China has applied new methodology to categorize cases of the new coronavirus in the hardest-hit province of Hubei. It is reporting 254 new deaths and more than 15,000 new cases this morning. China says there are now 1,367 deaths from the two-month-old outbreak and the total number of confirmed cases is close to 60,000. The change allows for a doctor’s on-the-spot diagnosis rather than waiting for laboratory tests. China’s U.N. ambassador says his government is confident that it’s capable of winning the fight against the COVID19 outbreak. Zhang Jun is calling on the international community to maintain solidarity, increase sharing of information, experience and technology.
A second case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed in the U.S. among evacuees from China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the person was aboard a flight from the city of Wuhan that arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California last week. The patient is in isolation at a San Diego hospital.
A cruise ship that was turned away elsewhere over new coronavirus fears has anchored off Cambodia. Authorities are now checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew. A Cambodian health official says some 20 passengers have fever or stomachaches but they are thought to be normal illnesses. Holland America Line says no known cases of the new virus have been confirmed on the ship.
Japan’s health ministry says 44 more people on a quarantined cruise ship have tested positive for COVID19. The ship has 218 people infected with the virus out of 713 tested since the ship returned to the Yokohama Port this month. Japan will allow passengers older than 80 to get off the ship if they wish to do so after testing negative for the virus.
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