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Under-reporting, competing recommendations on how long those infected should be isolated, doubts on detection tests -- the rapid climb in coronavirus cases outside China highlights weaknesses in the methods used to spot and track the deadly virus.

Hundreds of tourists in Tenerife hotel lockdown over coronavirus

Hundreds of people were confined to a Tenerife hotel Tuesday after an Italian tourist was hospitalised in a suspected case of coronavirus, officials in Spain's Canary Islands said."Hundreds of hotel clients are being monitored for health reasons..

Austria places Innsbruck hotel under lockdown over coronavirus

Austria placed a hotel in the Alpine city of Innsbruck under lockdown on Tuesday after an Italian receptionist working there contracted the coronavirus, becoming one of the country's first cases.

Cocoa could assist with walking pain caused by artery disease

A new study, looking at a form of leg weakening, finds that a flavanol-rich cocoa beverage can lead to improvements in walking. This relates to patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Borders stay open as Italy coronavirus outbreak spreads south

Italy's European neighbours pledged to keep borders open Tuesday despite the new coronavirus spreading down the country to Tuscany and Sicily and a surge in the number of infected people.

Italy coronavirus outbreak spreads south as cases spike

Italy's new coronavirus spread south on Tuesday to Tuscany and Sicily, as the civil protection agency reported a surge in the number of infected people and Rome convened emergency talks.

Three more dead in Iran coronavirus outbreak: state media

The novel coronavirus has claimed three more lives in Iran, state media reported, taking the country's overall death toll from the outbreak to 15 -- the highest outside China.

Virus spreads to new countries as top official warns world 'not ready'

New coronavirus cases surged outside of China on Tuesday, leaving an Iranian deputy minister among the stricken and triggering mass disruption as a top health official warned the world is not prepared for containing the epidemic.

AI is playing a critical role in depression therapy

By applying artificial intelligence to assess patients with clinical depression, psychiatrists can gain a new understanding into which therapeutic treatment stands the best chance of working for an individual patient.

Italy's coronavirus 'red zone' gets used to life under quarantine

At the edge of the northern Italian town of Casalpusterlungo, residents are slowly getting used to the isolation measures descending around towns like theirs, the centres of Italy's outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Sherpa team aims for record Everest winter ascent

A team of four Sherpas is setting off on Monday to attempt a record winter ascent of Mount Everest in just five days, which would also be the first winter climb of the peak in more than quarter of a century.

Virus 'peaked' in China but could trigger global pandemic: WHO

The World Health Organization on Monday said the new coronavirus epidemic had "peaked" in China but warned that a surge in cases elsewhere was "deeply concerning" and all countries should prepare for a "potential pandemic".

South Korea becomes biggest coronavirus centre outside China

South Korea reported 161 more coronavirus cases Monday, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world's largest total outside China.

International concern grows over the spread of coronavirus

International concern about the spread of coronavirus outside China grew on Sunday with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. In the U.S. State Department officials say Americans who get sick in Asia will no longer be repatriated.

Why does the flu virus affect some people worse than others?

Influenza affects all people once they become infected. However, the severity of the effects and how long the effects of the virus last for vary between different people. Virologists have been looking into this and now have an answer.

Iran neighbours impose travel bans as coronavirus toll rises

Iran's confirmed death toll from the new coronavirus rose to eight on Sunday, the highest outside China, sending neighbouring countries scrambling to contain the outbreak.

Study: By cycling to work you may live longer

Research from New Zealand, looking into physical activity, finds that people who cycle to work tend to have a longer life expectancy compared with those who elect to take trains or drive to work.

South Korea raises virus alert to 'grave' as infections surge

South Korea raised its alert on the coronavirus to the highest level Sunday after reporting three more deaths and 169 new infections.

Iran shuts schools, cultural centres as coronavirus kills five

Iran on Saturday ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres after a coronavirus outbreak that has killed five people in the Islamic republic -- the most outside the Far East.

South Korea reports surge in virus cases linked to hospital

South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with many new cases involving patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues.

Japan says 23 passengers mistakenly left virus ship before testing

Around 100 more passengers were allowed to disembark from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship on Saturday as Japan's health minister apologised after 23 others were allowed to leave without being properly tested.

Cancer drug shortages leave Mexican kids fighting for life

Five-year-old Dhana Rivas is fighting for her life on two fronts, fending off the acute lymphoblastic leukemia eating away at her frail body while her family simultaneously battles the shortage of cancer drugs plaguing Mexico.

10 Italian towns in lockdown over coronavirus fears

Authorities in northern Italy on Friday ordered the closure of schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 towns following a flurry of new coronavirus cases.

WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus 'narrowing' as cases soar

The World Health Organization warned Friday that the window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was shrinking, amid concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China.

Two Australian evacuees positive for virus after being cleared in Japan

Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus on their return home despite being cleared in Japan, authorities said Friday.

New virus cases soar in S.Korea and Chinese prisons, more die in Iran

Two more people died from the new coronavirus in Iran, infections nearly doubled in South Korea, and clusters surfaced in Chinese prisons Friday, rekindling concerns about an epidemic that has killed more than 2,200 people in China.

Asia-Pacific airlines could lose $27.8 bn to coronavirus: IATA

Airlines operating in the Asia-Pacific region stand to lose a combined $27.8 billion of revenue this year in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday.

China changes method of counting virus infected... again

China said Thursday it has again changed the method of counting patients with the novel coronavirus and will now include only those diagnosed by sophisticated laboratory testing.

China sees drop in new virus cases, but more deaths abroad

China on Thursday touted a big drop in new virus infections as proof its epidemic control efforts are working, but the toll grew abroad with deaths in Japan and South Korea.

Amsterdam eyes 'erotic centre' as new red light district

Amsterdam is looking at moving part of its red light district indoors to an "erotic" complex where prostitutes no longer beckon customers through street-front windows that often attract rowdy tourists.

Iran reports new coronavirus has killed 2 citizens

Iranian authorities confirmed on Wednesday two cases of the new coronavirus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. This story has been updated based on reporting by the Associated Press.

Russia raises eyebrows with blanket ban on Chinese visitors

Moscow is to impose a blanket ban on Chinese visitors over coronavirus fears in a move that will hit its tourism industry as experts question the need for such "draconian" measures.

China's Xi urges more protection for medical workers after deaths

China's President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for greater protection of medical staff fighting the new coronavirus after the deaths of prominent doctors sparked national anger at the government's handling of the outbreak.

Elated passengers leave Cambodia cruise ship after virus all-clear

Dozens of passengers stuck for nearly a week on a US cruise ship in Cambodia disembarked Wednesday, after being given the all-clear from a deadly coronavirus.

Myanmar's most isolated pray for harvest

A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.

South Korea coronavirus cases jump by half

South Korea reported 15 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday -- increasing its total by nearly 50 percent -- including a cluster of at least 11 centred on the southern city of Daegu.

Every child under 'immediate threat' from climate, poor diet: UN

The world is failing to protect children from the health dangers posed by climate change and poor diet, a landmark UN report said Wednesday, warning that every child is under "immediate threat".

Pompeii restoration unearths 'surprise' treasures

Vivid frescoes and never-before-seen inscriptions were among the treasures unearthed in a massive years-long restoration of the world-famous archeological site Pompeii that came to a close Tuesday.

Most coronavirus infections are mild, says Chinese study

Most people infected by the new coronavirus in China have mild symptoms, with older patients and those with underlying conditions most at risk from the disease, according to a study by Chinese researchers.

Coronavirus cases top 500 on cruise ship off Japan

Another 88 people from a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said Tuesday, as those free of the disease hoped they were spending their last night on board before disembarking.

WHO urges calm as China virus death toll reaches 2,000

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2,000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic.
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