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Russia-linked disinformation campaign fueling coronavirus alarm, U.S. says

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The claims include allegations that the virus is a US effort to 'wage economic war on China,' that it is a biological weapon manufactured by the CIA or part of a Western-led effort 'to push anti-China messages'

HEALTH SCANS. Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

COVID-19: Tips for a saner digital diet in these viral times

Feb 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'Now's the best time to give ourselves an immunity shot to avoid succumbing to misinformation, malice, and meanness'

Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:14 PM

While passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most of the Diamond Princess crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running

NOT OVER. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Ukraine protesters clash with police over coronavirus evacuees

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Dozens of protesters block a road near a local hospital even before officials confirm that the site would hold evacuees

FIRE. Protesters set fire to barricades as they block a road ahead of the arrival of evacuees from coronavirus-hit China for quarantine at a medical facility in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary on February 20, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

South Korea confirms 52 more coronavirus cases, total 156

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:48 AM

South Korea is now the worst-infected country outside China

SPRAY. South Korean health officials wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Photo by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu/AFP

Australian coronavirus victims had tested negative in Japan

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The evacuees are positive for coronavirus but were earlier cleared in Japan

WAITING. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Chinese man argues against deportation from Canada, citing virus

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The man says he was scared for his life when he was ordered out of the country 'straight into an epidemic of a deadly virus which still rages'

MASKED. A China Eastern Airlines aircrew member arrives at Sydney airport after landing on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Isolated, training in masks: coronavirus hits China's Olympic hopes

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup

QUARANTINED. China’s football star Wang Shuang hasn’t been allowed to leave her home city of Wuhan. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

1st South Korea virus patient dies as number of infections doubles

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) A man in his 60s in North Gyeongsang province tests positive for the coronavirus after dying Wednesday, February 19, following symptoms of pneumonia

CULT. South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant near a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

China announces biggest drop in new virus cases in almost a month

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Outside of Hubei, the number of cases has been steadily falling

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

2 former Japan cruise ship passengers die – media

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) They are the first fatal cases among the more than 600 who were onboard the cruise ship

DOCKED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Coronavirus brings 2 foes together, Japan and China

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Photos are seen online of Japanese pharmacies with signs saying 'Let's go, China!'

Japan hits back at 'chaotic' cruise ship quarantine claims

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'Is it really safe to get off?' screams a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid

ESCAPE. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

China's Hubei province reports 108 more virus deaths – official

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The number of new cases is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks

FIGHT. A train attendant gestures to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

Scientists announce 'breakthrough' atomic map of coronavirus

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:35 AM

This is a critical step toward developing vaccines and treatments

TESTS. Lab technicians test patient samples for the novel coronavirus at the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases of Thailand at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Coronavirus kills 2 Iranians, first Mideast deaths

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The head of the health ministry's contagious diseases unit says the pair who died were Qom residents who were not known to have left Iran

UP CLOSE. This scanning electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo from NIAID-RML

Mission impossible for disabled Hong Kongers hunting face masks

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:47 AM

'Maybe you are hearing my voice today and seeing my corpse tomorrow,' says one disabled resident

SHUTTERED. This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows muscular atrophy patient Steven Yan stopping in front of the steps at the entrance of a pharmacy in the Sheung Shui district of Hong Kong. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Hong Kong reports second coronavirus fatality

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Officials say the man was taken to hospital after a fall at home. He had a fever and tested positive for the virus, dying a week later.

WAITING. Medical personnel wearing protective suits stay near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pounded by critics, Japan defends handling of virus outbreak

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:11 AM

At least two government officials themselves contracted the virus while working on the quarantined Diamond Princess

LEAVING. A passenger (R) leaves on foot after dismembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship (back) in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus in Yokohama on February 19, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Passengers leave Japan virus ship, but new infections detected

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) Kentaro Iwata, a professor at the infectious diseases division of Kobe University, blasts the on-ship quarantine as a 'major failure, a mistake'

CRUISING. People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama port on February 10, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds in 1 day

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) At least 15 cases are believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman

ON GUARD. 'Palace guard' members in traditional Korean costume wear face masks as they perform for tourists at Deoksugung palace in Seoul on January 30, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Travel restrictions on China fueling 'panic' – ambassador

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:57 AM

'I wish to emphasize that the only thing to fear is fear itself, not the virus,' envoy Zhang Ming says

STOPPED. Chinese travelers wait at the departure lobby of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay, Philippines on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WHO urges calm as coronavirus death toll reaches 2,000

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:47 AM

The head of WHO's health emergencies program says the outbreak was 'very serious' and could grow, but stressed that outside Hubei the epidemic was 'affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people'

VIRUS. This transmission electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo from NIAID-RML

China asks recovered patients to donate plasma for virus treatment

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:08 AM

Plasma from patients who have recovered from a spell of pneumonia triggered by COVID-19 contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients

DONOR. A man who has recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection donating plasma in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

Coronavirus death toll passes 1,800 – gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:13 AM

The health commission also reports 1,807 new cases, a smaller number of infections compared to those declared on Monday

STATION. People wearing protective masks walk outside Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 22, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

UAE confirms ninth coronavirus case

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:49 AM

A 37-year-old Chinese was diagnosed during a routine check-up, says the government-run Emirates News Agency

BURJ. Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Taiwan embraces cute mascots for virus prevention campaign

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:52 AM

The foreign ministry rolls out a pigeon in a face mask to announce entry restrictions on foreigners

MASCOT. This photo illustration taken on February 14, 2020 shows a man pointing to a webpage from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Facebook account. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying hit Hong Kong

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:29 AM

'A delivery man was threatened by 3 knife-wielding men who took toilet paper worth more than HK$1,000 ($130),' a police spokesman says

EMPTY. Shoppers wearing protective facemasks walk past bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and kitchen rolls, in Hong Kong on February 6, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Infected passengers aboard U.S. evacuation flights as China virus toll mounts

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(UPDATED) More than 300 passengers are transferred onto coaches via a makeshift passport control and loaded onto two planes heading for air bases in California and Texas

A bus with a driver wearing full protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Coronavirus cases pass 70,000 as WHO mission begins

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the government must 'increase use of police force' during the crisis

ISOLATION. A doctor works inside an isolation ward at a hospital in Wuhan on January 30, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

16 more Filipinos infected on Japan cruise ship

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:29 AM

This brings the total number of infected Filipinos onboard to 27

CRUISE. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Coronavirus toll reaches 1,765 – gov't

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:30 AM

At least 70,400 people are now infected in China

SOLO. A woman wearing a face mask travels on a ferry in Hong Kong on February 5, 2020, as a preventative measure following a virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Kim Jong-un in first appearance in weeks as coronavirus rages next door

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The appearance is Kim's first in 22 days after he attended Lunar New Year festivities, then disappeared from the public eye amid global concern over the coronavirus outbreak

TRIBUTE. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visiting his father and former leader Kim Jong Il's mausoleum at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to mark his birthday in Pyongyang. KCNA photo

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as specter of virus looms

Feb 15, 2020 - 10:49 PM

It's still all systems go for Tokyo even as fears over the coronavirus epidemic cast a dark shadow on Japan's Olympic hosting

OLYMPIC LIGHT. Torchbearers like actress Satomi Ishihara (right), one of the official ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 torch relay, participate in a run-through in Tokyo on February 15, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

WHO says not advising on whether to hold Tokyo Olympics

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials of the World Health Organization say it's not their decision to call off major events like the Olympics

BIG DAY. Picturesque Tokyo, here with its cherry blossoms, is set to host the Olympics in July. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA=EFE

China virus death toll nears 1,400, 6 health workers among victims

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having fallen ill from the virus in China, with officials revealing that 1,716 health workers have been infected as of Tuesday, February 11

WUHAN STRONG. This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows a train attendant gesturing to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

Love boat: Valentine's Day on a coronavirus quarantine cruise

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:26 AM

One passenger cuts out paper hearts and leaves them on her door for the crew to read, with messages including: 'Thank you for all your hard work' and 'Thank you for taking care of us'

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Cruise passengers land after 2 weeks at sea over virus fears

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:52 AM

'Cambodia does this because Cambodia pays more attention to human rights,' says Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen

LANDED. Passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship wave in Sihanoukville on February 14, 2020, where the liner on February 13 docked after being refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

White House 'disappointed' in China's virus transparency

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:41 AM

'We're more than willing to work with the UN (and) WHO on this and they won't let us,' says Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council

STOP. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Coronavirus death toll nears 1,500 but new cases fall

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:18 AM

The central province's health commission reports 116 more deaths and 4,823 new cases, the majority involving 'clinically diagnosed' patients

BEDS. Workers set up beds at an exhibition center that was converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 4, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Tokyo Olympics boss blasts 'irresponsible rumors' over virus shutdown

Feb 13, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Amid coronavirus concerns, Tokyo Olympics organizers say they're 'not considering postponing' the 2020 Games

This picture shows the Olympic Rings displayed at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium, still under construction, in Tokyo on July 23, 2019, nearly one year before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

China removes party chief of virus epicenter province

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Jiang's removal comes after Hubei's two most senior health officials were sacked Monday

OUT. Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei's party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing mobilizes masses in 'people's war' against coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:27 AM

'Those who do not declare their fever are enemies,' proclaims a banner on a building in Yunmeng

XI. A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China transparent in virus response – U.N. envoy

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Anger erupted in China this month after the death of a doctor in Wuhan, whom police silenced when he flagged the emerging virus in December

ROUNDS. This photo taken on February 3, 2020 shows medical staff members on their rounds at a quarantine zone in Wuhan. Photo by STR/AFP

Pope prays for coronavirus victims

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:37 AM

'A prayer goes to our Chinese brothers and sisters who are suffering from such a cruel disease,' the pontiff says

BLESSED. An attendee kisses the hand of Pope Francis during the weekly general audience on February 12, 2020 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) The huge jump comes as local officials said they were changing the way they diagnose COVID-19 cases

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:40 AM

According to lab reports, the kits are returning inconclusive results

SAMPLE. A laborant at the State Health Authorities of Baden-Wuerttemberg works on a test sample of a suspected case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Stuttgart, sothern Germany on January 29, 2020. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP