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China new virus deaths rise to 563; 2 cruise ships isolated

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 20:21:20-05

China has reported 73 more deaths from a new virus, raising its total to 563, as the World Health Organization appealed for more funds to help countries battle the spread of the disease.

Health officials in Asia have quarantined two ship cruisers with some 5,400 people on board. The ships in Japan and Hong Kong are caught up in a global health emergency that seems to worsen by the day.

In the port city of Yokohama, health workers say 10 more people from the Diamond Princess were confirmed sickened with the virus, in addition to 10 others who tested positive on Wednesday. The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked for $675 million to help countries address the expected spread of the virus.