The number of people killed by the novel coronavirus in China continued to rise Monday, with officials reporting a total of 908 deaths on mainland provinces since the outbreak began last month.
Officials with China's National Health Commission had reported 811 deaths Sunday.
The commission said another 3,000 people were diagnosed with the virus, raising the number of confirmed cases to 40,171. More than 2,600 of these new cases were in Hubei, the province where the virus is believed to have started.
Another 64 cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. One person has died from the illness in Hong Kong.
Hundreds of cases have been reported in two-dozen other countries, including in the United States, where 12 cases have been confirmed.
The number of deaths from novel coronavirus on mainland China increased to 811 on Sunday, officials with China's National Health Commission said.
That exceeds the number of deaths reported from the SARS outbreak in 2003, which killed 774 people, according to the World Health Organization.
Outside China, two people died from the disease in the last two weeks, one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong, bringing the total number of global deaths to at least 813.
As of Sunday, more than 37,198 confirmed cases had been reported on mainland China.
However, officials at the National Health Commission said the number of confirmed cases reported daily in provinces other than Hubei — the region in central China were the virus is believed to have originated — had dropped from 890 on Feb. 3 to 509 on Saturday — a decrease of nearly 43 percent.
They said that indicated "that preventative and control measures such as joint prevention, control mechanisms and strict management are being implemented and they are effective." — Leou Chen, Yuliya Talmazan and Reuters
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Six more people aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Japan have tested positive for novel coronavirus, bringing the total on the Diamond Princess to 70, Japan's Health Ministry said Sunday.
The ministry said one of the six patients is a woman in her 70s who has Hong Kong residency but is also a U.S. citizen. That brings the total number of U.S. passengers confirmed to have the virus to 14.
Hong Kong health officials said Sunday that all passengers and crew members aboard a cruise ship that has been in quarantine in Hong Kong over fears of coronavirus can leave the ship.
"With the help of the cruise company and people on board, the Health Department already completed sample collection yesterday," said Leung Yiu-hung, chief port health officer for Hong Kong's Health Ministry.
"The results show that all people on board are negative to coronavirus tests," Leung said, adding that all passengers and crew members are allowed to disembark.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Sunday that four passengers from a cruise ship docked in Bayonne had tested negative for novel coronavirus.
Royal Caribbean said Saturday that the departure of its Anthem of the Seas cruise from New Jersey would be delayed two more days, until Monday, to allow continued testing of passengers from the ship's previous cruise.
When the ship returned to Bayonne on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded to screen 27 passengers who had recently traveled from mainland China.
Four of the passengers tested negative at a hospital. Another 23 people were to return to China.
"New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, and the risk to residents remains low," Murphy said. — Phil McCausland and Yuliya Talmazan
One of them, posted to Twitter on Friday, appeared to show several people wearing white protective suits forcibly removing three people from an apartment. One of the people appeared to struggle before they were led away.
The video was taken in Kunshan in Jiangsu province at the home of a family who had returned from Hubei province, according to The Associated Press, citing a report Wednesday in the official provincial media outlet, Jiangsu Communication Broadcasting Station.
A second video, posted to Twitter on Thursday, appeared to show two people hugging in the city of Suzhou, also in Jiangsu province. One of them was then escorted into what looks like an isolation container on the back of a government vehicle.
It's unclear when either video was recorded. — Minyvonne Burke, Suzanne Ciechalski, Leou Chen and Dawn Liu