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From Iran’s hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said Wednesday as they struggle to quarantine …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

WHO urges globe to ‘pull out the stops’ against virus’ march

The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal Thursday from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the epidemic, as …


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

China’s virus slowdown offers hope for global containment

The slowdown in coronavirus cases out of China offers a sliver of hope that the global outbreak can be controlled, but whether that can happen anytime soon without drastic measures …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

How bad will the coronavirus outbreak get in the U.S.?

The spreading coronavirus is shaping up as a pandemic of potentially historic proportions, possibly on the scale ofthe global outbreak of influenza in 1957 but unlikely to be as catastrophic …


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Coronavirus was probably spreading for six weeks in Washington state, study says

Genetic testing of the virus in a newly diagnosed patient matches that seen in the first patient in the United States, leading researchers to believe it’s been spreading undetected since …


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Trump administration officials seek to calm public as new US virus cases reported

Vice President Mike Pence sought Sunday to reassure the American public the federal government is working to make sure state and local authorities are able to test for coronavirus, as …


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Second coronavirus patient dies Saturday in King County; officials await test results in Spokane

The patient was a man in his 70s who had underlying health issues. The total number of confirmed cases in King County reached 10 on Sunday, with four new cases …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

Governor declares state of emergency, as COVID-19 cases increase, including one death

State and local health officials confirmed additional cases of COVID-19 in Washington state on Saturday, including one man who has died.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

An increasingly isolated Iran tries to control virus crisis

Iran girded Wednesday for a long battle against the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly across the country and the wider Middle East, even though officials in the Islamic Republic had …


US, South Korea militaries face new enemy in viral outbreak

The U.S. and South Korean militaries, used to being on guard for threats from North Korea, face a new and formidable enemy that could hurt battle readiness: a virus spreading …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Italy sees virus cases rise 45%; 11 dead

Italy reported a 45% one-day increase in people infected with the coronavirus as other countries in Europe recorded their first cases Tuesday, producing evidence that travelers are carrying the virus …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Pompeo blasts China, Iran for response to virus outbreak

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday hit out at China and Iran for their response to the outbreak of coronavirus, accusing the two governments of censorship and of trying …


Italy sees virus cases quadruple in day as cluster emerges

The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country’s north that prompted …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to U.S. hospitals

Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals, because delayed Japanese test results showed they had the new virus that …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

An extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship is ending in Japan, and many scientists say it has been a failure.


Chinese health report says 80% of virus cases have been mild

Health officials in China have published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of the novel coronavirus disease that originated there, saying more than 80% have been mild and new …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

China has reported 2,641 new virus cases as it escalates measures to contain the outbreak and reassure an anxious public


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

China reports spike in virus cases with new diagnosis method

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Doctor: ‘Way too early’ to talk about ending China outbreak

The number of new cases in China dropped for a second straight day in the virus outbreak that has infected about 45,000 people and killed more than 1,100, health officials …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Anger and virus cases grow in China; death toll at 722

The number of confirmed cases of the new virus has risen again in China while fatalities increased to 722, as the ruling Communist Party faces anger and recriminations from the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

UK urges citizens in China to leave; Belgium sees first case

Britain on Tuesday urged all of its citizens in China to leave because of the virus outbreak, while Belgium became the latest nation to announce a confirmed case.


UN health agency tackles misinformation over virus outbreak

The World Health Organization chief has traveled a dozen times to monitor the Ebola response in violence-marred eastern Congo. But when he planned to visit China’s capital last week over …


Spray planes combat the huge locust outbreak in East Africa

As locusts by the billions – yes, billions – descend on parts of Kenya in the worst outbreak in 70 years, small planes are flying low over affected areas to …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

China reports 304 virus deaths, fires officials for poor job

China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Washington state coronavirus patient treated with investigational, unapproved Ebola drug

Washington state health officials released detailed information about their care of the first U.S. patient with the novel coronavirus on Friday, noting that his condition got worse until he was …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

U.S. evacuees ‘relieved’ about quarantine on military base

One of the nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China because of the new virus says the group was relieved to be quarantined at a military base in Southern California


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Mongolia closes border, China extends holiday to fight virus

China expanded its sweeping efforts on Monday to contain a dangerous new virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as …


China extends Lunar New Year holiday as new virus toll rises

China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from traveling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

China’s most festive holiday has begun in the shadow of a worrying new virus as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and …