Coronavirus live updates: Evacuations planned from Diamond Princess in Japan as virus cases increase


Chinese women wear protective masks on their way to work in Beijing.
Chinese women wear protective masks on their way to work in Beijing.  Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped 73,000, after China’s National Health Commission reported more than 1,880 new confirmed cases.

Here’s the latest:

The numbers: 98 additional deaths were recorded in mainland China on Monday, China’s National Health Commission said — including 93 in Hubei province. The global death toll is 1,873, including five people outside mainland China.

Wuhan hospital director death: Liu Zhiming, head of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, died from the coronavirus this morning, the first hospital head to die of the virus. China will designate medical workers who died while working to combat the virus as “martyrs.”

Cruise ship evacuations: The UK, Canada, Italy and Hong Kong are sending flights for their citizens onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan. The US has evacuated more than 300 Americans from the ship, 14 of which have tested positive for the virus. 

Disembarking the Diamond Princess: Japan’s health minister has confirmed that Diamond Princess disembarkation will begin on Wednesday.

Westerdam concerns: Questions are being raised over how an 83-year-old American woman, who had been on the first charter flight taking 143 Westerdam cruise liner passengers to Malaysia, was infected, and whether authorities will be retesting the other 2,257 passengers and crew, about half of whom who have already left the ship.

More flights reduced: Singapore Airlines says it is temporarily cutting flights across its global network due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Destinations affected include Frankfurt, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul, and routes across Australia and Southeast Asia.

Economic woes: Apple warned investors on Monday that the outbreak is hurting its business more than previously expected by limiting how many devices it can make and sell in China. The closing of Chinese plants has also disrupted supply chains globally, threatening to cause a recession in Germany and smartphone shortages worldwide.

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