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- Asia Flight Prices Drop as Coronavirus Fears Discourage People From Traveling Airlines have been struggling to fill plane seats for flights to Asia, with fears over the coronavirus deterring people from traveling. Some carriers are offering lower fares to various major cities in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. The deadly virus, first identified in Wuhan city in the Hubei province of China, has now infected 74,280 people and killed 2,006 in China as of February 19, according to the latest report by World Health Organization (WHO). The virus also spread to 25 countries outside ...

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- The US and many other countries have evacuated citizens from Wuhan, China, because of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed at least 2,100 people and infected more than 75,500. US evacuees are being quarantined for 14 days , since the CDC says the virus' incubation period ranges from two days to two weeks. This week, more than 200 evacuees were released from federal quarantine at military bases in California. The Department of Defense and CDC have approved at least 15 US military bases as quarantine camps. Here's where they are. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . Around 800 ...


- Leana S. Wen is an emergency physician and a visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Previously, she served as Baltimore’s health commissioner. First, there were no plans to quarantine people arriving from the center of the covid-19 outbreak; then the U.S. government imposed its first quarantine in more than 50 years. Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were ordered to stay on board for two weeks; then the government announced it would evacuate the Americans among them. The initial quarantine, which was due to end, was extended ...


- In the first half of 2003, a deadly disease known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome spread from China into 28 other countries. SARS infected a little more than 8,000 people, and killed 774 people. The majority of these cases were in Asia. The disease is back on people's minds as a new novel coronavirus spreads across the globe. COVID-19 has already killed more than 2,000 people — more than the total number who died from SARS. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . SARS was stopped, but it wasn't easy. Over about nine months, from late 2002 until July 2003, a deadly disease ...


- In the wee hours of a rainy Monday, more than a dozen buses sat on the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Inside, 328 weary Americans wearing surgical masks and gloves waited anxiously to fly home after weeks in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess, the luxury liner where the novel coronavirus had ­exploded into a shipwide epidemic. But as the buses idled, U.S. officials wrestled with troubling news. New test results showed that 14 passengers were infected with the virus. The U.S. State Department had promised that no one with the infection would be allowed to board the planes. A decision ...


- Will the virus spiral beyond China? Public health experts are closely studying cluster cases in other Asian countries. Rain was falling on the night of Jan. 18, so the windows of the Tokyo party boat were shut. Inside were about 90 guests of a local taxi association who were celebrating the new year as the vessel floated down the Sumida River. Also on board, unbeknown to them, was a coronavirus capable of spreading ferociously. It did just that. A driver in his 70s soon fell ill with fever; he later tested positive. The same day as his diagnosis, his mother-in-law died; she also was infected. ...

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- In the wee hours of a rainy Monday, more than a dozen buses sat on the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Inside, 328 weary Americans wearing surgical masks and gloves waited anxiously to fly home after weeks in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess, the luxury liner where the novel coronavirus had ­exploded into a shipwide epidemic. But as the buses idled, U.S. officials wrestled with troubling news. New test results showed that 14 passengers were infected with the virus. The U.S. State Department had promised that no one with the infection would be allowed to board the planes. A decision ...


- Residents of Novi Sanzhary clash with police over nearby quarantine site, intended to host 70 people evacuated from China Ukraine’s effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak was plunged into chaos on Thursday as local residents hurled stones at buses carrying the evacuees and engaged in violent clashes with police. The vehicles were finally able to reach the designated place of quarantine after hours of clashes. The masked evacuees, exhausted by the long journey, peeked through shattered bus windows as they drove slowly under heavy police ...


- The novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.  The new, or "novel" coronavirus, now called 2019-nCoV, had not previously detected before the outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It causes a pneumonia-like illness that progresses to severe acute respiratory syndrome and even death. New data shows that the novel coronavirus is more severe and deadlier than flu, and older adults are at the highest risk. The report, which was released by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC), shows that the ...


- Oxford Economics says virus already having ‘chilling effect’ as China factory closures spread The coronavirus could cost the global economy more than $1tn in lost output if it turns into a pandemic, according to a leading economic forecaster. Oxford Economics warned that the spread of the virus to regions outside Asia would knock 1.3% off global growth this year, the equivalent of $1.1tn in lost income. The consultancy said its model of the global economy showed the virus was already having a “chilling effect” as factory closures in China spilled over to neighbouring countries and ...


- (CNN) One of the enduring images of the current coronavirus outbreak is a space-age looking thermometer pointed at an airplane passenger. Eleven airports in the United States are using these temperature checks as part of expanded screening for novel coronavirus, and those measures might seem reassuring. If someone doesn't have a fever, it seems like they're fine -- right? Not so fast. While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has screened more than 30,000 passengers in the past month, not a single US coronavirus case has been caught by airport temperature checks, according to a ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and at what point should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19 - the illness that started in Wuhan? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. Have there been other coronaviruses? Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) ...


- Kurt Williamson is a virologist, an associate professor in William & Mary's Department of Biology who specializes in the study of viruses. He offers some scientific context for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. First of all, what is meant by a "coronavirus"? "Coronavirus" is one of a family of genetically related viruses . The name comes from what the particles look like under electron microscopy. The particles are fringed with knob-like protrusions, resembling a crown (Corona is Latin for crown). How do coronaviruses differ from, say, flu or cold viruses? All three are what we would call RNA ...


- About 80% of new coronavirus cases are mild, according to China's most comprehensive report about the outbreak published so far. Many patients just experience fever or dry cough, while some show no symptoms at all. The new numbers, along with the fact that 322 out of 621 confirmed cases on a quarantined cruise ship were people who showed no symptoms, suggest that many mild cases of the new coronavirus are going unreported . Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . The death toll from the new coronavirus that originated in China crossed 2,000 this week. But new research suggests ...


- Hong Kong (CNN) A comprehensive study of more than 72,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus by Chinese scientists has revealed new information about the deadly infection which has brought much of the country to a halt. Carried out by a group of experts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology on Monday , the study is the largest and most comprehensive examination of coronavirus cases so far. It found that the novel coronavirus is more contagious than the related viruses which cause SARS and MERS. While ...

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- SEOUL, South Korea -- The Daegu Army garrison restricted access and imposed self-quarantine for any U.S. troops who recently attended a local church linked to a cluster of new coronavirus infections on Wednesday as South Korea's infection toll surpassed 50. The top U.S. commander in South Korea also raised the risk level for the military community on the divided peninsula to moderate. U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, about 155 miles southeast of Seoul, also recommended that members of the military community avoid public places and transportation in the city, including stores, restaurants and other ...

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- Xi Jinping says battle against coronavirus making "visible progress" as death toll passes 2,000 Hong Kong (CNN) The death toll from the novel coronavirus passed 2,000 on Wednesday, marking a grim milestone in the battle to contain the deadly outbreak, as countries across Asia registered an uptick in confirmed cases. More than 74,000 people have now been infected by the virus in mainland China, with more than 1,000 other cases detected in 28 countries and regions. On Wednesday morning, China reported an additional 136 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths there to 2,004, and the global ...

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- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it’s going next. A newly identified virus that emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, causing an explosive outbreak of sometimes fatal pneumonia, has become a global health emergency. The culprit is a so-called coronavirus that causes a respiratory illness dubbed Covid-19. In the first two months of the outbreak, it killed more people than died in nine months from a related virus responsible for the 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. 1. What makes this virus ...


- China reports that new virus cases are declining, but the data may be tied to party politics. Welcome to  Foreign Policy ’s weekly China Brief. The highlights this week: Chinese officials are reporting a consistent decline in new coronavirus cases , the United States designates Chinese state-run media outlets as Beijing operatives, and how Chinese businesses are coping with the monthlong outbreak. If you would like to receive China Brief in your inbox every Wednesday, please sign up here. China Reports Decline in Virus Cases In China, the death toll from the coronavirus has now topped ...


- Protective suit-clad inspectors in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak went door-to-door Wednesday to find every infected person in the central city suffering most from an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second day. Wuhan, where the new form of coronavirus emerged, is on the final day of a campaign to root out anyone with symptoms whom authorities may have missed so far. "This must be taken seriously," said Wang Zhonglin, the city's newly minted Communist Party secretary. "If a single new case is found (after Wednesday), the district leaders will be held ...


- What are the symptoms of the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, how many people have died and when should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19 - the illness that started in Wuhan? It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. Have there been other coronaviruses? Severe acute respiratory syndrome ...


- How Is Coronavirus Treated? Japan to Start HIV Antiviral Drug Trials As WHO Warns Antibiotics and Alternative Treatments Won't Work Japan plans to use HIV drugs in an attempt to treat people with the deadly new coronavirus, according to officials. Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, told a briefing on Tuesday that the government is "currently conducting preparations so that clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus can start as soon as possible," Reuters reported . Antiretroviral drugs used against HIV work by stopping the virus from replicating in the body. Suga said ...

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- Up-to-the-minute reports and statistics can unintentionally distort the facts. Numbers have a certain mystique: They seem precise, exact, sometimes even beyond doubt. But outside the field of pure mathematics, that reputation rarely is deserved. And when it comes to the coronavirus epidemic, buying into it can be downright dangerous. Naturally, everyone wants to know how deadly COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is. The technical term for that is the case fatality rate — which is, put simply, the number of people who have died from the disease (D) divided by the total ...

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- In early December, a few people in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China began falling sick after going to a local seafood market. They experienced symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and even complications related to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The immediate diagnosis was pneumonia, but the exact cause was unexplained. What caused this new outbreak? Is it the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV? Is it the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-CoV? As it turns out, scientists had undertaken a study to identify this virus in December after ...


- David and Sally Abel taken off ship, as UK says it is trying to organise evacuation of British passengers A British couple who published video diaries from a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan say they have questioned a positive test for the coronavirus, as the UK government announced plans to evacuate citizens from the ship. David Abel wrote in a Facebook post: “There is going to be a time of quiet. We have been proved positive and leaving for hospital soon. Blessings all xxx.” In a later post, however, Abel, from Oxfordshire, said he doubted his diagnosis. “Frankly I think ...


- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it’s going next. A newly identified virus that emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, causing an explosive outbreak of sometimes fatal pneumonia, has become a global health emergency. The culprit is a so-called coronavirus dubbed 2019-nCoV. In the first two months of the outbreak, it killed more people than died in nine months from a related virus responsible for the 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. 1. What makes this virus so bad? It has been described as ...


- February 18, 2020, 11:40 AM 2:53 China 's mainland reported 1,886 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 98 more deaths on Tuesday, as recent data appears to show a decline in the number of new infections since early this month. A total of 92 cases have also been reported in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao as well as Taiwan province, with one death in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan, according to the Chinese National Commission of Health. That brings the overall count of confirmed infections in China to 72,531 and the number of deaths to 1,870. A new study by the Chinese ...


- The World Health Organisation remains wary but said the report gives a "clearer picture" of the epidemic. Chinese health authorities have been given a sliver of hope after the largest study carried out since the outbreak started found new COVID-19 cases appear to be falling. A study by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of new infections seemed to be falling since earlier this month, prompting guarded optimism from health authorities. It also found more than 80% of the 45,000 confirmed cases of the new it studied were mild, 14% had severe symptoms such as ...

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- Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The death toll from an outbreak of the coronavirus has topped 2,000, health officials said Wednesday as South Korea, Canada, Australia and Britain rush to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship that is quarantined off Japan's coast amid a drastic increase of COVID-19 infections among its passengers. The Diamond Princess, anchored in Japan's Yokohama Port with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew, is the world's largest cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China, with 88 new cases confirmed Tuesday that raised the total to 542 passengers infected with the disease since it was ...

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- BEIJING (AP) — As the new coronavirus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication appears to have cost him his life, with Wuhan’s health bureau announcing Tuesday that he became infected and died despite "all-out" attempts to save him. Coronavirus patients at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in central China’s Hubei Province on Monday. (Xiao ...


- The World Health Organization said China’s drastic limits on people’s movement had helped, but experts cautioned against predicting that the worst was over. HONG KONG — Chinese officials hailed recent figures as evidence that the spread of the coronavirus epidemic has slowed, and World Health Organization officials said on Tuesday that China’s strict limits on its people’s movements have helped. But the outbreak and its death toll continue to grow; the picture outside China has grown steadily more alarming; and experts caution against excessive optimism about the crisis peaking. ...

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- Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The death toll from an outbreak of the coronavirus has topped 2,000, health officials said Wednesday as South Korea, Canada, Australia and Britain rush to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship that is quarantined off Japan's coast amid a drastic increase of COVID-19 infections among its passengers. The Diamond Princess, anchored in Japan's Yokohama Port with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew, is the world's largest cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China, with 88 new cases confirmed Tuesday that raised the total to 542 passengers infected with the disease since it was ...

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- In early December, a few people in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China began falling sick after going to a local seafood market. They experienced symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and even complications related to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The immediate diagnosis was pneumonia, but the exact cause was unexplained. What caused this new outbreak? Is it the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV? Is it the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-CoV? As it turns out, scientists had undertaken a study to identify this virus in December after ...


- Over 72,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus; emergency medicine physician Dr. Janette Nesheiwat reacts. A lung biopsy found that a man who died in China from the new coronavirus last month had lung damage reminiscent of two prior coronavirus-related outbreaks, SARS and MERS. The patient died on Jan. 27 after falling ill two weeks earlier and becoming increasingly breathless. Doctors bombarded him with various medications in attempts to save his life, including anti-infection treatment alfa-2b, AIDS medicines lopinavir and ritonavir and the antibiotic moxifloxacin to prevent secondary ...

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- That dedication appears to have cost him his life, with Wuhan’s health bureau announcing Tuesday that he became infected and died despite “all-out’’ attempts to save him. Liu is at least the seventh health worker to die of the COVID-19 disease among the more than 1,700 doctors and nurses who have become sick. His death comes as authorities are cautiously cheering a reduction in the number of new daily cases and deaths, along with the results of a study showing most people who contracted the virus experienced only mild symptoms. China on Tuesday reported 1,886 new cases and 98 more ...


- A study of more than 72,000 coronavirus patients in China found that the largest number of patients were showing symptoms on February 1. That could be a sign that the outbreak is tapering off. But the authors also warned that the outbreak could rebound once Chinese residents return to school and work.  For the latest case total and death toll, see  Business Insider's live updates here . Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . With each passing day, China continues to report more cases of the deadly coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan in December. COVID-19, as the ...


- Passengers flown from Japan after being stuck onboard now face 14 days in quarantine Two charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers from Japan have landed at military bases in California and Texas, with passengers facing a quarantine period to ensure they do not have the Covid-19 virus that has been spreading thoughout Asia. A plane carrying American passengers touched down at Travis air force base in northern California shortly before 11.30pm local time (0730 GMT) on Sunday. A second flight arrived at Lackland air force base in Texas about two and a half hours later. Japan’s defence ...


- BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China’s Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city’s Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication appears to have cost him his life, with Wuhan’s health bureau announcing Tuesday that he became infected and died despite “all-out” attempts to save him. Liu is at least the seventh health worker to die of the COVID-19 disease among the more than 1,700 doctors and nurses who have ...

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- Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese health officials said the death toll from COVID-19 rose by more than 100 Sunday as governments rushed to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship off Japan's eastern coast that's home to the world's second-largest and still growing cluster of patients. Japanese health officials have reported 72 new cases among passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been under quarantine in Yokohama Port since Feb. 3. The total number on the ship is at least 357. Outside China, the next highest number of cases is 75 in Singapore. The U.S. State Department said in a ...

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- More than a dozen infected Americans from a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship off Japan flew on evacuation flights to the US with other passengers on Monday, as the epidemic claimed more lives in China to take the death toll above 1,700. The COVID-19 virus has infected more than 70,500 people in its epicentre of China and sparked panic buying, economic jitters and the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events. With fresh cases emerging daily in Japan, the government has advised citizens to avoid mass gatherings, and on Monday cancelled celebrations for the Emperor's ...


- What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19 - the virus causing the illness that started in Wuhan? It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. Have there been other coronaviruses? New and troubling viruses usually originate in ...


- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday warned against "blanket measures" over the novel coronavirus outbreak, pointing out the epidemic outside of China was only affecting a "tiny" proportion of the population. WHO also said that—with a mortality rate of around 2 percent—COVID-19 was "less deadly" than other coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). WHO officials rejected the suggestion that all cruises should be halted to avoid risking a new nest of infection like the one on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess off ...


- In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, school districts, especially those with large Chinese student populations, are in uncharted territory as they apply new federal travel rules to their students. In one school district, families are pulling their kids out of school. In others, students show up in face masks. Educators in another Southern California community agreed to suspend an exchange program to keep visiting Chinese students out of quarantine. School districts across the U.S., particularly those with large Asian American populations, have scrambled to respond to the outbreak of the ...

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- So far, the international spread of a novel coronavirus originating in China has been limited. But World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it could only be a matter of time before additional cases flare up abroad. In response to the outbreak, countries around the world are imposing tight international travel restrictions, including the United States where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first federal quarantine order in more than 50 years. In the Chinese city of Wuhan, (pop. 11 million) considered the epicenter of the virus, ...


- The likely postponement of the most important spectacle on China’s political calendar reflects the Communist Party’s growing anxiety over the epidemic. China signaled on Monday that it would postpone its most important political spectacle of the year, a sign of deepening anxiety within the ruling Communist Party about the threat posed by the coronavirus epidemic . Chinese officials said the annual full meeting of the National People’s Congress , which typically takes place with pomp and pageantry in early March, could be delayed because of the outbreak — a highly unusual symbolic blow ...

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- (CNN) Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces -- so much so that China's central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus. It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what ...

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- More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the US Monday for two more weeks of medical seclusion, as concern rose over passengers who dispersed around the globe after leaving another ship in Cambodia. The COVID-19 virus death toll exceeds 1,700 in China, where it has infected more than 70,500. Elsewhere, hundreds more have been infected and the virus has sparked panic buying, economic jitters as well as the cancellation of high-profile sporting and cultural events. With fresh cases emerging daily in Japan, the ...

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- Covid-19 not as deadly as Sars, figures show, and children not affected in same way as adults Covid-19, the new coronavirus that has killed nearly 1,800 people in China, causes only mild disease in four out of five people who get it, the World Health Organization has said. “It appears that Covid-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers,” said the WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that officials were “starting to get a clearer picture of the outbreak”. The conclusion comes from analysis of data from Chinese authorities relating to ...


- Hong Kong (CNN) As the deadly novel coronavirus spread throughout China and the world last month, it was clear that something had gone wrong. Officials in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak, were blamed for downplaying -- and potentially even deliberately covering up -- the severity of the virus, ignoring evidence that it spread from person-to-person until it was too late. Against this tale of irresponsibility there was another story being told in China, one of a competent central government which had been denied the full picture by local officials, and once it understood the ...

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- Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese health officials said the death toll from COVID-19 rose by nearly 100 over Monday as governments rushed to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship off Japan's eastern coast that's home to the world's second-largest and still growing cluster of patients. Chinese health officials increased China's total death toll on Tuesday to 1,868, including 98 new deaths, which is a drop from the 105 deaths tabulated over the day prior. The total number of cases reached 72,436. Outside mainland China, five people have died, including a Taiwanese man, despite having no history of travel ...

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- SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. An announcement aboard the Diamond Princess, where 3,700 passengers and crew have been held since Feb. 3, told Americans to get ready to disembark on Sunday evening for charter flights home. Passengers wearing masks could later be seen waving through the windows of buses parked near the ship. Of the roughly 400 ...

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- President Xi Jinping on Sunday published a timeline of his actions to combat the coronavirus racing through China as the Communist Party worked to tamp down criticism of the government's handling of the crisis. The timeline, however, indicates Xi was aware of the outbreak's severity two weeks before revealing the information publicly. The latest revelation comes as a U.S. health official said at least 40 Americans on a cruise ship in Japan are infected with the deadly new virus. The timeline is part of a speech Xi gave to party leaders Feb. 3 that was published over the weekend in state ...

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- The number of new cases from China’s coronavirus epidemic dropped for a third consecutive day on Sunday, as the World Health Organisation chief warned it was "impossible" to predict how the outbreak would develop. Global concern remains high about the spread of the virus, which first emerged in China’s central Hubei province in December, with the first death outside Asia reported in France this weekend. The death toll jumped to 1,665 in mainland China on Sunday after 142 more people died from the virus. More than 68,000 people have now been infected — but the number of new cases of the ...

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- February 16, 2020, 11:05 AM When China last week changed the criteria for diagnosing and reporting patients with novel in Hubei province, the result was a staggering 14,840 new cases -- and from Wednesday night into Thursday, another 242 deaths. Experts said they'd long suspected cases in China had been undercounted. In Hubei, the outbreak's epicenter, medical professionals have struggled to keep up with an onslaught of patients, and hospitals without enough test kits have turned people away. "One of the concerns has always been that they don't count the patients who have mild illness, ...


- Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of infection with the coronavirus that originated there, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday, although a spike in recent cases was due to a broader ...

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- SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus cases in China fell on Sunday and a health official said intense efforts to stop its spread were beginning to work, as another 70 people tested positive on a virus-stricken cruise ship quarantined in Japan. The coronavirus, thought to have emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese province of Hubei, has presented the ruling Communist Party with the huge challenge of stamping it out while at the same time minimizing damage to the world’s second-largest economy. China’s latest figures showed 68,500 cases of the illness and ...

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- The Foreign Office is "considering all options" for Britons trapped on a quarantined cruise liner in Japan struck by coronavirus - including flying them home. Downing Street said officials are in contact with the 74 UK passengers and crew to "establish interest" in a repatriation flight. Earlier, passengers on the Diamond Princess said they felt "forgotten", as . The ship was quarantined on 3 February. On Monday, Japanese officials said there were 99 new cases of infections on board the ship, bringing the total to 454 confirmed cases. It is the largest cluster of cases outside China. It ...

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- Malaysian minister questions precautions taken after passengers left MS Westerdam Concerns have been raised over the possible spread of the new coronavirus among hundreds of passengers who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia on Friday, after one of them was confirmed to have the disease following a second test carried out in Malaysia. Scores of passengers who left the MS Westerdam, which had been at sea for two weeks after leaving Hong Kong on 1 February, have travelled on to other destinations. The director general of Malaysia’s health ministry, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said he ...


- The number of new cases from China's coronavirus epidemic dropped for a third consecutive day on Sunday, as the World Health Organisation chief warned it was "impossible" to predict how the outbreak would develop. Global concern remains high about the spread of the virus, which first emerged in China's central Hubei province in December, with the first death outside Asia reported in France this weekend. The death toll jumped to 1,665 in mainland China on Sunday after 142 more people died from the virus. More than 68,000 people have now been infected—but the number of new cases of the ...


- There are 2,009 new cases in mainland China, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 68,500, according to the country's National Health Commission. The fatality rate remained stable with 142 new deaths, the commission said. The death toll in mainland China from COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, now stands at 1,665. In all, 9,419 people have recovered and been discharged from hospital. The outbreak began in December in Wuhan, capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei, which has the bulk of infections. It has since spread to more than 24 countries and ...


- Taxi driver with diabetes and hepatitis B is fifth fatality outside mainland China A taxi driver has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan , marking the first such death on the island and the fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that has curbed travel and disrupted global supply chains. The health minister, Chen Shih-chung, said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased was a 61-year-old man who had diabetes and hepatitis B. Taiwan has to date reported 20 confirmed cases. Coronavirus cases The man who died had not travelled abroad recently and was a taxi driver ...


- SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The number of reported new cases of coronavirus in China’s Hubei province rose on Monday after two days of falls, as authorities imposed tough new restrictions on movement to prevent the spread of the disease which has now killed more than 1,700 people. The tighter lockdown on the central province where the flu-like virus originated in December came as American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan. Seventy new coronavirus cases were confirmed on board the Diamond Princess where 3,700 passengers ...

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- China has announced a drop in new cases from the coronavirus outbreak for a third consecutive day. On Sunday, authorities reported 2,009 new cases and 142 more deaths nationwide. New cases spiked earlier in the week after a change in the way they were counted but have been falling ever since. In total more than 68,000 people have been infected in China, with the death toll standing at 1,665. Outside China there have been more than 500 cases in nearly 30 countries. Taiwan reported its first death from the illness on Sunday. The victim was a man in his 60s, who had not travelled abroad recently ...

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- China could be just the "tip of the iceberg" - Coronavirus The coronavirus disease outbreak has rapidly spread in China and across the globe, with more than 1,400 deaths and 69,288 confirmed infections in seven weeks. Now, medical experts project that if the virus can not be contained, it can infect 60 percent of the population and kill 45 million people. The infection, which is now officially called COVID-19, started in Wuhan in Hubei province, China and has spread to 25 countries with 1,670 confirmed deaths, four of which reported outside mainland China – France, Hong Kong, Japan, and the ...


- Another 70 cases of the coronavirus infection have been confirmed aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently quarantined in Japan, according to Japanese health officials. This brings the total number of cases aboard the vessel as of Sunday to 355, the largest confirmed cluster outside mainland China. People with confirmed infections have been taken to hospitals in Japan. After the ship's two weeks of quarantine at sea, officials from various countries, including Canada, Italy, Hong Kong and South Korea, are in the process of extracting their citizens from the vessel. The Diamond ...

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- WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted. Continuing questions about the new virus are complicating health authorities’ efforts to curtail its spread around the world. And the United States is taking the first steps to check that cases masquerading as the flu won’t be missed, another safeguard on top of travel restrictions and quarantines. Here’s ...

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- US plan to airlift Americans from Diamond Princess adds urgency to pleas for evacuation from UK passengers Pressure is growing on the British government to airlift UK citizens stranded on a cruise ship stricken by coronavirus, as a Chinese tourist in France yesterday became the first person to die from the disease in Europe . The US announced late on Friday that it would be evacuating more than 400 of its nationals from the quarantined ship, the Diamond Princess, which has reported nearly 300 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and British travellers called on their government to do the same. “I am ...


- Here’s what you should know about the illness AP Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted. Continuing questions about the new virus are complicating health authorities’ efforts to curtail its spread around the world. And the United States is taking the first steps to check that cases masquerading as the flu won’t be missed, another safeguard on top of travel ...


- About 380 US citizens on quarantined Diamond Princess to be flown home from Japan Hundreds of American passengers onboard a cruise liner quarantined in Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak will be flown home on chartered aircraft, the US embassy in Tokyo said on Saturday. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Japan late on Sunday to fly the estimated 380 US citizens onboard the Diamond Princess to Travis air force base in California, where they will have to spend another fortnight in quarantine. The embassy said in a letter to the passengers that they would have to undergo health checks ...


- China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the head of the World Health Organization praised the country's efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have "bought the world time" and that other nations must make the most of it. France, meanwhile, reported Europe's first death from the new virus, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. The United States was preparing to fly home American passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan. China reported 2,641 new cases in the 24 hours through midnight Friday, raising its ...


- What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19 - the virus causing the illness that started in Wuhan? It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. Have there been other coronaviruses? New and troubling viruses usually originate in ...


- Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted. Continuing questions about the new virus are complicating health authorities ' efforts to curtail its spread around the world. And the United States is taking the first steps to check that cases masquerading as the flu won't be missed, another safeguard on top of travel restrictions and quarantines. Here's what you should know ...


- BEIJING — China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the government announced new anti-disease measures as businesses reopen following sweeping controls that idled much of the economy. Also Saturday, France reported Europe's first death from the new virus, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. Meanwhile, the United States was preparing to fly home Americans passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan. China reported 2,641 new cases in the 24 hours through midnight Friday, raising the country's total to 66,492. ...


- The victim was an 80-year-old tourist from China who had been hospitalized since Jan. 25, the French health minister said. The U.S. says it will evacuate Americans aboard the quarantined cruise ship in Japan. France announces the first coronavirus death in Europe. France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said on Saturday that a 80-year-old Chinese tourist had died of coronavirus on Friday at a hospital in Paris. Ms. Buzyn said the man, who was from the Chinese province of Hubei, the center of the outbreak, arrived in France on Jan. 16 and had been hospitalized at the Bichat-Claude Bernard ...

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- China's economy is 18 percent of global GDP. The more it falters, the more impacts are felt everywhere, and that would be the case even if this plague were confined. But it's not. HONG KONG—Entire economies are stalling in distant parts of the world because of what’s going on in China. In a matter of weeks, the novel coronavirus first sighted in the central Chinese city of Wuhan less than two months ago, when it is believed to have made the leap from animal hosts to humans, has traveled to many continents. And the outbreak has changed the world in ways nobody had foreseen.  The vast, ...


- Mainland China’s death toll rose to 1,523 with total cases at 66,492 AP China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the head of the World Health Organization praised the country’s efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have “bought the world time” and that other nations must make the most of it. France, meanwhile, reported Europe’s first death from the new virus, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. The United States was preparing to fly home American passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan. ...


- February 15, 2020, 1:12 PM BEIJING -- China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the government announced new anti-disease measures as businesses reopen following sweeping controls that idled much of the economy. Also Saturday, France reported Europe's first death from the new virus, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. Meanwhile, the United States was preparing to fly home Americans passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan. China reported 2,641 new cases in the 24 hours through midnight Friday, raising the ...


- It’s hard to predict the trajectory or the ultimate death toll of a viral bomb without knowing precisely how it was launched. As the coronavirus that was identified in Wuhan, China, in late December, continues to race around the globe, scientists are struggling to answer many vital questions: How easily does it spread from person to person? What is the real incubation period—the time during which infected people can transmit the virus before showing symptoms themselves? What is the true death rate? Although ninety-nine per cent of the more than sixty-three thousand cases and nearly all of ...


- The victim was an 80-year-old tourist from China who had been hospitalized since Jan. 25, the French health minister said. The U.S. says it will evacuate Americans aboard the quarantined cruise ship in Japan. France announces the first coronavirus death in Europe. France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said on Saturday that a 80-year-old Chinese tourist had died of coronavirus on Friday at a hospital in Paris. Ms. Buzyn said the man, who was from the Chinese province of Hubei, the center of the outbreak, arrived in France on Jan. 16 and had been hospitalized at the Bichat-Claude Bernard ...

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- As the deadly coronavirus began to spread, Beijing wasted the most critical resource to fight it: trust. The novel coronavirus epidemic has reached a critical juncture. Steps taken over the next few days, particularly by Beijing’s leadership, will decide the fate of the virus and whether spreads internationally to become a genuine pandemic . Time is short for the Chinese government to prevent a catastrophe. Are China’s official reports, including claims that its control efforts are succeeding and the epidemic will soon peak, credible? Omens look bad. Once praised by the World Health ...


- Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the deadly new coronavirus, state media report. Residents were told to "self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine" after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays. The measure came as Egypt confirmed the first coronavirus case in Africa. Over 1,500 people have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan city. The notice on Friday from Beijing's virus prevention working group was issued as residents returned from spending the Lunar New ...

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- More than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have contracted the covid-19 respiratory disease, officials said Friday, a sobering development that came on the same day the virus turned up in Africa and Japanese officials said they would allow some uninfected travelers to leave a cruise ship hard-hit by the outbreak. Amid widespread shortages of protective equipment for health care workers in China’s Hubei province, Friday’s announcement highlighted the challenges Beijing faces as its overwhelmed heath care system tries to contain the epidemic. At the same time, officials noted the infection ...


- FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The race is on to find effective treatments against the new COVID-19 coronavirus spreading through China, and two new therapies show real promise, researchers say. One is an experimental antiviral medicine that already being used by Chinese doctors on a "compassionate" basis in coronavirus patients and has shown effectiveness in monkey trials. The other involves transfusing the plasma of people who've survived COVID-19 into patients still battling the illness, in hopes of boosting the recipient's immune defenses. The antiviral is a drug called ...


- BEIJING (Reuters) - People returning to the Chinese capital Beijing from extended holidays on Friday were ordered to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine to help prevent spread of the new coronavirus, as hard-hit Hubei province reported more than 2,400 new cases. The official Beijing Daily newspaper said people failing to obey would be punished but it was not immediately clear how that would be enforced, or whether the restrictions would apply to non-residents of Beijing or foreigners arriving from abroad. "From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group ...

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- FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Coronavirus is most infectious when patients are at the peak of their illness, U.S. health officials said Friday. "Based on what we know now, we believe this virus spreads mainly from person to person among close contacts, which is defined as about six feet, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a media briefing on Friday. "People are thought to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic, ...


- Coronavirus Wuhan diary: 'He got a hospital bed three hours before he died' Weeks after reports of a mysterious new virus began to emerge in the central Chinese province of Hubei, the authorities there suddenly changed how they determined who was infected. It led to a significant spike in numbers - only because doctors are now counting patients who are diagnosed in a clinic and not just those who have taken the test. But in those early days, the rapid spread of the virus through the city of Wuhan, combined with a shortage of hospital beds, meant some didn't get the treatment they needed. Two ...

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- About 500 million people are on lockdown across China in an attempt to stop the virus spreading, as it infects more each day. Everyone returning to Beijing must self-isolate for two weeks to protect against coronavirus otherwise they will be punished, Chinese state media reported. City authorities, quoted in the Beijing Daily newspaper, said anybody who refuses to quarantine themselves or follow official rules on containing the new coronavirus will be punished - although they did not specify how. A notice from Beijing's virus prevention working group said: "From now on, all those who have ...

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- What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is Covid-19 - the virus causing the illness that started in Wuhan? It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. Have there been other coronaviruses? New and troubling viruses usually originate in ...


- The news about the novel coronavirus in China grows more urgent daily. The is now greater than 1,300, while tens of thousands of people have been infected — most of them in China. People returning to the U.S. from China are quarantined for 14 days. It can be frightening to think about the threat, but public health officials in this country constantly remind people that the risk of the disease here is low. Still, scientists have more questions than answers about important issues surrounding the coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19. Here's some help in understanding the unknowns and ...


- Hong Kong (CNN) The number of novel coronavirus cases has risen to more than 64,000 worldwide, after China reported another major increase at the epicenter of the outbreak following a change in how authorities there diagnose cases. As of Friday morning, over 100 more people had died of the virus, officially known as Covid-19, in central China's Hubei province -- raising the global death toll to 1,383. Of those, all but three have died in mainland China. Chinese health authorities also confirmed an additional 5,090 cases across the country. That's a major spike, but nowhere near the 14,840 new ...

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- WHO is seeking information after country announced six health professionals had died The World Health Organization is seeking more information from China about the large numbers of health workers falling sick because of the coronavirus after it was revealed 1,760 of them have tested positive and six have died. This is the first time China has included the specific numbers for healthcare professionals in the data it has provided on the spread of the epidemic. “This is a critical piece of information because health workers are the glue that holds the health system and the outbreak response ...


- China again reported a big jump in coronavirus cases Friday after changing its methodology for diagnosing and counting infections, denting hopes that the deadly outbreak could be petering out. With another 5,000 reported Friday, the number of cases in mainland China has now surged past 63,000, and the economic fallout is mounting . The latest casualties are flower sellers in the country, some of whom have seen their sales fall up to 95 percent on Valentine’s Day . More places in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, are enacting “wartime” measures, such as sealing off ...


- Coronavirus Travel Advice: How to Minimize Exposure While Traveling, Including at Airports, on Planes and Cruises The most effective way to protect yourself while traveling during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is to minimize your exposure to it. This is best achieved with basic hygiene practices including cleaning your hands with soap for at least 30 seconds, using hand sanitizers with at least 70 percent ethanol, not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and disinfecting surfaces with which you are in contact, health authorities advise. Other key measures for minimizing ...

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- February 14, 2020, 11:07 AM 1:53 Chinese officials have revealed for the first time the number of frontline workers who have been infected by the novel . Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China 's National Health Commission, told reporters Friday that so far, 1,716 medical workers have tested positive for the newly discovered virus, known officially as COVID-19, and six of them have died. Most of the workers were in Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak since the first cases emerged in its capital, Wuhan, back in December. "At present, the duties of medical workers at the front are ...


- Chinese officials have given figures for health workers infected with the new coronavirus, amid concerns about shortages of protective equipment. Six health workers have died and 1,716 have been infected since the outbreak, they said. , who tried to warn authorities early on about the virus, provoked a burst of public anger and grief. More than 1,300 people are now known to have died from the virus. The latest figures show 122 new deaths in China, bringing the toll to 1,381. The total number of infections has jumped to 63,922 cases, according to the National Health Commission. The World ...

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- China again reported a big jump in coronavirus cases Friday after changing its methodology for diagnosing and counting infections, denting hopes that the deadly outbreak could be petering out. With another 5,000 reported Friday, the number of cases in mainland China has now surged past 63,000, and the economic fallout is mounting . The latest casualties are flower sellers in the country, some of whom have seen their sales fall up to 95 percent on Valentine’s Day . More places in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, are enacting “wartime” measures, such as sealing off ...


- BEIJING (AP) — China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the head of the World Health Organization praised the country’s efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have “bought the world time” and that other nations must make the most of it. France, meanwhile, reported Europe’s first death from the new virus, a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. The United States was preparing to fly home American passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan . China reported 2,641 new cases in the 24 hours through ...

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- Confronting a viral epidemic with a scant supply of protective equipment, more than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have already been infected, and six have died. WUHAN, China — In the hospital where Yu Yajie works, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals fighting the new coronavirus have also been fighting dire shortages. They have used tape to patch up battered protective masks, repeatedly reused goggles meant for one-time use, and wrapped their shoes in plastic bags for lack of specialized coverings. Ms. Yu is now lying at home, feverish and fearful that she has been infected with ...

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- Harvard professor Marc Lipsitch says world’s fourth most populous country may have missed cases A Harvard academic has defended research suggesting a possible underreporting of coronavirus cases in Indonesia , following fierce criticism from the health minister in the world’s fourth most populous country, which insists it has no cases. Professor Marc Lipsitch analysed air traffic out of the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak in China and suggested in a report last week that Indonesia might have missed cases. On Tuesday the Indonesian health minister Terawan Agus Putranto called ...


- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it’s going next. A newly identified virus that emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, causing an explosive outbreak of sometimes fatal pneumonia, has become a global health emergency. The culprit is a so-called coronavirus dubbed 2019-nCoV. In the first two months of the outbreak, it killed more people than died in nine months from a related virus responsible for the 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. 1. What makes this virus so bad? It has been described as ...