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Coronavirus has a new name

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/20, 12:20 pm

China on Wednesday recorded the second straight day of decline in the number of new cases of the viral pneumonia now called COVID-19. The country’s National Health Commission said Tuesday it tallied 2,015 new cases of the coronavirus, down from nearly 3,900 new cases in a single day one week ago. The World Health Organization announced the new name, which is an abbreviation of “coronavirus disease” with the year it was first detected to ensure a “standard format” for any future outbreak, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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Africa on the brink of Ebola disaster

International | Transmission in the Congolese border city of Goma worries health officials 
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/06/19, 02:54 pm

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week confirmed the active transmission of the Ebola virus in the densely populated city of Goma, increasing fears of a widespread, international outbreak.

Last week, one man died from the disease after traveling to Goma through northeastern Ituri, an area affected by the yearlong Ebola epidemic. His wife and 1-year-old daughter have now tested positive for the disease and are receiving treatment.

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Cambodian casinoville

Cities | Chinese wealth is transforming the formerly sleepy beach town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, into a tourist and gambling hot spot—and many locals aren’t happy about it
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 3/14/19, 02:52 pm

Second in a series on changing cities

Walking along the long narrow stretch of Ochheuteal Beach on the Cambodian coast of Sihanoukville is like walking between two worlds. On one side, a small boy runs gleefully into the waves as the golden sun dips down to the ocean, the sky awash in purples and pinks. On the other, trash piles up on construction sites as the skeletons of buildings and tower cranes stretch to the sky.

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