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61 cruise ship passengers test positive for virus; Death toll exceeds 600

61 cruise ship passengers test positive for virus; Death toll exceeds 600

World
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese health officials said Friday that an additional 41 people quarantined on a cruise liner off its eastern coast have tested positive for a deadly new virus that has killed more than 600 people worldwide. Diamond Princess with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew on board has been quarantined at Yokohama Port since Monday after 10 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Since its docking, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has tested 273 passengers with at total 61testing positive for the disease called 2019-nCoV. The ministry said those infected will be sent to infectious disease wards in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures. "Those who are transported include elderly people and foreign nationals, and it is necessary to tak...
China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

China extends holiday to contain virus as death toll rises

Health
BEIJING -- China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 80. Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the province at the center of the outbreak following a warning the virus’s ability to spread was growing. Travel agencies were ordered to cancel group tours nationwide, adding to the rising economic cost. Increasingly drastic anti-disease efforts began with the Jan. 22 suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China where the virus was first detected last month. That lockdown has expanded to a total of 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-contr
China coronavirus: Death toll rises as disease spreads

China coronavirus: Death toll rises as disease spreads

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The death toll from a newly-discovered coronavirus in China has risen to 41 on the day of the Lunar New Year.Another 15 deaths in the Hubei province, where the outbreak began, were announced on Saturday.Health officials are struggling to contain the outbreak as millions of people travel for the Chinese new year, one of the most important events. Many festivities have been cancelled.There are now more than 1,200 confirmed cases in China.The virus has also spread to Europe, with three cases confirmed in France. The UK is investigating a number of suspected cases, with officials trying to trace around 2,000 people who have recently flown to the UK from Hubei province.Australia has also confirmed several cases in Me...
New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises with two still missing

New Zealand volcano: Death toll rises with two still missing

World
A person who was being treated in hospital after the eruption of New Zealand's White Island volcano has died, police say.The unidentified victim died in Australia after being sent for treatment. About 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns.The death brings to 16 the number of confirmed deaths. Recovery teams returned to the island on Sunday to try to locate another two remaining bodies.Eight police search and rescue personnel were deployed for 75 minutes to an area in which at least one of the bodies was believed to be. "We have found no further bodies in that area," Deputy Police Commissioner Mike Clement told reporters.Police said they remained committed to retrieving the bodies and that police and military divers...
Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone

Technology
The world has gotten hotter, lost trillions of tons of ice and suffered more weather disasters since climate negotiations startedBy BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science WriterDecember 1, 2019, 10:05 AM3 min read Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown. The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Here’s what’s happened to Earth since: — The carbon dioxide level in the air has jumped from about 358 parts per million to nearly 412, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s a 15% rise in 27 yea