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China says coronavirus curbs starting to work

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The Hubei health commission, meanwhile, said the total number of cases in the province had reached 58,182 by the end of Sunday, with 1,696 deaths.

The number of confirmed cases has been increasing astronomically since the disease was first detected in December in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China.

Hubei's newly installed provincial leader, Ying Yong, instructed the province on Sunday to boost medical supplies and quarantine measures to "resolutely prevent the epidemic from spreading from urban to rural areas", according to the local government.

To reduce the infection rates among the health workers, China has rolled out more measures on Friday to protect those working at the forefront of fighting the novel epidemic.

That brought the total to 454 diagnosed despite passengers being confined to their cabins during a 14-day quarantine.

Commission spokesman Mi Feng said the percentage of severe cases had dropped to 7.2% of the total from a peak of 15.9% on January 27.

Hubei announced Sunday that all vehicle traffic will be banned across the province, expanding on an existing ban in Wuhan, in another step to try to stop the spread of the virus.

The UN health body has asked China for more details on how diagnoses are being made.

There were 115 fresh cases outside the central province announced Monday - sharply down from almost 450 a week ago.

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The new cases brought the total to 68,500 in mainland China, with 1,665 deaths, including 143 fatalities reported on Sunday.

Hundreds of Us residents from the cruise ship took constitution flights residence, and Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy ended up organizing equivalent flights.

A bus carrying US travellers who have been aboard the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess, qualifications, leaves Yokohama port, around Tokyo, early Monday.

But after passengers had left the ship and were on their way to the airport, US officials received notice that 14 passengers in the group had tested positive, the State Department said.

The 300 or so Americans flying on USA -government chartered aircraft back to the US will face another 14-day quarantine at Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

"We ask all governments, companies and news organisations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria", he said at the Munich Security Conference. When you come back to the United States, importantly, they're still subjected to a 14 day quarantine.

Some 3,700 passengers and crew have been held on board the Diamond Princess since February 3.

Fears are mounting over passengers on the Westerdam cruise ship, who all received a clean bill of health when they disembarked in Cambodia - a staunch Beijing ally.

But an 83-year-old American woman from the cruise tested positive when she arrived in Malaysia.