Iran confirms two missiles fired at Ukraine airliner
Iran's civil aviation authority confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner that was brought down earlier this month, in a preliminary report posted on its website late Monday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy lays flowers at a memorial of the flight crew members of the crashed plane, at Borispil international airport outside in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Jan. 9.
China has confirmed human-to-human transmission of a new SARS-like coronavirus linked to the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak as the number of cases soared to more than 400 people in China, and the World Health Organization said it would consider declaring an international public health emergency. Countries both in the Asia-Pacific and elsewhere have initiated body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching those at risk of carrying a new virus.
(Pictured) Paramilitary officers wearing face masks stand guard at the Tiananmen Gate, on Jan. 27, in Beijing, China.
Chinese tourists wearing a medical protection mask walk at the Red Square in Moscow on 26 Jan.
'This time I'm scared': experts fear too late for China virus lockdown
China's bid to contain a deadly new virus by placing cities of millions under quarantine is an unprecedented undertaking but it is unlikely to stop the disease spreading, experts warn. The contagious virus has already reached elsewhere in China and abroad, and even an authoritarian government has only a small timeframe in which trapped residents will submit to such a lockdown, they say."I think we have passed the golden period of control and prevention," said Guan Yi, an expert on viruses at Hong Kong University.
An Ivorian health worker checks the temperature of Ivorian Minister of Health and Public Hygiene Aka Aoule during the establishment of security measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan on 26 jan.
A public health worker operates a thermographic imaging device to check the temperatures of arriving passengers at a quarantine station as preventive measure in light of the coronavirus outbreak in China on Jan. 26.
A pedestrian walks in front of an electric quotation board displaying share prices of world bourses, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange along a street in Tokyo on Jan. 27. Tokyo's key Nikkei index dropped more than two percent at the open.
Local residents struggle with riot police at the Fai Ming Estate, in Hong Kong on Jan. 26 after the Hong Kong government announced it would requisition an unoccupied housing project to house quarantined patients of the new viral coronavirus illness.
Mary Grace Baguio hugs a relative after arriving on a flight from Hong Kong at Pearson airport. Toronto Public Health received notification of Canada's first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus, in Canada on Jan. 26.
Visitors wear protective face masks at the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore on Jan. 26. Singapore announced its fourth case of coronavirus on Jan. 26, as China expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that President Xi Jinping said posed a "grave" threat, as the death toll reached 56 and Shanghai reported its first fatality.
Workers from local disease control and prevention department in protective suits disinfect a residential area following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Ruichang, Jiangxi province, China, on Jan. 25.
Police officers stand guard in front of the closed gate of Lama Temple where a notice saying that the temple is closed for the safety concern following the outbreak of a new coronavirus is seen, in Beijing, China, on Jan. 25.
People wearing protective masks walk outside Forbidden City which is closed to visitors, according to a notice in its main entrance for the safety concern following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Beijing, China, on Jan. 25.
Members of staff wearing masks are seen at the entrance of the Shanghai Disney Resort, that is closed today during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Shanghai, China on Jan. 25.
People wear masks on a street in Hong Kong, on Jan. 24 to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party's extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS.
Coronavirus Deaths Surge in China While Europe Finds First Cases
A flight crew, wearing masks, arrives on a direct flight from China, after Canada's Public Health Agency added a screening question for visitors and began displaying messages in several airports urging travellers to report flu-like symptoms in efforts to prevent any introduction of coronavirus at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, on Jan. 24.
Citizens wear face masks to prevent getting affected by the Coronavirus in Guomao, Beijing on Jan. 24. The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau has declared the first (highest) public emergency alert level amid an outbreak of coronavirus. In an effort to control its spread, major Beijing cultural institutions have been closed and Chinese New Year festive events cancelled.
What's changed between the 2003 SARS outbreak and the current Wuhan coronavirus
Many people worry that a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that killed 17 could be a repeat of the deadly SARS pandemic in 2003 that killed hundreds and wrecked havoc on Hong Kong's economy. A lot has changed since 2003 -- but not everything.In the Chinese city of Wuhan, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the origin of the outbreak, Li -- then a 15-year-old high school student -- was cramming for exams.
This aerial photo on Jan. 24 shows excavators at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients from a deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people, state media reported.
Police officers wearing masks check the boot of a car for smuggled wild animals following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, at an expressway toll station on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Xianning, a city bordering Wuhan to the north, Hubei province, China on Jan. 24.
A worker sanitizes the square in front of the Hankou Railway Station, closed after the city of Wuhan was locked down following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on Jan. 23.
Paramilitary police stand guard at an entrance to the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, on Jan. 23.
China virus toll rises to 54 dead, more than 300 new cases: govt
The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases. The contagion remained centred on the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan, which accounted for seven of the new deaths and 46 of the new confirmed cases, said the Hubei Health Commission. Wuhan and more than a dozen other cities in the province have been locked down in a rapidly expanding quarantine effort marked by transport shutdowns and other restrictions on movement.
Dr. Maria D Van Kerkhove, Head AI Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Unit, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Professor Didier Houssin, Chair of the Emergency Committee sit together for a press conference following an emergency committee meeting over Coronavirus spreading in China and other nations, in Geneva on Jan. 22.
Passengers who arrived on one of the last flights from the Chinese city of Wuhan are reflected in the lens of an advanced camera as they walk through a health screening station in Chiba prefecture on Jan. 23.
A Chinese girl wears a protective mask as her mother pushes her on a suitcase to board a train at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, in Beijing, China.
WHO Chief Heads to China as Virus Death Toll Tops 100
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Canadian health authorities on Monday confirmed the country's first case of a deadly coronavirus that originated in China and said the patient's wife had also tested positive.
The woman's case is still listed as "presumptive," pending final confirmation by a national lab in Winnipeg, officials said.
Nearly 20 people are being monitored.
The patient confirmed to have the virus -- a man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto on January 22 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic -- is being treated in isolation in a hospital there.
His wife, who traveled with him, also is believed to have contracted the virus and is in self-isolation, David Williams, Ontario province's chief medical officer, said in a statement.
He qualified the risk to others in Ontario as "low," given that the woman has been in self-isolation.
"We also have 19 persons under investigation for whom results are pending," Barbara Yaffe, the province's associate chief medical officer, told reporters.
"And we have ruled out about 15 or 16 as well."
In the initial case, the man's symptoms did not manifest when he disembarked from the plane. He only then called emergency services and disclosed his travel to Wuhan.
Health authorities had him transported to a Toronto hospital and placed in isolation, Theresa Tam, head of Canada's public health agency, said Sunday.
She said passengers who sat near the man on a China Southern Airlines flight were being contacted, adding that those more than two meters (yards) away from him have no reason to be concerned.
Virus outbreak pushes China's stretched health care workers to breaking point
Late Monday Canada's foreign ministry issued a warning to "avoid all travel" to China's Hubei province, which includes Wuhan.
The United State has issued a similar advisory.
In China, the toll taken by the new virus jumped to 106 dead, and more than 4,000 confirmed cases, according to the latest official report.
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