Coronavirus: Rapid spread raises fears of global pandemic

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrone captures massive queue for masks in South Korea’s Daegu city Fears are growing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a pandemic as new cases are reported around the world. Most infections are in China but other…

Coronavirus Spreads Outside China as Officials’ Worries Mount

HONG KONG—New cases of coronavirus flared outside China, adding to global health officials’ worries about the spread of the disease in dangerous new pockets of infection. Iran’s health ministry on Sunday confirmed the eighth coronavirus-related death in the country, out of a total of 43…

World Economy Shudders as Coronavirus Threatens Global Supply Chains

HONG KONG—The last time a coronavirus outbreak hit China in 2003, the global economy emerged relatively unscathed. Now, nearly two decades later, the growth-damping effects of a similar pathogen threaten to ripple around a world transformed by China’s boom. Chinese consumption and production power growth…

Two Coronavirus Cruise Ship Passengers Die in Japan

TOKYO—Japanese officials defended their handling of cruise-ship virus victims after the first two passenger deaths were reported—one a woman in her 80s who had a fever for a week before getting to a hospital. Health minister Katsunobu Kato told Parliament the two “received the best…

Coronavirus Outbreak Sets Back China’s Biggest Political Assembly

China plans to postpone an annual political conclave originally scheduled for early March, setting back a showpiece event for demonstrating Communist Party authority as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has shaken confidence in President Xi Jinping’s rule. State media said Monday that…

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