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Yang advocates for term limits for Supreme Court justices

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As Virus Cases Rise on Quarantined Cruise Ship, Passengers Are on Edge

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TOKYO — As the Diamond Princess cruise ship steamed back into port in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday morning after a night of quarantine at sea, passengers lucky enough to have windows and balconies could see fire trucks and 15 ambulances waiting for the ship.

It was an unnerving sign for the nearly 3,700 people who had been confined for six days on the ship, which has become host to the highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China.

That afternoon, the captain announced over the intercom that six more people — five of them crew members — had tested positive for the virus. Eight others would be taken off the ship to be treated for unrelated medical conditions, the captain said.

“Now we will start counting ambulances and know that’s the number being removed,” said Sarah Arana, 52, a medical social worker from Paso Robles, Calif.

The six new coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess brought the total to 70 since the Japanese health authorities began testing people on the ship last week. New cases have been announced almost daily, and passengers have grown increasingly fearful that the quarantine — meant to protect people in Japan and contain the virus’s spread — could be putting them in jeopardy.

“I know that stress and anxiety compromise my immune system,” said Ms. Arana, who is on her first cruise. “My whole thing is just to stay calm, because no matter what, I’m here. But every day it’s anxiety-provoking when we see the ambulances line up on the side of the ship.”

More than 2,600 passengers have been isolated in their cabins since the Japanese Health Ministry imposed the quarantine on Monday, after discovering that a man who disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25 had tested positive for the virus. More than 1,000 crew members are also quarantined on board, though they continue to provide services like meal deliveries.

“It’s sad to hear that there were another six cases,” said Tsutsui Masato, 70, a Japanese passenger who was onboard with his wife. “I still don’t know how I should feel until we learn how the coronavirus is being transmitted.”

Some passengers said they could not understand why only a few hundred people on the 17-deck luxury ship had been tested for the virus — people who had had contact with the initial infected man, or who have developed fevers.

  • What do you need to know? Start here.

    Updated Feb. 5, 2020

    • Where has the virus spread?
      You can track its movement with this map.
    • How is the United States being affected?
      There have been at least a dozen cases. American citizens and permanent residents who fly to the United States from China are now subject to a two-week quarantine.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      Several countries, including the United States, have discouraged travel to China, and several airlines have canceled flights. Many travelers have been left in limbo while looking to change or cancel bookings.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do.

“I do not now believe they are containing this epidemic by keeping us quarantined,” said Gay Courter, 75, an American novelist and avid cruisegoer who was isolated in a cabin with her husband, Philip. “Something is wrong with the plan.”

With much still unknown about the new virus and how it is transmitted, Ms. Courter, who once set a murder mystery on a cruise ship, said that even though the crew was working hard to protect passengers, there was no way of knowing if they were safe.

“Nobody can tell us for certain,” said Ms. Courter. “There’s no scientific evidence this is not being spread through food handlers or the people delivering the food, even in rubber gloves.”

Passengers have been speculating that the virus could be transmitted through the ship’s air ventilation system. Some shared their concerns with the United States Embassy in Tokyo.

On Sunday, the embassy sent all 428 American passengers a letter from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, who said the center “has no current evidence to suggest that the virus spreads between rooms on a ship through the air-handling system.”

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises said the ship was equipped with a filtration system “that meets the standards and is comparable to those found in land-based hotels, resorts and casinos.”

Another rumor had it that the United States government might try to take Americans off the ship before the 14-day quarantine period expired. A State Department official said that “current medical consensus and protocols state that the safest and most reliable way to prevent further spread of viral infections on cruise ships is for passengers to shelter in place, as the passengers of the Diamond Princess are doing.”

Once the quarantine ends, the official said, United States citizens can return home on commercial flights and will not be subject to additional quarantine periods.

On Wednesday, Carol Montgomery, 67, a retired administrative assistant from San Clemente, Calif., had a low-grade fever. Her husband John, 68, a retired city planning director, was concerned about his diabetes, and about whether he should clean the air ventilator he uses every night for sleep apnea.

“We’re sitting inside this room and the number of cases is slowly rising,” Mr. Montgomery said. “It’s just very disconcerting that we can’t get tested to figure out if we have it.”

Ms. Montgomery eventually persuaded the ship’s medical office to let them leave their cabin for an examination. They were given flu tests, which came back negative, and Ms. Montgomery, who had a urinary tract infection, was prescribed an antibiotic. They have not been tested for the coronavirus.

Given that passengers had expected to disembark last Tuesday, many with chronic health conditions like diabetes have been running low on medications. On Sunday, Health Minister Kato Katsunobu said in a television interview that medical supplies had been delivered to the ship for about 100 such people, and that more would arrive later in the day for an additional 500.

On Sunday, the Montgomerys went out onto a deck for a prescribed fresh air break — Ms. Montgomery’s first time outside since the quarantine began. Under a pristine blue sky, the couple strolled in surgical masks, maintaining a six-foot distance from other passengers.

A man in black shorts and a blue hoodie jogged by. “It feels great,” Ms. Montgomery said.

Some passengers are frustrated by what they see as a lack of timely information. On Friday, they read in news reports — or heard from family and friends who were tracking reports online — that the number of cases on the ship had tripled.

“It was very upsetting to people to have their children and family members contacting them saying, ‘Oh my God, 41 more passengers tested positive,’” said Ms. Arana, who has been passing the time by drawing, testing out face masks she bought in Taiwan and taking an online course on herbal antiviral remedies. “So we were like, ‘We’re the last to know?’”

Many have been nervously reviewing their activities from early in the cruise, before the quarantine, and hoping they had not come into contact with the wrong person. Ms. Courter thought about the meals, trivia nights and theater performances she had attended, including an opera that was staged the night before the quarantine was imposed.

“Every aspect of my perspective on everything we did has changed,” she said, “from ‘Boy. that was fun’ to ‘Why the hell was I there?’”

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New York City police officer shot inside precinct: reports

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A gunman opened fire inside a New York City police precinct Sunday morning, striking a police officer in the arm just hours after another police officer was shot and injured in his patrol car in what officials called an attempted assassination.

NYPD officials said a second police officer was shot inside the 41st Precinct in the Bronx just before 8 a.m. and asked citizens to avoid the area.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted shortly after the shooting that he was “horrified” by the back-to-back attacks on officers.

“Horrified by the multiple attacks on @NYPD officers in the Bronx,” Cuomo wrote. “NY’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous. Those responsible will be brought to justice & held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll in China Overtakes SARS

Here’s what you need to know:

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Lining up to get tickets for free masks and sanitizer outside a Beijing pharmacy on Saturday.Credit…Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The coronavirus death toll in China has risen to 811, surpassing the toll from the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, according to official data released on Sunday.

The number of confirmed infections rose to 37,198, according to China’s National Health Commission. Eighty-nine deaths and 2,656 new cases were recorded in the preceding 24 hours, most of them in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak. A United States citizen died from the coronavirus in Wuhan, the provincial capital, American officials said on Saturday.

The SARS epidemic, which also began in China, killed 774 people worldwide. There have been only two confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus outside mainland China — one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

Many doctors believe that deaths and infections from the current epidemic are undercounted in China because testing facilities are under severe strain.

The number of new cases has stabilized in recent days, but World Health Organization officials cautioned against reading too much into those numbers, saying that Wuhan and Hubei were in the midst of a “very intense outbreak.”

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Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak

The virus has sickened more than 37,500 people in China and 24 other countries.

“It’s very, very early to make any predictions,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the W.H.O.’s health emergencies program.

The measures put in place in Hubei appear to be “paying off,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general, but he warned that outbreaks like these are unpredictable. “We have to understand it with caution because it can show stability for a few days and then they can shoot up,” he said. “I’ve said it many times: It’s slow now, but it may accelerate.”

Britain on Sunday confirmed a new coronavirus case, bringing the total cases in the country to four. The infected person was a “known contact of a previously confirmed U.K. case,” the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said in a statement.

The announcement came just hours after a flight from Wuhan, China, carrying 200 Britons and European nationals arrived in Britain. About 150 of the passengers were taken to a center in Milton Keynes, England, to be quarantined for 14 days.

The authorities in Spain said on Sunday that the country had confirmed its second coronavirus case: a British man who lives on the island of Majorca with his family.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed, had reported to the hospital on Friday, and was later joined there by his wife and two children to undergo testing for the virus. The wife and children tested negative, according to Spain’s national center for microbiology.

The infected man, who has been quarantined, had been in contact with a person who tested positive for the virus in France, Spanish officials said. The authorities in Majorca are now investigating whether the infected man came into contact with other people on the island before going to the hospital.

Fernando Simón, the director of the center that coordinates emergencies within the Spanish Health Ministry, told reporters on Sunday that the man “is in good health, is showing almost no symptoms, but has to be kept isolated as long as he is positive.”

Six more people a cruise ship that has been quarantined for nearly a week in Yokohama, Japan, have tested positive for the coronavirus, passengers were told on Sunday.

About 3,700 people on the ship, the Diamond Princess, have been quarantined since Monday, after it was learned that a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25 had tested positive for the virus.

The Japanese health authorities have tested hundreds of people on the ship, and as of Saturday, 64 had tested positive for the coronavirus. The six new cases, which were confirmed by the Health Ministry on Sunday, bring the total to 70.

  • What do you need to know? Start here.

    Updated Feb. 5, 2020

    • Where has the virus spread?
      You can track its movement with this map.
    • How is the United States being affected?
      There have been at least a dozen cases. American citizens and permanent residents who fly to the United States from China are now subject to a two-week quarantine.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      Several countries, including the United States, have discouraged travel to China, and several airlines have canceled flights. Many travelers have been left in limbo while looking to change or cancel bookings.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do.

The announcement to passengers, a recording of which was posted online, said the six people were being taken off the ship and that nine other passengers had been taken to hospitals for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus.

Separately, all 1,800 people aboard a cruise ship that had been held for days in Hong Kong, tested negative for the coronavirus, a Hong Kong health official said on Sunday. The official added that everyone aboard the ship, the World Dream, would be allowed to disembark.

They had been screened because eight people from mainland China who were on a previous journey were found to be infected with the coronavirus.

The World Dream traveled from China to Vietnam in January.

For Doug Perez, the most dangerous part of each day in Wuhan is taking his dog for a walk.

Mr. Perez, 28, grew up around San Francisco, but he has taught math and science for the last two years in the Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged. When it began to spread, he chose to stay.

So when Chubby, a 1-year-old Labrador, needs to go out, Mr. Perez pulls on gloves, straps on a mask and wriggles into the special jacket and pants that are sprayed down with alcohol after every trip outdoors. Then he slides a yellow jacket over Chubby, too.

The State Department has evacuated hundreds of Americans from Hubei Province, where the outbreak began. But some, like Mr. Perez, have decided not to leave. In his case, it is because he does not want to abandon his girlfriend, who is Chinese.

They have spent more than two weeks in his apartment, along with his girlfriend’s brother. They cook, they watch television (three seasons of “The Sopranos” so far), and they clean — a lot. They scrub down surfaces, furiously wash their hands and disinfect their clothes after going out.

“Sometimes I find I’m out of time, which is crazy,” Mr. Perez said. “You’d think I’d have all the time in the world, but with the coronavirus, a lot of time is spent cleaning.”

Other Americans have also stayed in China because of loved ones. Gabrielle Autry, 26, from Georgia, lives in the eastern city of Hangzhou. She has looked into flights that would take her to the United States — but her fiancé, a Chinese citizen, would not be able to join her, since all foreign nationals are barred from entering the United States if they have recently been in China. If the two were married, it would be a different story.

For now, they are mostly stuck at home, a little bored. But at least they are together, Ms. Autry said.

“Together it’s O.K., but alone it would be horrible,” she said. “I just couldn’t fathom it.”

Mr. Perez has tried to make the best of the isolation, working on his coding skills and reading lots of news about the virus. He talks to his family nearly every day. His parents have sent him masks.

“They’ve been supportive of my decision to stay,” he said. “They regret it, but they know me and I guess they know I’m stubborn about some things.”

His classes have been canceled, and he is not sure if he will be paid after February. The announcement of an American’s death in Wuhan was upsetting, as are the “rumors and mass hysteria” that he often sees on social media.

To treat themselves, the household orders takeout now and again, even though they consider it safer to cook.

“After a rough week, getting a pizza in is worth the risk,” Mr. Perez said. “It doesn’t make sense, it is risky, but it’s just to keep the morale up.”

Global Times, a Chinese tabloid controlled by the Communist Party, has accused “Hong Kong secessionists and foreign entities” of trying to stir discontent in China by sensationalizing the death of Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who gave early warnings about the coronavirus only to succumb to it himself.

“These conspirators are best at stirring up emotions from behind the scenes, as they do in Hong Kong,” Global Times said in an article published on Saturday, referring to months of pro-democracy protests that shook the semiautonomous Chinese city last year.

The tabloid argued that using Dr. Li’s death to foment antigovernment sentiment was part of the playbook of separatist groups, writing in a tweet that “experts” called the strategy “obnoxious and childish.”

Dr. Li had been reprimanded by the local authorities for “spreading rumors” when he first warned medical school classmates about a highly contagious virus. After his death, illustrations of him being muzzled in a mask circulated widely on Weibo, a popular microblogging platform, along with messages of grief and anger. A hashtag that demanded freedom of speech trended for several hours before it was censored.

The Global Times article showed an early attempt at claiming Dr. Li’s legacy, reframing his determination to shed light on the virus as something done in service to the party, not in defiance of it. While the writers acknowledged public anger at the handling of the disease by provincial officials, Global Times said that Dr. Li was a Communist Party member who vowed to fight the disease on the front lines after he recovered.

Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the paper, also posted comments about the American response to the crisis late Saturday, in response to a tweet by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about protective equipment and medical supplies from the United States arriving in Wuhan.

“Aid organized by the US government, though belated, is still welcome and we appreciate it,” Mr. Hu wrote. “But so far, aid that Chinese people heard from the US leaders are much more than the US aid that people actually saw in Wuhan.”

Chinese academics, professionals and others have created digital petitions calling for freedom of speech in the wake of Dr. Li’s death, amid a widespread outpouring of anger and grief online.

“Change, and only change, is the best commemoration of Dr. Li Wenliang,” said a petition that had been signed by 28 academics, lawyers and business figures by Sunday morning.

“Otherwise, all our outrage and all our tears will end up as bubbles,” it said. “And we will continue suffering from man-made disasters and our offspring will continue to live in fear.”

Around the country, people have been mourning Dr. Li and engaging in soul-searching, both in private and online, as to whether they’ve been complicit under an authoritarian government that allows for little dissent.

The petitions reflect concerns that the online expressions of frustration will fade, just like in several past instances, including a 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province and a train accident in 2011.

By Sunday, a petition on the site Matters had been signed by nearly 1,000 people. The petition urges the government to apologize to Dr. Li and seven other medical workers who were reprimanded for sharing knowledge about the virus. It also calls for the punishment of officials who suppressed information about the outbreak.

“A healthy society should allow more than one voice,” one petition quoted Dr. Li as telling the Chinese magazine Caixin.

“Only by guaranteeing every citizen’s freedom of speech can we avoid repeating tragedies,” another said.

For China’s leader, Xi Jinping, the outbreak is not just a health crisis, but a political one: a test of the authoritarian system he has built around himself. As his government struggles to contain the virus amid rising public discontent with its performance, the changes that Mr. Xi has ushered in could make it difficult for him to escape blame.

“It’s a big shock to the legitimacy of the ruling party. I think it could be only second to the June 4 incident of 1989. It’s that big,” said Rong Jian, a writer about politics in Beijing, referring to the armed crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters that year.

“There’s no doubt about his control over power,” he added, “but the manner of control and its consequences have hurt his legitimacy and reputation.”

Mr. Xi himself has recognized what is at stake, calling the outbreak “a major test of China’s system and capacity for governance.”

Yet as China’s battle with the coronavirus intensified, Mr. Xi put the country’s No. 2 leader, Li Keqiang, in charge of a leadership group handling the emergency, effectively turning him into the public face of the government’s response. It was Mr. Li who traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, to visit doctors.

That was not without precedent, though it stood out in this crisis, after previous Chinese leaders had used times of disaster to try to show a more common touch. State television and newspapers almost always lead with fawning coverage of Mr. Xi’s every move.

Mr. Xi’s retreat from the spotlight, some analysts said, signaled an effort to insulate himself from a campaign that may falter and draw public ire. Yet Mr. Xi has consolidated power, sidelining or eliminating rivals, so there are few people left to blame when something goes wrong.

In an unusual move to fight the spread of the virus, a Chinese county in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, is offering cash rewards to people who report a fever — whether their own or someone else’s.

China has responded to the epidemic with draconian measures: sealing off large cities, quarantining people en masse and punishing people for failing to report flulike symptoms.

Now, the Fang County government is trying “incentives,” according to a statement posted Saturday on its website. People who report their own fevers will receive 1,000 renminbi, the equivalent of $143 — a few days’ salary for the average Hubei resident.

Perhaps more troublingly, the statement also said that people who report the fevers of others would receive 500 renminbi, which raised the prospect of neighbors turning each other in. Communist Party cadres who investigate and verify such reports would receive the same amount.

The measures are intended “to promote the early detection, early isolation, early reporting, and early treatment of fever patients, and to ensure the health of the people,” the statement said.

The Chinese government has announced a temporary name for the illness caused by the coronavirus, ordering the local authorities and the state news media to adopt it. In English, it will be called N.C.P., for novel coronavirus pneumonia, the national health commission said on Saturday.

A final, official name will eventually be chosen by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The organization has submitted a name to a scientific journal for publication and hopes to reveal it within days, the BBC reported.

The naming of viral illnesses is a complicated matter that involves both science and public relations. Past names, like the Spanish flu or Rift Valley fever, have been seen as contributing to the stigmatization of countries or regions. In 2015, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines, after the choice of the name for Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, was criticized.

As well as avoiding place names, those guidelines recommend not using people’s names (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Chagas disease), animal names (swine flu, equine encephalitis), cultural or occupational references (Legionnaires’ disease) or words that induce fear (unknown, death, fatal, epidemic).

The W.H.O. has recommended its own temporary name for the new illness: 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease, or 2019-nCoV. But the name is difficult to pronounce, and has been less popular than “coronavirus,” which describes a larger category of viruses.

“We thought it was very important to put out an interim name so that no location was associated with the name,” Maria Van Kerkhove, a W.H.O. epidemiologist, told the body’s executive board on Friday.

The first confirmed death of an American citizen in the coronavirus outbreak, which the United States Embassy in Beijing reported on Saturday, is likely to raise questions about whether the State Department has done enough to ensure the safety of Americans in China.

Few details about the American, who died in Wuhan on Thursday, were immediately available. The embassy said the person was 60 years old. Two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman and had underlying health conditions.

It was not clear whether the person had tried to leave Wuhan on any of the flights organized by the State Department, which have evacuated diplomats and other American citizens from the city and other parts of China.

In a statement, the State Department took a defensive tone, saying that since Jan. 29, it had evacuated around 850 people, most of them Americans, on five charter flights out of Wuhan.

The agency said it had “no higher priority than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad,” but there are no current plans to conduct additional flights, even as some Americans elsewhere in China have been asking to be evacuated.

The State Department said Americans should heed its Feb. 2 advisory not to travel to China. To demonstrate that its flights appeared to have met the immediate needs of Americans in Wuhan, the department said that its last charter flight, on Thursday, had extra seats after accommodating all Americans on the manifest, so officials were able to offer seats to more than 30 Canadians.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the United States was prepared to spend up to $100 million to help China and other countries fight the epidemic. He also said the State Department had helped transport about 18 tons of donated medical supplies, including masks, gowns and gauze, to China in the past week.

Additionally, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been offering to send a team of experts to China to observe the outbreak and help if possible. But no invitation has come. Alex Azar, the secretary of health and human services, said at a news briefing on Friday that he had recently reiterated the C.D.C. offer to his Chinese counterpart, Dr. Ma Xiaowei.

Reporting was contributed by Motoko Rich, Eimi Yamamitsu, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Yonette Joseph, Raphael Minder, Raymond Zhong, Tiffany May, Li Yuan, Chris Buckley, Steven Lee Myers, Sui-Lee Wee, Austin Ramzy and Edward Wong. Yiwei Wang contributed research.

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Coronavirus outbreak fuels medical supply shortage in China, as more than 37,500 infected globally

The deadly coronavirus outbreak that’s infected more than 37,500 globally and more deaths than the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s spurred China’s government on Sunday to address the growing shortage of medical equipment.

China’s National Health Commission said as of Sunday there were 89 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 811 with 37,198 confirmed cases.

Almost all of the new fatalities were in and around Wuhan in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December.

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In addition to the cases in mainland China, Hong Kong has had 29 cases, including one death, while Macao has had 10 cases.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, photo, medical workers transfer a patient in the isolation ward for 2019-nCoV patients at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)

China’s ruling Communist Party has faced continuing anger and recriminations from the public over the death of a doctor who was threatened by police after trying to sound the alarm about the disease over a month ago.

On Sunday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced it was going to work to produce more medical equipment and drugs after shortages have been reported.

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Workers in protective suits ride on a truck carrying medical supplies into Huoshenshan temporary hospital built for patients diagnosed with coronavirus. (Chinatopix via AP)

The NDRC said it would push makers of health screening equipment, drugs, and vaccines to produce more supplies such as medical overalls, masks, eye shields, testing kits, infrared thermometers, and related drugs, the South China Morning Post reported.

The deputy governor of the Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, said as of Friday that protection gear for medical workers was about 20 percent short of what was needed.

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According to the SCMP, China’s NDRC said it plans to help companies secure funding, licenses, facilities, and raw materials in order to boost production of medical supplies.

China’s leaders are also trying to keep food flowing to crowded cities after anti-disease controls cut off access to Wuhan and nearby cities.

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In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, photo, workers pack surgical masks at a factory in Suining city in southwest China’s Sichuan province. (Chinatopix via AP)

As the shutdown of Wuhan expanded to cover cities with a total of 60 million people, villagers set up their own roadblocks to keep outsiders and possible infection away.

A Cabinet official acknowledged to the Associated Press that vegetable supplies were uneven and some “daily necessities” were sold out.

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Public health officials and scientists are now concerned about what will happen after the second wave of the Lunar New Year rush as people once again crowd onto trains, buses and planes to head back to work.

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A nurse takes notes in the isolation ward for 2019-nCoV patients at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)

The Chinese government extended the holiday, which was supposed to end on Jan. 30, to Feb. 2. Shanghai, Beijing and several Chinese provinces ordered businesses to remain shut through Sunday, leaving the nation’s great megalopolises feeling like ghost towns.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Coronavirus outbreak fuels medical supply shortage in China, as more than 37,500 infected globally

The deadly coronavirus outbreak that’s infected more than 37,500 globally and more deaths than the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s spurred China’s government on Sunday to address the growing shortage of medical equipment.

China’s National Health Commission said as of Sunday there were 89 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 811 with 37,198 confirmed cases.

Almost all of the new fatalities were in and around Wuhan in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December.

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In addition to the cases in mainland China, Hong Kong has had 29 cases, including one death, while Macao has had 10 cases.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, photo, medical workers transfer a patient in the isolation ward for 2019-nCoV patients at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)

China’s ruling Communist Party has faced continuing anger and recriminations from the public over the death of a doctor who was threatened by police after trying to sound the alarm about the disease over a month ago.

On Sunday, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced it was going to work to produce more medical equipment and drugs after shortages have been reported.

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Workers in protective suits ride on a truck carrying medical supplies into Huoshenshan temporary hospital built for patients diagnosed with coronavirus. (Chinatopix via AP)

The NDRC said it would push makers of health screening equipment, drugs, and vaccines to produce more supplies such as medical overalls, masks, eye shields, testing kits, infrared thermometers, and related drugs, the South China Morning Post reported.

The deputy governor of the Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, said as of Friday that protection gear for medical workers was about 20 percent short of what was needed.

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According to the SCMP, China’s NDRC said it plans to help companies secure funding, licenses, facilities, and raw materials in order to boost production of medical supplies.

China’s leaders are also trying to keep food flowing to crowded cities after anti-disease controls cut off access to Wuhan and nearby cities.

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In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, photo, workers pack surgical masks at a factory in Suining city in southwest China’s Sichuan province. (Chinatopix via AP)

As the shutdown of Wuhan expanded to cover cities with a total of 60 million people, villagers set up their own roadblocks to keep outsiders and possible infection away.

A Cabinet official acknowledged to the Associated Press that vegetable supplies were uneven and some “daily necessities” were sold out.

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Public health officials and scientists are now concerned about what will happen after the second wave of the Lunar New Year rush as people once again crowd onto trains, buses and planes to head back to work.

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A nurse takes notes in the isolation ward for 2019-nCoV patients at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)

The Chinese government extended the holiday, which was supposed to end on Jan. 30, to Feb. 2. Shanghai, Beijing and several Chinese provinces ordered businesses to remain shut through Sunday, leaving the nation’s great megalopolises feeling like ghost towns.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bozell & Graham: Trump’s record is undeniable but partisan ‘fact-checkers’ want to clutter it with asterisks

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Under President Donald Trump, the State of the Union address has become the Super Bowl for the left-leaning “fact-checkers.” It doesn’t matter if Republicans and independents enjoyed it immensely. Like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, these journalists want to rip his speech to pieces because it somehow overflows with “untruths.”

But these supposedly “independent” guardians are failures at fact-checking the Democratic Party response, offered this year by Gretchen Whitmer, who was elected governor of Michigan in 2018. Let’s do a quick roundup of the “fact-checker” focus.

— The Associated Press, as usual, obsessed only about the POTUS under the headline “Trump’s exaggerated ‘great American comeback.'” They offered nine checks on Trump’s veracity and zero fact checks on Whitmer.

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– The Washington Post — under fact-checker extraordinaire Glenn Kessler, who insists he has a running count of more than 16,200 “false or misleading claims” by President Trump — offered 31 checks of Trump and zero of Whitmer.

— PolitiFact offered 21 evaluations of Trump’s speech and nothing on Whitmer. In fact, PolitiFact has no page on Whitmer. It has never evaluated her. (It does have a page for “Snooki” of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”)

What the fact-checkers are doing is littering achievements with asterisks, trying to distract from the undeniable fact that unemployment is at record lows for blacks, Hispanics, women, the disabled and undoubtedly other groups Democrats claim to champion.

– FactCheck.org offered 14 checks of Trump and one sentence on how Whitmer was wrong to say that wages “stagnated” under Trump.

– The New York Times stacked up 36 evaluations of Trump’s speech and then offered two on Whitmer, one of which included the wage-stagnation garbage.

Somehow these last two outlets get to look more “fair and balanced” by merely bowing to the notion that the Democratic response isn’t a perfectly shaped bouquet of truth. Add up all these evaluations and Trump had 111 fact checks to Whitmer’s three.

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Trump loves to boast and exaggerate, so it’s easy to throw out little “Pinocchio” ratings when Trump claims we have the lowest black unemployment rate in American history since it’s only been measured since 1972. But it’s literally the lowest ever measured in American history. What the fact-checkers are doing is littering achievements with asterisks, trying to distract from the undeniable fact that unemployment is at record lows for blacks, Hispanics, women, the disabled and undoubtedly other groups Democrats claim to champion.

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David Harsanyi at National Review offered a terrific article just taking apart The Washington Post fact check, calling these fact-checkers “janissaries of the Obama legacy.” (Buckley hat tip for the $10 word.) Harsanyi noted that The Post “mentions Obama 13 times in a piece about Trump’s speech.” What resulted was “a litany of partisan arguments masquerading as factual correctives.”

The best part was Harsanyi’s amazement at The Post’s evaluation of this Trump statement: “Thanks to our bold regulatory-reduction campaign, the United States has become the number-one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, by far.” It’s true that America became No. 1 in former President Obama’s second term. But does Obama deserve credit?

Obama ran for president promising to inhibit energy production, coal and oil. A Republican Congress and the Supreme Court foiled his plans. Harsanyi observes: “It’s quite the trick to not only censure Trump for bragging about oil and gas production but then, in the same fact check, confer on all the credit on Obama, who did everything in his power — including banning drilling on most public lands — to inhibit exploration and production.”

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Did these Obama defenders gear up to attack Obama’s State of the Union addresses? A quick peek at Obama’s speech in 2012, his reelection year, found PolitiFact could only muster three fact checks of Obama — and two of Sen. Marco Rubio’s Republican rebuttal — compared with its 21-0 smacking of Trump.

Someone should fact-check PolitiFact boss Angie Drobnic Holan every time she claims, “PolitiFact seeks to present true facts, unaffected by agenda or biases.” That deserves a “Pants on Fire.”

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Alexander Vindman’s lawyer has hit back at Trump, accusing him of waging a ‘campaign of intimidation’ against impeachment witnesses

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