Tag: Viruses

Italy Battles to Contain Europe’s First Major Outbreak of Coronavirus

ROME — Government officials scrambled on Sunday to contain the first major outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe, locking down at least 10 towns near Milan, closing schools and canceling the iconic Venice carnival, as nearly 150 cases were announced in recent days. The new cases are mostly in the Lombardy region, which includes Milan, […]

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Coronavirus Lockdowns Torment an Army of Poor Migrant Workers in China

Clutching a gray plastic suitcase filled with most of his belongings — a blanket, a toothbrush, a pair of white sneakers and a comb — Wang Sheng goes from factory to factory in southern China begging for a job. The answer is always no. Mr. Wang, 49, used to be able to find work in […]

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Coronavirus Spreads as New Cases Double in South Korea

Coronavirus spread to more countries and the numbers of new cases and deaths outside of China climbed, with special concern focused on South Korea where the infection count doubled in a single day — raising fears that another Asian country was losing control of the escalating epidemic. By Saturday, the virus had been identified in […]

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With 4 Deaths in Iran and More Cases on 3 Continents, Fears of Coronavirus Pandemic Rise

HONG KONG — An alarming surge of new coronavirus cases outside China, with fears of a major outbreak in Iran, is threatening to transform the contagion into a global pandemic, as countries around the Middle East scrambled to close their borders and continents so far largely spared reported big upticks in the illness. In Iran, […]

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Why Did the Coronavirus Outbreak Start in China?

The new coronavirus disease has a name now: COVID-19. That took a while. The virus’s genome was sequenced within two weeks or so of its appearance, but for many weeks more, we didn’t know what to call it or the disease it causes. For a time, in some quarters, the disease went by “Wuhan pneumonia,” […]

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To Prevent Next Coronavirus, Stop the Wildlife Trade, Conservationists Say

The coronavirus spreading from China has sickened at least 73,000 people and killed at least 2,000, setting in motion a global health emergency. But humans aren’t the only species infected. Coronaviruses attack a variety of birds and mammals. The new virus seems to have leapt from wildlife to humans in a seafood and meat market […]

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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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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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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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Huge Shelters for Coronavirus Patients Pose New Risks, Experts Fear

As the new coronavirus continued to spread unabated within the city of Wuhan, China, government officials last week imposed draconian measures. Workers in protective gear were instructed to go to every home in the city, removing infected residents to immense isolation wards built hastily in a sports stadium, an exhibition center and a building complex. […]

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A Store, a Chalet, an Unsealed Pipe: Coronavirus Hot Spots Flare Far From Wuhan

HONG KONG — An apartment building in Hong Kong, its units linked by pipes. A department store in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin, where more than 11,000 shoppers and employees mingled. A ski chalet in France, home base for a group of British citizens on vacation. These sites, scattered around the world, have become […]

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As Foreigners Flee China, Pakistan Tells Its Citizens to Stay

NEW DELHI — For days, Nadeem Bhatti, a university student in Wuhan, China, watched as his foreign classmates fled the center of the coronavirus outbreak — lines of Indians, Nepalis and others filed somberly onto buses as their governments evacuated them from the hot zone. But Mr. Bhatti, like hundreds of other Pakistani students, was […]

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Hiding From Coronavirus in Indonesia. But Is It Truly Virus-Free?

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The family from Shanghai was vacationing in Singapore last month when they learned that the new coronavirus had arrived there from China. So they packed up and flew to the world’s largest country yet to report a single case of the deadly virus: Indonesia. They landed in Bali, a major destination […]

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U.K. Declares Coronavirus ‘Imminent Threat’ as Europe Scrambles to Combat Epidemic

LONDON — Britain’s health department declared the new coronavirus an “imminent threat” to public health and announced a series of measures to combat the spread of the virus, a sign of the seriousness with which local health authorities are treating the fears of the epidemic. Four more people linked to a cluster of transmissions at […]

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Lessons That Go Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak

News of coronavirus infections is causing many people to panic. It’s unclear how widespread or deadly this illness is going to be, but for once, instead of telling you not to worry, I’m going to suggest riding that wave. Channel that fear into useful action — and find the lessons that go beyond this outbreak. […]

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Death of American Fuels Concern Over China’s Approach to Coronavirus

ImageStreets remained eerily empty in Wuhan, China, under lockdown on Friday as cases of the new coronavirus multiply.Credit…Getty Images SHANGHAI — A United States citizen died from the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, American officials said on Saturday. It was the first known American death from the illness, and was likely to escalate diplomatic tensions over […]

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New Report on 138 Coronavirus Cases Reveals Disturbing Details

One patient, admitted to a hospital in Wuhan, China, infected at least 10 health care workers and four other patients with the coronavirus that has sickened more than 31,000 people, killed 600 and reached two dozen other countries. The case was just one disturbing detail in a new report on 138 patients in Wuhan that […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Soars in China and Xi Takes Aim at Rumors

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePatients with mild symptoms of the new coronavirus arriving at an exhibition center that was converted into a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At least 563 people have now died from the virus in China. The death toll and number of infections continued to […]

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