New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000

BEIJING - New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China's leader said disease prevention and control was at a "a critical time."     Japan also confirmed more infections of the new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to 542 people among the 3,700 crew and passengers initially on board.   The infections have led to heavy criticism of the decision to quarantine passengers on the vessel. The quarantine ends later Wednesday.   The updated figures on the COVID-19 illness for mainland China bring the total for cases to 74,185 and deaths to 2,00...Keep on reading: New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000

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