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Nation Cancels Big Festival Over Outbreak

With 133 cases reported, Italy calls off public events

(Newser) - Scrambling to contain the rapidly rising number of new coronavirus infections in Italy, the most outside Asia, authorities on Sunday stepped up measures to ban public gatherings. Venice's famed carnival events, which have drawn tens of thousands of revelers to a region that is now in the heart of... More »

Return of Infected Americans Angered One Germophobe

Agencies had told Trump that infected ship passengers would be kept in Japan

(Newser) - The decision to allow 14 Americans with coronavirus to return to the US from Japan last week has left President Trump furious. The president was especially upset that he wasn't briefed, the New York Times reports. He wants to be seen as in control of the US response to... More »

S. Korea Goes Code Red

Calls for 'unprecedented, powerful' steps in fight against coronavirus

(Newser) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday he was putting his country on code "Red," its highest alert for infectious diseases, and ordered officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country, mostly in the... More »

Coronavirus Spikes in S. Korea, Hits Italy and Iran

More than half of S. Korea's 430 cases are tied to controversial Shincheonji Church of Jesus

(Newser) - Almost 78,000 people around the globe have been hit with COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus , the AP reports, and South Korea is the latest nation to be slammed. Per CNN , more than 430 cases have been reported there as of Saturday, with two deaths so far; more than... More »

US Reports 34 Coronavirus Cases, With More Likely

CDC says it hasn't found the infection to be spreading in this country

(Newser) - The number of people in the US known to be infected with the new coronavirus is at 34 and rising, government health officials reported Friday. Thirteen of the patients were found to have the virus after returning from China, the New York Times reports. The other 21 were repatriated, including... More »

S. Korea Outbreak Quadruples in 2 Days

'Special management zone' declared in city

(Newser) - Confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Korea have doubled twice in two days. On Friday, authorities announced that 100 new cases had been detected, bringing the total to 204. The day prior, the country had confirmed 53 cases, most of them linked to a fringe religious group in the city... More »

Health Expert Visits Ship, Raises Alarm

Kentaro Iwata says controls were so light he feared he would contract disease himself

(Newser) - The 621 coronavirus cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan represent the most anywhere outside of China. And an infectious diseases expert at Japan's Kobe University has a good idea why. Kentaro Iwata, who worked to combat the spread of Ebola and SARS, spent a... More »

Fringe Religious Group Linked to S. Korea Outbreak

'Patient 31' infected dozens at church services

(Newser) - South Korea has been gripped by coronavirus fear after what officials call a "super-spreading event' in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city. Authorities announced Thursday that another 53 cases had been detected, bringing the total to 104. At least 70 of the cases have been linked to "Patient... More »

2 Passengers From Virus-Stricken Ship Die

Both were Japanese citizens in their 80s

(Newser) - Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with the coronavirus have become the first fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel, Japan's Health Ministry said Thursday.Japan now has three deaths linked to the COVID-19 illness. Japan's NHK public television said both were... More »

Coronavirus Cases Spike in S. Korea

Iran reports first 2 cases

(Newser) - The coronavirus outbreak has now killed more than 2,000 people in mainland China and while authorities say the number of new cases in China fell for a second straight day, numbers are climbing in other countries. Reuters reports that South Korea reported 20 new cases Wednesday, bringing the total... More »

Diamond Princess Quarantine: an Epic Failure?

Experts suggest the coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship may have been less than rigorous

(Newser) - As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. Since the... 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 »

Coronavirus Throws Apple, iPhone for a Loop

Plants have reopened, but second-quarter results will take a hit

(Newser) - Apple is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The company based in Cupertino, Calif., said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and all... More »

Airlines Trace Movements of Couple With Coronavirus

Husband and wife have been hospitalized back home after trip to Hawaii

(Newser) - Two airlines and health officials are trying to piece together the movements of a couple from Japan who came down with the coronavirus after a trip to Hawaii. The couple, who are in their 60s, arrived in Hawaii on Jan. 28, USA Today reports. The husband and wife flew Hawaiian... 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 »

After Letting Passengers Go, a Nasty Surprise

An American woman who left quarantined cruise ship in Cambodia is diagnosed with coronavirus

(Newser) - It might have been a catastrophically bad call. Authorities let passengers on a cruise ship docked in Cambodia disembark, insisting none of them had the coronavirus. Not so much. An American woman who was among several hundred passengers allowed to get off the MS Westerdam over the weekend set off... More »

US Evacuates Americans From Ship, But Some Aren't Happy

14 passengers on evacuation flights tested positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US almost doubled overnight with the arrival of two planes carrying American citizens evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan. Officials say they were notified during the evacuation process that 14 of the passengers had tested positive for COVID-19, reports CNBC . The... More »

Armed Robbers Steal Toilet Paper in Hong Kong

Coronavirus outbreak has caused panic buying

(Newser) - Criminals in Hong Kong have plumbed new depths amid the coronavirus outbreak and the associated panic-buying. Police say three masked men armed with knives threatened a deliveryman before stealing around 600 rolls of toilet paper from outside a supermarket early Monday, the South China Morning Post reports. Shortages—and rumors... More »

Coronavirus Death Toll Moves Out of Asia

A Chinese tourist has died in France

(Newser) - The coronavirus death toll has made its way to a new region. Per the BBC and New York Times , France's health minister has announced that an 80-year-old man from China's Hubei province who was visiting France died Friday of a lung infection caused by the coronavirus. The tourist,... 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 »

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