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Fear of coronavirus pandemic grows but China eases curbs as new infections fall

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:07
Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew on Monday after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea but China relaxed restrictions on movements in several places including Beijing as its rates of new infections eased.

South Korea coronavirus surge spurs museum closures, mask-buying spree

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:07
South Korea reported 231 new cases of a coronavirus, taking total infections to 833, health authorities said on Monday, a day after raising its infectious disease alert to the highest level.

Factbox: Sport-Events affected by the coronavirus epidemic

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:06
The following is a list of international sports events affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Mapping coronavirus: South Koreans turn to online tracking as cases surge

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:04
As the new coronavirus spreads in South Korea, private software developers have set up websites and apps to help people track cases and shun places where infected people have been in the hope of avoiding the fast-spreading virus.

China's Clover in research venture with GSK on coronavirus vaccine candidate

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:04
China's Clover Biopharmaceuticals said on Monday it will work with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline on a research tie-up that will develop the Chinese company's protein-based coronavirus vaccine candidate "COVID-19 S-Trimer".

No need to close France/Italy borders over coronavirus - French minister

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:56
French junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Monday that he saw no need to close down transport borders between France and Italy, despite the spread of coronavirus.

China's local government finances to suffer 'interim' impact due to virus

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:42
China's local governments will suffer an "interim impact" on fiscal revenue and expenditure from the virus epidemic that the country has so far allocated 99.5 billion yuan (10.9 billion pounds) to fight, a finance ministry official said on Monday.

Judge Forces America's FCC To Seek New Public Feedback on Its Net Neutrality Repeal

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:34
"Earlier this week, the FCC successfully defeated Mozilla's attempt to undo the commission's repeal of net neutrality," reports Engadget. "But, while siding with the body, judges have asked the FCC to determine if repealing the law to prevent a multi-speed internet has had any negative consequences." That includes checking if net neutrality repeal has harmed public safety, reduced spending in infrastructure or hampered the Lifeline program. Consequently, the FCC will launch a period where the public and interested parties can share their views on the process. This is not an opportunity to re-litigate net neutrality repeal, but it is an opportunity to examine if the FCC acted properly and with regard to its broader obligations. The court, for instance, has directed the body to see if repeal has harmed public safety and reduced investment in critical infrastructure... The Register claims that the FCC is behaving churlishly, burying its request for comment in a wordy title that does not reflect its true intentions. But FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel published a statement asking people to "make some noise" and write in. Rosenworcel says that the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality was on the "wrong side of history" and that the public should demand an "open internet." Those wishing to make a comment can do so on the FCC's Electronic Filing System, entering 17-108 (Restoring Internet Freedom) in the proceedings box. The deadline for comments is March 30th.

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Primark owner warns coronavirus threatens clothing supplies

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:27
Primark owner Associated British Foods warned on Monday there was a risk of supply shortages on some lines later in the 2019-20 financial year if delays in factory production in China are prolonged due to coronavirus.

Iraqi nurse spends her weekends stitching wounds at protest site

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:27
Hannaa Jassem bends over a patient in a makeshift clinic on the edge of Baghdad's Tahrir Square, one of a handful of women in an overwhelmingly male world of demonstrations and political confrontation.

WHO says no longer uses 'pandemic' category, but virus still emergency

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:24
The World Health Organization (WHO) no longer has a process for declaring a pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency, a spokesman said on Monday.

Malaysian PM Mahathir submits resignation in shock move, leaves government in limbo

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:19
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted a letter of resignation to the country's king, his office said on Monday, leaving the government in limbo amid talk of forming a new governing coalition.

Some Samsung, Hyundai workers self-quarantine as Korea Inc braces for virus impact

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:15
Some South Korean workers at Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor are staying home as a precautionary measure as corporate Korea scrambles to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from causing widespread disruption in its home market.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:15
Drain you of your sanity, face the thing that should not be

Who, Me?  We have yellowing plastic, disintegrating drives and serial shenanigans to start the week in The Register's regular column of reader misadventures. Welcome back to Who, Me?…

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Malaysia's Mahathir will not ally with previous ruling coalition - Anwar

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 08:13
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who has resigned as prime minister, has no plans to join hands with anyone from the previous ruling coalition he defeated to try to form a new government, said his chosen successor Anwar Ibrahim.

Live A12 Margaretting traffic updates after three-vehicle crash partially blocks road

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 07:58
Travel time through the area is 30 minutes at present
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China not considering travel advisories for countries with rising coronavirus cases

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 07:49
China's foreign ministry said on Monday that Beijing was not considering issuing travel advisories for countries such as South Korea and Japan that are reporting an increase in coronavirus cases.

Afghanistan identifies first confirmed coronavirus patient - health minister

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 07:46
Afghanistan's minister of public health said on Monday the country had identified its first case of coronavirus.

Assange's fate hangs in balance as UK court considers U.S. extradition bid

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 07:44
A British court begins hearings on Monday to decide whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents.


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