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…

Measles Outbreak Brings Samoa to a Standstill

A measles outbreak in the Pacific island nation of Samoa has killed more than 60 people, prompting authorities to declare a two-day curfew to accelerate immunizations while taking aim at antivaccination groups. The government ordered businesses to close and vehicles to stay off the roads…