Virus-hit cruise liner passengers start disembarking in Japan after controversial quarantine

Passengers on the virus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo began disembarking on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said, after a controversial two-week quarantine that saw more than 500 people infected with the new coronavirus originating in China. A police officer escorts a passenger away from the media as she walks out from the cruise ship Diamond …

Hong Kong records second coronavirus death: hospital spokeswoman

Hong Kong recorded its second death caused by the new coronavirus on Wednesday, a Princess Margaret Hospital spokeswoman told Reuters. The 70-year-old man, who had underlying illnesses, was one of the 62 confirmed cases in the Chinese-ruled city. Reporting by Sarah Wu, writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Himani Sarkar

Diamond Princess passengers begin disembarking in Japan: NHK

Passengers began disembarking on Wednesday from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship after spending two weeks in quarantine off Yokohama, near Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK said. Around 500 people were expected to disembark on Wednesday with the entire process to be completed by Friday, NHK reported. The ship, operated by Carnival Corp, was quarantined since …

WHO says ‘no indications’ of coronavirus cases in North Korea

There are no indications that there are cases of the new coronavirus in North Korea, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said, despite South Korean media reports suggesting the outbreak had spread to the isolated country. “At the moment there are no signals, there are no indications we are dealing with any COVID-19 there,” Dr. …

Bloomberg to sell his company if elected president: campaign

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg will sell Bloomberg LP, the financial information company that made him a billionaire, if he is elected to the White House in November, his campaign confirmed on Tuesday. Bloomberg has risen quickly in opinion polls since entering the race for the Democratic nomination in November and he will appear in …

Virus-hit cruise ship passengers to start disembarking in Japan

Around 500 passengers on the virus-hit cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama near Tokyo were set to disembark on Wednesday, although those sharing a room with people testing positive would have to stay on board longer, media and officials said. The Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival Corp, has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb. 3 after …

Asian shares inch higher, euro teeters on weak economic outlook

Asian shares and U.S. stock futures edged cautiously higher on Wednesday as investors tried to shake off worries about the coronavirus epidemic following a slight decline in the number of new cases. FILE PHOTO: An investor looks at his mobile phone in front of a board showing stock information at a brokerage office in Beijing, …

New coronavirus cases in China fall for second day as death toll passes 2,000

The death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 on Wednesday although the number of new cases fell for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in the worst-hit city of Wuhan. A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a …