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South Korea's national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China, apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan
While hundreds of travelers have disembarked, more than 1,000 crew remain – including over 400 Filipinos whose return on Sunday has been delayed until Japan clears them to travel
A woman in the northern region of Lombardy dies from the 2019 novel coronavirus
(UPDATED) Iranian authorities order the closure of schools, universities and other educational centers in Qom and the nearby city of Arak
'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'
The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'
Adriano Trevisan, a 78-year old from the Veneto region who had tested positive for the virus dies in hospital, where he had been admitted 10 days earlier for an unrelated health issue, Italy's health minister says
The Ministry of Health and Prevention says the two new cases – a Filipino and a Bangladeshi, both in their 30s – had close contact with the recently confirmed COVID-19 cases
World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautions for the first time that while 'we are still in a phase where containment is possible... our window of opportunity is narrowing'
A total of 15 Israelis are among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home
While passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most of the Diamond Princess crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running
(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally
Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees
South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China
(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan
The man says he was scared for his life when he was ordered out of the country 'straight into an epidemic of a deadly virus which still rages'
(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11
This will be the first time since the SARS crisis of 2003 that demand for air travel has declined
Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded
The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup
(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia
Outside of Hubei, the number of cases has been steadily falling
(UPDATED) They are the first fatal cases among the more than 600 who were onboard the cruise ship
Photos are seen online of Japanese pharmacies with signs saying 'Let's go, China!'
'Is it really safe to get off?' screams a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid
China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says
'The truth is that uncertainty is becoming the new normal,' says International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva
The number of new cases is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks
This is a critical step toward developing vaccines and treatments
The head of the health ministry's contagious diseases unit says the pair who died were Qom residents who were not known to have left Iran
'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says
The news comes as Southeast Asian foreign ministers prepare for a summit in Laos on Thursday, February 20, with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the COVID-19 outbreak
Fears of a pandemic are causing shocking levels of racism and hysteria
'Maybe you are hearing my voice today and seeing my corpse tomorrow,' says one disabled resident
Officials say the man was taken to hospital after a fall at home. He had a fever and tested positive for the virus, dying a week later.
At least two government officials themselves contracted the virus while working on the quarantined Diamond Princess
(UPDATED) Kentaro Iwata, a professor at the infectious diseases division of Kobe University, blasts the on-ship quarantine as a 'major failure, a mistake'
(UPDATED) At least 15 cases are believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman
'I wish to emphasize that the only thing to fear is fear itself, not the virus,' envoy Zhang Ming says
The head of WHO's health emergencies program says the outbreak was 'very serious' and could grow, but stressed that outside Hubei the epidemic was 'affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people'
Tourism and trade are both expected to be hard hit by the novel coronavirus in Singapore, an open economy with close links to China
The world's biggest miner warns demand for its products would likely dip due to the novel coronavirus outbreak
(3rd UPDATE) Around 500 passengers will leave the vessel on Wednesday, February 19, after testing negative, a health ministry official says
Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, dies after 'all-out rescue efforts failed,' state broadcaster CCTV reports
Businesses report their earnings have dropped by more than half and they have been forced to cut staff hours dramatically, a situation echoed in Chinatowns across the world
Plasma from patients who have recovered from a spell of pneumonia triggered by COVID-19 contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients
The health commission also reports 1,807 new cases, a smaller number of infections compared to those declared on Monday
A 37-year-old Chinese was diagnosed during a routine check-up, says the government-run Emirates News Agency
There are fears scores of cruise goers have been scattered across the world without full health checks
Singapore downgrades its 2020 growth estimate to a range of -0.5% to 1.5% as it deals with the novel coronavirus