Public health

Passengers stand on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Japan’s health ministry said Wednesday that 39 new cases of a virus have been confirmed on the cruise ship quarantined at the Japanese port. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)
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February 13, 2020 - 8:41 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Thursday its first death from a new virus from China, hours after confirming 44 more cases on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo as fears of the spreading disease mount in the country. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the first fatality is a woman in her 80s who...
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French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Scientists at the Pasteur Institute developed and shared a quick test for the new virus that is spreading worldwide, and are using genetic information about the coronavirus to develop a potential vaccine and treatments. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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February 13, 2020 - 8:38 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union health ministers agreed Thursday to boost preparations and organize a coordinated response to prevent the virus that emerged in China from further spreading across Europe. At an emergency meeting in Brussels, officials from the bloc’s 27 nations said they need to plan...
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February 13, 2020 - 5:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales plunged in January, deepening a painful downturn in the industry’s biggest global market and adding to economic pressures as the country fights a virus outbreak. Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans fell 20.2% from a year earlier to 1.6 million, an industry group,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, an investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing. China's Shanghai Composite index plunged 8.7% but then rebounded slightly as regulators moved to steady markets that reopened Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 from a prolonged national holiday amid news the outbreak of a deadly virus has spread further. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
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February 13, 2020 - 4:13 am
PARIS (AP) — France's government calculates that the deadly virus outbreak in China will shave at least 1 percentage point off the growth this year of the world's second largest economy, hurting global economic growth too. The French economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, told broadcaster BFM-TV that...
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The MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, sails off a port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Holland America Line said the ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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February 13, 2020 - 3:07 am
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AP) — A cruise ship turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears anchored Thursday off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew. The Westerdam was unwelcome elsewhere even though operator Holland America Line said no...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo trader Craig Spector works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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February 12, 2020 - 5:10 pm
Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to more record highs. Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors focused on the latest batch of mostly solid company earnings reports. The latest gains came as worries about the economic...
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In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, attendees walk to enter at the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain. Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China. The annual Mobile World Congress show will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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February 12, 2020 - 3:55 pm
LONDON (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China. The annual Mobile World Congress will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27. “Global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak,...
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February 12, 2020 - 1:11 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The operators of a cruise ship that was barred from docking by four governments over fears of a new virus that originated in China announced Wednesday that it will finally disembark passengers in Cambodia. Thailand refused Tuesday to allow the MS Westerdam to dock at a Thai port...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a worker cleans the floor of a temporary hospital with 1,100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Without enough facilities to handle the number of cases of viral infection, Wuhan has been building prefabricated hospitals and converting a gym and other large spaces to house patients and try to isolate them from others. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)
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February 12, 2020 - 12:51 pm
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 1,100. Chinese President Xi Jinping, meanwhile,...
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FILE - This March 28, 2019, file photo shows cigarette butts in an ashtray in New York. Moving company U-Haul has a new hiring policy and smokers need not apply. Starting this month the company will screen out people who use tobacco or nicotine when making new hires in certain U.S. states. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
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February 12, 2020 - 12:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U-Haul has an unusual wellness goal for 2020: hiring fewer smokers. The truck rental company said in January it will stop hiring people who use tobacco or nicotine products in the 21 U.S. states where it is legal to do so. Executives said the new policy, which takes effect this...
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