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Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

BEIJING (AP) — Here's what's new in the outbreak linked to an emerging virus in China.

The number of confirmed cases in China rose to nearly 2,000 and the death toll, to 56.

The U.S. reported a third case, a man in southern California who traveled from the hard-hit epicenter of Wuhan.

The U.S. said it was chartering a plane to fly out its consulate staff and some civilians from the city, while France said it was preparing a similar evacuation, possibly by bus.

China's health minister said the country was entering a "crucial stage" as "it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger."

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