This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still…

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Chachoengsao governor orders 224 people into home quarantine

Chachoengsao provincial governor Rapee Pongbuppakit has quarantined himself and has notified 224 others, who were in close contact with the mayor of Chachoengsao provincial administration organization (PAO), of the need…

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Stringent restrictions imposed on airline arrivals in Thailand

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has imposed stringent restrictions on both Thai and non-Thai citizens arriving from abroad by air, as well as aircraft flying into Thailand, effective…

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan.   The flame,…

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California governor orders entire state to stay at home

All 40 million residents of California were Thursday ordered to stay at home indefinitely in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic in the nation’s most populous state.   The statewide directive,…

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Medical personnel at work in the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Italy has become the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, surpassing China by registering 3,405 dead. Italy reached the gruesome milestone on the same day the epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, China, recorded no new infections. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italian death toll overtakes China’s as virus spreads

ROME (AP) — Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak eclipsed China’s on Thursday as the scourge extended its march across the West, where the United States and other countries…

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir in self-quarantine 

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is observing self-quarantine after coming into close contact with a member of parliament who tested positive for Covid-19, Malaysian media reported. “He is under…

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An office worker wearing a mask against coronavirus moves past lantern decorations in a mall and office building in Beijing on Thursday, March 19, 2020. China has only just begun loosening draconian travel restrictions within the country, but has stepped-up 14-day quarantine regulations on those arriving in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere from overseas, amid expectations of a new influx of students and others returning home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan reports no new virus cases, offering hope to world

BEIJING (AP) — Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day. But in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has…

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Australia, New Zealand move to seal borders to curb virus

Australia and New Zealand moved to seal off their borders Thursday, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 infections.   Prime…

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Emerging infectious diseases expert warns “Time is running out for Thailand”

Chulalongkorn University’s Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases chief, Dr. Thiravat Hemachudha, has warned the Thai government that time is running out for Thailand if it does not immediately close its…

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FILE- In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Durant is among the four Brooklyn Nets who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. A backlash roiled across social media Wednesday, March 18, as several celebrities and professional athletes revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a…

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Foreigners can claim medical expenses from state for virus treatment in Thailand

Foreign visitors, who are treated for COVID-19 in Thailand, and those who are placed under investigation pending COVID-19 test results, will have the right to claim back the medical expenses…

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In this March 14, 2020, photo, a security personnel views a thermal screening monitor as visitors enter Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. As the virus outbreak spreads ever further, it’s becoming clear that some strategies are more likely to succeed in containing it: pro-active efforts to track down and isolate cases, access to basic, affordable public health and clear, reassuring messaging from leaders. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before…

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Army personnel and volunteers cleaning up areas around Rajprasong Intersection early Thursday morning.

Thailand’s army launches anti-COVID-19 clean-up in the capital

Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has ordered troops of the First Army Region to clean roads and footpaths throughout Bangkok every night until March 31st.   The big clean-up, using…

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Police said some 10,000 Muslims gathered in an open field in Raipur town in southern Bangladesh to pray “healing verses” from the Koran to rid the country of the deadly novel coronavirus

Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry

A massive coronavirus prayer session with tens of thousands of devotees sparked an outcry in Bangladesh Wednesday as the South Asian nation reported its first death from the global pandemic….

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British schools struggle to stay open amid coronavirus outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – Schools across Britain were struggling to stay open on Wednesday, with some forced to partially or fully close as staff and students stayed at home because of…

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Governments grapple with virus border closures, lockdowns

BERLIN (AP) — Governments grappled Wednesday with how to implement border closures, travel restrictions and lockdowns that have caused transportation chaos and imperiled economies, but which authorities say are needed…

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Commentary: COVID-19 realigns everyone’s priorities

What humans young or old assume to be “important” are going out one by one. Some stock market activities have been suspended. Sport events around the globe, with enormous commercial…

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35 new COVID-19 cases reported today, bringing total in Thailand to over 200

The Thai Ministry of Public Health today reported 35 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 212.   In the north-eastern province of Khon…

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus (COVID-19) response with tourism industry executives in the Cabinet Rooom of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Trump presses for $1 trillion stimulus as U.S. coronavirus deaths cross 100

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration pressed on Tuesday for enactment of a $1 trillion stimulus package, possibly with $1,000 direct payments to individual Americans, to blunt the economic…

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Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (R) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure on February 24, 2020. – Two Wall Street Journal reporters left China on February 24 after being expelled over a controversial headline in an op-ed that angered Beijing. Three reporters were ordered out of the country last week over what Beijing deemed a racist headline that the journalists were not involved in writing — marking one of the harshest moves against foreign media in years. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China expels US journalists in biggest crackdown in years

BEIJING (AFP) — China on Wednesday expelled American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in the communist government’s most severe move against…

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Govt risks losing trust in war against virus with poor communication

Public outcry about the government’s handling of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been growing louder, and the reason is clear – poor communication.   And the latest package of…

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Covid-19: Entertainment venues to be closed for 14 days, sporting events suspended

All entertainment places in and around Bangkok, including pubs, massage parlours, nightclubs and movie houses, will be closed for two weeks as part of the government’s attempts to curb the…

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Covid-19: Entertainment, sports venues to be closed for 14 days

All entertainment places and sports venues in and around Bangkok, including pubs, massage parlours and nightclubs, will be closed for two weeks as part of the government’s attempts to curb…

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Thailand reports 30 new COVID-19 cases

Thirty new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Thai Ministry of Public Health this morning, bringing the total number of infections in Thailand to 177.   The ministry said that…

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Pakistan PM warns new virus may devastate developing nations

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the…

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Malaysia closes borders, schools and businesses as virus tally climbs

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will shut its borders to travellers, restrict internal movement, close schools and universities and order most businesses to shut after its number of coronavirus cases…

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Coronavirus ‘not under control’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump acknowledges pandemic may send US economy into recession and suggests nation may be dealing with virus until “July or August.”   The White House on Monday…

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Medical workers in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built Columbus Covid 2 temporary hospital to fight the new coronavirus infection, on March 16, 2020 at the Gemelli hospital in Rome.

Europe locks down as global virus panic spreads

European leaders are set to ban non-essential travel into the continent on Tuesday, the latest drastic attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic that has upended society, battered markets and killed…

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UK closes down social life as coronavirus outbreak accelerates

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday shut down social life in Britain and ordered the most vulnerable to isolate for 12 weeks, ramping up the battle against…

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Malaysia to ban citizens from travel abroad, foreign arrivals: PM

Malaysia will ban its citizens from travelling overseas and foreigners from entering the country in drastic measures announced by the prime minister Monday aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly…

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Covid-19: Mass gatherings banned, Songkran holiday postponed

The Prayut government today announced a series of measures aimed at containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus that will include a ban on mass gatherings and the postponement of…

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Buri Ram partially locks down the province to stem COVID-19 spread

Buri Ram has become the first province in Thailand to announce a partial lockdown to restrict the spread of COVID-19.   Governor Tatchakorn Hatthathayakul, who ordered the measure, said that,…

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This handout picture released by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis walking in an empty Via del Corso in the Rome on March 15, 2020. – The Vatican said on March 15, that its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers due to the coronavirus. “Because of the current global public health emergency, all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful,” the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said in a statement. (Photo by – / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

Pope in dramatic visit to empty Rome to pray for end of virus

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis ventured into a deserted Rome on Sunday to pray at two shrines for the end of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Vatican said his…

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Singer Lydia Sarunrat reveals that she has COVID-19

Well known singer Lydia Sarunrat announced via Instagram today that she has contracted COVID-19 from her husband, TV celebrity Matthew Deane.   The pretty singer said that, since she had…

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The US Government official: Coronavirus vaccine trial starts Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first participant in a clinical trial for a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus will receive an experimental dose on Monday, according to a government…

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More people linked to boxing stadium infected with COVID-19

More people, who were at the Lumpini boxing stadium in Bangkok’s Ramintra area on March 6th, together with TV celebrity and boxing camp manager Matthew Deane, have tested positive for…

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People sing, wave and clap their hands next to an Italian flag, during a flash mob “Una canzone per l’Italia” (A song for Italy) at the Magliana district in Rome on March 15, 2020. – Italy reacts with the solidarity of flash mobs circulating on social media to make people “gather” on balconies at certain hours, to play music or to get a round of applause. Italy on Sunday recorded 368 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, its highest one-day increase to date, taking the total to 1,809, the most outside China, official data showed. The number of infections has reached 24,747, a count released to the media by Italy’s civil protection service said. The northern Lombardy region around Milan remained the European epicentre of the pandemic, officially reporting 1,218 deaths, or 67 percent of the Italian total. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)

Italy reports one-day record coronavirus deaths, hospitals in crisis

ROME (AFP) – Italy on Sunday reported a one-day record death toll and leaders warned of a bed and artificial respirator shortage in the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic….

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Trump tests negative for virus as US expands Europe traveler ban

President Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his physician said Saturday, following concerns over his exposure to a disease that has paralyzed the globe. Trump agreed to…

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Number of infections as of March 14, 2020

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and…

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Coronavirus – seven steps to prevent the spread of the virus

The formal declaration of a #COVID19 #pandemic does not change the fact that you can – and should – take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces plans for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. (AFP)

Philippine capital to impose night-time curfew over virus

Manila will impose a night-time curfew in the city of 12 million, officials said Saturday, as the Philippines steps up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The measure…

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Media urged to observe rules of engagement in crisis situations

Six Thai media associations issued a joint statement today to remind all media outlets to adhere to ethical standards in their reporting of the COVID-19 outbreak, by complying with the…

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Thailand reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, including a TV celebrity

The Thai Public Health Ministry today reported seven new COVID-19 cases, including four members of the same family and celebrity TV actor Matthew Dean. Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Suhum…

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An aerial view shows an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Bandar ALDANDANI / AFP)

Saudi Arabia to suspend international flights over virus

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it would suspend international flights for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak. “The Kingdom’s government decided to suspend international flights for two weeks (Starting…

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Europe now “epicentre” of Covid-19 pandemic, says WHO

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic, and warned it was impossible to know when…

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters as he leaves the presidential residence, Palacio da Alvorada, in Brasília, on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff…

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US President Donald Trump says he will “likely” be tested soon for the novel coronavirus, although he stresses he is “displaying no symptoms,” during a hastily organized press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden. (Photo from AFP)

Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralysed US

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis that’s triggered the shutdown of schools, sporting events, offices…

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People walk in the Ramblas of Barcelona on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Spain to declare state of alert over virus

Spain’s government is to declare a state of alert over the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday after infections soared over 4,200 with…

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Diplomat from Philippines first known coronavirus case at U.N. in New York

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to a note sent to U.N. missions, making…

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A volunteer sprays disinfectant inside a Christian church in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, March 6, 2020. World stock markets are down sharply again as pessimism prevails over the economic impact of the virus outbreak (Chinatopix via AP)

China government spokesman says U.S. military may have brought virus to China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry suggested on Thursday the U.S. military might have brought the coronavirus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hardest…

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This is a coronavirus-related file photo, but the mood may have summed up the current feelings of investors regarding Evergrande of China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Worst day on Wall Street since 1987 as virus fears spread

NEW YORK (AP) — The escalating coronavirus emergency sent the stock market Thursday into its worst slide since the Black Monday crash of 1987, extending a sell-off that has now…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 11, 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregorie Trudeau arrives at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. – The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said late March 22, 2020. “Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was tested for COVID-19 today. The test came back positive,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Wife of Canada’s PM Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for the coronavirus, Canadian media reported. They quoted her husband as announcing that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 44, came back from Europe…

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Number of infections as of March 12, 2020

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This picture taken from a commercial aircraft shows an aerial view of Mount Everest (C) and the Himalayan mountain range (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

China shuts down Everest over coronavirus

China has cancelled permits for Mount Everest because of the coronavirus, expedition organisers said Thursday, ahead of the spring climbing season on the world’s highest peak. Last year’s traffic-clogged spring…

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US actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

Trump suspends travel to US from Europe,  actor Tom Hanks infected

US President Donald Trump this morning announced a month-long suspension of travel from Europe, with the exception of UK, to the United States. Speaking at a rare Oval Office address…

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80,000 factories across Thailand told to take precautions against COVID-19

The Ministry of Industry is seeking cooperation from about 80,000 factories across the country by taking precautionary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their work places. In the…

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People wearing protective face masks are seen on a crossroads as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up

BEIJING (Reuters) – More places in China lowered emergency response levels to the coronavirus epidemic and relaxed travel restrictions a day after President Xi Jinping visited the epicenter of the…

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FILE PHOTO: British Conservative MP Nadine Dorries speaks in the Parliament during a debate on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

UK health minister Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus

(Reuters) – British junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, she said on Tuesday. Dorries said she took “all the advised precautions” as soon…

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Coronavirus clusters swell on both sides of the US

Alarming clusters of the coronavirus swelled on both coasts of the U.S. on Tuesday, with 70 cases now tied to a biotech conference in Boston and infections turning up at…

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In this March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member walks down a corridor of an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The makeshift hospital converted from a sports venue was officially closed on Sunday after its last batch of cured COVID-19 patients were discharged. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Xi visits virus’ epicenter as fears of recession grip world

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of…

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A completely empty Fondamenta della Misericordia is seen on Monday in Venice, Italy. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a “national emergency” due to the coronavirus outbreak and imposed quarantines on the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

Italy extends coronavirus lockdown to whole country

ROME (Reuters) – The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, in an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to…

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‘Lightning rod’ Thammanat keeps fingers crossed as Cabinet shake-up looms

After surviving the recent censure debate with bruises, embattled Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao faces further controversy after his close aide was accused of colluding with a profiteer who allegedly…

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A woman gestures from the Grand Princess cruise ship, being held off the coast of San Francisco after 21 people on board tested positive for the new coronavirus

US virus cases pass 500 as California readies for cruise ship arrival

The number of US coronavirus cases soared past 500 Sunday, including two further deaths, as California braced for the arrival of infected cruise ship passengers and saw a major tennis…

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A passenger has his temperature checked as a precaution against a new coronavirus before boarding a flight to Vladivostok, Russia, at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Italy quarantines north in drastic bid to slow virus spread

ROME (AP) — Italy took a page from China’s playbook Sunday, attempting to lock down 16 million people — more than a quarter of its population — for nearly a…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, talks on his mobile phone in front of a screen showing the Nikkei index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Oil prices crash, Asian shares set to tumble

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian share markets were set for a beating on Monday as investors fled to bonds to hedge the economic shock of the coronavirus, and oil plunged more…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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US reports third case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin

US health officials on Friday reported a third case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to…

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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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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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A dog wears a paper cup over its mouth on a street in Beijing on February 4, 2020. – The number of total infections in China’s coronavirus outbreak has passed 20,400 nationwide with 3,235 new cases confirmed, the National Health Commission said on February 4. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Hong Kong finds coronavirus in pet dog samples, unclear if infected

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested “weak positive” for the…

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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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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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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit Mecca over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said. The government is “suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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