Spain Seized by Fast-Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

Earlier this month, tens of thousands marched in Spain to commemorate International Women’s Day, defying warnings that such large gatherings could spread the new coronavirus, which had already infected hundreds of people in the Mediterranean country. Four days later, two government ministers who participated in the march…

Coronavirus: Downing Street to give daily TV briefings on outbreak

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The prime minister will host Monday’s press conference with UK chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty (L) and and Sir Patrick Vallance (R), the UK’s chief scientific adviser The government is to hold daily televised press conferences to update…

Italy Grapples With Worst Coronavirus Outbreak Outside Asia

MILAN—Part of Italy’s economic heartland woke up under a quarantine on Sunday with more than 50,000 people not allowed to leave their towns, as the country began to grapple with the worst coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia. The first economic effects hit Milan, the engine…

Coronavirus Outbreak Sets Back China’s Biggest Political Assembly

China’s national legislature will weigh plans to postpone its key annual conclave scheduled for early March, as the government races to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic. The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress will convene next week to consider the postponement, along with proposed…

Coronavirus: No change in outbreak despite China spike, WHO says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vietnam has put 10,000 people in quarantine after six cases were found in villages north of Hanoi Coronavirus cases are not rising dramatically outside China despite a spike in Hubei province, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The only exception…

Coronavirus Outbreak Has Killed More People Than SARS

BEIJING—The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak has now surpassed that of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, epidemic nearly two decades ago, as the number of fatalities from the virus topped 800. China’s health commission said it recorded a single-day high of…

WHO Declares Coronavirus Outbreak a Global Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public-health emergency of international concern Thursday as the first person-to-person transmission of the virus was reported in the U.S. The WHO designation, pointing to an increase in the number of cases, indicates that international public-health authorities…