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Coronavirus: China deaths rise to 490, Japan confirms 10 cases on ship

Posted at 8:25 PM, Feb 04, 2020

Japan said 10 people on a cruise ship have tested positive for a new virus and were being taken to hospitals.

Health Minister Nobukatsu Kato said all the 3,700 people and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days under Japanese law. The 10 are among 273 people tested after one man who got off the ship in Hong Kong was confirmed to have the virus.

Some tests are still pending. Deaths from the new virus have risen to 490 in mainland China and the number of new cases has increased to 24,324, as China moved patients into newly built or converted hospitals in the hardest-hit city of Wuhan.