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Coronavirus updates: The latest news on the outbreak and the global response

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Image: Passengers look out from the World Dream cruise ship docked at Kai T
Passengers look out from the World Dream cruise ship docked at Kai Tak cruise terminal Hong Kong on Wednesday.   -   Copyright  Vincent Yu

• The global death toll has risen to 492 as confirmed cases reach more than 24,000 in mainland China• More Americans are on the way home from Wuhan, center of the epidemic• 10 suspected cases found on cruise ship quarantined off Japan; 242 people await test results• Another cruise ship with 3,600 on board quarantined in Hong Kong• Hong Kong to quarantine all people entering from mainland ChinaMore Americans traveling home from WuhanHundreds of U.S. nationals were extracted from locked-down Wuhan, the center of the novel coronavirus epidemic, and were en route to the United States on Wednesday, a State Department spokesperson told NBC News.U.S. Northern Command tweeted that the two planes have about 350 passengers on board between them.It added that the planes are headed for Travis Air Force Base, southwest of Sacramento, California.One of the planes will refuel there before proceeding to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego. The destination of the second plane was not confirmed.The passengers will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, Northern Command added.Last week, 195 Americans were extracted from Wuhan aboard a chartered plane. All of those passengers are undera federal quarantine order at an air base in California. — _Abigail Williams and Phil Helsel_Coronavirus deaths in mainland China reach 490The number of deaths from novel coronavirus in mainland China has risen to 490 with more than 24,300 confirmed cases, Chinese health officials said Wednesday.More than 185,000 people are currently under medical observation, they added.China is experiencing anoutbreak of novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, which was first identified in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province.So far 11 cases have been confirmed in the U.S.#embed-20200122-coronavirus-world-count iframe {width: 1px;min-width: 100%}

The first death outside mainland China was recorded in the Philippines over the weekend; another person with the virus died in Hong Kong on Tuesday. — _Phil Helsel_10 coronavirus cases confirmed on cruise ship quarantined off JapanTen people from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said.All 10 people — one of whom is American — have now been taken ashore for treatment at local hospitals, the company that owns the cruise ship confirmed Wednesday.Princess Cruises said that a guest who later tested positive for coronavirus sailed from Yokohama, a port city south of Tokyo, on Jan. 20 and disembarked at Hong Kong on Jan. 25. That person did not report any symptoms while onboard, but later tested positive for coronavirus. — Arata Yamamoto and Phil Helsel

Personnel clad in protective gear, tasked with providing care for quarantined cruise ship passengers, are seen in Yokohama on Wednesday.
Personnel clad in protective gear, tasked with providing care for quarantined cruise ship passengers, are seen in Yokohama on Wednesday. Kazuhiro Nogi

Another cruise ship with 3,600 on board quarantined in Hong KongAnother cruise ship with 3,600 people on board has been quarantined in Hong Kong.Hong Kong's health ministry said Wednesday three people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus were on board the World Dream cruise ship during a previous voyage that took place between Jan. 19 and 24.The three passengers are from mainland China — all of them got off in Guangzhou on Jan. 24.The ministry said around 1,800 passengers and another 1,800 crew members are on board at the moment — 90 percent of them are Hong Kongers while the remainder are foreign nationals.They have had no contact with the previous group of passengers, the ministry added.

Passengers look out from the World Dream cruise ship docked at Kai Tak cruise terminal Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Passengers look out from the World Dream cruise ship docked at Kai Tak cruise terminal Hong Kong on Wednesday. Vincent Yu

Officials said around 30 crew members have already declared that they have symptoms of the virus. Three of them have been taken to local hospitals for treatment.While the ship is in quarantine, no passengers or crew members are allowed to leave.The cruise ship was originally bound for Taiwan, but had to return to Hong Kong after Taiwanese government prohibited it from proceeding to its port of call in Kaohsiung. — _Jasmine Leung and Yuliya Talmazan_Hong Kong to quarantine all people entering from mainland ChinaHong Kong's leader Carrie Lam announced that all people entering the semi-autonomous territory from the mainland, including Hong Kong residents, will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine starting this Saturday.She also added that two cruise terminals — including one where a cruise ship is currently under quarantine — will be shut down."This newly introduced measures are stringent," Lam said. "We have to be vigilant in every step in the course of coronavirus outbreak." — _Jasmine Leung_Tokyo Olympics organizers raise concerns about coronavirus impactTokyo Olympics organizers on Wednesday said they are increasingly concerned about the disruption the coronavirus is causing ahead of the games, which open in just under six months."I am seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the games," Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto said. "I hope that it will be stamped out as soon as possible."Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said there are no plans to cancel the Olympics. That position has been repeated by the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.But some Olympic qualifying events have already been cancelled or relocated because of the outbreak. — The Associated Press

One man's lies leave thousands in quarantine, state media claimsA man who lied about returning from Wuhan amid the coronavirus outbreak has led to thousands of people being quarantined, China's state CCTV reported Wednesday.The man, who was only named as Zhang, came to a village in China's Fujian province in late January from Wuhan. CCTV reported that he lied to the villagers and told them he returned from the Philippines.He then attended a number of events in the community, including a 3,000-people folk-custom banquet and a wedding banquet attended by nearly 1,000 people.He showed symptoms in late January and was isolated for treatment. On Feb. 1 he tested positive for coronavirus.A local police statement released Wednesday said when the man returned from Wuhan, the local county government and hospital staff requested that he be quarantined at home and not go out, but he didn't follow the order.The statement said "compulsory measures" were taken against Zhang, who was suspected of endangering public safety.Xinjing newspaper quoted a local official as saying more than 4,000 people are currently under medical observation as the result of the man's actions. — Dawn Liu