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That time in 2005 when junior senator Barack Obama argued for ‘decisive action to prevent a pandemic’

American political memories can be so short.

Remember that time way back in 2005, during the avian flu A(H5N1) crisis, when a junior senator named Barack Obama wrote an op-ed in the New York Times warning that America urgently needed to prepare for a pandemic, and that we could model our readiness on the lessons ...

Tokyo records highest number of new coronavirus cases in a single day

Pressure for lockdown in Japan is building, as Tokyo recorded the most coronavirus cases in a single day.

Japan’s capital recorded more than 70 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, its highest total in a single day yet. Japan's prime minister is under increasing pressure to order a lockdown.

NEW: Pressure builds for a ...

NY now has ~8,000 cases of Coronavirus, about half of all cases in the US

The number of coronavirus cases in New York sharply increased to nearly 8,000 cases on Friday, a result of increased testing and the continuing uncontrolled spread of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.

This is 10 times higher than what was reported earlier in the week.

New York now has half of all coronavirus ...

Mobile World Congress canceled, coronavirus made it “impossible” to hold the event – GSMA

The GSMA says it has canceled Mobile World Congress after the coronavirus made it “impossible” to hold the event.

The world's biggest phone show, MWC 2020, is no longer taking place this year.

GSMA CEO John Hoffman says in this statement that the coronavirus outbreak made it “impossible” to hold the event, which was ...

Coronavirus: ~200 Americans evacuated from China will get out of quarantine soon

Nearly 200 Americans who were evacuated from the coronavirus outbreak zone in China might be released soon from quarantine at a U.S. Air Force base in California.

All Americans returning from Hubei province, where Wuhan city is located, were required to undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine, and when that's up, they can go if ...

Coronavirus emergency is ‘Public Enemy Number 1,’ says World Health Organization

• UPDATE from WHO: China has reported 42,708 confirmed cases of "COVID-19" (coronavirus disease 2019), and 1,017 deaths

• Fewer than 400 cases reported in 24 other countries, one death

• World leaders must “wake up and consider this enemy virus as public enemy number one,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said today

The global outbreak of Novel ...

Coronavirus: ‘When Fury Overcomes Fear,’ a ‘Viral Alarm’ by Xu Zhangrun

This essay on the Wuhan coronavirus by Xu Zhangrun, translated from the original Chinese and annotated by Geremie R. Barmé on, is absolutely amazing. I'm grateful it is now available for English-speaking audiences.

"rage against this injustice; let your lives burn with a flame of decency." Tsinghua professor ...

Coronavirus: More than 1,000 people have died, mostly in China

The death toll from the Wuhan virus has officially passed 1,000, according to China's health commission.

Here is a snapshot on the global reach of Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV, including today's update from the Chinese government:

• 42,729 confirmed cases worldwide • 23,589 suspected cases worldwide • 1,013 people have died • 7,463 are in serious or critical condition • 3,752 people ...

Leaked emails show Amazon is stockpiling made-in-China products due to coronavirus after saying ‘no interruptions’

Leaked emails reveal that is stockpiling products made in China over fears that coronavirus will harm its supply chain — after the company said the outbreak will cause 'no interruptions' to operations.

Business Insider reports that Amazon reached out to a number of suppliers last week to quickly increase its inventory of products ...

Chinese President Xi Jinping reappears for a coronavirus photo opp

After 12 days out of sight while the coronavirus death toll surged, Chinese President Xi Jinping finally made a public appearance on Monday. He wore a face mask and a medical worker took his temperature at a “front-line” coronavirus facility in the Chaoyang district of Beijing.

For the last two weeks, Xi has been out of ...