Shanghai tightens airport screening as imported coronavirus cases in China jump

Shanghai increased airport screening on Saturday as imported coronavirus infections from countries such as Italy and Iran emerge as the biggest source of new cases in China outside Hubei, the province where the outbreak originated. Mainland China had 99 new confirmed cases on Friday, according to o

Chinese province confirms 17 new coronavirus cases imported from Iran

The northwestern Chinese province of Gansu has confirmed 17 new coronavirus cases imported from Iran, bringing the total imported cases to 28, the province's health authorities said late on Friday. The 17 new patients were among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou o

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 remains to be seen, public health authorities say. With China accounting for the overwhelming majority of the world&rs

Donald Trump praises US coronavirus response while playing down impact

Donald Trump praised US health officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, as he and other members of his administration attempted to play down its possible impact.Trump is due to speak about the outbreak on Wednesday evening after briefings from officials in the health depar

WHO chief: Coronavirus still an emergency for China

The coronavirus outbreak is still an emergency for China and it is impossible to tell where the epidemic will spread, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Saturday. Tedros told the Munich Security Conference in Germany he was encouraged by actions C

American dies of coronavirus in China; five Britons infected in French Alps

A 60-year-old American has died of the new coronavirus, the first confirmed non-Chinese death of the illness, U.S. officials said, as millions of Chinese began returning home after a Lunar New Year break that was extended to try to contain the outbreak. While the vast majority of cases have been in

18 S.Koreans showing coronavirus symptoms after leaving China

A total of 18 South Korean evacuees who arrived from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been hospitalized after showing symptoms, Seoul’s health authorities said Friday, as concerns mount about a wider outbreak of the SARS-like virus. A chartered plane carrying a total of 368 South Korean citiz

WHO chief calls new emergency talks Thursday on China coronavirus as deaths rise to 132

LONDON - The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called a new emergency meeting of experts to discuss whether the SARS-like virus outbreak that began in China constitutes an international health emergency.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who visited China this week and

Russian clinic treated mercenaries injured in secret wars

A St. Petersburg clinic that is run and partly owned by people with ties to President Vladimir Putin has provided medical treatment to Russian mercenaries injured abroad, according to three people with knowledge of military contractors being treated, a clinic employee, a reporter’s witness acc

Israel is hoarding the Jordan River – it’s time to share the water

Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan. The first, al Ghamr (known in Israel as Zofar), is located south of the Dead Sea in the Naqab/Negev desert. The second, al Baqura (Naharayim) is found at the fertile point where a major tributary

Arab coalition in Yemen about to dismantle Anadolu

Ankara - Aden and other Yemeni southern cities may see newclashes or open war between the Emirati-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC)the Saudi-backed Yemeni official government, the Anadolu Agency (AA) prophesies, putting the south at risk of civil war. Such a war could get out of

South Asia rivals' differing agendas

India and Pakistan are preparing to hold their first formal talks since the 2008 Mumbai (Bombay) attacks. Negotiations will take place in Delhi on Thursday at India's invitation - the BBC's Geeta Pandey cautions against high expectations. When India suddenly invited Pakistan for foreign secretary-l

Lebanon-Syria thaw puts spotlight on missing

BEIRUT - It was the summer of 1982 when Zahira Najjar, 66, last saw her son Abdallah, then 17 years old.   The family was in Bhamdoun, a mountain resort east of Beirut, at the height of Lebanon’s 15-year civil war. Only Syrian forces were on the ground when Abdullah went to find transp

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