New Cases Drop in China as Virus Spreads Globally

BEIJING—The number of new coronavirus cases in China dropped dramatically in recent days outside the province at the center of the epidemic, but health authorities raised alarms about sharp increases in infections elsewhere in the world. The number of new cases outside Hubei dropped to…

China Ousts High-Level Officials as Coronavirus Cases Soar

BEIJING—China ousted two top Communist Party officials in Hubei province, the center of the new coronavirus outbreak, hours after health officials there confirmed 14,840 new infections on Wednesday alone—an almost 10-fold increase from a day earlier—indicating that the epidemic is far from tapering off. The…

Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei

Image copyright Getty Images Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday – the deadliest day of the outbreak. There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with the…

Wuhan Coronavirus Hospitals Turn Away All but Most Severe Cases 

Designated hospitals in the Chinese city at the center of a coronavirus outbreak started taking only severe or critical patients, as more Chinese cities imposed restrictions on movement to help contain the fast-spreading pathogen that has killed nearly 500 people. Meanwhile, two major U.S. airlines,…

China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Nine, Confirmed Cases Pass 400

BEIJING—A newly identified virus originating in central China is spreading between people primarily via the respiratory tract, according to Chinese authorities, and the number of confirmed cases now exceeds 400. Nine people have died in China from the coronavirus, which causes pneumonia, Li Bin, vice…

Coronavirus Is Spreading Quickly Across China, as Confirmed Cases Triple

BEIJING—A newly identified virus originating in central China has spread quickly around the country and across Asia, infecting 156 new patients in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other densely populated cities, and reaching South Korea for the first time—a major escalation in the pneumonia-like disease’s transmission….