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The death toll from the monthlong coronavirus outbreak has continued to climb in China, rising to 490. New cases have surged by double-digit percentages in the past 11 days.

The new figures from China’s Health Commission on Wednesday showed that 65 people died on Tuesday and that 3,887 more people had been infected. So far, 24,324 people are known to have been infected.
Health experts say the death toll is likely to rise because of the large number of infections. The mortality rate of the coronavirus, about 2 percent so far, appears to be far lower than that of the SARS virus. which had a mortality rate of about 10 percent when it hit China in 2002-2003.

Experts warn they still lack enough data to say definitively how deadly the new coronavirus is. Many residents in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, believe the real death toll is much higher than the official tally. The health care system in Wuhan is so overwhelmed that many cases have not been diagnosed because of a shortage...
Nine passengers and one crew member on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, have tested positive for the coronavirus, the cruise line, Princess Cruises, said on Wednesday.

The ship, carrying 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members, arrived in Yokohama on Tuesday, but the authorities did not allow anyone off.

In all, 273 passengers were tested for the virus after everyone on board underwent an initial health screening. Twenty-one people were cleared, and officials were awaiting the other results.

Princess Cruises said the infected passengers were from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States, in addition to one crew member from the Philippines.
The passengers who tested positive were being transported by a Japanese Coast Guard ship to a hospital. The other passengers are to...
Two planeloads of Americans who were in Wuhan arrived in California and were being screened.

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The latest batch of Americans flown back from China are being placed in quarantine on military bases.
The Chinese authorities have started clamping down on news coverage of the outbreak.
In the early days of the new coronavirus, the Chinese public’s frustrations over the how the Communist government was handling the problem were left largely uncensored online, and news outlets reported rigorously on the outbreak.

Those days may now be over.

There is a new crackdown on the media and on the internet, and it signals an effort to control the narrative about a crisis that has become a once-in-a-generation challenge for leaders in Beijing.

Nearly 500 people in China have died from...