Coronavirus Outbreak Update

Filipino couples kiss while wearing their face masks in a government-sponsored mass wedding in Bacolod City, Philippines, February 20, 2020. Bacolod City Public Information Office/Handout via REUTERS

Masks and kisses: Philippine couples brave virus to exchange vows

MANILA (Reuters) – Wearing blue surgical masks amid a coronavirus outbreak, 220 couples exchanged vows and kisses in the central Philippines to launch their married lives. Lovers and their relatives…

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Health minister attempts to allay fears over planned COVID-19 dangerous infectious disease designation

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has asked members of the public to stay calm over the ministry’s proposal to designate COVID-19 as Thailand’s 14th dangerous infectious disease.   In his…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Coronavirus to be big topic for G20 as China reports uptick in cases

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday although the rise in infections remained at its slowest pace since January, a downward trend which…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member works at the workshop of Fusen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in Nanyang in central China’s Henan Province, Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The company has resumed production to ensure the supply of medicines during the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with comprehensive measures taken to protect the workers. (Feng Dapeng/Xinhua via AP)

China reports further fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths

BEIJING (AP) — China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more…

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Two coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess passengers die

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, as a second group of passengers began disembarking after…

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Chulalongkorn University imposes travel ban on staff members and students

In a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand, Chulalongkorn University has imposed a ban on visiting or transit stopovers in seven countries and two special administration regions…

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Two former Japan cruise ship passengers die: media

Two former passengers of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported Thursday, as fears mount about those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus….

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People wear masks as they commute during the morning rush hour Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chuo district in Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China. Most of the cases outside China involve people from a cruise ship quarantined at a Japanese port. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

China says number of new virus cases rose by just 394

BEIJING (AP) — China says the number the of new virus cases rose by just 394 from the previous day, with a rise in the death of 114.   The…

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Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analysed and identified in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Jane Barlow / POOL / AFP)

Scientists debunk COVID-19 conspiracy theories

A team of scientists have debunked conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the Chinese province of Wuhan late last year was engineered and originated in a…

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137 Thai Wuhan evacuees leave for home

137 of the Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan were given a warm send-off as they left the Royal Thai Navy’s Sattahip base for home this morning.  …

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An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after she disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of…

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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

New virus cases in China fall, deaths top 2,000

BEIJING (AP) — New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China’s leader said disease prevention and control was…

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138 Thai evacuees from Wuhan expected to go home on Wednesday

The 137 Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, who have been under observation in guest houses at the Sattahip naval base since February 4th, are expected to return…

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Head of hospital dies in coronavirus epicenter; global economic impact spreads

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The head of a leading hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday while South Korea…

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Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

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,…

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Thais advised to stay away from Israel over COVID-19

The Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv has issued an advisory for Thai people to avoid travelling to Israel as they face the possibility of a mandatory 14-day house confinement as…

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A handout photo from Fresh News shows passengers, who disembark from the Westerdam cruise ship in Sihanoukville, sitting on a bus for a visit of the capital Phnom Penh on Monday. A US cruise operator is working to track down hundreds of passengers who disembarked a luxury liner in Cambodia after one traveller was later diagnosed with the deadly new coronavirus. (AFP)

Cruise passengers take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears

PHNOM PENH (AFP) — A scramble has intensified to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark in Cambodia despite at least one traveller later being diagnosed with…

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Four people in custody accused of spreading fake news about coronavirus

Four people have been arrested by police, for allegedly spreading fake news about the COVID-19 virus, in coordinated raids in four provinces.   Armed with search warrants, officials from the…

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People wearing protective face masks cross a street in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

New virus infected more than 71,000 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 71,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year…

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Buses carrying U.S. passengers who were aboard the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess, seen in background, leaves Yokohama port, near Tokyo, early Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The cruise ship was carrying nearly 3,500 passengers and crew members under quarantine. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)

China sees rise new virus cases, death toll rises by 105

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and 105 more deaths for a total of 1,770 since the outbreak began two months…

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People queue up to buy face masks in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Japan on Friday reported 41 new cases of a virus on a quarantined cruise ship and turned away another luxury liner while the death toll in mainland China rose to 636, including a doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the disease threat. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

New virus infected more than 69,000 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 69,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes passenger of MS Westerdam, a cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus, as it docks in Sihanoukville, Cambodia February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

China virus deaths slow, cruise ship disembarks in Cambodia

BEIJING/SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Reuters) – The daily death toll in the Chinese province at the center of the coronavirus outbreak halved on Friday, officials said, while passengers on a cruise ship…

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A nurse tears up as she talks about the situation in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Virus death toll nears 1,400 in China, with 5,090 new cases

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new virus, as the death toll neared 1,400.   The National Health…

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The MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, sails off a port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Holland America Line said the ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Preparations made for transit passengers from Westerdam cruise ship

The Thai Public Health Ministry is coordinating with relevant agencies to prepare for the arrival in Thailand of passengers and crew members from the MS Westerdam cruise ship, connecting with…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China reports 254 new virus deaths and 15,152 daily cases

BEIJING (AP) — China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of…

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The MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, sails off a port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Holland America Line said the ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cruise ship turned away in other ports anchors off Cambodia

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers operate a vehicle to carry out disinfection in Jianghan district, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 10, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

China’s Hubei province sees surge in coronavirus deaths on switch to new methodology

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll in China’s Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak leapt by a record 242 on Thursday to 1,310, with a sharp rise in confirmed cases…

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Westerdam cruise ship heads for Cambodia

A cruise ship with over 2,000 people on board and which has been denied entry by three countries is now on its way to Cambodia after Thai authorities said it…

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Their Majesties offer condolences to families of those who died in Korat mass shooting

Their Majesties the King and Queen have offered their condolences to families of the victims killed by the rogue army trooper in Nakhon Ratchasima over the weekend. They also praised…

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Preparations under way to evacuate 21 Thais on Westerdam cruise ship

Preparations are under way to evacuate 21 Thai citizens on board Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship and to provide necessary supplies to the ship, once there is a greenlight…

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FILE PHOTO: A DBS logo in pictured in the backdrop of the central business district in Singapore July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Singapore bank DBS evacuates 300 staff at head office after coronavirus case emerges

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s biggest bank DBS (DBSM.SI) evacuated 300 staff from its head office on Wednesday as a precautionary measure following a confirmed coronavirus case at the lender, according…

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Thai from Wuhan cleared of virus, discharged from hospital

One of the 138 Thai returnees from Wuhan, who has been in Queen Sirikit Hospital at Sattahip naval base for treatment for a Covid-19 coronavirus infection since February 6th, was…

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The new coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with thousands of confirmed infections

China reports 97 coronavirus deaths on mainland on Tuesday

BEIJING (Reuters) – The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in mainland China reached 1,113 as of the end of Tuesday, up by 97 from the previous day, the National…

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The Diamond Princess is in quarantine until February 19

Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 174

A further 39 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the Japan coast have tested positive for the new coronavirus, authorities said Wednesday, as thousands more steel themselves…

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WHO names deadly virus from China as ‘COVID-19’

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…

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Thailand misses good opportunity to show its humanity

Thailand has thrown away a very good opportunity, amidst all the crises, to demonstrate to the world that the country has humanity, said Assistant Professor Piti Srisaengnam, a lecturer at…

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PM says Thailand will provide supplies to Westerdam cruise ship

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that the Government will provide humanitarian aid to Holland America’s Westerdam cruise ship, after it was refused permission to dock at Laem Chabang…

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New virus has infected more than 43,000 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 43,000 people globally.   The latest figures reported by global health authorities as of Tuesday in Beijing:   —…

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FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Chinese tourist from Wuhan confirmed Thailand’s 33rd coronavirus case

Chinese tourist from Wuhan confirmed Thailand’s 33rd coronavirus case   Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) today announced an additional coronavirus case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Thailand…

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A personnel wearing protective suit waits near an entrance at the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing estate during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health evacuated some residents from the public housing estate after two cases of novel coronavirus infection to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China’s daily death toll from virus tops 100 for first time

BEIJING (AP) — China’s daily death toll from new virus has topped 100 for first time, with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded, the health ministry announced Tuesday, as the…

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Robot with coronavirus advice hits Times Square

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Worried about the spread of coronavirus? A five-foot tall (1.5 meter) Promobot might have your answer. The robot with a friendly face rolled into Times Square…

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A security guard checks the temperature of a a man at a mall in Shanghai on February 8, 2020. – The new coronavirus that emerged in a Chinese market at the end of last year has killed more than 700 people and spread around the world. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak soared to 803 in China on Sunday, according to official figures, overtaking the global toll for SARS. With 81 more people dying…

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Seven more new coronavirus cases reported in Thailand

The Disease Control Department has reported seven new coronavirus cases today, bringing total confirmed cases in Thailand since January 3rd to 32, including 10 who have recovered and returned home….

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Three more coronavirus cases found on Japan cruise ship

Three more people on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the number aboard to 64, the government said Saturday, with passengers facing a two-week quarantine….

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Couples wearing protective face masks attend a mass wedding ceremony organised by the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong on February 7, 2020. – South Korea has confirmed 24 cases of the SARS-like virus so far and placed nearly 260 people in quarantine for detailed checks amid growing public alarm. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

In sickness and in health: mass wedding defies virus fears

Thousands of couples — some in facemasks — tied the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding Friday, despite concerns in South Korea over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak….

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China virus death toll rises to 722 with 34,546 cases

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in the viral outbreak in mainland China has risen to 722, while new cases jumped to 34,546, reversing declines over previous days. China’s ruling…

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Thailand’s health minister apologizes for outburst aimed at western tourists

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today that he will ask western embassies to advise their citizens visiting Thailand to wear protective face masks in public places, and in crowds,…

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Over 100,000 Chinese tourists still in Thailand, according to Immigration Bureau

There are currently more than 100,000 Chinese tourists and long-stayers in Thailand, including 2,038 who came from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and 91,688…

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Medical workers in protective suits move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People’s Hospital in Fuyang in central China’s Anhui Province, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Beijing criticized Washington’s tightening of travel controls to bar most foreign nationals who visited the country within the past two weeks. (Chinatopix via AP)

China virus death toll hits 636, more than 30,000 infections

The official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000.   The toll was raised by…

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Chinese whistleblowing doctor dies of coronavirus

BEIJING (Reuters) – A whistleblowing Chinese doctor who was reprimanded for “spreading rumours” about the coronavirus before it was officially recognized died on Friday after testing positive for the virus,…

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Disinfection equipment is carried by a worker as precautionary measures against the spreading of novel coronavirus, at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. So far almost 900 passenger arriving directly from China have been examined at the airport. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

New virus has infected more than 28,200 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 28,200 people globally.   The latest figures as of Thursday in Beijing: — China: 563 deaths and 28,018 confirmed…

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Medical staff set up beds for patients displaying mild symptoms of the coronavirus at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China

China scrambles to find beds for virus patients as deaths hit 563

China scrambled to find bed space for thousands of newly infected patients on Thursday, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus soared to 563.   More than 28,000 people…

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Workers wearing protective gear prepare to load supplies on to the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where 10 people on the ship had tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, after it arrived at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China virus death toll jumps past 500, more cases found on cruise ship off Japan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll from a new coronavirus in mainland China jumped by 73 to 563 on Thursday, its third consecutive record daily rise, as experts intensified efforts…

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Passengers wearing face masks walk to a departure gate at Sukarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang on February 5, 2020. – Indonesia on February 3 temporarily banned flights to and from mainland China and will not allow those who have been there in recent weeks to enter or transit, in an attempt to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities said February 5 has already killed nearly 500 people. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia imposes travel ban to and from China

Indonesia on Wednesday night went ahead with its plan to impose a travel ban to and from China as an effort to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading into the…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. – Photo from Xinhua

“Friend in need is friend indeed” — President Xi on Hun Sen’s visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who is visiting China to demonstrate support for the country which is facing the deadly coronavirus outbreak….

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. – Cambodia’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus on January 27, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable, as the death toll from China’s viral epidemic on January 30 leapt to 170, with 7,892 confirmed infections. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian PM Hun Sen in China but barred from Wuhan

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in China on Wednesday afternoon but the Chinese government has declined his request to visit Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.  …

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Recovered from coronavirus, Thai cabbie urges Wuhan residents to fight on

The Thai taxi driver, who was Thailand’s first case of person-to-person transmission of the novel coronavirus, has been discharged from hospital and has offered moral support to besieged Wuhan residents…

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Four Thai evacuees from Wuhan kept in hospital for observation

Four of the 138 Thai citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Tuesday night were found to have a fever. They have been isolated and taken to the…

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Medical workers in protective suits lead a passenger tested positive for a new coronavirus from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Japan said Wednesday 10 people on the cruise ship have tested positive for the new virus and were being taken to hospitals. Health Minister Nobukatsu Kato said all the 3,700 people and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days under Japanese law. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

China deaths rise to 490, Japan confirms 10 cases on ship

BEIJING (AP) — Deaths from a new virus rose to 490 in mainland China on Wednesday while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, in Hong Kong and in Thailand…

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Monoclonal antibodies bind to certain proteins on a virus, neutralizing its ability to infect human cells

US working with drug firm on new coronavirus treatment

The United States is working with a pharmaceutical company to develop a treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen says he will visit students in Wuhan

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday he will visit Cambodian students in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of an outbreak of a…

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An AirAsia with 138 Thais evacuated from Wuhan touches down at U-Tapao airport in Rayong on Tuesday night. – Photo from Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul’s Facebook page

Thais evacuated from Wuhan arrive at U-Tapao airport

A chartered flight with 138 Thais evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan has landed at U-Tapao international airport in Rayong on Tuesday night. Three others, two students found to…

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Workers arrange beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. China said Tuesday the number of infections from a new virus surpassed 20,000 as medical workers and patients arrived at a new hospital and President Xi Jinping said “we have launched a people’s war of prevention of the epidemic.” (Chinatopix via AP)

Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward…

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Chinese in Italy have been subjected to abuse since the coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus spreads fear and racism worldwide

As the deadly coronavirus has spread worldwide, it has carried with it xenophobia — and Asian communities around the world are finding themselves subject to suspicion and fear. When a…

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Cabinet imposes controls on masks, synthetic yarn for masks and sanitizers

The cabinet has endorsed the Commerce Ministry’s proposal to add face masks, the synthetic yarn used to produce them, sanitizers and the import of scrap and recycled paper to the…

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Flight leaves Don Mueang this morning to evacuate 142 Thais from Wuhan

A group of Thai medics left Don Mueang international airport this morning for the Chinese city of Wuhan, on a flight chartered from Thai Air Asia, to evacuate 142 Thais…

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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows officials in protective suits checking on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. – AFP journalists saw the body on January 30, not long before an emergency vehicle arrived carrying police and medical staff in full-body protective suits. The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported on January 31 the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-health-virus-death,SCENE by Leo RAMIREZ and Sebastien RICCI

China virus death toll posts grim record rise, passes 400

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering, and as the death…

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Thais to return from Wuhan tonight, to be quarantined for 14 days

Thai medical authorities are prepared to quarantine the 144 Thais who will be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan and flown home Tuesday evening and transferred to the Navy…

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A woman cleans a boy’s face in Wuhan, in Hubei province (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China’s leadership admits ‘shortcomings’ in handling outbreak

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s top leadership on Monday admitted “shortcomings and difficulties” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as state media said a new hospital built at breakneck pace…

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul at a press conference February 2, 2020 / © Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health

Thai evacuees from Wuhan to be quarantined at undisclosed location

The Thai government will not disclose the locations where about 160 people, due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan tomorrow, are to be quarantined for two weeks…

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Workers produce masks at the Thai Hospital Product Company Ltd. factory in Bangkok on January 30, 2020. – A Thai surgical mask factory, producing 10 million masks a month, increased working hours to cope with the rising demand following an outbreak of SARS-like virus in China, with their product exported mostly to US and Europe the rest sold on the domestic market. (Photo by Jonathan KLEIN / AFP)

China in need of surgical masks as Thailand set to control prices

As Thailand is about to impose control on prices and distribution of surgical masks and hand sanitizers, China said Monday it urgently needed medical equipment and surgical masks as the…

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Rajavithi Hospital announces success treating severe coronavirus case

Thailand’s Rajavithi Hospital has announced the successful treatment of a severe case of novel coronavirus infection, using a cocktail of anti-viral medications, normally used to treat HIV/Aids and influenza. The…

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Medical officers spray Indonesian nationals with antiseptic after they arrived from Wuhan, China center of the coronavirus epidemic, before transferring them to the Natuna Islands military base to be quarantined, at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia, February 2, 2020 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/via REUTERS

Indonesia bars entry to visitors from China amid evacuation protest

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Sunday barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days over concern about coronavirus, as citizens evacuated from Hubei province faced protests…

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China finishes new hospital for virus patients as toll grows

BEIJING (AP) — China sent medical workers and equipment Monday to its just-completed 1,000-bed hospital for treating victims of a new virus that has caused 362 deaths and more than…

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Thai Foreign Minister explains why Government cannot rush Wuhan evacuation

In an effort to answer those who have accused the Thai government of being slow to evacuate its citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the origin of the growing…

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, photo, South Korean protesters stage a rally calling for a ban on Chinese people entering South Korea near the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors and indignities for Chinese and other Asians. The signs read: “No Entry.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Fears of new virus trigger anti-China sentiment worldwide

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors…

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The new coronavirus has spread across China and beyond, with thousands of confirmed infections

China virus death toll rises to 304 with 45 new fatalities: govt

The number of confirmed deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak rose to 304, as authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province on Sunday reported 45 new fatalities.   In its daily update, figures…

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In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo, a government worker in a protective suit checks the temperature of a person under home quarantine in Zouping in eastern China’s Shandong Province. China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 with more than 14,000 cases, amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease spreads among their populations. (Chinatopix via AP)

Philippines reports 1st virus death outside of China

BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death from a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and…

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In China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly epidemic, hospitals are overwhelmed.

China virus death toll surges past 300

The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic soared to 304 on Sunday, as an increasing number of countries imposed extraordinary Chinese travel bans to combat the spread of the disease….

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Thai embassy staff to arrive in Wuhan on Sunday to facilitate evacuations

Three staff from the Thai embassy in Beijing have left the Chinese capital by car heading to Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, to facilitate the evacuation of some…

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No raw materials from China forces closure of Kanchanaburi factory – 500 jobless

About 500 employees of a company in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi were abruptly notified by the management on Friday that they are being laid off, due to a shortage…

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King sends message of his deep concern over coronavirus outbreak in China

His Majesty the King of Thailand has expressed his concern over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 in China and has wished the Chinese government success in overcoming this…

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The official at Suvarnabhumi International airport demonstrates how the thermal scanner works to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

Prayut puts brake on proposal to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has put on hold a proposal by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese tourists fearing it would have a negative…

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People wear surgical masks in the subway station at Times Square in New York, U.S., January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith

China’s total coronavirus deaths hit 259 by end of Jan. 31, up 46: state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The total number of deaths from a coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 259 by the end of Friday, Jan. 31, up by 46, state broadcaster CCTV…

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This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows officials in protective suits checking on an elderly man wearing a facemask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. /AFP

Dead man lies on an empty street at China’s virus ground zero

A grey-haired man wearing a face mask lies dead on the pavement at ground zero of China’s virus epidemic, a plastic shopping bag in one hand. On what would typically…

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Racism against Asians spikes as coronavirus spreads

A wave of racist abuse has been directed at Asian communities as the coronavirus spreads beyond China. Xenophobic posts by media outlets and people on social media have seen a…

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People who arrived from Hubei province wait at a checkpoint at the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

U.S. warns citizens against travel to China as virus toll tops 200

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The U.S. government warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday and the World Health Organization…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. – Cambodia’s health ministry reported the country’s first case of the virus on January 27, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable, as the death toll from China’s viral epidemic on January 30 leapt to 170, with 7,892 confirmed infections. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Hun Sen says no to evacuating Cambodians in China

As the Thai Government comes under increasing pressure for an urgent evacuation of Thais stranded in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is taking…

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Thailand set to suspend visa on arrival for Chinese tourists

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will today propose to the government to consider suspending granting of visa on arrival for Chinese tourists to tighten control to fend off possible spread…

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Medical staff in protective clothing carry a suspected virus patient from an apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak

WHO declares global virus emergency as death toll hits 213

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported Friday the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections.   The UN…

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FILE PHOTO: Taxi drivers in protective suits are seen in front of a residential area, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus and the city’s lockdown, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2020. Picture taken China Daily via REUTERS

China virus death toll tops 200 as WHO declares global emergency

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The death toll in China from the new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization…

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Affected tour operators see priority in Thai-Chinese relations

Though a drastic drop in Chinese tourists to Thailand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak means a fall in tourism revenue, long-term relationship between Thailand and China is more…

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China’s aviation authority has approved chartered flights to bring home from overseas trips residents of Wuhan.

China’s aviation authority has approved chartered flights to bring home from overseas trips residents of Wuhan

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Thai PM falls sick, but it’s not coronavirus

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has cancelled all this appointments and activities today (Thursday) because of sickness. He has been advised by his doctor to rest at the official guest house…

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14 from Wuhan barred from entering Malaysia, Singapore hands out face masks

Fourteen people from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, were turned away at Kuala Lumpur International Airport of Malaysia on Monday as all 1.3 million…

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, a British Airways plane, at left, is towed past other planes sitting parked at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads

BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus…

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Medical workers take the temperature of passengers after they got off the train in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, January 29, 2020. Picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

More Japanese evacuated from China virus epicenter as death toll climbs

TOKYO/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A plane of Japanese evacuees from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan arrived in Tokyo on Thursday as the total number of confirmed deaths from the newly…

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A doctor demonstrates how to wear mask correctly at Nanchang West Railway Station in Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Jan. 29, 2020. Various measures are taken across China to combat the novel coronavirus. (Xinhua/Hu Chenhuan)

China virus death toll rises to 170, more than 1,700 new cases

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) – China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the country has risen by 38 to 170 as…

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Thais stuck in Wuhan to be flown home by February 4

Thai citizens, including students, stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak, will be flown back to Thailand by February 4th, Deputy Public Health Minister…

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PM to inspect officials health screening passengers at Suvarnabhumi airport

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will tour Suvarnabhumi international airport on Wednesday to observe officials screening passengers arriving from China, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of novel…

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