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Iran says voter turnout dips below 50% in a first since 1979

By Associated Press | February 23, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s interior ministry said voter turnout in recent parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%, the first time it dipped below the 50% mark since the country's 1979 revolution that ushered in a Shiite theocratic establishment to...

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM | February 21, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government banned major rallies in its capital and declared a health emergency in its fourth largest city as 100 new virus cases were reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 204.The spike forced officials...

China’s virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

By YANAN WANG | February 19, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Inspectors in protective suits went door-to-door Wednesday in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak to try to find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second straight day.The...

Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | February 16, 2020

On his return from China last week, Dr. Ian Lipkin quarantined himself in his basement. His wife now puts his food on the stairs. He’s run out of things to watch on Netflix. At odd hours, he walks in New York's Central Park, keeping 10 feet away from...

Fear, boredom, adventure fill each day on quarantined ship

By FOSTER KLUG | February 13, 2020

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Fear. Surprising moments of levity. Soul-crushing boredom.Life on the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese port with scores of cases of a new virus, means experiencing all these things, according to interviews...

Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

By KEN MORITSUGU | February 12, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The number of new cases of the coronavirus in China dropped for a second straight day, health officials said Wednesday in a possible glimmer of hope amid the outbreak that has infected over 45,000 people worldwide and killed more than...

The Latest: WHO seeks $675M to fight new virus

February 5, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China (all times local):11 p.m.The director-general of the World Health Organization has asked for $675 million to help countries address the expected spread of the new virus that emerged in...

Italy, Turkey screen all arriving passengers for coronavirus

February 5, 2020

ROME (AP) — Italy and Turkey said Wednesday they were taking the temperatures of all arriving airline passengers in new prevention measures aimed at halting the spread of a virus outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in China.Turkish Health Minister...

North Korea says it has intensified efforts to block virus

By The Associated Press | January 30, 2020

North Korea is intensifying efforts to prevent the spread of a new virus from China into the isolated country by blocking tourists, reducing flights and mobilizing more screening efforts, a health official said Thursday.Kim Dong Gun, a director from the...

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

January 29, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China:10 a.m.The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control.South Korea’s Unification Ministry...

The Latest: AP source: Plane leaves China with Americans

January 28, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100 (all times local):5:45 a.m.A U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press that a chartered plane sent...

Warren offers infectious-disease plan amid China outbreak

By WILL WEISSERT | January 28, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to prevent, contain and treat infectious diseases as a new viral illness spreads in China.The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday unveiled a plan that includes...