March 5, 2020

Hong Kong warns people not to kiss their pets after dog tests positive for COVID-19

mrtom-uk/iStock(HONG KONG) -- Hong Kong authorities have warned residents against kissing their pets after a dog belonging to a coronavirus patient in the city tested “weak positive” for COVID-19, the official name for novel coronavirus. After conducting multiple tests on the dog over a period of days, Hong Kong’s Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement that the animal was found to have “a low-level of infection and it is likely to be a case of human-to-animal tran..
March 5, 2020

Experts: Reduction of emissions from coronavirus won’t mitigate climate change

oversnap/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The emergence of the coronavirus as a world health epidemic and fears of it spreading have halted air and ground travel in some regions of the world and stalled it elsewhere, significantly reducing the amount of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere. Pollution monitoring satellites from NASA and the European Space Agency have detected significant decreases of nitrogen dioxide over China since Jan. 1, following the outbreak of the virus -- evidence that ..
March 5, 2020

At least 11 Americans dead from coronavirus; California declares state of emergency

jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Countries around the world are scrambling to stymie the spread of a deadly viral outbreak that began in China about two months ago and has now infected more than 90,000 people globally. Here's how the day unfolded Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. California declares state of emergency Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency after announcing California had 53 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, including one death. The deceased patient was a resident of Placer Coun..
March 5, 2020

Afghan female mayor, 26, calls on Trump administration to ensure Taliban talks protect women

MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At 26 years old, Zarifa Ghafari is one of Afghanistan's youngest mayors. That would be an accomplishment alone, but Ghafari is also one of Afghanistan's first and only female mayors -- in charge of the capital city of Wardak province, a stronghold of Taliban support and conservative belief. On her first day in office, a mob of men protested, forcing her to flee: "They thought that was the end of that, but I came back. I came back, and I s..