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In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a medical worker records down a patient's condition at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Russia to ban entry of Chinese nationals to halt virus

Feb. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Russia will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country due to the virus outbreak centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide, Russian authorities said Tuesday. The entry ban goes into effect Thursday at midnight Moscow time (2100 GMT) for an...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, buses carrying American passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo. After 14 days, an extraordinary quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

Feb. 18, 2020 2:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. Since the...

A taxi driver wearing a mask waits for a fare with a Tokyo 2020 logo on the door of his cab Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said last week there is no

New virus has infected more than 73,000 people globally

Feb. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 73,000 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 Tuesday in Beijing:...

People walk past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Shares have fallen in Asia as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to cancel major events including the Beijing auto show. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

Feb. 18, 2020 7:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the Beijing auto show. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 1% to...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Feb. 18, 2020 7:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing. As many Chinese finally go back to work after their longest Lunar New Year holiday ever, the economic fallout from the outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in Wuhan may be just beginning. Companies are warning their bottom lines will take a hit, and governments are ramping up stimulus measures for economies that just weeks ago were hoping to see recoveries after months of uncertainty due to trade tensions and slowing global growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China virus outbreak chilling recovery for Asian economies

Feb. 18, 2020 6:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The virus outbreak in China has put South Korea's economy into an "emergency situation," its president says. Japan is on the brink of recession and big manufacturers are forecasting a whole world of woe. As many Chinese finally go back to work after their longest Lunar New Year holiday...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, a man rides an escalator as Nissan vehicles are showcased in the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama, west of Tokyo. Nissan, reeling from a scandal over its former superstar executive Carlos Ghosn, sank into red ink in the latest quarter as its vehicle sales fell around the world, and the Japanese automaker slashed its profit forecast for the year.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nissan shareholders furious at Ghosn scandal, dismal results

Feb. 18, 2020 6:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan shareholders vented their outrage at the Japanese automaker's top management Tuesday for crashing stock prices, zero dividends and quarterly losses after the scandal-ridden departure of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. They got up, one by one, at an extraordinary shareholders’...

Spanish karate athlete Damian Quinteros is reflected in a large mirror as he trains in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Now, nearly five months before the Tokyo Games, Quintero is a full-time karateka and a top contender for the gold medal in Japan. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Engineer to Olympian: Quintero ready for karate in Tokyo

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than five years ago, one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damián Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and...

In this Feb. 15, 2020, photo, a man talks on the phone next to a South Korean flag hanging in the balcony of his cabin on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship is scheduled to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

Feb. 18, 2020 5:18 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo. The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542. The number is by far the largest outside China. The Japanese government has repeatedly defended...

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 AM EST
TOKYO (AP) — Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.