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COVID-19 cases increase worldwide; Russia temporarily bans Chinese entry Updated: 2020-02-19 16:02:23 KST

Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama for the last two weeks, have started to disembark.
Around 500 passengers are due to get off the ship on Wednesday.
Japan's Health Ministry plans to complete the process by Friday.
Passengers must test negative for the virus in order to be allowed to leave the ship.
Those who test positive will be taken to hospital, and anyone who has been in the same cabin as them must remain onboard for an additional quarantine period.
The total number of confirmed cases from the ship stands at 542 out of the 3,700 people who had been onboard.
In Hong Kong, there was another death from the coronavirus on Wednesday morning, bringing the city’s death toll to two.
Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection said the man, a 70-year-old Hong Kong resident, had underlying illnesses.
More than 1700 cases of coronavirus and 136 deaths were reported in mainland China on Tuesday.
Most of the new cases and deaths were from the center of the outbreak, Hubei Province.
The total number of cases in China is now over 74-thousand with more than 2-thousand deaths.
The World Health Organization said that new cases in China are on the decline but warned that any apparent trend must be interpreted very cautiously.
In response to the spread of the virus, Russia has decided to close its doors to Chinese nationals from Thursday.
The ban will even apply to Chinese with e-visas and working visas.
Until now, Russia has had 2 cases of the coronavirus and both are Chinese citizens.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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