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Coronavirus Triggers Alarms in Europe: Iranian Envoy


LONDON – Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Tuesday that the coronavirus epidemic in some European countries and concerns about its spread to Italy have set an alarming situation in Europe. The coronavirus has spread as the most important of developments in global health, at the …

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GCC to Take Measures Against New Coronavirus


RIYADH – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced Wednesday that it would take preventive measures at GCC border crossings in a bid to counter the deadly new coronavirus. The GCC issued a statement following an extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh attended by the health ministers of Saudi Arabia, …

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China and Japan Report Rise in Coronavirus Infections


BEIJING – The number of people infected with the new coronavirus has reached 44,653 in China, while Japan reported 174 cases, the largest number of infections outside China, health authorities said Wednesday. 97 deaths and 2,015 new infections were reported over a 24-hour interval in mainland China, according to the …

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New Chinese Cities Close As Death from Virus Rises


BEIJING – Millions more have been ordered to stay indoors as China struggles to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities say killed nearly 500 people on Wednesday, AFP reported Wednesday. With more than 24,000 cases in China, an increasing number of cities have imposed a series of …

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WHO Declares Global Emergency As Coronavirus Spreads


UNITED NATIONS – The World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations, declared a global health emergency as the coronavirus epidemic spread far beyond China, where it started last month, and called on all countries to take urgent action to contain the respiratory disease. The decision overturned the …

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China Extends Lockdown on Millions in Coronavirus Outbreak


BEIJING – Chinese officials on Friday extended transport restrictions in the outbreak’s epicentres, Wuhan, to at least seven additional cities. A total of around 26 million people are currently affected by the lockdown. Wuhan, which has the majority of cases, also announced Friday that it would build a designated hospital …

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Climate Change Greatest Threat to Global Health: WHO

Climate Change

GENEVA – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), climate change is the biggest threat to global health in the 21st century. In a recent report, the WHO reported that health professionals have a duty to protect people from environmental changes, infectious disease outbreaks and malnutrition effects, as well as …

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