Coronavirus death toll climbs past 1,000 in China; Thailand rejects cruise ship from Japan

The death toll from coronavirus climbed past 1,000 fatalities on Tuesday as the World Health Organization sends a team of experts to the country to investigate the outbreak.

108 more deaths in the last 24 hours bring the total number of fatalities to 1,016, according to a statement released by Chinese state media.

That means that the total number of deaths from coronavirus has surpassed the fatalities from the SARS epidemic two decades prior.

There are currently 42,638 confirmed cases of coronavirus inside China and 319 cases in 24 other countries.


Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday that it had discovered one more patient with coronavirus, bringing the total to 33 confirmed cases.

The Ministry said that it was still monitoring more patients for signs of coronavirus but that it was confident it had the situation under control.

Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Tuesday that a cruise ship from Japan would not be allowed to disembark its passengers in Thailand.

The Westerdam Cruise Ship, carrying 1,455 passengers and over 800 crew members, have previously been denied entry in Okinawa, Manila, and Guam.

It is unclear what its’ next course of action is. Calls to the company that runs the Westerdam, Holland American Line, were not answered or returned.

(Photo Credit: Holland American Line)


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