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04/01/2020 - 12:39

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

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04/01/2020 - 12:39

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.


04/01/2020 - 12:24

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.


04/01/2020 - 11:52

Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII

Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar.

Wimbledon looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar.


04/01/2020 - 11:45

Asia virus latest: Japanese business sentiment negative; April pranks off

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:


04/01/2020 - 11:14

Europe toll hits grim milestone as UN warns of humanity's worst crisis since WWII

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.

04/01/2020 - 14:10

In supermarket front lines, cashiers fear the worst

The customers wander around in the stores, touch the food and even lick their fingers while riffling through bills. Any one of them could have the virus, and pass it along.

The customers wander around in the stores, touch the food and even lick their fingers while riffling through bills. Any one of them could have the virus, and pass it along.


04/01/2020 - 14:08

Animal adoptions soar in Australia during virus shutdown

Demand for rescue animals has soared in Australia as people stuck at home because of the coronavirus seek out cats and dogs to help them through the pandemic, officials said Wednesday.

Demand for rescue animals has soared in Australia as people stuck at home because of the coronavirus seek out cats and dogs to help them through the pandemic, officials said Wednesday.


04/01/2020 - 12:39

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.


04/01/2020 - 12:24

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.


04/01/2020 - 12:11

Serbia's sealed off playgrounds capture coronavirus quiet

With yellow caution tape strung across slides, swings and seesaws, Belgrade's empty playgrounds have become an eerie symbol of the silence that coronavirus has imposed on ordinary life.

With yellow caution tape strung across slides, swings and seesaws, Belgrade's empty playgrounds have become an eerie symbol of the silence that coronavirus has imposed on ordinary life.


04/01/2020 - 11:45

Asia virus latest: Japanese business sentiment negative; April pranks off

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:


04/01/2020 - 11:29

UK govt promises more virus tests as criticism grows

Britain said Wednesday it would soon begin testing 25,000 people daily for COVID-19 as criticism of the government grew over low numbers of testing compared to other countries.

Britain said Wednesday it would soon begin testing 25,000 people daily for COVID-19 as criticism of the government grew over low numbers of testing compared to other countries.


04/01/2020 - 11:14

Europe toll hits grim milestone as UN warns of humanity's worst crisis since WWII

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.


04/01/2020 - 10:00

Bondi Beach virus testing targets backpackers

Australian health officials set up a coronavirus testing clinic on Sydney's Bondi Beach Wednesday, as concern grew that COVID-19 was spreading among backpackers in the popular tourist destination.

Australian health officials set up a coronavirus testing clinic on Sydney's Bondi Beach Wednesday, as concern grew that COVID-19 was spreading among backpackers in the popular tourist destination.


04/01/2020 - 07:59

Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000

Emergency field hospitals were readied in New York's Central Park and at the home of the US Open tennis tournament as the number of American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 4,000 -- higher than the toll in China.

Emergency field hospitals were readied in New York's Central Park and at the home of the US Open tennis tournament as the number of American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 4,000 -- higher than the toll in China.


04/01/2020 - 06:55

The rent is due but many Americans can't pay the bills

The coronavirus pandemic took Brittany Brook's job on March 16, two days after it took her husband Matthew Whitfield's, leaving the New York couple scrambling as end-of-the-month bills come due.

The coronavirus pandemic took Brittany Brook's job on March 16, two days after it took her husband Matthew Whitfield's, leaving the New York couple scrambling as end-of-the-month bills come due.


04/01/2020 - 05:23

German plexiglass firm churns out virus shields

Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany. For plexiglass manufacturer Claus Mueller, business has never been better -- but no one is celebrating.

Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany. For plexiglass manufacturer Claus Mueller, business has never been better -- but no one is celebrating.


04/01/2020 - 05:05

Coronavirus: California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates

The prison system in the largest US state of California plans to release about 3,500 non-violent inmates early to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 illness, officials said Tuesday.

The prison system in the largest US state of California plans to release about 3,500 non-violent inmates early to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 illness, officials said Tuesday.


04/01/2020 - 05:00

Anti-quarantine Bolsonaro isolates himself politically

A new meme on Brazilian social networks shows a dinosaur looking at the meteorite that is about to annihilate his kind and complaining, "God dammit, this is going to be bad for the economy!"

A new meme on Brazilian social networks shows a dinosaur looking at the meteorite that is about to annihilate his kind and complaining, "God dammit, this is going to be bad for the economy!"


04/01/2020 - 04:46

Japan's Fujifilm starts Avigan trial to treat coronavirus

Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China.

Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China.


04/01/2020 - 04:34

Italy doctors warn of 'bio bombs' from patients sent to care homes

Italian doctors and unions have warned that a government policy to send patients discharged from hospital but still positive for coronavirus to care homes is like priming "biological bombs".

Italian doctors and unions have warned that a government policy to send patients discharged from hospital but still positive for coronavirus to care homes is like priming "biological bombs".


04/01/2020 - 04:19

China lockdown may have blocked 700,000 virus cases: researchers

China's decision to lock down the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the global COVID-19 pandemic, may have prevented more than 700,000 new cases by delaying the spread of the virus, researchers said Tuesday.

China's decision to lock down the city of Wuhan, ground zero for the global COVID-19 pandemic, may have prevented more than 700,000 new cases by delaying the spread of the virus, researchers said Tuesday.


04/01/2020 - 03:59

US kids stuck at home embrace online exercise classes

Every afternoon since they started staying in their Texas home due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Canonico sisters -- ages two, four and 10 -- spend some time banging on the floor with kitchen utensils.

Every afternoon since they started staying in their Texas home due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Canonico sisters -- ages two, four and 10 -- spend some time banging on the floor with kitchen utensils.


04/01/2020 - 03:58

Virus crisis gives US abortion opponents an opening

As the novel coronavirus rages across the United States, a new legal battle over abortion is brewing -- and its impact is unclear.

As the novel coronavirus rages across the United States, a new legal battle over abortion is brewing -- and its impact is unclear.


04/01/2020 - 03:23

US working on plan to allow virus-hit ship to dock

US authorities were finalizing a plan on Tuesday to allow a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, to dock in Florida after its operator warned that more passengers may die if it is left out at sea.

US authorities were finalizing a plan on Tuesday to allow a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, to dock in Florida after its operator warned that more passengers may die if it is left out at sea.