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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo taken with a slow shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move coming as the Mideast has over 220 confirmed cases of the illness. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia halts travel to Islam's holiest site over virus

Feb. 27, 2020 12:58 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move that came as the Mideast has over 220 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The extraordinary decision by Saudi...

President Donald Trump with members of the president's coronavirus task force speaks during a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

Feb. 27, 2020 12:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a critical personal challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: Asking Americans to believe him after he and some of his top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat. Keenly aware of the stakes not just for public...

President Donald Trump, with members of the President's Coronavirus Task Force, holds a paper about countries best and least prepared to deal with a pandemic, during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

Feb. 27, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming. Shortly after Trump spoke, the government announced a...

A resident of Jongno-Gu wearing a face mask sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb.27, 2020. South Korea and China each reported Thursday the new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 767 new virus cases

Feb. 27, 2020 12:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As the worst-hit areas of Asia continued to struggle with a new virus, with hundreds more cases reported Thursday in South Korea and China, worries about infection and containment spread across the globe. For the first time, the coronavirus has caused more new cases outside China, the...

President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and members of the president's coronavirus task force speaks during a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

Feb. 27, 2020 12:10 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new coronavirus case in California could be the first in the U.S. that has no known connection to travel abroad or another known case, a possible sign the virus is spreading in a U.S. community, health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case...

A passenger wearing a mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 arrives to the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

With first case, Latin America prepares for COVID-19 virus

Feb. 27, 2020 12:10 AM EST

With Brazil reporting the first case of the COVID-19 virus, neighboring countries and other nations around Latin America were attempting to block the possible arrival of the virus. A glance at efforts across the region: — Peru was maintaining a team of specialists working around-the-clock shifts at Jorge...

Customers buy masks at a medical supply store, to wear as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the contagious new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

New coronavirus reaches Latin America, first case in Brazil

Feb. 27, 2020 12:04 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin America saw its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide when Brazil's government announced that a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy this month had the virus. The Brazilian man had spent two weeks in northern Italy's Lombardy region on a work trip,...

People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Shares fell in Asia on Thursday after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was stepping up its efforts to combat the virus outbreak that began in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asian shares slump after Trump announcement on virus plans

Feb. 26, 2020 11:54 PM EST

Shares fell in Asia on Thursday after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was stepping up its efforts to combat the virus outbreak that began in China. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 2.1% to 21,951.78, while in Australia, the S&P ASX/200 dropped 0.8% to 6,653.50. In South Korea, where 334 new cases of...

Passengers wears face masks as a precaution against the COVID-19 while sitting in a bus in Hong Kong, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

New virus has infected 82,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths

Feb. 26, 2020 11:42 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 82,000 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 Thursday in Beijing:...

U.S. Army's Col. Lee Peters, director of Public Affairs of United States Forces Korea, and Col. Kim Jun-rak, of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff brief about the their postponed joint militaries drills to the media at Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The South Korean and U.S. militaries have postponed their annual joint drills out of concerns over a virus outbreak. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)

South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

Feb. 26, 2020 10:45 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean and U.S. militaries announced Thursday that they were postponing their annual joint drills due to concern about a viral outbreak that has infected soldiers in both countries' armed forces, put many troops in quarantine and closed base facilities. Twenty South...