February 7, 2020

Trump praises Xi for China’s handling of coronavirus outbreak

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Friday he is not concerned that China might be covering up the full extent of the coronavirus after speaking on Thursday with China's leader Xi Jinping, who he said has been “strong, sharp and powerfully focused” in his efforts to fight to the spread of the virus. “No, China's working very hard,” Trump told ABC News' Karen Travers. “Late last night I had a very good talk with President XI an..
February 7, 2020

Death of doctor who blew whistle on coronavirus sparks outrage in China

jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) -- In life, Dr. Li Wenliang was one of China's first health professionals who tried to warn colleagues of the coronavirus and was quickly silenced and reprimanded by police for "spreading untruthful information online." But just hours after it was announced that Li died from the virus that has now become a global health emergency, anger and grief have erupted in China where citizens took to social media to vent their frustrations over the government's handling..
February 7, 2020

UN weather and climate teams to research Antarctic peninsula temperature

designbase/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Antarctic temperatures may have reached a new high in the peninsula region, prompting a formal evaluation into the conditions surrounding the event. The Esperanza Base, a year-round Argentine research center on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, set a record temperature of 18.3 degrees Celsius on Thursday, according to Argentina’s national meteorological service (SMN). The previous record high temperature in the same location was 17.5 degrees Celsius, rec..
February 7, 2020

Eleven Americans aboard cruise ship in Japan among those infected with new coronavirus

Carl Court/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eleven Americans are among the dozens of people aboard a cruise ship moored in Japan who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said. Since arriving at the Japanese port of Yokohama on Monday, the Diamond Princess has been quarantined at sea while all passengers and crew undergo health screenings. At least 61 people have tested positive for the newly identified coronavirus. The patients, who include elderly people and foreign nationals, wer..