Tourism businesses worldwide brace for a hit worse than SARS

Hotels, luxury shops and attractions around the world that came to rely on a flood of Chinese tourists are facing an even bigger crisis than during the SARS outbreak as

China locked down 50 million people and has to keep them fed

BEIJING — Carrying permits demanding "fast passage," truck drivers rushed a 560-ton shipment of disinfectant from eastern China to Wuhan, the locked-down city of 11 million people at the center

China flying home residents of virus-afflicted region

BEIJING — China's foreign ministry said today (Friday) it will send charter flights to bring home residents of virus-afflicted region from overseas. The one-sentence statement gave few details, but said those

WHO declares novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, commends China’s efforts

GENEVA - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today (Macau time) that the novel coronavirus outbreak has become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Speaking at

Companies with China ties start to feel virus impact, casinos included

Chinese authorities have cut off access to Wuhan, where the virus originated, and 16 other cities to prevent further spread of the virus, affecting more than 50 million people. The

Europe evacuates citizens from China, Russia shuts border

LISBON - European countries stepped up efforts today (Thursday) to contain the virus sweeping through central China, sending a chartered plane there to evacuate hundreds of citizens, scrapping more commercial

Fed chair sees China virus as possible risk to world economy

WASHINGTON — Just as the outlook for the global economy had been brightening in recent months, a new threat has suddenly emerged in the form of the viral outbreak in

Wuhan virus death toll rises to 170, transmission a concern

BEIJING — The death toll rose to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China today (Thursday) as foreign evacuees from the worst-hit region begin returning home under close observation

Do masks offer protection from new virus? It depends

People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay. Some companies have required them for employees. Schools in

EU to repatriate 600 citizens seeking to flee China virus

BRUSSELS — The European Union is working to repatriate about 600 citizens from 14 EU countries seeking to leave China because of a spreading new virus that has already killed

Airlines suspend China flights, cut services on virus fears

BANGKOK — British Airways said today (Wednesday) it is halting all flights to China, joining several Asian carriers that are either suspending or significantly cutting back service there as fears

Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

TOKYO — The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo today (Wednesday), a dozen of them with cough and fever including two who were

Central gov’t supports Macau in curbing coronavirus spread

A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of China's State Council on Tuesday voiced support for the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions (SARs) to curb

Coronavirus scare prompts countries to raise entry controls for Chinese nationals

With the number of infected people rising every day and more countries reporting cases of infections of the coronavirus 2019-nCoV, some jurisdictions and travel companies have started to enforce measures

Americans pass health test after being evacuated from China

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plane evacuating 201 Americans from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to Southern California after everyone aboard passed

Cases of new virus in China top its total for SARS

China, with 5,974 cases of a new virus, has more infections than it did in with SARS, though the death toll is still lower. China had 5,327 cases of

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that’s the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to

Boris Johnson walks Huawei tightrope as UK sets up clash with Trump

It’s the kind of balancing act Britain may have to get used to as the country forges its way in the world after leaving the European Union. Two days before Brexit

‘Birth tourism’ faces new restrictions from US State Department

Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting "birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can

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