Diamond Princess passengers begin disembarking in Japan: NHK

Passengers began disembarking on Wednesday from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship after spending two weeks in quarantine off Yokohama, near Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK said. Around 500 people were expected to disembark on Wednesday with the entire process to be completed by Friday, NHK reported. The ship, operated by Carnival Corp, was quarantined since …

U.S. arrests Mexican citizen in Miami for allegedly acting on behalf of Russia

U.S. authorities in Miami arrested a Mexican citizen who had been recruited by a Russian government official to locate and obtain the license plate number of the car of a “U.S. government source,” the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a resident of Singapore, was arrested on Sunday after he arrived …

WHO says ‘no indications’ of coronavirus cases in North Korea

There are no indications that there are cases of the new coronavirus in North Korea, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said, despite South Korean media reports suggesting the outbreak had spread to the isolated country. “At the moment there are no signals, there are no indications we are dealing with any COVID-19 there,” Dr. …

Chinese cities seek blood donations as coronavirus crimps supplies: China Daily

Several Chinese cities have declared that a shortage in blood supply for clinical use was imminent, state media reported on Tuesday, as travel curbs due to the coronavirus outbreak keep potential donors at home. The China Daily newspaper said Shiyan city in Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic that has killed 2,004 and infected …

New coronavirus cases in China fall for second day as death toll passes 2,000

The death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 on Wednesday although the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in the worst-hit city of Wuhan. A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a …

South Korea to announce about 10 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday: Yonhap

South Korea has confirmed about 10 new cases of the coronavirus and will announce the positive test results later on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed health officials. The new cases are in the city of Daegu and the surrounding North Gyeongsang province, Yonhap said. An official at South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control …

Virus-hit cruise ship passengers to start disembarking in Japan

Around 500 passengers on the virus-hit cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama near Tokyo were set to disembark on Wednesday, although those sharing a room with people testing positive would have to stay on board longer, media and officials said. The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival Corp (CCL.N), has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb. 3 …

Mainland China reports 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Feb. 18

Mainland China had 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country’s National Health Commission said on Wednesday, down from 1,886 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 29. That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 74,185. The death toll from the outbreak …