Coronavirus Outbreak Update

A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a department store in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. South Korea has the world’s second-highest cases. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Returnee from South Korea seen dining and shopping in violation of self-confinement

Many people in the Nong Chang district of Thailand’s north-western province of Uthai Thani are concerned today after they learned that a woman, who returned from South Korea on March…

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Crowds snap up Internal Trade Department bargain face masks

The Internal Trade Department’s mobile retail outlets, offering face masks at bargain prices, were overwhelmed with customers who formed long lines at each of the 21 locations in Bangkok where…

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Number of infections as of March 6, 2020

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Medical workers wearing face masks jump rope as they take a break outside the hotel where they stay, in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China March 5, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

New coronavirus infections may drop to zero by end-March in Wuhan: Chinese government expert

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus epidemic, will likely see new infections drop to zero by the end of this month, an expert with the country’s top panel…

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South Korea promises to observe Thai workers for 14 days before they fly home

Thailand has asked South Korea to keep Thai workers within the country for 14 days of health observation before allowing them to fly back to Thailand, said government spokeswoman Mrs….

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An equipment service worker for King County Metro sprays a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus in Seattle, Washington, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Tech firms in Seattle, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic, were telling employees this week to take advantage of technology to work remotely in an effort to contain…

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South Korean soldiers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

‘This is not a drill’: WHO urges the world to fight virus

BANGKOK (AP) — The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the…

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Thais returning from high-risk areas to face legal action if they don’t self-quarantine

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has issued a stern warning, to all Thais returning from high-risk areas, that failure to observe the 14-day self-quarantine requirement will result in legal action…

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Medical workers wearing protective gear transfer a suspected coronavirus patient (C) to another hospital. (Photo by – / YONHAP / AFP)

Thai worker with COVID-19 being treated in S. Korean hospital

A Thai woman, working illegally in South Korea, has been infected with COVID-19 and admitted to hospital for treatment after she had an examination on February 29th. Pinyuda Chamchan, labour…

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Number of infections as of March 5, 2020

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Government launches “Have Problems, Consult PM” program

Thailand’s government has launched a new program, called “Have Problems, Consult the PM”, to enable members of the public to voice their grievances and problems directly to their Prime Minister….

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Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases today, two Thais, one Italian and a Chinese, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 47.  …

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Three commuters, center, wear masks as they walk through the World Trade Center transportation hub, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

U.S. virus death toll hits 11; feds investigate nursing home

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the U.S. death toll climbed to 11, including…

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Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe

Shelves are being stripped bare of toilet rolls, hand sanitiser and surgical masks everywhere from Japan to France to the United States as panic buying criss-crosses the globe with the…

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How to protect yourself against COVID-19

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time. It is spread from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when…

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Italy reported 28 more deaths on Wednesday taking the toll to 107

Italy shuts schools as global coronavirus battle intensifies

Europe’s coronavirus hotspot Italy shut all schools and universities on Wednesday in a bid to stop the deadly disease from spreading, as governments bolstered supplies and intensified protective measures.  …

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Thailand’s global ranking for COVID-19 infections improves slightly

Thailand’s ranking, by number of confirmed COVID-19 infections, has improved from 15th to 16th place, a position it shares with Australia, based on WHO figures, according to Dr. Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin,…

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New stimulus economic packages to help all sectors affected by coronavirus

Thailand’s Finance Ministry is to roll out a new set of stimulus measures to help all sectors of Thai society currently affected by the COVID-19 situation, which has hit at…

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More than 1,100 Thai’s returning from South Korea before March 1st cannot be located

Thailand’s Ministry of Labour has expressed concern that the whereabouts of 1,181 Thai workers, who returned from South Korea between February 24th and March 1st, are currently not known and…

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Thai workers returning from South Korea will be quarantined for 14 days

To allay Thai public concern over COVID-19 being spread by Thai workers returning from South Korea, Thailand’s Prime Minister confirmed today that all the returnees, from the cities of Daegu…

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Number of infections as of March 4, 2020

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WHO warns of global shortage of medical equipment to fight coronavirus

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus and asked companies and…

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FILE PHOTO: General view of the Sapporo Odori Park and city center in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, February 25, 2020. Picture taken February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan’s Hokkaido reports three more coronavirus infections

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido reported three more cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 82 in the prefecture.   The new cases all…

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This Feb 27, 2020, photo released by Louis Wang, shows his work desk with laptop and textbooks at home in northeast China. Wang, a middle school history teacher in northeast China, said his workload has ballooned due to the arduous process through which online classes must be approved. Chinese schools turning to online learning during a virus outbreak are running into the country’s ubiquitous and often arbitrary internet censorship. (Louis Wang via AP)

China’s schools, forced online by virus, run into censors

BEIJING (AP) — Less than 30 minutes into a lecture on bioinformatics, Chu Xinjian’s class was abruptly cut short.   It was the first day of an unusual semester. Across…

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South Korean soldiers in protective gear sanitize a shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran

Thousands wait for hospital beds in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 516 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as thousands of sick people waited for hospital beds in Daegu, the city at the center of the…

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Special buses will take Thai workers home when they return from South Korea

Special transport has been arranged, by the state-run Transport Company, to take returning Thai workers from the airports their homes once they land from South Korea, as a precautionary measure…

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Wuhan style screening to be imposed on Thais returning from South Korea

Thai citizens returning from South Korea, including those working there illegally, will have to undergo stringent screening measures on arrival in Thailand, similar to those imposed on visitors from the…

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New anti-virus measures for foreign visitors and Thais returning from high risk areas

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry, via a ministerial announcement, has designated nine countries and two territories as high risk areas for COVID-19, and visitors to Thailand from these areas will be…

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Thai PM shrugs off speculation of cabinet reshuffle

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has brushed aside speculation about an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that his main focus is on coping with the COVID-19 situation and the prevention of…

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Number of infections as of March 3, 2020

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WHO says world in uncharted territory as US virus toll rises

The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad…

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Around the world people are changing the way they greet each other to reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus and prevent it spreading

Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits

Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture.   Around the world people…

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Iranians hold portraits of former and current Supreme Leaders, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as they queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. – Iranians began voting in a parliamentary election which conservatives are expected to dominate, capitalising on public anger against moderate conservative President Hassan Rouhani over a ravaged economy, corruption and multiple crises. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Adviser to Iran’s top leader dies of coronavirus

TEHRAN (AP) — An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the new coronavirus, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both…

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NHSC to seek 3.5 billion baht to cope with COVID-19

The National Health Security Committee (NHSC) is to seek cabinet approval tomorrow (Tuesday) for 3.5 billion baht from the Central Fund, to be used in coping with COVID-19 situation over…

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Raid on junk shop suspected of recycling used face masks

Public health officials and police raided a junk shop in Wiharn Daeng district of Thailand’s central province of Saraburi today and seized tens of thousands used and recycled face masks….

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The costs of testing for COVID-19 infection

According to information obtained by Thai PBS, the charges made for an individual to be tested for COVID-19 infection vary from hospital to hospital. Hospital                                   Price (Baht) Siriraj Piya Maharajkaroon       …

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New COVID-19 case in Thailand

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has increased by one to 43, as another patient recovers and has been cleared of the disease.   Public health permanent secretary,…

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Number of infections as of March 2, 2020

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MotoGP World Championship postponed indefinitely due to virus concerns

The MotoGP World Championship, scheduled to be held in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Buri Ram from March 20th to 22nd, has been postponed indefinitely amid concerns over the spread of…

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Travelers wear protective mask as they walk through in terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Authorities announce 2nd coronavirus death in US

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus — a man in his 70s from a nursing facility…

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A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a department store in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 2, 2020. South Korea has the world’s second-highest cases. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

New virus: Nearly 89,000 infected, over 3,000 dead

A new virus first detected in China has infected nearly 89,000 people globally and caused more than 3,000 deaths. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to…

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Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a sidewalk in western Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Iran is preparing for the possibility of “tens of thousands” of people getting tested for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said, underscoring the fear both at home and abroad over the outbreak in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran raises death toll to 54 from new coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s health ministry raised on Sunday the nationwide death toll from the new coronavirus to 54 as the number of confirmed infected cases jumped overnight by…

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Government House increases anti-virus measures

Workers fumigated the Government House and its compound today, as part of escalated preventive measures in the wake of rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19. Sanitizer gel has been…

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Health minister concerned over potential COVID-19 spread at mass rallies

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed grave concerns over the prospect of a rapid spread of COVID-19 if thousands of people gather together at an event like a…

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First COVID-19 related death in Thailand

A medical panel, from Thailand’s National Infectious Committee, will determine the exact cause of the death of a COVID-19 patient, who contracted dengue fever prior to becoming infected with the…

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Lawmakers propose special sitting of parliament to consider student protests

Government MPs and a senator have separately proposed a special parliamentary session be convened in the light of the student flash mobs occurring across the country. In a letter, addressed…

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Trump says ready to help Iran with coronavirus if asked

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was ready to aid Iran with its outbreak of novel coronavirus if the country asked for assistance. “If we can help the Iranians…

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Luxembourg reports first coronavirus case, linked to Italy

Luxembourg on Saturday announced its first case of infection by the new coronavirus: a man who recently returned from Italy, Health Minister Paulette Lenert told reporters. The man in his…

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First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

The first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed on US soil, as President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Americans not to panic. Health officials said the man who…

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Thai Health Ministry announces the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today announced the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case, as health officials attempt to trace his family, colleagues and anyone else with whom the patient has…

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Passengers from Sapporo asked to report to health officials

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has stepped up efforts to locate some of the passengers who travelled on flight XJ621, from Japan’s Sapporo to Bangkok, on February 20th, because 2 of…

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Workers wearing protective gears arrive to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a market in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his government had increased its anti-virus alert level by one notch to “Red,” the highest level. It allows for the temporary closure of schools and reduced operation of public transportation and flights to and from South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

WHO raises global virus risk to maximum level

GENEVA (AFP) — The World Health Organization on Friday raised its global risk assessment of the new coronavirus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and…

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Number of infections as of February 28, 2020

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Thai tour guide from S Korea confirmed as new COVID-19 case

The Thai Ministry of Public Health today reported an additional COVID-19 case, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 41. Public health permanent secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai told…

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Students arrives at their elementary school in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2020, a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement. Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March from March 2 to help control the spread of the new virus in the country. (Hironori Asakawa/Kyodo News via AP)

World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

BANGKOK (AP) — Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers…

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Banks start installing thermal scanners to detect COVID-19 infection

A number of commercial banks have taken the precautionary measure of installing thermal scanners to check the body temperatures of bank visitors, for the safety of their staff and customers…

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New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 82,000 people globally. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year…

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Number of infections as of February 27, 2020

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Self-quarantine Phichit students after their return from South Korea 

A group of students attending high school in Thailand’s northern province of Phichit have been told to stay home for 14 days, after the school’s management discovered that they have…

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A resident of Jongno-Gu wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb.27, 2020. South Korea and China each reported Thursday the new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 767 new virus cases

BEIJING (AP) — As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a new virus, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection…

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Health minister criticizes man for lying about a recent trip to COVID-19 high-risk country

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has criticized a 65-year old man for not telling medics that he had recently returned from a high risk country and for exposing 30 medics and…

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Number of infections as of February 26, 2020

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30 medics quarantined after infected patient lied after visiting high-risk country

About 30 medical personnel at the B Care Medical Centre have been suspended from work and placed under home quarantine after having close contact with a patient infected with COVID-19,…

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A man in protective suit stands at a shopping mall in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Huhei province, China February 25, 2020 REUTERS

U.S. warned to prepare for coronavirus pandemic as Europe lockdowns spread

ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second European hotel was in lockdown on Wednesday as authorities around the world battled to prevent the spread of coronavirus, although a senior U.S. health official…

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Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference today (Feb 25, 2019) in Tehran.

Iran deputy health minister has coronavirus

Iran’s deputy health minister has been infected with the new coronavirus, a ministry official said on Tuesday, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic. “The coronavirus test for Mr…

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59 returnees from S.Korea isolated as two new COVID-19 confirmed

Fifty-nine students and staff of Khon Kaen University have been quarantined at their lodgings for observation for 14 days after two of them were found to have a high fever…

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People wait in a line to buy face masks at a retail store in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 25, 2020. – South Korea reported 60 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases on February 25, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates. The country now has 893 cases. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China

The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries. Financial markets have gone…

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COVID-19 officially designated a dangerous infectious disease in Thailand

Thailand’s National Committee for the Control Infectious Diseases has decided to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread. Public Health Minister Anutin…

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COVID-19 expected to be designated dangerous infectious disease today – Anutin

The National Committee to Control Infectious Diseases is expected to upgrade Thailand’s preparedness to cope with COVID-19 to Stage 3, as a strengthened precautionary measure to prevent the further spread…

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Workers wearing protective gears arrive to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a market in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his government had increased its anti-virus alert level by one notch to “Red,” the highest level. It allows for the temporary closure of schools and reduced operation of public transportation and flights to and from South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korean cases jump, China counts 150 more virus deaths

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported another large jump in new virus cases Monday a day after the the president called for “unprecedented, powerful” steps to combat the…

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New measure for students and officials returning from COVID-19 high risk countries

All educational personnel from the Education Ministry and students, who have visited six COVID-19 high risk countries, have been told to stop working in their offices or to take leave…

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Medical workers get ready as ambulances are parked to transport a confirmed coronavirus patient in Daegu, South Korea, February 23, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Fears grew on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp…

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Thai Health Ministry mulls listing Italy as high risk for COVID-19 infection

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is considering listing Italy as one of the high-risk countries for COVID-19 infection, travellers arriving from which will be screened at their port of entry…

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Iranians, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020.

Iran reports fifth coronavirus death, most outside Far East

Iran on Saturday reported one more death among 10 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the Islamic republic to five — the highest of any country…

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WHO sounds alarm over Africa coronavirus preparedness

The World Health Organization warned Saturday that African health systems would be ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent.  WHO chief…

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Medical workers wearing protective gear transfer a suspected coronavirus patient (C) to another hospital from Daenam Hospital where a total of 16 infections have now been identified with the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Cheongdo county near the southeastern city of Daegu on February 21, 2020.

South Korea reports 142 more coronavirus cases, total 346

South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with more than half of the new cases linked to a hospital in a southern city. The…

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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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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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