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Super-spreaders: What are they and what do they do?

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described an outbreak of coronavirus infections linked to a church in the city of Daegu as a “super-spreading event”. But experts, including the WHO, say the term is poorly defined.

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Two passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan die, authorities defend quarantine

Two elderly passengers became the first people from aboard a cruise ship moored near Tokyo to die of the coronavirus, the Japanese government said on Thursday, as hundreds more passengers disembarked after two weeks’ quarantine.

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London can host 2020 Games if moved over coronavirus: mayor candidate

London would be ready to host the 2020 Olympics if the outbreak of the coronavirus forced the Games to be moved from Tokyo, Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for mayor of the British capital, has said.

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WHO says in touch with South Korea on ‘cluster of COVID-19 cases’

The World Health Organization (WHO) is in close touch with South Korea regarding a “cluster” of COVID-19 cases around the central city of Daegu, a WHO spokesman said on Thursday after authorities there described it as a “super-spreading event”.

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More coronavirus cases in Iran’s Qom; religious gatherings under threat

Iranian health officials urged all religious gatherings to be suspended in Qom, news agency ISNA said on Thursday, after two more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the holy city, where two died of it this week.

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SAP India says two employees tested positive for H1N1 virus

The Indian arm of German software group SAP said on Thursday it had shut down all offices in the country for sanitisation after two of its employees in the southern city of Bengaluru tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

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Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy

Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government’s case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers.

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Can a video game save a life? African refugee puts players in his race for survival

The goal of Lual Mayen’s video game is to survive the horrific ordeal of a refugee, an experience that his family knows well, but the 25-year-old developer’s ambition is to change the world.

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South Korea city deserted after coronavirus church ‘super-spreader’

The streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a “super-spreading event” at a church.

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Germany’s Immatics ties up with GSK to develop immunotherapies

German biopharmaceutical firm Immatics said on Thursday it plans to collaborate with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop immunotherapies targeting multiple cancer indications, with a focus on solid tumours.

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‘Like a zombie apocalypse’: Residents on edge as coronavirus cases surge in South Korea

Residents of a South Korean city at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak described empty streets, deserted shops, and a climate of fear as a surge in confirmed cases linked to a church raised the prospect of wider transmission.

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Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

China reported a dramatic drop in coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned it may spread even more easily than previously believed.

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South Korea confirms first death of person infected with coronavirus

South Korea reported on Wednesday the first death in the country of a person infected with coronavirus and 22 new cases bringing the total to 104.

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Three test positive for coronavirus in Iran: health ministry official

Three patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Iran, a health ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

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China’s Hubei, epicentre of coronavirus, extends work suspension to March 11

China’s Hubei province on Thursday asked firms not to resume work before March 11 due to the coronavirus outbreak, saying only businesses involved in epidemic prevention and control or necessary public services would be exempt.

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Coronavirus fears grip South Korea; China reports drop in new infections

Scores of new coronavirus cases and a first death in South Korea fanned fears on Thursday of the global spread of the pathogen as research suggested it was more contagious than thought and China appealed to its Southeast Asian neighbors for solidarity.

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UK to evacuate passengers from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

British passengers will be evacuated from a cruise ship that had been quarantined for two weeks off the coast of Japan after hundreds of people on board fell ill with the coronavirus.

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China lab says conspiracy theories hurting efforts to curb virus

An outbreak of disinformation in China and elsewhere has hurt global efforts to combat the new coronavirus, said a specialist infectious disease lab located at the epicenter of the epidemic — and at the heart of a number of conspiracy theories.

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Australia quarantines coronavirus cruise ship arrivals; extends travel ban

More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally leaving a cruise ship docked in Japan on which more than 600 people had contracted a new coronavirus.

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Why Singapore’s admired virus playbook can’t be replicated

A day after Jeanhee Kim learned of a coronavirus case in her Singapore apartment block, she was visited by a distinguished-looking man she later learned was a senior government minister.

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Two more Russians on cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus: embassy

Another two Russian nationals aboard a quarantined cruise ship docked near Tokyo have been diagnosed with coronavirus, Russia’s embassy in Japan said on Thursday.

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Home at last: Australians arrive for quarantine after weeks on coronavirus cruise ship

More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally disembarking a cruise ship docked in Japan where more than 600 people have contracted the new coronavirus.

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Trump: “Confident China is trying very hard” in handling coronavirus outbreak

U.S. President Donald Trump is confident that China is “trying very hard” in its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, he said in a television interview late on Wednesday.

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China posts sharp drop in new coronavirus cases after criteria change

Mainland China reported on Thursday the lowest number of confirmed cases of a new coronavirus since late January, partly because of a change in diagnostic criteria for patients in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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South Korea coronavirus cases surge, majority linked to Daegu church

The mayor of a South Korean city at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak told residents to stay indoors on Thursday as a surge in confirmed cases linked to a local church raised the prospect of wider transmission.