Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization says. The only exception was on a cruise liner docked in Japan, where 44 new cases were reported, bringing the total there to 218. There was also no major shift in the coronavirus’s pattern of mortality or severity, according to the WHO. Hubei recorded 242 deaths on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
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