In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

1 / 5 Virus Outbreak Iran A Deadly Drink FILE — In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, a man wearing a face mask, to help protect against the new coronavirus, speaks on his cellphone in downtown Tehran, Iran. Local media reported Thursday, March 26, 2020, that nearly 300 people have been killed and … Read more

US cases now most in world, US capital sees more infections

1 / 15 Virus Outbreak South Africa South African Defense Forces patrol downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, March 27, 2020. Police and army started patrolling moments after South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in an effort to mitigate the spread to the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms … Read more

Trump touts great success as US becomes world’s worst virus epicenter

His comments at Thursday’s afternoon briefing underscored the growing duality of the fight: While the President is telling a tale of great successes, of a government powerfully mobilizing, front-line health care workers are facing gruesome scenes in hospitals in a growing number of hot spots. Later, ignoring traditional codes of the presidency at a time … Read more

RPT-Turkey struggles to ramp up tests as outbreak reaches critical phase

(Repeats March 26 article with no change to text) * Two-week surge in cases outstrips other countries * Falling short of target 10,000 tests per day * Ankara sent tests to U.S. then bought them from China * Fear and uncertainty in village after pilgrims return By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 26 … Read more

Quarantine a boon for some Hong Kong hotels as thousands return

By Clare Jim HONG KONG, March 27 (Reuters) – As thousands of Hong Kong citizens and expatriates return to the city, many are seeking refuge in hotels, fearful that cramped apartments in one of the world’s most expensive property markets could put families or flatmates at risk. Social distancing is tough in Hong Kong, where … Read more