China reports 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia

Passengers pass a banner about the Coronavirus at a thermal screening point. Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in the country by the end of Tuesday. The virus outbreak had resulted in nine deaths, said Li Bin, vice minister of China’s National Health Commission, at a press conference in Beijing Wednesday. “As of 24:00 on Tuesday, our commission has received reports of 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus in 13 provinces, regions…

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Taiwan calls on China to share ‘correct’ virus information

Employees wearing masks attend the company’s year-end gala in Taipei, Taiwan January 22, 2020. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China on Wednesday to share “correct” information about a new coronavirus and for the World Health Organisation(WHO) not to exclude Taiwan from collaboration on the outbreak for political reasons. Authorities have confirmed more than 400 cases of the virus in China, most of them in the central city of Wuhan where the virus first appeared at the end of 2019. Nine people have died. The virus, which health officials have…

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2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather coming: WMO

A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire as a wildfire burns near the village of Gavalas, in Evia, Greece, July 6, 2019. Last year was the second-hottest year since records began, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday, adding that heat was likely to lead to more extreme weather events like the Australian bush fires in 2020 and beyond. The figures from the Geneva-based WMO crunches several data sets including from NASA and the UK Met Office. It showed that the average global temperature in 2019 was 1.1 degree…

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