Updated 5:05 a.m. ET, February 18, 2020
- More cases: The novel coronavirus has infected more than 73,000 people around the world, mostly in mainland China. The death toll is 1,873, including five people outside mainland China.
- Hospital director dies: Liu Zhiming, head of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, died from the virus this morning. China will designate medical workers who died while working to combat the virus as "martyrs."
- Cruise ship evacuation: Several countries are sending flights for their citizens onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan. The US has evacuated more than 300 Americans from the ship, 14 of which have tested positive for the virus.