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For Just the 2nd Time, a Virus Is Eradicated in Africa

The continent is now free of wild poliovirus

(Newser) - "This is an incredible and emotional day," WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said Tuesday as health authorities declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort. The declaration leaves Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the wild poliovirus,...

COVID-19 Death Toll Hits Staggering High
Earth Marks Grim New Record

Earth Marks Grim New Record

The coronavirus has killed 500K, and that's not all

(Newser) - Only hours after planet Earth hit the shocking milestone of 10 million coronavirus cases, John Hopkins University revealed another: 500,000 deaths worldwide. That means the death toll doubled in a little over seven weeks, USA Today reports. The news comes amid a wave of negative stories for the US,...

Experts on Trump Rally: It's a 'Dangerous Move'

The coronavirus is still out there and spreads more easily indoors, they say

(Newser) - After months away from the campaign trail, President Trump plans to rally his supporters this coming Saturday for the first time since most of the country was shuttered by the coronavirus. Trump will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma—a state that has seen relatively few COVID-19 cases, the AP reports. But...

Rabbits Have Their Own Virus to Worry About
Rabbits Dropping
Dead From
Sturdy' Disease
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Rabbits Dropping Dead From 'Extraordinarily Sturdy' Disease

Strain of rabbit hemorrhagic disease is killing bunnies off in western North America

(Newser) - As humanity contends with the coronavirus, rabbits have a disease of their own to worry about. Earlier this month, California's Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed a "highly contagious and lethal" sickness in its wild rabbit population—and that's not the only state that's getting hit....

America OKs New Coronavirus Test
America OKs New
Coronavirus Test

America OKs New Coronavirus Test

The FDA grants emergency authorization

(Newser) - US regulators have approved a new type of coronavirus test that administration officials have promoted as a key to opening up the country, the AP reports. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday announced emergency authorization for antigen tests developed by Quidel Corp. of San Diego. The test can rapidly...

Where's the Virus's 'Missing Link'? We're Still Looking

Researchers acknowledge it may never be found

(Newser) - We may never know exactly how the novel coronavirus, originating in bats, jumped into people. But it's likely that it was passed through another species, which is why the World Health Organization is calling for higher safety standards in the wild animal trade. Health experts have long associated the...

NCAA Has Big News About March Madness

NCAA President Mark Emmert closes tournament games due to the coronavirus

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the AP reports. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's...

Feds Want to Test 1M for Coronavirus

Tokyo Olympics could be postponed

(Newser) - With at least six people dead and more than 100 coronavirus infections in the US, the federal government has decided to massively step up testing. Officials said Monday that almost a million tests could be administered by the end of this week, the New York Times reports. "We expect...

World&#39;s Fourth Most Populous Country Reports First Coronavirus Cases
Coronavirus Hits World's
4th Most Populous Country

Coronavirus Hits World's 4th Most Populous Country

EU raises alert level to high

(Newser) - As the US reported its second death from the coronavirus , yet more countries reported their first cases—including Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation. Joko Widodo, the country of 272 million people's president, says two women have been hospitalized in Jakarta after being infected by a Japanese...

Coronavirus May Have Spread in Washington State for Weeks

2nd Washington state man dies of COVID-19

(Newser) - A second person in Washington state has died from COVID-19—and authorities fear there will be many more coronavirus cases in the region. Authorities say the man in his 70s died at the Evergreen Health Medical Center in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland on Sunday, the Seattle Times reports. A...

Coronavirus Jumps to the East Coast

Italy sees a 50% spike in cases

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence sought Sunday to reassure the American public that the federal government is working to make sure state and local authorities are able to test for coronavirus, as the number of US cases grew following reports of new infections in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Washington state, the...

The White House Issues New Virus Travel Warnings
White House Issues
New Virus Travel Warnings
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White House Issues New Virus Travel Warnings

Trump defends use of word 'hoax' when describing Democrats' reactions

(Newser) - The Trump administration has news for Americans: Watch where you go, USA Today reports. With the coronavirus spreading, President Trump gave a press conference Saturday flanked by relevant officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, who said the US travel warning is now at level 4 (the highest) for travel to...

US Has First Coronavirus Death
US Has First
Coronavirus Death

US Has First Coronavirus Death

Around 83K are said to have the illness worldwide

(Newser) - A man has died in Washington state of COVID-19, state health officials said Saturday, marking the first such reported death in the US. State officials issued a terse news release announcing the death, gave no details, and scheduled a news conference, the AP reports. A spokesperson for EvergreenHealth Medical Center,...

Trump Addresses Nation Over Coronavirus

He chooses Mike Pence to lead US response

(Newser) - President Trump held a presser about the coronavirus Wednesday as the US announced its first case of unknown origin—meaning the person had apparently not traveled abroad or come on contact with a confirmed case, the Washington Post reports. As for Trump, he's putting Mike Pence on the case....

First Baby Born With Coronavirus
First Baby Born
With Coronavirus

First Baby Born With Coronavirus

And a guy turned a flight around by joking about the virus

(Newser) - A baby in China was born with coronavirus—the first case so far of suspected mother-to-child transmission, the New York Daily News reports. State media says the newborn's mother tested positive for the pneumonia-like virus before having the baby in Wuhan, which is ground zero for the outbreak. Chinese...

Health Officials: Now It's a Problem

World health officials say 'considerable efforts' may be needed to control the coronavirus

(Newser) - World health officials expressed "great concern" Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and the world frantically work to contain the outbreak. For a second day, the number of infections grew dramatically, the AP reports. The...

We Might Have a New Public Health Emergency on Our Hands

New type of coronavirus has killed 17 in China, and WHO is meeting to discuss classification

(Newser) - The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss whether to declare a "public health emergency of international concern" in response to cases of a new type of coronavirus , which has reportedly killed 17 people and sickened more than 500 others in China, per NPR and CNN...

Cases of New China Virus Surge
Cases of New
China Virus Surge

Cases of New China Virus Surge

Cases detected in several Chinese provinces

(Newser) - Hundreds of millions of people in China are preparing to travel for Lunar New Year—and authorities are worried that an emerging virus could hitch a ride with them. Authorities in China have reported 139 new cases of the coronavirus, with a case reported in Beijing for the first time,...

Travelers at 3 US Airports to Be Screened for New Virus

CDC worried about visitors from China at JFK, LAX, and San Francisco

(Newser) - Passengers arriving at three US airports from a city in China will be screened for a new type of coronavirus starting Friday. The CDC is dispatching about 100 people to help staff the quarantine stations at New York's JFK and the Los Angeles and San Francisco international airports, the...

New Virus Blamed for Mysterious China Outbreak

Chinese researchers say new coronavirus found in Wuhan patients

(Newser) - Health officials say SARS isn't the cause of a mystery illness that has sickened dozens of people in the Chinese city of Wuhan—but it may be a related virus. The World Health Organization says the viral pneumonia may be the result of a newly emerging coronavirus, a family...

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