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All times below are in Beijing time. 10:40 am: US evacuating citizens aboard quarantined cruise ship off Japan
The U.S. is evacuating its citizens and their families who are onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan that has been quarantined for almost two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an official from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There will be two evacuation flights from Japan for around 380 people, the report said.
At least 218 passengers on the Diamond Princess were confirmed to be infected. 10:25 am: Support for companies to fight outbreak in China
As of noon on Friday, banks and financial institutions have supplied more than 537 billion yuan ($76.9 billion) in credit to fight the virus, Liang Tao, deputy head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said Saturday morning at a press conference in Beijing. 9:30 am: China’s foreign minister slams global ‘overreaction’ to virus China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China’s efforts to control the epidemic have been comprehensive and that it’s “under control,” while slamming the “overreaction” of other countries, according to a Reuters report.In an interview with Reuters in Berlin, he said: “The epidemic overall is under control.”″“We’ve taken such complete prevention and control efforts, efforts that are so comprehensive, that I can’t see any other country that can do this,” Wang said, adding that they would find it very […]