei. The province has also witnessed 1,068 deaths from the virus, or 96% of the nation’s total.

In other coronavirus-related news:

• Japan’s health ministry said (link in Japanese) that 39 more people on board the Diamond Princess cruise liner have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected people aboard the ship to 174.

• The United States on Tuesday permitted nonessential staff at its consulate in Hong Kong to leave the city if they wished to do so, according to the South China Morning Post. Hong Kong confirmed seven new coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing its total to 49.

• Nearly 200 Americans who had been evacuated from Wuhan on a government-chartered flight were released from a two-week federal quarantine in California, CBS News reported.



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