February 26, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: 2 Caribbean islands turn cruise ship away

powerofflowers/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As clusters of novel coronavirus continue to pop up around the globe, the United States is grappling with how to prepare for an outbreak on American soil. Here is how the situation is unfolding. Please refresh for updates. 12:45 p.m. New coronavirus cases outside of China exceed cases in China for the first time New cases of COVID-19 reported in countries outside of China exceeded the number of new cases reported within China for the first time, Dr. Tedros Ghe..
February 26, 2020

As coronavirus cases rise, ex-pats in China hunker down

Courtesy Dennis Bennett(SEOUL, South Korea) -- When news of the coronavirus broke, Brandon Woolfolk, an American teacher who lives with his girlfriend in Shanghai, was in the Philippines and planning to travel to Malaysia and Thailand. It was just before the Lunar New Year, the most traveled holiday in Asia. Within his first few days in the Philippines, Woolfolk said he started receiving warning messages from friends back in China. "Friends were telling us about the virus spreading on WeChat," h..
February 26, 2020

Message in a bottle sent 8 years ago in Germany receives response from New Zealand

Courtesy Julia Gogos(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- When Julia Gogos and her children threw their very own "message in a bottle" into the Rhine River in Germany about eight years ago, they didn't expect a response. If anything, Gogos thought someone from a nearby country, maybe the Netherlands, would find it and reply. But last Tuesday, she received a reply from the other side of the world: Auckland, New Zealand. "I never thought it would go that far," she told ABC News in a telephone interview ..
February 26, 2020

US military has first coronavirus patient as cases surge in Italy, South Korea

narvikk/iStock(LONDON) -- An American soldier based in South Korea has become the first U.S. service member to be diagnosed with the novel coronavirus as the outbreak, which began in China, infects more than 80,000 people globally. U.S. military officials said the patient, a 23-year-old U.S. Forces Korea soldier stationed at the Camp Carroll army base near Daegu, is currently in self-quarantine at his off-base residence after testing positive for the newly identified virus, known officially as C..