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Personnel carry new beds inside the hospital of Codogno, near Lodi in Northern Italy, Friday, Feb. 21,2020. Health officials reported the country's first cases of contagion of COVID-19 in people who had not been in China. The hospital in Codogno is one of the hospitals - along with specialized Sacco Hospital in Milan - which is hosting the infected persons and the people that were in contact with them and are being isolated. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

Feb. 21, 2020 7:19 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy reported its first death from the new virus from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close. State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, attends a news conference during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a misleadingly compiled video circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pelosi lashed out at CNN host Christiane Amanpour during an interview about U.S. President Donald Trump’s acquittal after being impeached. The video relies heavily on a February interview in Munich. A number of altered videos have targeted Pelosi in the past year. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Feb. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashing out at CNN host...

The building housing the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center is seen in this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo in Omaha, Neb. The center is treating patient potentially exposed to a viral outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)

US virus cases climb to 35 with return of cruise passengers

Feb. 21, 2020 4:40 PM EST

At least 18 Americans who returned home from a quarantined cruise ship are infected with the new virus, bringing the number of cases in the U.S. to 35, health officials said Friday. More confirmed cases are likely among the returned passengers from the Diamond Princess which had been quarantined in Japan, the...

An official in protective suits measure the temperature of the foreign passengers disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship before boarding to buses at a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the runup to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the economy is reeling and criticism is mounting over his government's handling of a new virus that began in China and has spread alarmingly in Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virus

Feb. 21, 2020 11:16 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China. About 80,000 people are needed at the Olympics to provide free work...

Workers in face masks dispense lunch outside of an office building in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 on Friday as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and is spreading elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China's leaders say nation yet to turn corner in virus fight

Feb. 21, 2020 8:08 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leadership sounded a cautious note Friday about the country's progress in halting the spread of the new virus that has now killed more than 2,200 people, after several days of upbeat messages. The Politburo, made up of the senior officials of the ruling Communist Party, said the...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt and other European indexes were trading lower. Wall...

In this Feb. 14, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks on a almost empty street at the Chinatown in Incheon, South Korea. Even as cases and deaths from the new virus mount, fear is advancing like a tsunami - and not just in the areas surrounding the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency. A restaurant owner in the Chinatown says visitors have dropped by 90%. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Feb. 21, 2020 5:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car...

Workers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant against the new coronavirus in front of a church in Daegu, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu urged its 2.5 million people on Thursday to refrain from going outside as cases of the new virus spike. (Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP)

New threats emerge in outbreak while China voices optimism

Feb. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health officials expressed new optimism Thursday over the deadly virus outbreak while authorities in South Korea’s fourth-largest city urged residents to hunker down as fears nagged communities far from the illness’ epicenter. The confidence voiced by China’s...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, a medical staff member attends to a COVID-19 patient in a temporary hospital converted from an exhibition center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The hospital, one of the dozen of its kind built in Wuhan, hosts COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

Iran announces 3 new cases of new virus after 2 deaths

Feb. 20, 2020 12:25 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday that three more people have been infected with the new virus that originated in central China, following an announcement the day before that two people had died of the illness caused by the virus in the Iranian city of Qom. All schools and universities, including...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Kyle Martin, a worker at HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks, mines health data to keep the system up to date in a work area at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston. Early warnings of an emerging epidemic, some of them collected by HealthMap, showed AI's potential for giving global health experts a head start when bureaucratic hurdles and language barriers might get in the way. A screen behind displays a world map with colored dots marking cases of the disease known as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse. Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments...