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Death toll climbs in coronavirus outbreak

Passengers having their fever checked
A health worker checks the temperatures of Chinese travelers arriving in Beijing from Wuhan. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

56 people have died from an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.

The latest: Health officials confirmed in a statement Saturday the first case in Canada after a patient presented with symptoms in Toronto. The respiratory illness has also made its way to Europe, with France confirming three cases, Reuters reports.

FICO score changes could hurt Americans already facing debt issues

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The creator of FICO credit scores is enacting changes in how it rates consumers' debt levels and their speed of repayment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The decision, which impacts the most widely used credit score in the U.S., could lower the scores of those who fall behind on loan payments, sign up for personal loans or have rising debt levels, likely making it harder for many Americans to get approvals for loans.

New Zealand volcanic eruption: What you need to know

Family return from the Frigate HMNZS Wellington where they observed a minutes silence near White Island on December 16, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand.
A family returns from the Frigate HMNZS Wellington from where they observed a minute's silence near Whakaari/White Island in the nearby town of Whakatāne, New Zealand. Photo: John Borren/Getty Images

The death toll from New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption has risen to 20 after two people whose bodies have never been found were confirmed by the chief coroner to have been killed in the disaster, police said Thursday afternoon local time.

The big picture: Deputy Commissioner John Tims said there were 47 people on the island when it erupted — including a group of tourists from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Of those on the island: 24 people were from Australia, nine from the U.S., five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from the U.K. and China, respectively, and one from Malaysia.