Updated 6:40 a.m. ET, February 19, 2020
- Death toll passes 2,000: The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 2,000 people, all but six of them in mainland China. It has infected more than 75,000 people, with over 1,000 cases outside mainland China.
- What's happening on the cruise ship: The remaining passengers aboard the Diamond Princess in Japan began disembarking Wednesday after a 14-day quarantine. A total of 545 cases of the virus are linked to the stricken ship.
- Cases spike: Hong Kong reported a second death from the virus on Wednesday, while South Korea confirmed 20 new cases. In Japan, seven new infections were recorded Tuesday, bringing the total in the country to 68 outside the ship.