Coronavirus cases top 31,000 as U.S. plans more evacuations from outbreak epicenter in China
Several more U.S. government-chartered evacuation flights were expected to depart Wuhan, China, on Thursday, a day after two planes carrying about 350 people arrived in California. About 250 evacuees will arrive in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday; 70 others are headed to Omaha, Nebraska.

The passengers will spend up to two weeks under quarantine while they are monitored for symptoms of the flu-like virus. 

The death toll from the virus was at least 638 as of Thursday evening. All but two of the deaths occurred in mainland China, with one person dead in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong. More than 31,000 people have been infected with the virus, the vast majority of them in China.  

One of the deaths was Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who was threatened by the government after he voiced concerns about the new coronavirus. Wenliang died at 2:58 a.m. local time on February 7, the Wuhan Central Hospital said in a statement. 

In Japan, at least three Americans were among 61 passengers confirmed to have the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port. 

The number of cases in the U.S. rose to 12 on Wednesday, with officials in Wisconsin confirming the state's first case. There are also cases in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Washington and Illinois. 

Two more evacuation flights have departed from Wuhan, China, U.S. military says

Two additional evacuation flights have departed from Wuhan, China, the U.S. Northern Command tweeted late Thursday. The flights, carrying approximately 300 people in all, are expected to arrive in the U.S. on Friday.  

One was to refuel at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, in Northern California, before heading to Omaha, Nebraska; the other was to stop in Vancouver, Canada before flying to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. Another group of evacuees is already in quarantine at Miramar. As with all other passengers who arrived on evacuation flights, this group will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

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