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A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin

Jan. 29, 2020 8:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS...

Visitors and exhibitors wear masks at the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The Latest: Chinese cases of new virus exceed SARS

Jan. 29, 2020 7:40 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 7:45 p.m. China has reported more infections from a new virus than it had from an outbreak of SARS in 2002-2003, although the death toll is still lower. China said it has confirmed 5,974 cases of the new virus, compared to 5,327 cases of...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in Asia after a rebound on Wall Street that reversed most losses from a sell-off the day before. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

World shares mostly higher after rebound on Wall Street

Jan. 29, 2020 4:58 AM EST

Shares advanced in most European and Asian markets on Wednesday after a rebound on Wall Street reversed most losses from a sell-off the day before. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 2.8%, to 27,174.43 after its markets reopened from Lunar New Year holidays, while other Chinese markets remained closed. The U.S....

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in Asia after a rebound on Wall Street that reversed most losses from a sell-off the day before. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mostly higher after rebound on Wall Street

Jan. 28, 2020 11:47 PM EST

Shares advanced in most Asian markets on Wednesday after a rebound on Wall Street that reversed most losses from a sell-off the day before. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 2.4%, to 27,289.55 after reopening from Lunar New Year holidays, while other Chinese markets remained closed. The U.S. rally overnight snapped...

In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, photo, \paramilitary policemen wear face masks as they stand guard in an area near the border with Hong Kong in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province. Hong Kong's leader announced Tuesday that all rail links to mainland China will be cut starting Friday as fears grow about the spread of a new virus. (Chinatopix via AP)

What's new in the China virus outbreak

Jan. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EST

More than 4,500 cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. Others have evolved...

A worker wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant along a path in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China's death toll from a new viral disease that is causing global concern rose by 25 to at least 106 on Tuesday as the United States and other governments prepared to fly their citizens out of the locked-down city at center of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Arek Rataj)

Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

Jan. 28, 2020 4:54 PM EST

This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month. But the place is empty. Wuhan, the center of a deadly viral outbreak, is on lockdown....

Passengers wear protective face masks arrive at the high speed train station in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Hong Kong's leader has announced that all rail links to mainland China will be cut starting Friday as fears grow about the spread of a new virus. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

US, others prepare evacuations as virus spreads from China

Jan. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people. Hong Kong's leader said it will cut all rail links to mainland China and halve the number of flights as authorities...

Chinese tourists wear masks at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new virus. Most have been in the central city of Wuhan where the outbreak began in December. More than 45 cases have been confirmed in other places with nearly all of them involving Chinese tourists or people who visited Wuhan recently. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers' return from China

Jan. 28, 2020 8:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A Thai navy spokesman says 20 officers sent to Wuhan to oversee construction of Thailand's first new submarine have returned home after the Chinese city was locked down to try to contain a viral outbreak. Navy...

In this March 27, 2017, file photo, tourists from China take pictures at the New England Aquarium in Boston. With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others opting to avoid travel as the new coronavirus spreads, tourism around the global is taking a heavy hit during one of the biggest travel seasons, the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions

Jan. 28, 2020 8:14 AM EST

Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads. Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators were among the industries...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Asian shares continued to fall Tuesday, dragged down by worries about an outbreak of a new virus in China that threatens global economic growth. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stock markets stabilize after selloff over China virus

Jan. 28, 2020 8:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — European stock markets and U.S. futures edged higher after another day of losses in Asia on Tuesday amid worries over the expanding outbreak of a new virus in China. France's CAC 40 rose 0.5% to 5,893 , while Germany's DAX rose 0.4% to 13,253. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5% at 7,447. U.S....