A cruise ship remains at arms length from San Francisco and the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state ballooned to 70 on Thursday – pushing the U.S. total close to 200 – as the global struggle against the outbreak intensified.

The nation’s death toll remained at 11, 10 of them in Washington. Fifty-one of the confirmed cases are in King County, home to Seattle, where nine of the deaths have occurred, state health officials said. Many of the cases have stemmed from an outbreak at Life Care Center of Kirkland.

Nearby Snohomish County had 18 cases and Grant County, in the central part of the state, reported its first case Thursday.

More than 3,300 deaths and almost 100,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, the vast majority of them in mainland China.

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