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'Risk is very high,' warns WHO, as coronavirus wipes $6 trillion off markets

02/28/20 3:03 PM

The coronavirus spread further on Friday, with cases reported for the first time in six countries across three continents, battering markets and leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise its impact risk alert to "very high."

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspends entry of GCC citizens to Mecca and Medina: foreign ministry

02/28/20 3:03 PM

Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens to Mecca and Medina, the foreign ministry announced in a statement published by the state news agency on Friday.

Dozens of guests leave Canary Islands hotel locked down over coronavirus

02/28/20 2:59 PM

At least 50 guests left a Tenerife hotel in small groups on Friday, four days into a 14-day quarantine imposed because of the coronavirus. Nearly 700 holidaymakers remained stranded in the compound.

France warns against handshakes as corona infections soar

02/28/20 2:59 PM

French authorities on Friday recommended that people refrain from shaking hands to prevent infection from the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases jumped by 19 to 57.

U.S. lawmakers warned of wider coronavirus outbreak; White House urges calm

02/28/20 2:58 PM

A top U.S. health official told lawmakers on Friday to expect many more coronavirus cases in the United States, a source said, as the Trump administration faced mounting criticism for its response to the crisis.

U.S. confirms plans to use law to boost production of coronavirus protective gear: Azar

02/28/20 2:57 PM

The United States plans to invoke a law to boost production of key items like masks, gloves and gowns to combat the coronavirus, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Friday, as negotiations to approve funding for the response moves forward.

Airlines at center of storm as coronavirus spreads

02/28/20 2:54 PM

European airlines stepped up their warnings over the coronavirus outbreak on Friday, with British Airways-owner IAG and Finnair flagging a hit to profits and easyJet reporting a big drop in demand into and out of a virus-affected region in Italy.

UK's Johnson says coronavirus top priority, as first Briton dies

02/28/20 2:46 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said slowing the spread of the coronavirus was now his government's top priority, shortly after news on Friday that the first British person had died of the disease after contracting it on a cruise ship moored in Japan.

Iran rejects BBC Persian report of at least 210 coronavirus deaths

02/28/20 2:46 PM

The fast-spreading coronavirus has killed at least 210 people across Iran, the BBC's Persian service reported on Friday, citing hospital sources, far more than reported by the Health Ministry which put the number at 34.

Mixed messages, test delays hamper U.S. coronavirus response

02/28/20 2:43 PM

Even as U.S. officials warn of an inevitable outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, and are alerting Americans to take precautions, some health agencies charged with protecting the public appear unprepared to deal with the threat.

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