Reportedly flying with 44 infected passengers tented away from fellow travelers, some 400 U.S. citizens wearing sophisticated respirator masks were flown out of Japan this morning on two repurposed cargo planes. "Can't get off here fast enough," said one California woman. The Americans, who will face a 14-day quarantine once they're stateside, had been aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where 355 of 3,700 passengers have become the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases outside of China.
How bad is it now? The death toll has reached 1,770 — almost all in China — with 70,500 infected.
OZY examines the outbreak's effect on Chinese transparency.