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Iran battles coronavirus

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/24/20, 11:31 am

Iranian authorities are contradicting each other on just how much the coronavirus outbreak has grown. Officials in the hardest-hit city of Qom on Monday reported 50 people had died of the disease since Feb. 13. But Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Iraj Harirchi insisted the death toll stood at 12 people nationwide, with 61 confirmed cases. He said Qom officials might have mixed in some flu-related deaths in their count.

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Coronavirus spreads in South Korea

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/21/20, 11:23 am

The viral epidemic that started in China is gaining an international foothold. At least 204 people have the coronavirus in South Korea, and two had died as of Friday morning. The first to fall ill contracted the disease in China, but officials now say it is spreading within South Korea, primarily in the southeastern city of Daegu. They have traced many of the cases back to a religious sect where an infected woman attended services before testing positive for the virus.

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A possible ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

International | Uprooted Syrians face record cold and snow
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/11/20, 10:32 am

SYRIA: Snow and sub-zero temperatures threaten 600,000 newly displaced Syrians fleeing fighting and trapped in northern Syria at the Turkish border. More than 200,000 Syrians have been forced from their homes in just the past week—in what aid groups warn could be a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

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