2/15, 9:25 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US to evacuate citizens aboard Diamond Princess

The United States government is getting ready to evacuate its citizens stranded aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the site of the biggest breakout of the coronavirus outside China, and have them returned to the US by Sunday, American officials confirmed. Thus far, 280 people have contracted the virus on the ship.

Some 380 passengers will be offered seats on two flights, most likely headed for Travis Air Force Base in California.

Meanwhile, the death toll and the number of people who have shown symptoms of the deadly disease in China keeps rising. According to the latest figures, the number of infected reached 66,492, whereas the death toll climbed to 1,523.

Breaking the News / GG