As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 (Japan time)

As of 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17 (Japan time)

  • The number of cases continued to rise on the Diamond Princess as another 99, including 43 Japanese, were reported, bringing the total to 454 with a few days to go until the end of a two-week quarantine period on Wednesday.

  • Popular Japanese boy band Arashi will forgo a concert scheduled in Beijing in the spring due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, their agent said Monday.

  • Organizers of next month's Tokyo Marathon said Monday they will allow only elite athletes, including wheelchair racers, to take part in the upcoming pre-Olympic event, as Japan steps up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

  • The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it has canceled a birthday event for Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace scheduled on the weekend due to concern that the public event could contribute to the spread of the new coronavirus.

  • Two U.S. government-chartered planes carrying 328 American citizens who were confined on coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship departed Tokyo from Haneda airport Monday morning.

  • Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel and Italy have said they are preparing to send chartered flights to Japan to evacuate citizens from the vessel, which is quarantined in Yokohama.

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