Japan Defends Handling of Coronavirus-Struck Cruise Ship

TOKYO—Japanese officers defended their managing of cruise-ship virus victims after the very first two passenger fatalities were reported—one a girl in her 80s who had a fever for a week prior to getting to a medical center.

South Korea, meanwhile, reported its very first loss of life from the Covid-19 coronavirus, while confirmed situations started to mount in Beijing and Iran introduced unexpected emergency measures Thursday to stem the unfold of the virus there after two people today identified with the disease died in the central town of Qom.