Tag: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

‘Are You Sick?’ For Asian-Americans, a Sneeze Brings Suspicion

CHICAGO — Strings of lanterns in festive red and gold swayed high above the streets in Chicago’s Chinatown, but few people strolled the sidewalks on a recent afternoon. At Slurp Slurp Noodles, tourists were not filling the usual tables for lunch, a waitress said. A school crossing guard had stashed a face mask in her […]

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Days After Passengers Leave Ship, American Tests Positive Twice for Virus

An American woman who left a cruise ship in Cambodia last week has twice tested positive for the coronavirus since flying on to Malaysia, officials in that country said on Sunday. The news that at least one of the ship’s passengers had the virus alarmed health experts, raising the possibility of a new source for […]

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U.S. Passengers Prepare to Evacuate From Cruise Ship in Japan

American passengers on Sunday frantically prepared to evacuate a cruise ship that has been quarantined for more than 10 days in the Japanese port city of Yokohama, as hundreds of people on board fell ill with the coronavirus. As the Americans scrambled to pack their bags and prepare their own meals for a chartered flight […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: American From Ill-Fated Cruise Is Said to Test Positive

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePassengers disembarked from the Westerdam in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.Credit…Heng Sinith/Associated Press Malaysia says a cruise ship passenger tested positive, but others call the results inconclusive. An American woman who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia, after the vessel was refused entry at ports across Asia over fears of a […]

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A Hunt for Clues in Hawaii After a Tourist Couple Falls Ill With Coronavirus

HONOLULU — Chantelle Pajarillo had settled into a resort on Hawaii’s famous Waikiki Beach, hoping for a peaceful long weekend away from work and school with her family. The peaceful part came to an end as soon as she turned on the television set Friday night and learned that a Japanese couple who had been […]

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China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On

Under fire for its response to the coronavirus epidemic, China’s authoritarian government appears to be pushing a new account of events that presents President Xi Jinping as taking early action to fight the outbreak that has convulsed the country. But in doing so, the authorities have acknowledged for the first time that Mr. Xi was […]

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‘I Cannot Remain Silent’

China’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has imperiled itself and the world because it is a land of 21st-century science and 19th-century politics. Scholars in China predicted a year ago in an article in the journal Viruses that it was “highly likely” that there would be coronavirus outbreaks, calling it an “urgent issue.” Once the […]

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To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China

SHANGHAI — China has flooded cities and villages with battalions of neighborhood busybodies, uniformed volunteers and Communist Party representatives to carry out one of the biggest social control campaigns in history. The goal: to keep hundreds of millions of people away from everyone but their closest kin. The nation is battling the coronavirus outbreak with […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: First Death Outside Asia Reported in France

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTourists in Paris this month. A Chinese tourist who had been hospitalized in the city since Jan. 25 died on Friday.Credit…Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters France announces the first coronavirus death in Europe. France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said on Saturday that a 80-year-old Chinese tourist had died of coronavirus on Friday […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: ‘Thermometer Guns’ Are Known to Misfire

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePassengers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport last week had their temperatures checked.Credit…Hannah Mckay/Reuters ‘Thermometer guns,’ used on the outbreak’s front lines, are known to misfire. It has become an iconic image of the coronavirus outbreak in China: a masked official aiming what appears to be a small white […]

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‘Thermometer Guns’ on Coronavirus Front Lines Are ‘Notoriously Not Accurate’

It has become an iconic image of the coronavirus outbreak in China: a masked official aiming what appears to be a small white pistol at a traveler’s forehead. For weeks, this ominous-looking device has been deployed at checkpoints across China — tollbooths, apartment complexes, hotels, grocery stores, train stations — as government officials and private […]

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Coronavirus Begins to Sap Growth as Europe’s Economy Slows

Growth in Germany came to a halt in the last quarter of 2019 as consumers became more cautious about spending, leaving the economy vulnerable as it begins to feel the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Economic growth in Germany was zero from October through December, the Federal Statistics Office said on Friday, down […]

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China’s Doctors, Fighting the Coronavirus, Beg for Masks

WUHAN, China — In the hospital where Yu Yajie works, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals fighting the new coronavirus have also been fighting dire shortages. They have used tape to patch up battered protective masks, repeatedly reused goggles meant for one-time use, and wrapped their shoes in plastic bags for lack of specialized coverings. […]

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They Documented the Coronavirus Crisis in Wuhan. Then They Vanished.

HONG KONG — The beige van squatted outside of a Wuhan hospital, its side and back doors ajar. Fang Bin, a local clothing salesman, peered inside as he walked past. He groaned: “So many dead.” He counted five, six, seven, eight body bags. “This is too many.” That moment, in a 40-minute video about the coronavirus […]

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Coronavirus ‘Hits All the Hot Buttons’ for How We Misjudge Risk

Shortly after the University of Washington announced that the school’s fourth suspected case of the new coronavirus had turned out negative, two professors, one of public policy and the other of public health, held a small dinner for students and faculty members. Like everywhere else on campus, and in much of the world, the coronavirus […]

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The Coronavirus Story is Too Big for China to Spin

Reactions to Li Wenliang’s death last Friday filled the timelines of my social media accounts almost immediately. Post after post on my WeChat. Grief, frustration, anger. A week later, the groundswell of emotions seems unabated. Dr. Li, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, was one of […]

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Violin Lessons During the Coronavirus Outbreak. A Pupil’s Progress.

Thirty minutes into the violin lesson, Anthea Kreston knew that something was wrong. Ms. Kreston, an acclaimed American violinist, was at home in Corvallis, Oregon. Her student, Yunhe Tang, a talented 14-year-old who prefers the name Kevin, was at his home in Chengdu, in southwest China. She had been giving Kevin violin lessons via Skype […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: China Seeks Plasma Donors to Develop Treatment

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA doctor checks on a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical coronavirus patients, in Wuhan, China on Thursday.Credit…Chinatopix, via Associated Press China calls on virus survivors to donate blood plasma in the hopes of creating a treatment. A senior health official in Wuhan, China, the center of the […]

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Some Wuhan Evacuees Ask Why They Aren’t Being Tested for the Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES — When 195 Americans, including diplomats, were evacuated from Wuhan, China, last month, they were tested for the coronavirus on arrival at a California military base. Health officials swabbed the throats and noses of everyone in the group — the first to be evacuated from Wuhan — and they were relieved when all […]

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China Expands Chaotic Dragnet in Coronavirus Crackdown

China’s leaders expanded a mass roundup of people possibly sickened with the coronavirus on Thursday, widening their dragnet well beyond the epicenter of the outbreak to at least two more cities in what the government has called a “wartime” campaign to stamp out the epidemic. But the campaign, first announced last week in the city […]

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As Passenger Angst Grows, Japan to Let Some Off Ship, but Fewer Than Hoped

TOKYO — For a moment on Thursday, John and Carol Montgomery thought they might be departing early from the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, where new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed almost daily. Japan’s health minister said a few categories of passengers could spend the remainder of the two-week quarantine ashore. The […]

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