The death toll is now approaching 1,400 as Chinese health officials counted another 5,090 new cases. The silver lining, according to the World Health Organization? Cases outside China aren't rising much — apart from infections on one quarantined Japanese cruise ship, where 218 are now confirmed ill. Meanwhile, more than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have been revealed to be infected.
What's the bigger picture? Experts are holding out hope that authorities' new, broader method of diagnosing coronavirus means that the sudden spike isn't as bad as it looks.
Read OZY's feature about the outbreak busting up China's Olympic dreams.