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Hundreds infected in Chinese prisons as coronavirus cases jump beyond epicenter

The new coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epidemic's epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea.

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Coronavirus' spread challenges U.S. investors' blue-sky view

U.S. investors’ persistent optimism that the coronavirus will be short-lived is being challenged by increasing evidence that the virus has spread beyond China’s borders. More here

Church at centre of virus outbreak sits silent

Usually teeming with thousands of worshippers, the church at the centre of South Korea’s largest outbreak was shuttered and silent on Friday, surrounded by empty streets.
After a few minutes, a young man came out of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony in the city of Daegu and threatened to call the police if anyone tried to get in. He was the only one there, he told Reuters. Staff had already cleaned and disinfected the building twice this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, he said. More here
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King Dollar rules as virus threatens global growth

A powerful surge in the dollar threatens to magnify the pain for companies and nations already struggling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Read more
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Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine

Moscow is using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so, the mayor of the Russian capital said. Read more

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A robot installs a windscreen at a A-class model of of German car manufacturer Mercedes Benz at the production line of the Daimler factory in Rastatt, Germany. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Daimler warns of "significant adverse effects" of virus outbreak

Risks for the Daimler Group may not only affect the development of unit sales, but may also lead to significant adverse effects on production, the procurement market and the supply chain.

The company's annual report
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Virus shows plight of China's overstretched doctors

Rising demand for health care has far outpaced the increase in the supply of doctors. Between 2005 and 2018, the number of fully licensed doctors nearly doubled, but the number of hospital admissions nearly quadrupled, according to Chinese government data. The result is a vicious cycle, doctors and industry consultants say. Read more
An Iraqi medical staff member checks a passenger's temperature upon her arrival to Shalamcha Border Crossing between Iraq and Iran, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Iran confirms 13 more coronavirus cases, two deaths

Iran confirmed 13 more new coronavirus cases and two deaths among the group of new cases, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a tweet on Friday. Read more

Coronavirus evacuees cause clashes in Ukraine | Reuters Video

Scuffles broke out between police and residents of a village in central Ukraine as they protested the arrival of a plane carrying evacuees from China's Hubei province, fearing they could be infected with the coronavirus despite authorities insisting there was no danger. Soraya Ali reports.

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Coronavirus uptick and the hunt for "patient 31" | Reuters Video

The coronavirus has infected 234 people in two prisons outside the province at the center of the epidemic in China and South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of the virus on Friday.
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