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A woman wearing face mask passes by posters about precautions against new coronavirus at a bus station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

New virus has infected over 80,000 people, killed 2,700

Feb. 25, 2020 10:53 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 80,000 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:...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens to Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi, during Grossi's courtesy call at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Abe says new measures like companies letting their employees work from home and hospitals expanding their capacity to treat many patients will determine if Japan could control its coronavirus outbreak. (Kimimasa Mayama/Pool Photo via AP)

Abe: Flex hours, work style among key steps to fight virus

Feb. 25, 2020 10:50 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that companies should allow employees to work from home and hospitals must expand their treatment capacity in order for Japan to control its virus outbreak. “We are at an extremely important time in ending the spread of infection at an...

People stand at their balconies at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Spanish officials say a tourist hotel on the Canary Islands has been placed in quarantine after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo)

Desperate to stop virus' spread, countries limit travel

Feb. 25, 2020 9:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police manned checkpoints in quarantined towns, guests were confined to their rooms in a hotel in the Canary Islands, governments issued travel warnings and more flights were suspended Tuesday as officials desperately sought to stop the seemingly inevitable spread of a new virus....

Britain's cycling team to lose top sponsor after Tokyo Games

Feb. 25, 2020 8:30 AM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The governing body of British cycling will lose its main sponsor after the Tokyo Olympics, potentially harming the long-term strength of the country's top-performing sport at recent games. HSBC has decided to exercise a break clause midway through an eight-year partnership with...

People stand an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virus outbreak keeps global markets in check

Feb. 25, 2020 8:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Share prices around the world, particularly in Japan, took a hit Tuesday amid mounting fears about the economic impact of the new coronavirus outbreak. An anticipated solid opening on Wall Street provided some hope that the current bout of selling might ease. With cases of the virus outside...

Two people wear masks as they visit the newly opened Japan Olympic Museum located near the New National Stadium, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics

Feb. 25, 2020 6:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, estimates there's a three-month window to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, which are being threatened by the fast-spreading virus from China. Pound, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, did not sound alarmist. But he did...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 28, 2013 file photo, a Boeing 787 plane of the All Nippon Airways, ANA, prepares to land after a test flight at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Japanese carrier ANA is ordering 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, bringing its fleet of the planes to 103 by 2025. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Japan's ANA orders 20 more Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Feb. 25, 2020 4:04 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese carrier ANA is ordering 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, bringing its fleet of the planes to 103 by 2025. The latest order will consist of 11 787-10 aircraft, set to go into service for Japan routes sometime between 2022 and 2024, ANA Holdings Inc. said Tuesday. That jet seats more...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Chitetsu Watanabe, 112, poses next to the calligraphy he wrote after being awarded as the world's oldest living male by Guinness World Records, in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan. The Japanese man who received his certificate as the world's oldest man with a raised fist and big smiles earlier this month has died at 112. Guinness World Records confirmed Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 he had died Sunday. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

World's oldest man, who said secret was smiling, dies at 112

Feb. 25, 2020 1:43 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese man who received his certificate as the world's oldest man with a raised fist and big smiles earlier this month has died at 112. Guinness World Records had given the certificate to Chitetsu Watanabe on Feb. 12. The organization and the funeral home handling his services confirmed...

A man wearing a sanitary mask walks past the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Italy has been scrambling to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan's legendary La Scala. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

Feb. 24, 2020 4:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed new threats far beyond. In Italy, authorities set up...

People with protective mask walk in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Most of Japan's cases were from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where nearly one-fifth of its 3,711 passengers and crew became infected. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan govt panel experts say ship quarantine was not perfect

Feb. 24, 2020 1:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health officials and experts on a government panel acknowledged Monday that the quarantine of the virus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess was not perfect, but defended Japan's decision to release about 1,000 passengers after 14 days. The officials said Japanese health authorities...