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

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Posted at 8:25 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 04:36:58-05

Deaths from a coronavirus rose to 490 in mainland China while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, in Hong Kong and elsewhere showed the increasing spread of the outbreak and renewed attention toward containing it.

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Ten people from the cruise ship tested positive and were taken to hospitals, while all 3,700 crew and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days.

In Hong Kong, hospitals workers are striking to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off the virus, but four new cases without known travel to the mainland indicate the illness is spreading locally in the territory.

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Tokyo Olympics organizers said they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the virus is causing ahead of the games, which open in less than six months.