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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, speaks during a meeting at a government complex in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea's president has put the country on its highest alert for infectious diseases and says officials should take

S. Korea leader: 'Unprecedented' steps needed to fight virus

Feb. 23, 2020 5:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president has put his nation on its highest alert for infectious diseases, saying Sunday that officials should take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight the outbreak of the new virus in the country. President Moon Jae-in made the comments at...

In this photo taken on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, medical workers disinfect rooms in the sanatorium after quarantine period has ended in Bogandinsky in the Tyumen region, about 2150 kilometers (1344 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. 144 people who were evacuated from the epicenter of the CONVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, and were released from a 14-day quarantine in western Siberia. None of them tested positive for the virus. Russian authorities are going to great lengths to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in the capital and elsewhere.(AP Photo/Maxim Slutsky)

Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears

Feb. 23, 2020 2:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Bus drivers in Moscow kept their WhatsApp group chat buzzing with questions this week about what to do if they spotted passengers who might be from China riding with them in the Russian capital. “Some Asian-looking (people) have just got on. Probably Chinese. Should I call (the...

REMOVES REFERENCE TO NUMBER OF VIRAL INFECTIONS - Visitors wearing face masks walk near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.  South Korea's Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip says the outbreak has entered a serious new phase but expressed cautious optimism that it can be contained to the region surrounding Daegu, where the first case was reported on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

Feb. 22, 2020 7:57 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to six and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went into lockdowns as health officials around the world...

A man pass past one of illuminated sculptures during a concert at Belgrade's Kalemegdan Fortress, Serbia, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Several dozen people have attended a concert in Serbia in support of China in its struggle to contain a new virus that started in the Asian country but has spread globally. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbia offers support to China in 'battle' with new virus

Feb. 22, 2020 4:48 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Waving Chinese flags, several dozen people gathered Saturday in Serbia's capital to show support for China as it struggles to contain a new virus that started in the Asian country but has spread globally. Serbian officials and China's ambassador attended a concert and gave speeches...

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency shows a part of a temporary hospital with 1,100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Citizens have been ordered to stay in their homes for weeks in the coronavirus outbreak's epicenter of Wuhan. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP, File)

Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge

Feb. 22, 2020 6:45 AM EST

In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: It's that increasingly they can't trace where the clusters started. World Health Organization officials said China's...

Workers wearing protective gears help clean each other's suits after disinfecting as a precaution against the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea on Friday declared a

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere. South Korea said two people have died and 204 have been infected with the virus, quadruple the number of cases...

Voters with face masks fill out their ballots in the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. Also looming over the election is the threat of the new coronavirus, which has been confirmed in five people in Iran this week, including two elderly citizens who died in the city of Qom. Concerns over the spread of the virus, which originated in central China, prompted authorities in Iran to close all schools and Shiite seminaries in Qom. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

Feb. 21, 2020 11:58 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian health authorities Friday reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran. The report by the semiofficial Mehr news agency came as Iranians voted in nationwide parliamentary...

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...

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...

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...