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South Korea reports 2 more coronavirus deaths, 123 new cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:27 PM

South Korea's national toll of 556 cases is now the second-highest outside of China, apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

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

Virus ship crew's families fear for kin as PH evacuation postponed

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 PM

While hundreds of travelers have disembarked, more than 1,000 crew remain – including over 400 Filipinos whose return on Sunday has been delayed until Japan clears them to travel

ANXIOUS. Relatives of Filipino crew members stranded on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, moored off Japan's coast, walk outside a building after meeting with a local employment agency for seafarers in Manila on February 22, 2020. Photo by Basilio H. Sepe/AFP

Second person dies in Italy from coronavirus – ANSA

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:35 PM

A woman in the northern region of Lombardy dies from the 2019 novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana FABI/AFP

Iran reports 5th coronavirus death, most outside Far East

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) Iranian authorities order the closure of schools, universities and other educational centers in Qom and the nearby city of Arak

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

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'

UK begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The Foreign Office says an 'evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff' and is due to arrive in the UK Saturday'

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Italy towns under lockdown as first European coronavirus death reported

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Adriano Trevisan, a 78-year old from the Veneto region who had tested positive for the virus dies in hospital, where he had been admitted 10 days earlier for an unrelated health issue, Italy's health minister says

QUARANTINE CENTER. A military personnel in protective gear walks across the Cecchignola quarantine center, south of Rome, on February 3, 2020 where Italian citizens have been placed in quarantine after being repatriated from the coronavirus hot-zone of Wuhan at the nearby military airport of Pratica di Mare. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

UAE confirms 2 new coronavirus cases, one of them another Filipino

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:57 AM

The Ministry of Health and Prevention says the two new cases – a Filipino and a Bangladeshi, both in their 30s – had close contact with the recently confirmed COVID-19 cases

DUBAI. 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

WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus 'narrowing' as cases soar

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:30 AM

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautions for the first time that while 'we are still in a phase where containment is possible... our window of opportunity is narrowing'

SCANNING. The body temperature of Iraqi women returning from Iran is measured upon their arrival at the Najaf International Airport on February 21, 2020, after Iran announced cases of coronavirus infections in the Islamic republic. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Israel confirms 1st coronavirus case in cruise ship returnee

Feb 21, 2020 - 8:29 PM

A total of 15 Israelis are among the passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess, of whom 11 have flown home

LEAVING. Mask-clad passengers prepare to board a bus after disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong Fong/AFP

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

Asia-Pacific airlines could lose $27.8 billion to coronavirus – IATA

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:55 AM

This will be the first time since the SARS crisis of 2003 that demand for air travel has declined

This picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a flight from Hong Kong on arrival at Bangkok's airport ahead of the Chinese New Year in Bangkok on January 23, 2020. - China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on January 24, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll from the disease climbed to 25. (Photo by Vivek Prakash / AFP)

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/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

IMF warns China virus hitting a fragile global economy

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'The truth is that uncertainty is becoming the new normal,' says International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

This photo taken on February 14, 2020 shows people walking along a street in Melbourne's Chinatown. - Bustling century-old Chinatowns from Melbourne to San Francisco have fallen quiet and businesses are struggling to survive as fears over the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak ripple around the world. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / TO GO WITH Australia-China-virus-health-economy,FOCUS by Sean GLEESON

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

WHO declares 'progress' in fight against novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:21 PM

'We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time...trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,' a World Health Organization says

DISCHARGED. A recovered patient (C in wheelchair), 83, is discharged from Leishenshan Hospital, the newly-built makeshift hospital for novel coronavirus patients, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 18, 2020. AFP photo

Elated passengers leave Cambodia cruise ship after virus all-clear

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The news comes as Southeast Asian foreign ministers prepare for a summit in Laos on Thursday, February 20, with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the COVID-19 outbreak

CLEAR. Passengers disembarking from the Westerdam cruise ship wave to remaining crew members in Sihanoukville on February 19, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak stokes anti-Asian bigotry worldwide

Feb 19, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Fears of a pandemic are causing shocking levels of racism and hysteria

Tourists wearing protective face masks are pictured in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Kyodo)

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

Singapore announces $4.6-billion boost to fight virus

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Tourism and trade are both expected to be hard hit by the novel coronavirus in Singapore, an open economy with close links to China

Visitors, wearing protective facemasks amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk along the Jubilee Bridge in Singapore on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Mining giant BHP warns coronavirus could impact demand

Feb 18, 2020 - 4:25 PM

The world's biggest miner warns demand for its products would likely dip due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A BHP sign adorns the side of their headquarters in Melbourne on February 19, 2019. - Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP posted an underlying profit of 3.73 billion US dollars on February 19, in a lower-than-expected first-half result after a series of operational problems at its mines. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Coronavirus cases top 500 on cruise ship off Japan

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Around 500 passengers will leave the vessel on Wednesday, February 19, after testing negative, a health ministry official says

TESTED. Diamond Princess cruise ship, with people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, is docked at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 16, 2020. Photo Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, dies after 'all-out rescue efforts failed,' state broadcaster CCTV reports

This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,868 in China on February 18 after 98 more people died, according to the National Health Commission. STR / AFP

Chinatowns the world over feel brunt of virus panic

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Businesses report their earnings have dropped by more than half and they have been forced to cut staff hours dramatically, a situation echoed in Chinatowns across the world

REVELRY. Lion and dragon dances are a common sight in almost every street and shop along Manila's Chinatown.

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

Cruise passengers scatter, take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:36 PM

There are fears scores of cruise goers have been scattered across the world without full health checks

DOCKED. A man walks past the Westerdam cruise ship docked in Sihanoukville port on February 15, 2020. File photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Singapore lowers growth forecast as virus hits economy

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Singapore downgrades its 2020 growth estimate to a range of -0.5% to 1.5% as it deals with the novel coronavirus

A visitor, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks along Merlion Park in Singapore on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)