Trump administration weighs emergency funds to combat coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering asking lawmakers for emergency funding to ramp up its response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, a White House spokesman and an administration source said on Monday, though they did not say how much money was needed. “We need some funding here to make sure that we … protect all Americans, that we keep

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With mask and hashtags, Ukraine minister fights coronavirus rumors from quarantine

KIEV (Reuters) – When Ukraine Health Minister Zoriana Skaletska felt her messages about the coronavirus epidemic were not cutting through, she decided to join nearly 100 people in a quarantine facility to stop panic from spreading among the general public. Ukraine has not recorded a single coronavirus case but the arrival last week of a planeload of evacuees from China,

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Turkey shuts Iran border, halts flights due to coronavirus

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after the neighboring country reported 43 cases of the disease, the health minister said on Sunday. All highways and railways were closed as of 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) and flights from Iran suspended, Health Minister Fahrettin

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South Korea reports 142 additional coronavirus cases, brings total to 346: KCDC

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reported 142 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the nation’s total to 346, according to Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the new cases, 91 have been traced to a hospital in Cheongdo County, which was designated as one of the “special care zones” by the government. China has reported a total

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China reports drop in coronavirus cases; scientists warn virus may spread easily

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while scientists reported the new virus may spread even more easily than previously believed. China’s central Hubei province had 349 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, down from 1,693 a day earlier and lowest since Jan. 25. The death toll

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TUI passengers booked on cruise to ‘coronavirus land’ desperate for answers

Angry holidaymakers who booked a far eastern cruise long before the news of the Wuhan COVID-19 virus became public have complained that they are still expected to holiday in "coronavirus land”. The cruise passengers, who paid in the region of £1,200 for a Far East Asia cruise that takes in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, have been bombarding TUI

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China revokes credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters over opinion piece

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has revoked the press credentials of three journalists of the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper declined to apologize for a column with a headline calling China the “real sick man of Asia”, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Spokesman Geng Shuang told a briefing that Beijing made several representations to the paper over the column

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