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U.S. tests stranded cruise ship passengers for coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The California National Guard says it has flown test kits to the Grand Princess and the findings are expected to be announced Friday

STRANDED. This handout photo taken and released by Carolyn Wright shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020.  Handout/Carolyn Wright/AFP

Singapore Catholic Church to resume Masses on March 14

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:24 PM

The Catholic Church in Singapore says it has put in place precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus

KEEPING THE FAITH. This photograph taken on February 23, 2020, shows Christian devotees listening to a pre-recorded mass by Singapore Archbishop William Goh on television inside their home as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. File photo by Martin Abbugao/AFP

California coronavirus crisis as cruise ship held

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Thousands traveling aboard the Grand Princess – the same cruise ship on which California's first victim was thought to have contracted the virus – are held offshore

VIRUS-HIT. In this file photo One of the biggest world cruise liners in the world, P&O's 'Grand Princess' stays on dock in St Petersburg port, 24 May 2004. Photo by stinger/Interpress/AFP

New normal in virus-hit China: High-tech tracking and fever checks

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:10 PM

China appears to be coming to grips with the virus, but that has come at the cost of new preventive policies that have turned life upside down and are not likely to be swiftly abandoned

TEMP CHECK. A worker wears protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as he checks the temperature of customers entering a supermarket in Beijing on March 3, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Japan cherry blossom festivals canceled as virus fears grow

Feb 29, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Other cherry blossom events – feverishly anticipated by locals and tourists – are likely to follow suit

CHERRY BLOSSOMS. This picture taken on March 31, 2019 shows people enjoying cherry blossom viewing in full bloom at Ueno Park in Tokyo. Major cherry blossom festivals, Japan's traditional spring celebrations, have been cancelled, organisers said February 2020, the latest impact of fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus on events drawing big crowds. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

Keep the faith: Singapore churches go online amid coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 2:48 PM

All Catholic masses are suspended indefinitely in the city-state. Catholic leaders have instead been providing pre-recorded services for the faithful to watch or listen to at home via YouTube or church radio.

KEEPING THE FAITH. This photograph taken on February 23, 2020 shows Christian devotees listening to a pre-recorded mass by Singapore Archbishop William Goh on television inside their home as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. Photo by Martin Abbugao/AFP

U.S. postpones ASEAN regional summit due to coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:25 AM

US President Donald Trump was set to host ASEAN leaders on March 14

Coronavirus kills 210 in Iran – BBC Persian report

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:56 AM

Iran's health ministry accuses BBC Persian of joining the Islamic republic's regional enemies in a 'race to spread lies' about the Islamic republic

DISINFECT. A Tehran municipality worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020.  Iran said Tuesday its coronavirus outbreak, Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

'No fear': Pilgrims in Saudi defy coronavirus risks

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:19 AM

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, suspends entry by foreigners for the year-round 'umrah' pilgrimage, an unprecedented move that has left tens of thousands in limbo

GOD'S HANDS. Muslim worshippers wearing protective face masks walk in the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. Photo by Haitham El-Tabei/AFP

WATCH: Coronavirus fears ruin leap year birthday

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:11 PM

Marian Choi is turning 40 years old on her 10th birthday, but she can't celebrate it

LEAP YEAR BABY. Hong Konger Marian Choi's leap year birthday is spoiled by the coronavirus fears. AFP Photo

Tokyo Disney theme parks to close through March 15 over coronavirus

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Oriental Land Company, the operator of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, says they are closing the theme parks in compliance with a government request to cancel or postpone big events for two weeks

Photo by Kyodo News

Japan gov't says pupils should stay home while schools closed over virus

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Japan's education ministry formally request all elementary, junior and high schools in the country to close next Monday several weeks ahead of the start of their spring break in late March

STAY HOME. File photo of Japanese puplis going to school. Photo by Kyodo News

Shincheonji: The secretive sect in South Korean virus outbreak

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:21 PM

At their services Shincheonji members sit close together on the floor without chairs and desks, praying extensively in what critics say creates an ideal environment to spread viral infections

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 24, 2020. South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases on February 24, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China. The country has seen a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases -- adding more than 700 cases in less than a week -- since a cluster of infections emerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

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

Woman with no COVID-19 symptoms infects 5 relatives – report

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The study by Chinese scientists indicate new challenges for containing the 2019 novel coronavirus

COVID-19. This photo taken on January 25, 2020 shows medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly COVID-2019 coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

CBCP suggests sprinkling of ashes on head on Ash Wednesday

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:44 PM

The bishops' conference releases additional guidelines for Lenten season amid COVID-19 epidemic, including no touching of the cross

DEVOTION. People wear face mask while praying after attending a mass at National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on February 02, 2020 as precautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

UAE confirms 8th novel coronavirus case

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:18 PM

An Indian who had interacted with a recently diagnosed person is the 8th person to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates, say health officials

DUBAI SKYLINE. A picture taken on December 25, 2019, shows the skyline of Dubai with Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa(L), the world's tallest building. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The refusal of airline crews to work forces the government to scrap the evacuation plan

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. citizen dies of coronavirus in Wuhan – embassy

Feb 08, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can confirm that a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 6,' says US embassy spokesman

NO ENTRY. The sign on the road reads: 'Cars that are not from this village are not allowed to enter.' Residents stand at the entrance to their village, blocked off to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, at Jiuduhe, north of Beijing on February 7, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China's Xi Jinping discusses coronavirus with Trump

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:56 PM

The state broadcaster reports that Xi Jinping tells to the US president on the phone that China is 'fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic'

Chinese president Xi Jinping walks during a welcome ceremony for Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 3, 2019. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China flies citizens home to virus-hit Wuhan

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The move comes after more than 30 airlines worldwide announced they were halting or reducing flights to China amid the spread of the epidemic

A police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020 - The death toll in China's viral outbreak has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases also leaping to 830, the national health commission said. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Millions quarantined as China scrambles to halt virus

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Here is a rundown of the measures taken so far in China in an unprecedented effort to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further

VIRUS CHECK. Security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan checks a passenger's temperature at the entrance of subway station in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Foreigners prepare to flee as China virus toll surges to 106

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The deadly virus triggers a desperate Chinese containment effort after spreading nationwide and to more than a dozen other countries

MASKS. A mother (L) of a child (R) held by his father (C) adjust his protective mask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan peaks through a plastic curtain at the Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 27, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

France to fly home citizens from China's virus-stricken Wuhan

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:41 PM

The repatriation, via a direct flight to France, is done with Chinese permission under the supervision of medical experts, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn says

ARRIVALS. Passengers wearing protective face masks sit after landing from China at the Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020 in Roissy-en-France. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Mongolia closes China border to cars, shuts schools over virus fears

Jan 27, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The measures announced by Mongolia are the most drastic steps taken by any nation so far over concerns about the coronavirus which has rapidly spread across China

PROTECTION. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows workers producing facemasks at a factory in Yangzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province, to support the supply of medical materials during a deadly virus outbreak which began in Wuhan. Photo by AFP

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The tourists are part of a group which left before a lockdown was imposed by Chinese authorities on the city known as the epicenter of the raging coronavirus outbreak

VIGILANCE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China confirms second virus death outside of epicenter

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The death is in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia and is some 2,000 kilometers from Wuhan, the local government says

CHINA'S VIRUS. Passengers wearing protective facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan arrive at Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China shuts down 13 cities as virus toll climbs

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) China expands its lockdown to cover an area with a total population greater than Canada's

BLOCKED. Police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The Ministry of Health says the patient is a 66-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on Monday

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