The United States has begun evacuating its citizens from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been docked at Japan’s Yokohama port for more than a week in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Forty US nationals found to have been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus will remain in Japan for treatment, a US health official said.
The evacuation came as the death toll in mainland China jumped past 1,600 and officials imposed a vehicle ban in Hubei province, where the virus originated in the capital. Wuhan.
Taiwan reported its first death from the disease while a newly-published speech revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping was aware of the potential severity of the outbreak long before the public was informed.