Disease outbreaks

A person is taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance from a nursing facility where more than 50 people are sick and being tested for the COVID-19 virus, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Kirkland, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Associated Press
February 29, 2020 - 8:44 pm
The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency Saturday after a man died there of COVID-19, the first such reported death in the United States. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus. Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to use “all resources...
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EvergreenHealth Medical Center is seen Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, where a person died of COVID-19, in Kirkland, Wash. State health officials announced the death Saturday, marking the first such reported death in the United States. State officials issued a terse news release announcing the death, and gave no details before a scheduled news conference later in the day. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
February 29, 2020 - 3:23 pm
Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S. Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are...
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Woman, wearing face masks, travel on a public bus in a street in western Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Iran is preparing for the possibility of "tens of thousands" of people getting tested for the new coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases spiked again Saturday, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said, underscoring the fear both at home and abroad over the outbreak in the Islamic Republic. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Associated Press
February 29, 2020 - 2:16 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus claimed its first victim in the U.S. Saturday as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea and the spreading outbreak continued to shake the global economy. The virus altered daily life around the world as governments moved to combat the contagion...
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A man wearing a protective mask walks past the Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) in Venice, Italy, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Authorities in Italy decided to re-open schools and museums in some of the areas less hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the country which has the most cases outside of Asia, as Italians on Friday yearned for a return to normal life even amid fears that the outbreak could plunge the country's economy into recession. (Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP)
February 29, 2020 - 9:29 am
MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities say the country now has more than 1,000 coronavirus cases. The head of Italy’s civil protection agency told a press conference that the total number reached 1,128 on Saturday. Officials also reported eight more deaths of people with the virus, bring Italy's total to...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, third right, chairs a meeting concerning the COVID-19 situation in France, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Jean-Claude Coutausse, Pool via AP)
February 29, 2020 - 7:26 am
PARIS (AP) — France is banning all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to slow the spread of coronavirus cases and recommending that people no longer greet each other with kisses. The cancellation of large gatherings in confined spaces was announced by Health Minister Olivier Veran...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, a couple wearing face masks stroll outside St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. A U.S. government advisory urging Americans to reconsider travel to Italy is the ‘’final blow'' to the nation's tourism industry due to a new virus, the head of Italy's hotel federation said Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
February 29, 2020 - 5:57 am
Five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday in an attempt to contain the spread of a virus outbreak. The fixtures were originally due to be played without fans but the decision to call them off was taken by the league as part of “urgent measures for the containment and management...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a Florida Coronavirus Response Meeting, at the West Palm Beach International Airport, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 28, 2020 - 11:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials scrambled Friday to get coronavirus testing up and running in every state, as the Trump administration signaled it may also invoke a 70-year-old defense law to guarantee the availability of protective gear should the virus spread. The Centers for Disease...
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Game demonstrator Alex Chang, of New York, N.Y., hands only, uses a disinfectant wipe to clean a game console at the Nintendo Switch exhibit, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at the Pax East conference, in Boston. A Nintendo Switch employee said that the coronavirus played a role in taking extra measures to keep gaming equipment clean at the conference. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 28, 2020 - 10:47 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The Geneva auto show was canceled after the Swiss government put an immediate ban Friday on all large events in order to halt the spread of the new coronavirus. The Swiss ban on public and private events involving more than 1,000 people will last until at least March 15. The move...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 photo, a customer eats a bowl of soup at a deserted food court in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. Fears of the coronavirus combined with the speed and reach of social media can quickly cripple the healthiest of businesses. That's what happened to several Korean restaurants in Los Angeles. Their business was hit hard by false rumors spread on social media that a Korean Air flight attendant with coronavirus dined there last week. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
February 28, 2020 - 10:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Koreatown restaurant known for its beef bone broth soup, the lunchtime crowd Friday was half its normal size. The reason was a virulent rumor about a customer with coronavirus. Han Bat Shul Lung Tang was one of five restaurants that lost business after being named in posts...
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President Donald Trump listens to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, speaks about coronavirus during an Black History Month reception in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 28, 2020 - 9:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As global markets plunged amid growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump and his allies pulled from a familiar playbook Friday and blamed others for the slide. It's a challenging sell for a president who has lashed his fate to Wall Street like no other...
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