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- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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, ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- (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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- 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 ...


- 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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- 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 ...


- 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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- 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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- 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 (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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- 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 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 ...


- 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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- 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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- 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 ...


- 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, ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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. ...


- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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 ...


- 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. ...


- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- 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, ...


- 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 ...


- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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 ...


- 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 ...


- Feb. 13 (UPI) -- China's Hubei Province on Friday announced an additional 4,823 new cases of COVID-19 over the previous 24-hours. Of the new cases, 3,095 were "clinically diagnosed," meaning patients who exhibit symptoms of the virus but have not been confirmed through a blood test to be infected. The new diagnostic criteria was adopted Thursday and resulted in the province recording a nine-fold increase of nearly 15,000 new cases compared to Wednesday and more than 240 deaths from the virus. World Health Organization officials said the spike in diagnoses was the result of health personnel in ...

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- Chinese officials recorded the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks, supporting a medical adviser’s projection that the outbreak may end by April. Is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ending soon? The new coronavirus disease outbreak started in late December 2019 and has since infected thousands of people each day. Typically, an infection toll may reach more or less 3,000 new infections and at least 100 deaths each day since January 2020. But on Feb. 13, the recorded new infections were the lowest ever recorded, with just 1,826 new infections globally. Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a ...


- The outbreak of the virus, which began in Wuhan, China, has left tens of thousands sickened and more than 1,000 people dead. Officials have declared it a global health emergency. The coronavirus, which surfaced in a Chinese seafood and poultry market late last year, has spread to 24 countries, killing more than 1,000 and sickening tens of thousands of people in a matter of weeks. The World Health Organization has declared the situation a global health emergency. Here’s a timeline of what we know so far about the outbreak. Dec. 31 Chinese authorities were treating dozens of cases of ...

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- Coronavirus: More may need to self-isolate to stop spread - NHS boss Many more people may be forced to self-isolate as part of efforts to stop the coronavirus spreading in Britain, the head of NHS England has warned. Sir Simon Stevens said more than 80 people discharged from quarantine on Thursday set an "important example". Meanwhile, officials are tracing the contacts of the ninth person in the UK to test positive for the virus. It is understood the woman went to hospital in an Uber, but the driver has been told he is not at risk. The new case - announced on Wednesday evening - is the first ...

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- China's Hubei province expanded its criteria for identifying new coronavirus infections on Thursday, causing a dramatic spike in reported cases at the epicenter of the disease, as Beijing moved to purge provincial party officials amid criticism of their handling of the epidemic. Hubei, where the majority of the world's infections have been concentrated, added a new category of "clinical cases" to its reporting. Now, patients will be included who exhibit all the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus — including fever, cough and shortness of breath — but have either ...

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- Political fallout from outbreak continues, with three more leaders sacked, as change in criteria leads to surge of cases The number of deaths and infections caused by the coronavirus in China has risen sharply after authorities changed the way they calculated the figures amid a purge of party officials in the stricken province of Hubei. On Thursday China confirmed 254 additional deaths – the majority of them in Hubei, the centre of the outbreak, bringing the total death toll to 1,370. After days of declines in new infections, Hubei province reported an enormous increase of almost 15,000 – ...


- The victim, who was in her 80s and whose name was not released, lived near Tokyo, the authorities said. Japan confirms its first death from the coronavirus. The Japanese authorities announced on Thursday the first death in the country from the new coronavirus. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said at a news conference that a woman in her 80s who lived in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, had died that day. Her death is the third from the coronavirus outside mainland China, after one each in the Philippines and Hong Kong. The Japanese woman had no record of travel to mainland China. Japanese ...

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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 ...


- Key Points China's Hubei province reported an additional 116 deaths and 4,823 new cases as of the end of Feb. 13. Of the new cases, the government said that 3,095 were "clinically diagnosed." In total, Hubei authorities said that 51,986 people have been infected in the province. The United States does "not have high confidence in the information coming out of China" regarding the count of coronavirus cases, a senior administration official told CNBC. This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. 11:22 am: Singapore must be prepared for cases to ...

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- Prof Chris Whitty says a four-point tactical plan is in place to help country cope with virus Coronavirus – live updates Britain is hoping to delay any possible outbreak of coronavirus in order to prepare the NHS if it cannot be contained, the chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty , has said. “If we are going to get an outbreak here in the UK, and it is an if, not a when, putting it back in time into the summer away from the winter pressures on the NHS … is a big advantage,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Quick guide What is the coronavirus and should we be worried? What ...


- China has experienced its deadliest day of the new coronavirus outbreak, prompting Shiyan city to adopt "wartime measures" which include banning residents from leaving their homes. On Wednesday in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, some 242 people died and there were 14,840 new cases of the bug recently named COVID -19, the AFP news agency reported citing government officials. The total death toll in mainland China is now at 1,367 in 59,822 cases. Only two fatalities have occurred outside of mainland China since the outbreak started, in the Philippines and Hong Kong, putting the number of ...

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- China reports 13,332 additional cases due to a change in how authorities are counting them The true scale of the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus in Hubei province has been thrown into doubt after the Chinese authorities reported more than 13,300 extra cases going back over an unknown number of days or weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the huge jump in cases in Hubei, bringing the total to more than 60,000 worldwide, was due to a change in the way Chinese authorities was counting them. Cases where doctors have seen chest infection on a CT scan are now being classed as ...


- "This outbreak is a test of solidarity—political, financial, and scientific," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders." As the world's leading health experts wrapped up a two-day forum about the coronavirus at the World Health Organization's Geneva headquarters Wednesday, new figures out of China over the past 24 hours revealed that the respiratory illness has now infected more than 60,000 people globally. During a Thursday press conference about COVID-19, as the virus is now officially known, Mike Ryan, ...


- Coronavirus is now a potent word: We dilute the fake news down to facts, describing the WHO-approved methods to protect you from catching Coronavirus As of 12 February, there are 45,171 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, also known as Coronavirus. 44,730 of those cases were in mainland China, whilst 441 happened outside of China. And there are currently 1,115 deaths, worldwide. The first Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the UK on 31 January. Whilst this figure is immense, leading the WHO to declare the outbreak a global health emergency on 31 Jan, the genuine number of existing cases is ...


- “This is not the bat’s fault”: A disease expert explains where the coronavirus likely comes from The coronavirus is just a small part of a bigger story. Animals’ viruses keep causing outbreaks. The novel presents an immense challenge for global health. But it’s also part of a larger pattern: Viruses that circulate in animals keep jumping over to infect humans. The story of the novel coronavirus is the story of HIV, of SARS, of Ebola, and even the measles. These are all diseases that have been introduced to humans — with deadly effects — via animals. And as humans encroach more ...

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- Twelve patients treated by two British GPs who have been diagnosed with coronavirus are being traced by health officials, the BBC understands. Between them, the two doctors worked in four different places in East and West Sussex - a nursing home, an A&E department and two GP practices. A British man linked to 11 cases of coronavirus has now left hospital and returned home. NHS England said Steve Walsh posed "no risk to the public". Mr Walsh, 53, from Hove, said he was happy to be home and feeling well. "I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout, and my thoughts ...

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- The end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday means China is theoretically returning to work. But with tens of millions still under lockdown and many more confined to work-from-home arrangements amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is a long way from returning to normal. The number of new infections in Hubei province rose by 14,840 on Thursday as health officials broadened the criteria it uses to confirm cases. The spike comes as China’s ruling Communist Party tries to manage an outpouring of public anger over its handling of the emergency and is proposing measures to boost the sagging ...


- Lowest number of new cases in Hubei since January prompts hope containment is working China’s Hubei province has reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since January, giving officials hope that the outbreak may be approaching its peak even as experts remained wary about its spread outside of China . Health authorities in Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak, reported 1,638 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, down from a peak of more than 3,000 new cases on 4 February and the lowest daily number of new infections since 31 January. National infection rates were also ...


- Global health officials report over 44,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide; Jonathan Serrie reports from Atlanta. The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in the virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials said Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the government tries to limit growing damage to the economy. The outbreak has become the latest political challenge for Xi and China's ruling Communist Party. CHINESE CITIES FORCING CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS TO ...

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- What symptoms are related to the Covid-19 virus from Wuhan in China, how is it spread and when should you call a doctor? What is the virus causing the illness 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 animal hosts. ...


- How Does Coronavirus Spread and How Contagious Is It? Everything We Know So Far Since a new coronavirus started sickening people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, it has killed over 1,000 people , with all but two in China. As the bug named COVID-19 is new, experts are still learning about its nature—including how it is spread and how contagious it is. So far, over 44,000 of the more than 45,000 total cases of the germ have been confirmed in mainland China, with Hubei province —where Wuhan is located—bearing the brunt of the fatalities. The bug has reached more than ...

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- As the death toll in mainland China reaches 1,113, here is the latest news. • Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 1,113 • Coronavirus gets official name from WHO: COVID-19 • People of Asian descent worldwide share examples of coronavirus-related xenophobia on social media • Outspoken Chinese lawyer critical of government missing in Wuhan, family says • American Airlines cancels flights to mainland China and Hong Kong through April 24 • 174 cases confirmed aboard quarantined cruise ship in Japan • Chinese epidemiologist says outbreak could be over by April Coronavirus death ...

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- A woman who flew into London from China a few days ago is being treated for coronavirus, bringing the total number of UK cases to nine. Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the woman was transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy's and St Thomas' in central London. Prof Whitty said the patient had contracted the virus in China. It comes after Prof Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, earlier told the BBC that . Meanwhile, all 83 people being held in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral have been told their final set of test results for the coronavirus have come back ...

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- February 12, 2020, 1:55 PM BEIJING -- The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in a virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials said Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the government tries to limit growing damage to the economy. The outbreak has become the latest political challenge for Xi and China's ruling Communist Party. While most of the infections have been in China, it has gradually rippled overseas. In Japan, 39 new cases were confirmed on a cruise ship ...


- The end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday means China is theoretically returning to work. But with tens of millions still under lockdown and many more confined to work-from-home arrangements amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is a long way from returning to normal. The number of deaths from the illness, now known as covid-19, has surpassed 1,100, Chinese officials said Wednesday. But a reduction in the number of new cases reported for a second consecutive day is offering some hope, not least for China’s ruling Communist Party, which is trying to manage an outpouring of public anger ...


- BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday, as global health experts warned the epidemic could get far worse before it is brought under control. Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Wednesday, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December, and bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 1,310. The previous record rise in the toll was 103 on Feb. 10. The grim new tally came a day after China had reported ...

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- The death toll in China from the new coronavirus epidemic jumped on Wednesday, as the chief of the World Health Organization urged countries to work together against the "grave threat" posed by the outbreak. The WHO is holding a conference in Geneva on combating the virus, which has killed more than 1,100 people in China and spread to dozens of countries around the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said viruses could have "more powerful consequences than any terrorist action". Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. Although 99 percent of the ...

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- The number of deaths and new cases from China’s coronavirus outbreak spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed the way they count infections in a move that will likely fuel speculation that the severity of the outbreak has been under-reported. The hard-hit central province of Hubei reported 242 deaths in just one day and 14,840 new patients — by far its biggest one-day tally since the crisis erupted last month. The jump raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60,000 — just hours after President Xi Jinping touted "positive ...

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- Key Points China's Hubei province reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases as of Feb. 12. The province said it is starting to include "clinically diagnosed" cases in its figures and that 13,332 of the new cases fall under that classification. This is a live blog. Please check back for updates. All times below are in Beijing time. 11:15 am: China's military sends more medical personnel to Hubei China's military is sending 2,600 additional medical personnel to Hubei to help primarily with virus control efforts in Wuhan, state news broadcaster CCTV said Thursday. The first batch of ...

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- As the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, continues to spread, hundreds of healthcare workers are getting sick. The South China Morning Post reported that in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began, up to 500 healthcare workers have confirmed diagnoses. Another 600 cases among medical staff are suspected in Wuhan. One study found that nearly a third of the 138 patients involved were healthcare workers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . Healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak are getting sick. At least 500 health workers in Wuhan hospitals have ...


- BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Hubei province on Wednesday reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since January, lending credence to a prediction from the country’s senior medical adviser that the outbreak could be over by April. International experts, however, remain alarmed by the spread of the flu-like virus which has now killed more than 1,100 people, all but two in mainland China. China’s foremost medical adviser on the outbreak, Zhong Nanshan, said on Tuesday numbers of new cases were falling in some provinces and forecast the epidemic would peak this month. "I hope this ...

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- For eight days, an AFP team lived and worked at the centre of a global health emergency, witnessing how life in the Chinese city of Wuhan was turned upside down as it was cut off from the world. The city of 11 million was placed under an unprecedented quarantine to try and stop the spread of a deadly new coronavirus. The virus, which has since gone on to kill more than 1,000 people across China, is believed to have crossed into humans from an animal market in Wuhan. The AFP team arrived in Wuhan the day the city was place under lockdown, and over the next week captured remarkable images of ...


- Hong Kong (CNN) China expects around 160 million employees to return to their workplaces in the next week, as the country seeks to minimize the economic impact of the novel coronavirus . Next Tuesday marks the official end of the Lunar New Year period, an auspicious occasion on the Chinese calendar, that this year has been marred by the viral illness that has claimed more than 1,110 lives in mainland China. The huge mobilization of people comes despite prior warnings for citizens to avoid large crowds. In a news briefing Tuesday, Chinese officials said action would be taken to reduce the risk ...

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- The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on Tuesday as the World Health Organization warned that infected people who have not travelled to China could ignite a "bigger fire" in the epidemic. The rise came after President Xi Jinping made a rare visit to a hospital in Beijing, wearing protective gear as he chatted with medical workers and patients. An advance team for a WHO-led international mission arrived in China as the country struggles to contain a viral epidemic that has now infected more than 42,000 and reached some 25 countries. Another 108 deaths were reported ...


- Coronavirus Could Spread Through Pipes in Buildings, Officials Fear Over 100 residents have been evacuated from an apartment building in Hong Kong after two people fell ill with the deadly new coronavirus , stoking fears 2019- nCoV could be spread through pipes. Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said the two sick people lived on separate floors at Hong Mei House on the Cheung Hong Estate in the New Territories area of Hong Kong, The New York Times reported. Residents were removed from the building after an unsealed pipe was found in the bathroom of one of the patients. The unnamed ...

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- China's government on Tuesday fired two senior health officials in Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, placing Beijing in direct control of efforts there to contain its spread. The move came on the same day the country reported 108 new deaths from the virus, the highest single-day number to date, representing about 10% of all fatalities since the outbreak began. Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary in charge of the Hubei Health Commission, and Liu Yingzi, head of the provincial Health Commission, have been dismissed, according to state broadcaster CCTV. It said that ...

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- Exclusive: Public health epidemiologist says other countries should consider adopting China-style containment measures The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who had never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg” . Prof Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to ...


- What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor? What is the virus causing the illness 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 animal hosts. Ebola and ...


- A handful of buildings around the world have been linked to multiple cases of the new virus, raising fears of rapid transmission. HONG KONG — An apartment building in Hong Kong, its units linked by pipes. A department store in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin, where more than 11,000 shoppers and employees mingled. A ski chalet in France, home base for a group of British citizens on vacation. These sites, scattered around the world, have become linked by a grim commonality: They are places where pockets of new coronavirus cases have emerged in recent days, raising fears about the ...

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- Medical workers in protective suits move a patient at an isolated ward of a hospital in Caidian district following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6, 2020. This is a live blog. Check back for updates. Total confirmed cases: More than 43,100 Total deaths: At least 1,018 8:53 am: China's Huanggang says virus situation in city remains severe The Communist Party boss of China's Huanggang city, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, said the virus situation in city was still severe. The city continues to face shortages of medical supplies ...

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- The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that "COVID-19" will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a "very grave threat" for the world but there was a "realistic chance" of stopping it. "We now have a name for the disease and it's COVID-19," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. Tedros said that "co" stands for "corona", "vi" for "virus" and "d" for "disease", while "19" was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31. Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to ...


- Steve Walsh says his thoughts are with others who have the potentially fatal illness A businessman who inadvertently infected at least 11 people with coronavirus has identified himself in a statement from hospital in which he said his thoughts were with others who had contracted the potentially fatal illness. Steve Walsh, 53, who is in an isolation unit at St Thomas’ hospital in London, which has a specialist infectious disease centre, said he had fully recovered. Walsh unknowingly contracted the disease at a sales conference in Singapore between 20 and 22 January and then went on a ski ...


- On a cold Beijing morning, on an uninspiring, urban stretch of the Tonghui river, a lone figure could be seen writing giant Chinese characters in the snow. The message taking shape on the sloping concrete embankment was to a dead doctor. "Goodbye Li Wenliang!" it read, with the author using their own body to make the imprint of that final exclamation mark. Five weeks earlier, Dr Li had been punished by the police for trying to warn colleagues about the dangers of a strange new virus infecting patients in his hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Now he'd succumbed to the illness himself and ...

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- The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is rapidly spreading across the globe, with the highest magnitude taking a toll on mainland China. Scientists are racing to find a vaccine or a treatment to help contain the virus spread. Now, a team of scientists and health experts in Australia may have found a breakthrough to fight the deadly virus. The experts at The University of Sydney and NSW Health, consisting of 10 scientists and 10 pathologists, have grown the 2019-nCoV virus in the labratory. The team sequenced the virus, which will shed light on how it behaves, replicates, and spreads. Further, the ...


- The toll from China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak passed 1,000 on Tuesday after President Xi Jinping called for more "decisive" measures to tackle the outbreak in a rare visit to a frontline hospital. The Chinese president donned a face mask and had his temperature checked while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 1,011 people. The fatalities soared after hardest-hit Hubei province — the epicentre of the outbreak — reported another 103 deaths on Tuesday, the highest single-day toll since the virus emerged. Defend democracy. ...

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- BEIJING (AP) — The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in a virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials said Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised tax cuts and other aid to industry as the government tries to limit growing damage to the economy. The outbreak has become the latest political challenge for Xi and China’s ruling Communist Party. While most of the infections have been in China, it has gradually rippled overseas. In Japan, 39 new cases were confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at ...

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- February 11, 2020, 11:57 AM 5:06 A hundred people have been quarantined in Hong Kong after being evacuated from an apartment building where two residents living on different floors were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, authorities said. During a press conference Tuesday, officials from Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection said the two infected residents were separated by 10 floors and the decision to partially evacuate the public housing estate in the city's Tsing Yi area was made after the discovery of an unsealed pipe in the bathroom of the lower apartment, raising fears about how ...


- The city of 11 million was placed under an unprecedented quarantine to try and stop the spread of a deadly new coronavirus. The virus, which has since gone on to kill more than 1,000 people across China, is believed to have crossed into humans from an animal market in Wuhan. The AFP team arrived in Wuhan the day the city was placed under lockdown, and over the next week captured remarkable images of shock and resignation, despair and bravery. Defend democracy. Click to invest in courageous progressive journalism today. AFP on Wednesday re-publishes some of the team’s most compelling images, ...

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- A British man linked to 11 coronavirus cases has spoken for the first time, saying he has "fully recovered" from the illness. Steve Walsh, who remains quarantined in hospital, says his thoughts are with others who have contracted the virus. He said his family have been asked to isolate themselves "as a precaution". The gas salesman, from Hove in East Sussex, caught the virus in Singapore and is thought to have infected 11 others at a French ski resort. Five of the cases linked to Mr Walsh are in England, five are in France and one is in Majorca, Spain. Two of the people who contracted ...

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- When a new pathogen wreaks havoc on the planet, scientists from across the globe race to understand how it behaves and spreads. Now, scientists have found that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can survive on metal, plastic, and glass for as long as nine days. A team of scientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the Greifswald University Hospital compiled comprehensive findings from 22 studies on coronaviruses and studied how the pathogen behaves. This study, published in , highlights the importance of preventing infection by ...


- Experts find it astonishing that Indonesia has yet to announce a case despite hosting some 5,000 Chinese tourists a day in Bali before halting flights last week. NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The family from Shanghai was vacationing in Singapore last month when they learned that the new coronavirus had arrived there from China. So they packed up and flew to the world’s largest country yet to report a single case of the deadly virus: Indonesia. They landed in Bali, a major destination for Chinese tourists, on Jan. 30 and have no plans to leave. “People in Bali treat us nicely and are ...

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- Local health leaders replaced by Beijing official as another 108 deaths reported China has fired two senior officials in Hubei, the highest-ranking yet to be sacked, as Beijing asserts its control after the deadly coronavirus outbreak – with local officials appearing to be bearing the blame. State media said that Zhang Jin, the Communist party chief of the health commission in hardest-hit Hubei province, and Liu Yingzi, its director, were both fired. They will be replaced by a national-level official, Wang Hesheng, the deputy director of China’s national health commission. The sackings ...