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People wearing masks, walk in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Russia says it will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country amid the outbreak of the new virus centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Iran state news agency says new virus has killed 2 citizens

Feb. 19, 2020 2:42 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The new virus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. IRNA quoted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, as saying that both victims had been carrying the coronavirus and were located in Qom, about 140...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its January meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Fed seems inclined to keep rates low as virus poses risks

Feb. 19, 2020 2:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were mostly optimistic about the U.S. and global economies last month, though they noted the risk posed by China’s viral outbreak and said they were ready to keep their benchmark interest rate at its current low level in the coming months. Fed policymakers...

ADDS NAME OF PASSENGER - FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, John Miller, from Orcas Island, Wash., reacts after he disembarked from the MS Westerdam, back, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Having finally reached a friendly port willing to accept them and stepped ashore after weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find a way home. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

Finally let off cruise, passengers desperate for flight home

Feb. 19, 2020 2:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The cheers of celebration have faded. The waving of roses has ceased. Having finally reached a friendly port in Cambodia willing to accept them after nearly two weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find...

Tourists take pictures during the Kremlin guards is changing with the monument of Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov in the background in Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia to let in Chinese with business visas amid entry ban

Feb. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's entry ban for Chinese nationals will be partial and only affect those who travel with tourist, private, student and work visas, the country's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, clarifying the conditions of a sweeping entry ban for Chinese citizens announced the day before. Visitors...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo trader Ashley Lara works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks brush off latest loss, return to record heights

Feb. 19, 2020 1:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks shook off their latest virus-induced loss and returned to record heights Wednesday, with several familiar faces doing the heaviest lifting. Apple rose 1.5% as technology stocks once again helped lead the market higher. The iPhone maker recouped most of its loss from the prior...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers go door to door to check the temperature of residents during a health screening campaign in the Qingheju Community, Qingshan District of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Protective suit-clad inspectors in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak went door-to-door to find every infected person in the central city suffering most from an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second day. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)

China's virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

Feb. 19, 2020 1:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Inspectors in protective suits went door-to-door Wednesday in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak to try to find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second straight day. The city of Wuhan, where the new form of coronavirus emerged,...

An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after he disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers depart docked ship after virus quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 12:19 PM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as...

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives for welcome dinner in Vientiane, Laos, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Laos Thursday to discuss ways to curb the spread of the new virus infections. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic

Feb. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — China’s top diplomat assured his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday that the situation in a central Chinese province where the outbreak of a new virus began has “been brought under effective control.” Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed confidence that...

Dr. Kong Yuefeng, a recovered COVID-19 patient who has passed his 14-day quarantine, donates plasma in the city's blood center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients, according to China's National Health Commission. (Chinatopix via AP)

New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

Feb. 19, 2020 10:03 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Wednesday in...

A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Asian shares are mostly rising despite continuing fears about an outbreak of a new virus that began in China, which sent regional indexes mostly lower recently. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Global shares mostly rise but virus fears continue

Feb. 19, 2020 8:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Globalshares mostly rose Wednesday though investors continued to monitor the impact of the outbreak of a new virus that began in China. France's CAC 40 rose 0.6% to 6,093, while Germany's DAX gained 0.5% to 13,745. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.7% to 7,433. U.S. shares were set to drift higher...