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12:32 a.m. ET, February 4, 2020

Here's the latest on the coronavirus

Travellers arriving at the Beijing Railway Station on February 3, 2020.
Travellers arriving at the Beijing Railway Station on February 3, 2020. NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has topped 400, and authorities in China and across the world are working to contain the disease.

If you're just joining us, here's the latest:

  • The numbers: 426 people have died, with the first death outside of mainland China confirmed in the Philippines. There are well 20,620 confirmed cases globally, the vast majority of which are in mainland China.
  • Accelerating spread: The number of Wuhan coronavirus deaths in mainland China has overtaken the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in the country, which infected 5,327 and killed 349 in the mainland.
  • Travel restrictions: Countries and airlines internationally have placed travel restrictions on traveling to and from the mainland. Yesterday, China criticized the US response to the coronavirus outbreak, accusing Washington of feeding mass hysteria.
  • Evacuations continue: Countries like the US, UK, Japan, and South Korea have already flown out citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Other countries are continuing evacuation plans and preparations.
  • Vaccine: There is no vaccine available yet, but researchers say there are promising signs. Thai doctors say they have successfully treated one coronavirus patient with a combination of antiviral drugs, and efforts to treat a second are ongoing.