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Iranian prison inmates fear transfer to ward that hosted coronavirus victim

British-Iranian Anoosheh Ashoori is said to be worried he will be forced to movePrisoners in Iran’s Evin prison, including a British-Iranian dual national, are protesting plans for them to be transferred to a ward which they believe previously held a coronavirus victim.Sherry Ashoori, whose dual national husband Anoosheh Ashoori, 65, was jailed by the Iranian authorities for 12 years, said she has contacted the Foreign Office to warn them of the plans to transfer her husband and others to the pr...
Tags: World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Office, Evin, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Coronavirus outbreak, Anoosheh Ashoori, Sherry Ashoori


Coronavirus: South Korea to test 200,000 sect members as pandemic fears hit markets

Nation brings in ‘maximum measures’ to contain outbreak at secretive church Covid-19 coverage: live updates South Korea has stepped up its “maximum measures” to contain the coronavirus with plans to test around 200,000 members of a secretive church believed to be at the centre of the country’s outbreak.Along with an emergency budget and a crackdown on the hoarding of face masks, the government in Seoul will test members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus after its founder agreed to provide autho...
Tags: South Korea, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Seoul, Coronavirus outbreak, Shincheonji Church of Jesus


Coronavirus fears grip Middle East as Iran denies cover-up

Shrine city of Qom believed to be virus hub, as concern grows for region’s refugee populationFears are growing across the Middle East that coronavirus has infiltrated a main pilgrimage route, which could lead the deadly pathogen to vulnerable refugee populations, causing perhaps unprecedented public health crises across the region.Concern is centred on the Iranian shrine city of Qom, which is thought to be a hub of the disease and the likely source of its spread elsewhere in the country and in n...
Tags: World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Middle East, Refugees, Internally displaced people, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus closures reveal vast scale of China’s secretive wildlife farm industry

Peacocks, porcupines and pangolins among species bred on 20,000 farms closed in wake of virusNearly 20,000 wildlife farmsraising species including peacocks, civet cats, porcupines, ostriches, wild geese and boar have been shut down across China in the wake of the coronavirus, in a move that has exposed the hitherto unknown size of the industry.Until a few weeks ago wildlife farming was still being promoted by government agencies as an easy way for rural Chinese people to get rich. Continue readi...
Tags: China, Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: WHO plays down pandemic fears after seventh person dies in Italy – as it happened

Latest updates amid alarm over sudden rise in cases in Italy and Iran Coronavirus outbreak is pandemic ‘in all but name’, says expertAustria to stop suspected carriers at borderIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsShare your experiences 9.36pm GMT We will now be closing this live blog. You can find all of our most recent stories about the outbreak on our coronavirus page. 8.11pm GMT The effect of the coronavirus outbreak on the Italian economy could be “very strong, the country...
Tags: China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Giuseppe Conte, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: WHO plays down pandemic fears after seventh person dies in Italy – live updates

Latest updates amid alarm over sudden rise in cases in Italy and Iran Coronavirus outbreak is pandemic ‘in all but name’, says expertAustria to stop suspected carriers at borderIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsShare your experiences 8.11pm GMT The effect of the coronavirus outbreak on the Italian economy could be “very strong, the country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte warns.The economic impact could be very strong. At this moment, we can calculate that there will be a negativ...
Tags: White House, China, US, World news, Iran, Dhs, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Homeland Security, Johns Hopkins, Trump, Ken Cuccinelli, Giuseppe Conte, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: WHO plays down pandemic fears after sixth person dies in Italy – live updates

Latest updates amid alarm over sudden rise in cases in Italy and Iran Coronavirus outbreak is pandemic ‘in all but name’, says expertAustria to stop suspected carriers at borderIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsShare your experiences 7.10pm GMT The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there were 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, Reuters reported. These did not include the 39 cases who were among those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cr...
Tags: California, China, Sacramento, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Who, Un, Wuhan, Reuters, Humboldt, World Health Organisation WHO, Antonio Guterres


Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic 'in all but name', says expert

While WHO says virus still containable, sudden cases in Iran and Italy causing alarmCoronavirus updates – liveThe World Health Organization has played down fears of a coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, despite sudden serious outbreaks in Italy and Iran, but some experts said they believed it was now inevitable.“Using the word pandemic now does not fit the facts, but it may certainly cause fear,” said the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a briefing. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, World news, Iran, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Who, World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak


Italians struggle with 'surreal' lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Residents of Lombardy describe deserted streets and panic after six virus deathsCoronavirus – latest updatesPeople living in Italian towns under lockdown described a “surreal” and “fearful” atmosphere as a sixth person died of coronavirus on Monday and the number of confirmed cases rose to 229.Eleven towns across Lombardy, where the outbreak emerged suddenly on Friday, and Veneto have been quarantined for at least the next 15 days as Italian authorities scramble to contain the worst outbreak of ...
Tags: Europe, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Lombardy, Veneto, Coronavirus outbreak


FTSE 100 sheds £62bn as coronavirus fears hit global markets

Shares on Wall Street tumble after surge in cases of virus in Italy Coronavirus – latest updatesFinancial markets around the globe slumped on Monday as news of the Italian coronavirus outbreak wiped £62bn off the value of the FTSE 100 and shares on Wall Street tumbled.Shares in the US opened sharply lower under heavy selling pressure as analysts warned the threat of tougher quarantine measures to prevent the spread of the disease would hit company profits, by hitting supply chains and consumer d...
Tags: Europe, Business, US, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Italy, Ftse, Dow Jones, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: seventh person dies in Italy amid confusion over death toll in Iran – live updates

Latest Italian victim comes as Iranian health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infected after report of 50 deathsIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 2.32pm GMT A seventh person has died in the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, the Ansa news agency has reported.Ansa said the latest person to die was an 80-year-old man who had been taken to hospital last w...
Tags: UK, China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Lodi, Reuters, Ansa, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up as six deaths reported in Italy

Tehran rejects claim death toll is more than four times higher than official figures suggestCoronavirus latest – live updatesThe Iranian government has denied trying to cover up the full extent of an outbreak of the coronavirus, as Italy reported six deaths and officials across the Middle East and Europe scrambled to limit its spread.On Monday, a lawmaker from Qom – a Shia holy city 75 miles (120 km) south of the capital, Tehran, accused Iran’s health minister of lying about the scale of the out...
Tags: Europe, China, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Middle East, Tehran, Kuwait, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up as seven deaths reported in Italy

Tehran rejects claim death toll is more than four times higher than official figures suggestCoronavirus latest – live updatesThe Iranian government has denied trying to cover up the full extent of an outbreak of the coronavirus, as Italy reported a seventh death and officials across the Middle East and Europe scrambled to limit its spread.On Monday, a lawmaker from Qom – a Shia holy city 75 miles (120 km) south of the capital, Tehran, accused Iran’s health minister of lying about the scale of th...
Tags: Europe, China, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Middle East, Tehran, Kuwait, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: sixth person dies in Italy amid confusion over death toll in Iran – live updates

Latest Italian victim was a cancer patient; Iranian health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infected after report of 50 deathsIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 2.04pm GMT The UK remains “prepared for all eventualities” and the risk to individuals remains low, Downing Street said on Monday.The prime minister’s official spokesman said: We will be led ...
Tags: UK, China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Coronavirus outbreak, Brescia Continue


Mate Xs: Huawei launches latest version of folding smartphone

Chinese firm also unveils updates to its tablet and laptop lines, plus new wifi speakerHuawei is launching a new version of its folding smartphone, the Mate Xs, alongside revamped tablets and laptops.Despite Mobile World Congress being cancelled owing to fears over the coronavirus, the embattled Chinese firm Huawei launched a series of high-end updates to its most ambitious products at a virtual press conference instead. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Congress, China, World news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Tablet Computers, Huawei, Laptops, Mobile World Congress, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak


Austria looks at Italy border controls in bid to contain coronavirus

EU executive announces €232m package to deal with ‘unfolding and complex situation’Coronavirus latest – live updatesAustria is considering reintroducing border controls with Italy, in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has led to a dozen northern Italian towns being put into lockdown.Italian authorities have said they will impose fines on anyone entering or leaving restricted areas, after more than 150 people had contracted the virus by Saturday and three people people died. Continue...
Tags: Europe, Eu, European Union, World news, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Rail transport, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: Iran disputes death toll in city of Qom – live updates

Health minister says 12 people have died and 66 been infectedIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsChina postpones National People’s CongressStock markets slide amid fears spread could hit growthShare your experiences 12.14pm GMT In France, the government urged anyone who has visited Lombardy or Veneto –the two most affected regions in Italy – to wear face masks if they go outside, limit non-essential activities and take their temperatures twice a day.The French Health ministry issu...
Tags: France, China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Tehran, Lombardy, ILNA, Qom, China South Korea Singapore, Macao France, Coronavirus outbreak, Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani


How Britain became a nation of stockpilers: 'It just feels like something is going to give'

First there were Brexit hoarders, now it’s coronavirus preppers. Sirin Kale talks to some of them – and to the emergency food supplier who is enjoying a boom timeJames Blake, the owner of Europe’s largest emergency food supplier, is one of the few people to be doing good business out of coronavirus. Are you planning to hole up indoors while a pandemic, natural disaster or terrorist attack runs its course? Blake’s company – Emergency Food Storage UK – has got you covered, but it’s not cheap: £385...
Tags: Europe, Business, China, World news, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Food & drink industry, Brexit, Blake, Emergency Food, Coronavirus outbreak, Emergency Food Storage UK


Coronavirus: Iran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deaths

Tehran rejects claim death toll is more than four times higher than official figures suggestCoronavirus latest – live updatesThe Iranian government has denied trying to cover up the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak after reports suggested the death toll from the disease was more than four times higher than official figures claim.On Monday, a lawmaker from Qom – a Shia holy city 75 miles (120 km) south of the capital, Tehran, accused Iran’s health minister of lying about the scale of the o...
Tags: China, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Tehran, Kuwait, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: 50 people die in Iranian city of Qom – live updates

New death toll in Iran is significantly higher than the latest number of confirmed cases of infections thereShare your experiences 10.16am GMT Mongolia has halted all flights from South Korea and will block entry through its borders until March 2 as it steps up its efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Reuters reports. The country’s National Emergency Commission announced the efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on Monday. It has also already closed its schools until ...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, China, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Venice, Mongolia, Reuters, Lombardy, RTL, Qom, Attilio Fontana, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: 50 dead in Iranian city of Qom

Death toll is significantly higher than figures Iranian officials reported hours earlier Coronavirus latest - live updatesA staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian city of Qom from coronavirus this month, Iran’s semiofficial Ilna news agency reported on Monday.The new death toll is significantly higher than the latest number of confirmed cases of infections that Iranian officials had reported just a few hours earlier by and which stood at 12 deaths out of 47 cases, according to state TV. C...
Tags: China, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Kuwait, ILNA, Qom, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: China postpones annual political assembly for first time in decades – live updates

Parliamentary session postponed due to coronavirus while Xi Jinping warns of impact on economy. Follow latest newsShare your experiences 9.02am GMT Renewed fears over the coronavirus outbreak have prompted steep falls on European stock markets – most notably in Italy, which has suffered the most serious outbreak outside Asia.The FTSE MIB stock market index in Italy has dropped by 4%. Shares on London’s FTSE 100 have fallen by 2.8%, more than 200 points. In Germany the Dax index is down by 3....
Tags: Asia, Europe, London, France, China, Germany, World news, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: Wuhan revokes announcement relaxing lockdown measures - live updates

Investors flee to safe havens like gold as China’s President Xi warns of virus impact on economy. Follow latest newsShare your experiences 8.22am GMT Kuwait, Bahrain, and Afghanistan recorded their first new coronavirus cases on Monday. The cases in Kuwait and Bahrain involve people who had visited Iran, which has reported 43 cases of the disease, Reuters reports. 8.09am GMT China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Beijing was not considering issuing travel advisories for countries ...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, China, World news, Iran, Afghanistan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Bahrain, Kuwait, Wuhan, Reuters, Xi, Kuwait Bahrain


Wuhan reverses relaxing of coronavirus lockdown as South Korea cases jump

Communist party expected to reveal whether it will delay annual parliamentary sessionCoronavirus - live updatesAn announcement that the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak would relax some of its travel restrictions and allow some people to leave was made without authorisation and has been revoked, the local government said on Monday.Authorities in Wuhan had said healthy residents could begin to leave the city, which has been under strict quarantine measures since 23 January. ...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live updates: South Korean cases spike over 760 as Asian markets jitter

Investors flee to safe havens like gold as China’s President Xi warns of virus impact on economy. Follow latest newsWuhan eases coronavirus lockdown as Xi warns of historic ‘crisis’ 7.30am GMT Here’s the latest round up of the number of cases the coronavirus and deaths from AP. 7.15am GMT Morning, I’m Aamna Mohdin taking over the liveblog from my colleague Alison Rourke. Four British nationals rescued from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship are being treated at specialist centres in the north...
Tags: England, China, World news, Ap, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Xi, Alison Rourke, PA Media, Coronavirus outbreak, Aamna Mohdin


World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, say experts

78,000 cases confirmed, as Italy and Iran scramble to contain major outbreaksFollow the latest coronavirus news and updates – liveThe world is fast approaching a tipping point in the spread of the coronavirus, according to experts, who warn that the disease is outpacing efforts to contain it, after major outbreaks forced Italy and Iran to introduce stringent internal travel restrictions and South Korea’s president placed the country on red alert.Some of the countries most affected by the virus a...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Science, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus outbreak


Wuhan eases coronavirus lockdown as Xi warns of historic 'crisis'

Communist party expected to reveal whether it will delay annual parliamentary session and South Korea reports new spike in cases Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, has loosened lockdown measures and several provinces have lowered their emergency alert levels, as top officials sought to assure the public that the virus is being contained.On Monday, China’s National Health Commission reported its highest number of deaths in 11 days, with another 150 dead and 409 new cases, bri...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Wuhan, Hubei, Coronavirus outbreak, On Monday China 's National Health Commission


Coronavirus live updates: China's Xi Jinping warns of 'crisis' and impact on economy

Chinese leaders says virus is ‘big test’ for country as South Korean cases jump over 760. Follow latest news 1.33am GMT No sooner had I typed in those South Korean infection figures, and they are out of date. We have just heard from the health authorities there that infections have jumped to 763, up from 602. Yonhap news agency says there has also been a 7th death. Over 110 people including nine medical staff, at the Daenam Hospital have been confirmed to be infected with Covid-19, with five...
Tags: China, World news, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Infectious Diseases, Korea, Seoul, Yonhap, Coronavirus outbreak, Daenam Hospital


World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, experts say

78,000 cases confirmed, as Italy and Iran scramble to contain major outbreaks The world is fast approaching a “tipping point” in the spread of the coronavirus, according to experts who warn that the disease is outpacing efforts to contain it, after major outbreaks forced Italy and Iran to introduce stringent internal travel restrictions and South Korea’s president placed the country on red alert.Some of the countries most affect by the virus are scrambling to halt its progress two days after Ted...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, Science, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus outbreak


What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What symptoms are caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, Coronavirus outbreak



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