Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

China's Hubei reports 1,843 new coronavirus cases

China's Hubei reports 1,843 new coronavirus cases

Swartz said that "at this time we do not know, and have no control over, the order in which the Japanese Ministry of Health will test guests", warning that those who have had close contact with someone positive for the virus may have to restart their quarantine, counting from the day of last contact with the virus-positive individual.

Meanwhile, outside China, there have been more than 500 cases in almost 30 countries.

The number of deaths and new cases from China's COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak spiked dramatically on February 13 after authorities changed the way they count infections in a move likely to fuel speculation the severity of the outbreak has been under-reported. His remarks were published by state media late Saturday.

DISEMBARK Seventy new cases were confirmed on board the Diamond Princess, bringing the total on the ship to 355.

China's fall in new cases follows a spike of more than 15,000 on Thursday, when the central province of Hubei adopted a new diagnostic method that includes clinical diagnoses in its official account.

The first group of the 400 US passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been docked at the port of Yokohama in Japan for quarantine since February 3, were allowed to leave the boat Sunday morning.

Officials from the Wuhan - the city where the virus apparently emerged - and from Hubei - the province were Wuhan is located - have been fired by the Communist Party because of what was perceived as their inadequate response to the virus emergency.

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His case is one of 12 French cases of COVID-19, which is the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Hong Kong's government said its residents aboard the cruise ship also will be flown home as soon as possible, and they too would face a second quarantine. Under the new method, doctors can use lung imaging and other analyses to diagnose a patient instead of relying on laboratory testing.

About 400 Americans aboard the cruise ship docked at Yokohama, near Tokyo, were told to decide whether to stay or take chartered aircraft arranged by the United States government to fly them home, where they would face another 14-day quarantine. Those going were to begin leaving the ship Sunday night. They will not be housed alongside people who have been placed under quarantine after returning to the country from China. It said no one with symptoms would be allowed aboard the flight. But those who boarded the plane would have to endure another 14-day quarantine, this time at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California or Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas, when arriving back on USA soil.

The ship was believed to be free of the virus but an 83-year-old American woman from it tested positive on landing in Malaysia, health authorities there said.

The minister said numerous driver's passengers had come from China.

Cambodia said earlier that all the 1,455 passengers had tested negative for the virus.

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