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Ecuador VP apologizes after virus corpses left on streets

Quito - Ecuador's vice president Otto Sonnenholzner has apologized after scores of bodies were left on the streets of Guayaquil as the coronavirus ravages the horror-struck port city.

Passengers to leave Australia after days stuck on cruise ship

Perth - Hundreds of cruise ship passengers were due to board flights for Germany on Sunday, after spending days stranded at sea off the West Australian coast in a stand-off with authorities.

Taiwan anger over China military drills during virus outbreak

Taipei - Anger is rising in Taiwan over China continuing to buzz the island with fighter jets and warships even as they both fight the global coronavirus pandemic.

Finish your mojito, we are closed: tourists scramble to leave Cuba

Havana - Nesmi Orslom relished his Cuba vacation to the very end: "In every city that we went, to every bar to have a drink, we always ordered a pina colada or a mojito!

For Moscow's quarantined, 100,000 cameras are watching

Moscow - A vast and contentious network of facial recognition cameras keeping watch over Moscow is now playing a key role in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus in Russia.

Australian beaches locked down as virus cases pass 1,000

Sydney - Sunbathers, surfers and tourists were banned from Bondi Beach on Saturday in efforts to contain the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 1,000 people in Australia.

Cricket great Warne's gin distillery shifts to hand sanitiser

Sydney - Australian cricket great Shane Warne has halted production of gin at a distillery he co-owns to make medical-grade hand sanitiser for hospitals in these "challenging times".

Fiji city sealed off as first virus case confirmed

Suva - Fiji confirmed its first coronavirus case Thursday and immediately moved to seal off the city where the patient -- a flight attendant -- was based, as panic buying gripped the Pacific island nation.

Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry

Dhaka - A massive coronavirus prayer session with tens of thousands of devotees sparked an outcry in Bangladesh Wednesday as the South Asian nation reported its first death from the global pandemic.

Las Vegas grinds to halt as casinos close over virus

Los Angeles - Slot machines switched off, blackjack tables deserted... several of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas will shut their doors Tuesday to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

Unlike 2008, world's economic doctors feud over cure

London - "I think the patient is stabilised," then US president Barack Obama declared after G20 powers prescribed unprecedented remedies to steady the crisis-wracked world economy just over a decade ago.

New Zealand scraps big Pacific festival over virus fears

Wellington - New Zealand cancelled one of the Pacific's largest cultural festivals on Friday, saying there was too much risk of attendees contracting coronavirus then spreading it throughout vulnerable island nations.

Coronavirus: Can S. Korea be a model for virus-hit countries?

Seoul - A rapid surge in coronavirus cases saw South Korea become one of the world's worst-affected countries outside China, but it has since cut infection rates significantly and has one of the lowest fatality rates anywhere.

Bolsonaro says virus threat is 'overstated'

Miami - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday minimized the threat of the new coronavirus -- which has killed nearly 4,000 people in more than 60 countries and tanked global financial markets -- saying its destructive power has been "overstated.

Visitors vanish from Asia's most visited sites

Siem Reap - As dawn breaks the unmistakable tapered towers of Angkor Wat emerge from the gloom - but for once there are no tourists jostling on its steps to capture Cambodia's most famous sunrise.

China virus fight sparks outcry over female frontline staff

Bejing - China's fight against the coronavirus epidemic has triggered anger over the neglect of frontline female workers who have struggled to access menstrual products, battled with ill-fitting equipment and had their heads shaved.

Blip or bust: coronavirus economic impact still in doubt

Paris - Markets have shuddered as the coronavirus spreads worldwide, but analysts doubt it will plunge economies into a crisis like the one that followed the 2008 Lehman Brothers investment bank failure.Where will the market slide end?

Two more Japan officials aboard ship contract coronavirus

Apo - Two more officials sent to a cruise ship quarantined off Japan to help with on-board efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus have contracted the illness themselves, authorities said Monday.

Italy announces three deaths linked to coronavirus

Rome - An elderly cancer patient became the third person known to be infected with the coronavirus to die in Italy, health officials said on Sunday, as the number of people contracting the virus continued to mount.

Italy announces three deaths linked to coronavirus

Rome - An elderly cancer patient became the third person known to be infected with the coronavirus to die in Italy, health officials said on Sunday, as the number of people contracting the virus continued to mount.

China calls coronavirus 'largest public health emergency' since founding

Bejing - China's leader said Sunday the coronavirus epidemic is the communist country's "largest public health emergency" since its founding, as the deadly outbreak continued its relentless global expansion.

Fear, isolation cloaks town at centre of Italy's coronavirus outbreak

Codogno - The streets are silent, shops are shuttered and the few people who venture from their homes shun company in the small Italian town of Codogno under the shadow of a new coronavirus outbreak.

Italy clamps down on travel after virus deaths, as cases rise

Codogno - Two deaths from the new coronavirus sparked fears throughout northern Italy on Saturday, as about 50,000 people were poised for a weeks-long lockdown imposed by authorities trying to halt a further increase in infections.

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities were on high alert Friday after banning travel the previous day to and from Iran, where authorities say the death toll from the new coronavirus has hit four.

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities were on high alert Friday after banning travel the previous day to and from Iran, where authorities say the death toll from the new coronavirus has hit four.

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Baghdad - Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities were on high alert Friday after banning travel the previous day to and from Iran, where authorities say the death toll from the new coronavirus has hit four.

IMF warns China virus hitting a fragile global economy

Washington - In the best-case scenario, the economic hit from the epidemic in China will be short-lived, but it comes as the global economy remains fragile, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Wednesday.

China tightens movement restrictions in locked-down Wuhan

Bejing - China tightened restrictions at the locked-down epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, forbidding feverish people in Wuhan from visiting hospitals outside of their home districts.

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Dhaka - Aircrew from Bangladesh's national carrier Biman have refused to work on a flight aimed at repatriating citizens from virus-hit Chinese cities, forcing the government to scrap the evacuation plan.

Thousands from cruise ship in Hong Kong freed after virus tests

Fpo - Thousands of people stranded aboard a cruise ship in Hong Kong for five days were allowed to disembark on Sunday after its 1,800 crew tested negative for the deadly new coronavirus.
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