02/10/2020

More Americans expected to leave the city at the center of the outbreak in China on chartered flights as the death toll hits 565.

Several more U.S. government-chartered evacuation flights were expected to depart Wuhan, China, on Thursday, a day after two planes carrying about 350 people arrived in California. About 250 evacuees will arrive in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday; 70 others are headed to Omaha, Nebraska. The passengers will spend up to two weeks under quarantine while they are monitored for symptoms of the flu-like virus. 
The death toll from the virus was at least 634 as of Thursday evening. All but two of the deaths occurred in mainland China, with one person dead in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong. More than 30,000 people have been infected with the virus, the vast majority of them in China.  
One of the deaths was Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who was threatened by the government after he voiced concerns about the new coronavirus. Wenliang died at 2:58 a.m. local time on February 7, the Wuhan Central Hospital said in a statement. 
In Japan, two Americans were among 10 additional passengers confirmed Thursday to have the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port. At least three U.S. nationals were among 20 from on board the ship with the flu-like virus. 
The number of cases in the U.S. rose to 12 on Wednesday, with officials in Wisconsin confirming the state’s first case. There are also cases in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Washington and Illinois. 
Emergency workers in protective clothing prepare to remove coronavirus patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at Daikoku Pier where it remains in quarantine off the port of Yokohama, Japan, after a number of the 3,700 people on board were confirmed to have coronavirus, February 6, 2020.
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