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MILAN (Reuters) - Italy raced on Sunday to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, sealing off the worst affected towns and banning public events in much of the north as a third patient died of the illness.
BEIJING: China has confirmed a sharp decrease in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday (Feb 22) but a doubling of infections in South Korea and 10 new cases in Iran added to unease about its rapid spread and global reach.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Saturday that the number of new coronavirus cases in the country had doubled to 433, and officials suggested that the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the centre of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms.
(Reuters) - A 20-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, travelled 400 miles(675 km) north to Anyang where she infected five relatives, without ever showing signs of infection, Chinese scientists reported on Friday, offering new evidence that the virus can be spread asymptomatically.
WUHAN: Libraries and bookstores have joined hands to build 18 mini libraries in temporary hospitals in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, to lend “spiritual support” to patients there.The libraries, comprising rows of bookcases, have been installed in all temporary hospitals and six others yet to be opened, according to the culture and tourism department of Hubei province, where Wuhan is the provincial capital.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday and said it was monitoring two other potential cases after a 45-year-old woman who returned from Iran tested positive.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has called off its Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown and travel curbs to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, a Western tour company said on Friday.
Visits to medical-related mini-programs on Chinese super app WeChat rose 347% over the past 20 days, compared to data recorded in December. The impact of the countrywide lockdown on the economy has the potential to cut China’s gross domestic product growth in the first quarter from 6% to 4.5%.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced President Donald Trump's long-time adviser Roger Stone to three years and four months in prison and said his lies to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election amounted to a threat to American democracy.
Teenager with cerebral palsy was left at home without adequate care when his dad and brother were isolated at a treatment facility, despite his father's plea on Weibo for help. Yan Xiaowen has now recovered from the illness, while his younger son tested negative.