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Chonnam National University staff wearing protective attire are on standby for special transportation for Chinese students studying at their university, at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Chinese students of the university are to arrive from China after their holiday. 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)

Desperate to stop virus' spread, countries limit travel

Feb. 25, 2020 7:33 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police manned checkpoints in quarantined towns, governments issued travel warnings and more flights were suspended Tuesday as officials desperately sought to stop the seemingly inevitable spread of a new virus. Clusters of the illness continued to balloon outside mainland China,...

A worker disinfects a public bus against coronavirus in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern, Iran, in early morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Iran's government said Tuesday that more than a dozen people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. (Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA via AP)

Iran official running anti-coronavirus task force has virus

Feb. 25, 2020 7:20 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement...

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 globally

Feb. 25, 2020 7:11 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:...

FILE - In this June 18, 2016, file photo, a picture of missing bookseller Gui Minhai is shown on a placard beside freed Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee, as the protesters are marching to the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong. A court in eastern China announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that it has sentenced Gui, a naturalized Swedish citizen, to 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

China sentences Swedish bookseller to 10 years in prison

Feb. 25, 2020 7:04 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A court in eastern China has sentenced a Swedish seller of books that took a skeptical look at the ruling Communist Party to 10 years in prison for “illegally providing intelligence overseas," in a further sign of Beijing’s hard line toward its critics. Gui Minhai first...

South Koreans tourists gather after returning from Israel at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. South Korean tourists returned home from Israel on Tuesday after the Israeli government imposed entry ban on South Koreans over concerns about new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Trump defends $2.5B coronavirus request; Dems say it's low

Feb. 25, 2020 6:27 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat. “We just asked for $2.5 billion on getting everything ready...

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...

In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers assemble Audi A6 L cars at a workshop of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. (Zhang Nan/Xinhua via AP, File)

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

Feb. 25, 2020 6:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. ...

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)

World shares mostly lower after Dow drops more than 1,000

Feb. 25, 2020 5:14 AM EST

Shares opened lower in Europe on Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia, where Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index skidded more than 3% as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged fresh efforts to contain the outbreak of a new virus that has spread from China to nearly three dozen countries. Nerves appeared to have steadied after...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is briefed by Daegu Medical Center President You Wansik in Daegu, 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.(Han Sang-kyun/Yonhap via AP)

Virus cases in SKorea delays table tennis team world champs

Feb. 25, 2020 4:10 AM EST

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The team world championships in table tennis scheduled in South Korea is the latest sports event postponed because of the virus outbreak from China. The International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday said it plans to reschedule the March 22-29 championships in Busan to June...

In this photo taken on Feb. 19, 2020 and released by Chen Chi-chuan, Chen Chi-chuan, 51, a Taiwanese electrical and plumbing contractor poses for a photo in his room at the Vienna International Hotel where he's lived in since Jan. 28 in Shiyan city in central China's Hubei province. Chen and about 1,000 other Taiwanese citizens are stuck behind doors in locked-down Chinese cities because their government cannot agree with China on how to arrange charter flights. Some are losing business income, risking too many absences from work and wondering how their children, if also stranded, will make up lost school days. (Chen Chi-chuan via AP)

Dispute leaves Taiwanese stuck in locked-down Chinese cities

Feb. 25, 2020 1:56 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Beauty salon operator Shelly Chen flew from Taiwan to her hometown in China last month to see her aging parents for the Lunar New Year holiday. Two days later, their city in the heart of a new virus outbreak was locked down to stop the fast-spreading infection. At first, Chen...