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China's Retaliation Against WSJ a First Since 1989

Expels 3 journalists over an opinion headline

(Newser) - China has yanked the press credentials of three Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporters in retaliation for a Feb. 3 opinion piece published by the paper, per the country's foreign ministry. The Wall Street Journal reports the three have been given five days to exit the country. The offending opinion... More »

Coronavirus Kills Hospital Director

Study finds that most cases are mild

(Newser) - A hospital director on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in China has become one of its latest victims. Chinese authorities say 51-year-old neurosurgeon Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan died Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports. He was one of the... More »

Tom Cotton's Virus Theory Doesn't Go Over Well

Senator calls attention to Chinese biolab near the epicenter of outbreak, but scientists scoff

(Newser) - Sen. Tom Cotton over the weekend again floated a controversial theory about how the coronavirus came to be. On Fox , the Arkansas Republican suggested the outbreak is linked to a Chinese biochemical lab in the city of Wuhan. “We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,”... More »

1.7K Health Workers Have New Virus

Six of them have died from COVID-19

(Newser) - For the first time, China has disclosed the number of medical workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities said Friday that some 1,716 health workers have been infected since the start of the outbreak and six of them have died, RTHK reports. Around 1,100 of those cases are... More »

China Reports Steep Rise in Virus Deaths, Infections

Lung scans now being used to diagnose coronavirus

(Newser) - China reported a massive surge in coronavirus deaths and infections in Hubei province Wednesday—but that didn't mean the disease now known as COVID-19 had become much deadlier overnight. Officials in the province, which includes Wuhan and the surrounding area, are now using lung scans to diagnose the disease... More »

Cruise Ship With No Coronavirus Cases Rejected at Multiple Ports

WHO chief on contagious disease: It's 'public enemy No. 1'

(Newser) - Coronavirus now has an official name from the World Health Organization—COVID-19—though the WHO also has been using an unofficial moniker: "public enemy No. 1." That's what Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the group's director-general, called the outbreak Tuesday at a Geneva press conference, per NBC News... More »

Daily Deaths in China From Virus Top 100 for First Time

Overall total crosses 1,000 as outbreak keeps many people at home

(Newser) - China's daily death toll from a new virus has topped 100 for the first time, with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded, the health ministry announced Tuesday. The spread of the contagion shows little sign of abating, the AP reports. Though more offices and stores in China have... More »

DOJ: Equifax Hack Engineered by Members of Chinese Military

Data of tens of millions of Americans was reportedly stolen

(Newser) - Four Chinese military hackers have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department announced Monday. The four are also accused of stealing the company's trade secrets, law enforcement officials... More »

Coronavirus Surges Again in China

Number of new infections had briefly dipped

(Newser) - On Sunday, a drop in the number of new cases of coronavirus reported in China was cited as ground for cautious optimism. On Monday, that optimism disappeared as the number of new cases surged by another 3,062, along with 97 deaths, the highest single-day total in the outbreak so... More »

There's Good News and Bad News on Coronavirus

News cases are slowing, but deaths now exceed SARS outbreak

(Newser) - The number of new cases of coronavirus has fallen, in what the AP reports is a possible sign of containment. But with that glimmer of hope comes a grim milestone: the BBC reports that China's death toll from the virus rose on Sunday by 89 to 811—which puts... More »

A Coronavirus First: American Reported Dead

It appears to be the first known death of a US citizen, a 60-year-old who died in China's Wuhan

(Newser) - At least 700 people have been killed by the coronavirus in China, and the latest victim in Wuhan appears to be a first: a US citizen. Per a rep from the US Embassy in Beijing, a 60-year-old American died Thursday at Jinyintan Hospital, the first known American to succumb to... More »

More Virus Evacuees Land in US

All will be quarantined for 14 days, officials say

(Newser) - Hundreds more people evacuated from the virus zone in China began arriving Friday at military bases across the US to begin a two-week quarantine. There were no signs of illness among those who flew into Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston of the Centers for... More »

China's Reaction to Doctor's Death 'Almost Unprecedented'

Chinese speak out about freedom of speech on Weibo after Li Wenliang's death

(Newser) - Hundreds have been killed by the coronavirus in China, but none of those deaths have rattled the nation like that of Li Wenliang . The 34-year-old Chinese doctor sounded an early alarm about coronavirus in December, only to be silenced by police who warned him about spreading rumors. Li died at... More »

41 New Coronavirus Cases Found on Quarantined Ship

Death toll in China rises to 636

(Newser) - Japan on Friday reported 41 new cases of a virus on a cruise ship that's been quarantined in Yokohama harbor while the death toll in mainland China rose to 636, including a doctor who got in trouble with authorities for sounding an early warning about the disease threat. Two... More »

Chinese Doctor Silenced About Coronavirus Is Dead

Li Wenliang was 34

(Newser) - The Chinese doctor who was visited by police after sending out an early warning about coronavirus is dead. The confirmation comes after hours of media confusion Thursday, CNN reports; Li Wenliang was initially reported dead, then reported to be in critical condition but still clinging to life, and now has... More »

Chinese Scientists Seek Patent on US Drug to Fight Virus

They say they are acting to 'protect national interests'

(Newser) - Scientists in the city at the center of China’s virus outbreak have applied to patent a drug made by US company Gilead Science Inc. to treat the disease, possibly fueling the conflict over technology policy that helped trigger Washington’s tariff war with Beijing. The government-run Wuhan Institute of... More »

First Baby Born With Coronavirus

And a guy turned a flight around by joking about the virus

(Newser) - A baby in China was born with coronavirus—the first case so far of suspected mother-to-child transmission, the New York Daily News reports. State media says the newborn's mother tested positive for the pneumonia-like virus before having the baby in Wuhan, which is ground zero for the outbreak. Chinese... More »

10 Cruise Passengers Test Positive for Coronavirus

3.7K others ordered to stay Diamond Princess

(Newser) - The Diamond Princess cruise ship is now a floating quarantine center—and the only passengers who will be allowed back on land in the next 14 days will be sick ones. Japanese authorities said Wednesday that at least 10 people on the ship have tested positive, and only 300 of... More »

He Warned About Illness, Was Silenced. Now He's Sick, Too

Chinese doctor Li Wenliang got an early warning from police

(Newser) - One doctor's plight in China is drawing much attention amid the coronavirus scare. The reason? Li Wenliang issued a warning about the outbreak in its early stages on social media, then got silenced by police. Now he's suffering from the illness himself. Coverage:
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Coronavirus Kills 2nd Person Outside Mainland China

Hong Kong man had been to Wuhan

(Newser) - The coronavirus outbreak has now killed a second person outside mainland China. Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death Tuesday. Authorities say the patient who died was a 39-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, the mainland city that has been the epicenter of the outbreak, before being hospitalized. The... More »

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