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China quarantine hotel collapse kills 10

BEIJING, China (AFP) – At least 10 people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said yesterday. Rescuers retrieved 48 people from the rubble, of whom 38 are still alive, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on social media. The building in the coastal […]

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Italy on lockdown as virus spreads

ROME, Italy (AFP) – A quarter of the Italian population were put under lockdown yesterday as the government took drastic measures to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that is sweeping the globe, with Latin America recording its first fatality. Italy has seen the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside […]

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US evacuates from Japan virus ship as death toll climbs

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AFP) – The US flew home its citizens from a coronavirus-infected cruise ship in Japan yesterday, with other nations preparing to follow suit as global concerns grow over the spread of the disease and the death toll at its Chinese epicenter topped 1,700. More than 70,500 have been infected across China by the […]

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Overseas virus spread may  be ‘tip of the iceberg’ – WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) – The head of the World Health Organization has warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the “tip of the iceberg.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ remarks come as members of a WHO-led “international expert mission” flew to China yesterday to help coordinate […]

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Workers slowly return in China;  900 dead from novel coronavirus

BEIJING (Reuters) – Workers began trickling back to offices and factories around China yesterday as the government eased some restrictions on working during a coronavirus epidemic that has killed more than 900 people, most of them on the mainland. The death toll of 97 on Sunday was the largest in a single day since the […]

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Coronavirus death  toll spikes above 360, surpasses SARS

BEIJING, China (AFP) – China’s death toll from a new coronavirus jumped above 360 yesterday, surpassing the number of fatalities of its Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome  crisis two decades ago, with dozens of people dying in the epicenter’s quarantined ground zero. The 57 confirmed new deaths was the single-biggest increase since the virus was detected […]

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