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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo specialist Scott Vasilisin, right works with trader Michael Milano on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 22. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks rise as health authorities focus on China virus

Jan. 22, 2020 12:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose in midday trading Wednesday as health authorities around the world take steps to monitor and contain a deadly virus that could spread globally. China and other countries are ramping up screenings for fever on aircraft and at airports. The World Health Organization is...

South Korea, Saudi Arabia qualify for men's Olympic soccer

Jan. 22, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — South Korea and Saudi Arabia both qualified for the men's Olympic soccer tournament after winning games on Wednesday. South Korea beat Australia 2-0 and Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship in Thailand. The final is Sunday in...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Shares advanced in early Asian trading after a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks mostly recover on hope for handling of Chinese virus

Jan. 22, 2020 10:57 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — World share prices mostly rose Wednesday as confidence increased in China's handling of an outbreak of a new virus that has infected more than 500 people, with 17 confirmed deaths. The CAC 40 in Paris was up 0.1% at 6,053, while Germany's DAX picked up 0.2% to 13,583. Britain's FTSE 100...

A box of masks imported from Japan sits inside a Yifeng Pharmacy in Wuhan, China, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Pharmacies in Wuhan are restricting customers to buying one mask at a time amid high demand and worries over an outbreak of a new coronavirus. The number of cases of the new virus has risen to over 400 in China and the death toll to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

Science Says: What to know about the viral outbreak in China

Jan. 22, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new virus that originated in China. Governments are stepping up surveillance of airline passengers from central China and taking other steps to try to control the outbreak. Here's what you should know about the illness: WHAT...

Passengers wearing masks walk by as a quarantine officer, center, monitors a thermography during a quarantine inspection at Kansai international airport in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness infecting hundreds of people in the country. Japan, South Korea, the United States and Taiwan have all reported one case each. All of the illnesses were of people from Wuhan or who recently had traveled there. (Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

China virus outbreak may wallop economy, financial markets

Jan. 22, 2020 10:51 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — News that a new virus that has afflicted hundreds of people in central China can spread between humans has rattled financial markets and raised concern it might wallop the economy just as it might be regaining momentum. Health authorities across Asia have been stepping up surveillance and...

Health Officials in hazmat suits wait at the gate to check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the airport in Beijing, China. Nearly two decades after the disastrously-handled SARS epidemic, China’s more-open response to a new virus signals its growing confidence and a greater awareness of the pitfalls of censorship, even while the government is as authoritarian as ever. (AP Photo Emily Wang)

Years after SARS, a more confident China faces a new virus

Jan. 22, 2020 10:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a viral outbreak spread from the central Chinese city of Wuhan this week, the ruling Communist Party's central political and legal affairs commission issued a stern warning: “Whoever deliberately delays and conceals reports will forever be nailed to history's pillar of...

Medical workers use an infrared thermometer to check travelers at a train station in Nanchang in southern China's Jiangxi Province, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further. (Chinatopix via AP)

What's new today in the China virus outbreak

Jan. 22, 2020 10:43 AM EST

More than 500 cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed in China and elsewhere since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Seventeen people have died. Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of...

Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

Jan. 22, 2020 10:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least 17 could spread further. The appeal came as the World Health Organization convened a group of...

China's Hubei province announces that death toll from new virus has risen to 17

Jan. 22, 2020 10:26 AM EST
BEIJING (AP) — China's Hubei province announces that death toll from new virus has risen to 17.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. A preliminary test on a traveller from Wuhan China shows a positive result on the coronavirus in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Hong Kong chief in Davos as city mired in crises

Jan. 22, 2020 10:05 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who is facing multiple crises back home, has made an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to talk about the Asian financial center's...