Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China.
The Covid-19 outbreak has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday, as authorities reported more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths.
The number of cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus has shown little sign of slowing — total cases have now surpassed 20,000 — spurring the United States to evacuate some of its citizens from China, issue a travel warning and impose quarantines and a partial travel ban.
More than 20,000 people have contracted the virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei. Some nations have closed borders with China, while in Wuhan, the city is in its second week of a virtual lockdown.
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