Wuchang Hospital director Liu Zhiming (劉智明) died yesterday morning after " all-out rescue efforts failed ", China Central Television reported . The fatality follows the death earlier this month of Li Wenliang , a 34-year-old doctor in Wuhan who was sanctioned for attempting to bring the virus to light.
The quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, with 3,700 passengers total, held by far the largest cluster of cases outside China with more than 400 people testing positive. The Health Ministry said it has now tested 1,723 people on the ship, which had about 3,700 passengers and crew aboard. A separate group of scientists published their findings about the virus on bioRxiv - an archive of papers before they have been peer-reviewed.
But he added it was too early to know if the reported decline would continue. Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials.
The update raised the number of deaths in mainland China to 1,886 and the total confirmed cases to 72,436. Guangdong Province ranks second in the number of confirmed cases in China after Hubei , the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. A charter plane dropped off 170 passengers at Travis Air Force Base in the San Francisco Bay Area late Sunday, while another took about 145 passengers to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas early Monday.
The government also reported an additional 1,886 new infections across the country, but mostly from Hubei, bringing the nationwide total to at least 72,436. More than 300 American passengers have been flown home from a cruise ship after two weeks under quarantine off Japan, including 14 found to have coronavirus who were kept isolated on the flight.
A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. The cruise ship, where hundreds of people have been diagnosed with the virus, has been quarantined in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, for almost two weeks.