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The global death toll rises to 490 as confirmed cases reach more than 24,000 in mainland China
Coronavirus kills one in Hong Kong as medical workers demand border closure
China's president says country in the middle of "people's war"
Japan quarantines cruise ship after former guest tests positive for virus
China says still no help with coronavirus outbreak from the U.S.
Coronavirus deaths in mainland China reach 490, with more than 24,000 confirmed cases
The number of deaths from novel coronavirus in mainland China has risen to 490 with more than 24,300 confirmed cases as of Wednesday morning local time, China's national health commission said.
China is experiencing an outbreak of novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, which was first identified in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.
It has also been detected in other countries, including in the U.S., but nearly all of the deaths have been reported in mainland China. A person from Wuhan with the virus died in the Philippines and a person who had it died in Hong Kong.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. The United States, which has 11 confirmed cases, has also declared a public health emergency. At least 25 countries have cases, according to the WHO.
At the end of the day Monday local time, China's health commission reported 425 deaths from the virus. Phil Helsel
Hyundai to suspend South Korean production as outbreak disrupts parts supply from China
Hyundai Motor Company says it will temporarily suspend production in South Korea, citing a disruption in getting parts from China amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The schedules for the suspension will vary by line, the auto manufacturer said in a statement.
The company will also try and seek alternative suppliers in other regions. "Hyundai Motor will closely monitor developments in China and take all necessary measures to ensure the prompt normalization of its operations," Hyundai Motor Company in Seoul said in a statement.
The virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, and it is at the epicenter of the outbreak. The virus has been detected in other countries but nearly all of the deaths have been in mainland China. A man from Wuhan died in the Philippines, the World Health Organization said Saturday, and a 39-year-old man who had been confirmed to have coronavirus in Hong Kong died, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Wuhan is a center of automotive production and it's been closed off, along with neighboring cities, isolating more than 50 million people and bringing factories to a standstill, The Associated Press reported. So far, U.S. automakers haven't had to curb production for want of Chinese parts. Phil Helsel
10 novel coronavirus cases found from cruise ship quarantined off Japan
Ten people from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said.
Japan's health minister, Katsunobu Kato, said that the 10 people from the Diamond Princess will be escorted to a facility in Kanagawa Prefecture, where Yokohama is located. The cruise ship is being quarantined.
Princess Cruises, which owns the cruise ship, has said that a guest who later tested positive for coronavirus sailed from Yokohama on Jan. 20 and disembarked at Hong Kong on Jan. 25. That person did not report any symptoms while on the ship, but later tested positive for coronavirus on Feb. 1 after visiting a Hong Kong hospital, the cruise line said.
That confirmation set off a round of testing for 273 people who either showed symptoms or had close contact with the coronavirus patient who disembarked in Hong Kong, Kato said.
Of the first 31 people tested, 10 people tested positive for the virus, he said. The samples from the other 242 passengers and crew are still being tested.
Princess Cruises identified the 10 who tested positive as nine guests two Australians, three Japanese, three from Hong Kong, and one from the U.S. as well as one Filipino crew member. No deaths from coronavirus have been reported in Japan. Arata Yamamoto and Phil Helsel
FDA makes coronavirus test available to states
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted permission to state and local health departments to use the diagnostic test for the new coronavirus, a move that will speed up the testing process.
The CDC headquarters in Atlanta had been the only place in the country with the test for the virus. That meant that it took at least 24 to 36 hours to get test results back, including the time it took to send samples overnight to Atlanta, plus four to six hours to perform the actual test.