China Ousts High-Level Officials as Coronavirus Cases Soar

BEIJING—China ousted two top Communist Party officials in Hubei province, the center of the new coronavirus outbreak, hours after health officials there confirmed 14,840 new infections on Wednesday alone—an almost 10-fold increase from a day earlier—indicating that the epidemic is far from tapering off. The…

Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Climb to 135

TOKYO—The number of novel coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship nearly doubled to 135, posing dilemmas for Japan as it weighs testing all of the more than 3,500 people on board. The outbreak on the ship, docked in Yokohama south of Tokyo, has…

Wuhan Coronavirus Hospitals Turn Away All but Most Severe Cases 

Designated hospitals in the Chinese city at the center of a coronavirus outbreak started taking only severe or critical patients, as more Chinese cities imposed restrictions on movement to help contain the fast-spreading pathogen that has killed nearly 500 people. Meanwhile, two major U.S. airlines,…

Coronavirus: Search for close contacts of first UK cases

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatt Raw, who was flown out of Wuhan, shows the BBC his living quarters at Arrowe Park Hospital Officials are trying to trace people who had close contact with two Chinese nationals diagnosed with the new strain…

China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Nine, Confirmed Cases Pass 400

BEIJING—A newly identified virus originating in central China is spreading between people primarily via the respiratory tract, according to Chinese authorities, and the number of confirmed cases now exceeds 400. Nine people have died in China from the coronavirus, which causes pneumonia, Li Bin, vice…