More than a thousand people in China have died from the novel coronavirus, Chinese health officials said Tuesday, as the number of deaths surpasses that of the 2002-03 SARS outbreak.
China's National Health Commission said there were more than 42,600 confirmed cases across the country's 31 provinces, NBC News reports. All but one of the deaths attributed to the coronavirus outbreak have taken place in mainland China. The only death from the outbreak outside of China was in the Philippines.
The World Health Organization gave the novel coronavirus an official name - COVID-19 - which stands for the coronavirus disease that was discovered in 2019.
"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, or an individual or group of people," WHO's director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the 13th case in the U.S. this week. The case was detected in California in a patient who recently returned from China on Feb. 5 and had been under a federal quarantine order at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, near San Diego.
About 800 Americans who have been evacuated from Wuhan, China, over the last two weeks remain under quarantine. About 200 American citizens quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside are preparing to end their 14-day quarantine. None of the people who flew into the air reserve base last month have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Other cases of the virus have been detected in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington state and Wisconsin.
Quarantines have also been imposed on several cruise ships around the world, stranding passengers. In Japan, the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in the port of Yokohama, with 3,700 people on board have been placed in quarantine after at least 135 people, including 23 Americans, tested positive for the virus. Those who are infected were brought ashore for treatment, while the remaining passengers remain confined to their rooms until the quarantine period ends on Feb. 19, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.
Another cruise ship, Holland America's cruise ship MS Westerdam, has been turned away by several countries, including Japan and the Philippines amid fears of the coronavirus, despite no confirmed cases on board the vessel.
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