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A woman wearing a protective face mask receives a temperature check from a security guard as she enters Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot, in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country's leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Feb. 16, 2020 4:24 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of the Feb. 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the...

A bus leaves the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at a port Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The U.S. says Americans aboard a quarantined ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Americans in Japan to trade one quarantine for another

Feb. 16, 2020 12:45 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Americans Cheryl and Paul Molesky are trading one coronavirus quarantine for another. The couple from Syracuse, New York, are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be flown back to the United States. But they will have to...

Two buses leave a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US to fly home Americans stuck on quarantined ship in Japan

Feb. 15, 2020 1:15 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. says Americans aboard a quarantined cruise ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine. About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo. So...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, a boy walks around an information center in Yokohama's Chinatown, near Tokyo. A top Olympic official made clear Friday the 2020 Games in Tokyo will not be cancelled despite the virus that has spread from China. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

No 'Plan B' for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

Feb. 14, 2020 6:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China. The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people...

Elle Purrier reacts after winning the NYRR Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games track and field meet Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Cream rises: Purrier's track feats paved by dairy farm work

Feb. 13, 2020 2:46 PM EST

The determination of Elle Purrier to churn through the last lap on her way to breaking an American indoor mile record last weekend can be traced to many, many things. Like growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont, where she milked 30 cows at the crack of dawn before heading to school. That work ethic has spilled...

Passengers stand on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Japan’s health ministry said Wednesday that 39 new cases of a virus have been confirmed on the cruise ship quarantined at the Japanese port. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan reports 1st death from virus, 44 more cases on ship

Feb. 13, 2020 10:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Thursday its first death from a new virus from China, hours after confirming 44 more cases on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo as fears of the spreading disease mount in the country. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the first fatality is a woman in her 80s who had been...

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The Latest: Hong Kong Catholics suspend Masses over virus

Feb. 13, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Catholic diocese in Hong Kong has announced that Masses will be suspended for two weeks amid the spread of the new virus. In a brief video announcement, Cardinal John Hon Tong wore a surgical mask as he...

In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, Abraham Majok, center and other compatriot athletes of the South Sudan team participate in Japanese language lessons as their preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

From South Sudan to Japan -- and on to the Tokyo Olympics

Feb. 13, 2020 7:51 AM EST

MAEBASHI, Japan (AP) — Four South Sudanese athletes are already training in Japan for this year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. They are trying to get a head start but, even so, they aren't likely to win any medals. Unlike most of the 11,000 athletes who will be in Tokyo for the Olympics, and thousands...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a tourist wearing a mask poses for a photo with the Olympic rings in the background, at Tokyo's Odaiba district. Tokyo Olympic organizers repeated their message at the start of two days of meetings with the IOC: this summer's games will not be cancelled or postponed by the coronavirus spreading  neighboring China. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are on

Feb. 13, 2020 7:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers reiterated their message on Thursday at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee: The 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus that is spreading from neighboring China. “I would like to make it clear again that we are not...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second left, speaks at a meeting against a new coronavirus, at his official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Abe on Thursday announced a series of measures totaling 15.3 billion yen to deal with the spread of coronavirus. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan reports first death from new virus

Feb. 13, 2020 7:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s health ministry says a woman infected with the new virus has died, becoming the country's first confirmed fatality. Health minister Katsunobu Kato announced Thursday that the victim is a woman in her 80s who had been treated at a hospital near Tokyo since early February after...