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We start with our continuing coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

The death toll and the number of confirmed cases in China continues to rise.

For the latest, we connect to our Choi Jeong-yoon... who is on the line.

Jeong-yoon, those numbers keeping on ticking up.

Well Mark, as of this morning, the death toll in China is over 9-hundred, with 97 deaths

recorded in the past 24 hours.

This is the first time there have been more than 90 recorded deaths in a single day.

91 out of the 97 deaths come from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

There were also some 3 thousand more confirmed cases,... bringing the number of confirmed

infections to more than 40-thousand.

On a brighter note, the number of new cases has stabilized in recent days.

Other areas of China except for the Hubei Province, have seen a downturn in the number

of newly confirmed cases for the past 5 days in a row.

New cases across the rest of China were reportedly staying at some 5-hundred a day as of Friday.

The most recent data from China's National Health Commission also shows new cases as

of Sunday stand at some 3-hundred.

Meanwhile, anxiety rises as millions of Chinese are set to return home following the end of

the Lunar New Year holiday,... which was extended to February 9th.

Let's move on to the situation in Japan.

What's going on with the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Yokohama?

Six more people on the cruise ship that has been quarantined for nearly a week have tested

positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to Kyodo News, six people were added to the confirmed cases of the Diamond Princess,

five of which are crew members.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases on the vessel to 70.

About 3-thousand-7-hundred people have been quarantined since last Monday, after it was

learned that a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25th had been infected.

The Japanese government announced on Sunday it would test all passengers and crew members

on the ship.

Previously it had planned to test only those necessary.

Japan vowed full support to aid those quarantined who are reportedly suffering a shortage in

food and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, confirmed cases outside of the vessel stand at 26 in Japan.

Tokyo doesn't want to include the number of confirmed cases on the ship to the total cases

in Japan.

That's all I have for this hour, but I'll be back with more updates in our later newscast.

Back to you Mark.

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