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Yahoo! BooksFeb 23, 2020
Turkey closes borders with Iran over coronavirus concerns
Turkey's health minister said the border with Iran would be closed from Sunday due to the number of coronavirus cases in its eastern neighbor. Fahrettin Koca said flights from Iran would also cease from 8 p.m. local time (1700 GMT). Iran's health ministry on Sunday has raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight, with 43 confirmed cases.

South Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! BooksFeb 23, 2020
White House reportedly to ask Congress for coronavirus funds but the amount may not be enough
The White House is about to turn to Congress and request emergency funds in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak, four people with knowledge of the request told Politico.So far, the vast majority of cases of the respiratory virus are in China where it originated, but it has been spreading across the globe, and over 30 people are infected in the United States. Because scientists know so little about the virus, including its incubation time, they're worried an outbreak could eventually hit the U.S.But it looks like the amount the White House plans to ask for — $1 billion — might be lower than some public health officials consider necessary, per Politico. If that's all there is, it could reportedly be exhausted swiftly by vaccine development, lab tests, and other investments. For comparison, the Obama administration requested $6 billion to fight Ebola in 2014 and received $5.4 billion.One White House official told Politico the amount is still subject to change, however. Read more at Politico.More stories from Bernie Sanders thanks 'multigenerational, multiracial coalition' as he declares 3rd primary victory Pete Buttigieg begs Democrats to 'take a sober look' at Bernie Sanders A moderate's 2020 lament

Yahoo! BooksFeb 23, 2020
South Korea Signals Unprecedented Steps to Contain Virus Surge
(Bloomberg) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in signaled the potential for unprecedented steps as the country reeled from a surge in coronavirus cases that triggered travel advisories around the world.The government on Sunday raised the infectious-disease alert to "red," the highest level, after about a 20-fold surge in confirmed cases over five days. The total is now 602, a majority of which have been linked to members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. A further 18 were tied to a Catholic group that visited religious sites in Israel.A day after Prime Minister Chung Se-Kyun asked citizens to stop mass religious activities for safety, President Moon said the government could take "powerful measures like never before without being tied to regulations" to contain the outbreak. He emphasized that shutting down Shincheonji facilities was a safety measure, not a suppression of religion.Daegu, the southeast Korean city where the Shincheonji group is located, has deployed some 600 police officers to track down members who have been unreachable, according to the Maeil Business newspaper. There are about 670 people who have been uncontactable, the paper said.Health officials in that city have a list of residents who are members of the sect, and are getting in touch to explain self-quarantine measures. Authorities have stationed a total of about 500 military personnel at two hospitals in Daegu to implement stricter measures for patients confirmed to be infected.Daegu is one of two cities, along with nearby Cheo

Yahoo! BooksFeb 23, 2020
Iran says 'enemies' used virus to sabotage vote as death toll rises
Iran confirmed eight deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, the highest toll of any country outside China, as the supreme leader accused foreign media of trying to use the outbreak to sabotage a general election. The final results of the parliamentary election are due on Sunday, two days after it was held on the heels of the confirmation of novel coronavirus cases in the country. Voter apathy marked the polls, but Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday lauded the people's "huge participation" despite what he termed "this negative propaganda".

Yahoo! BooksFeb 23, 2020
Coronavirus updates: Italian towns locked down as almost 150 test positive
As Italy experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, here is the latest for Sunday, Feb. 23.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 23, 2020
Iran announces low poll turnout, blames coronavirus 'propaganda'
Iran on Sunday announced a 42% turnout in its parliamentary election, the lowest rate since the 1979 Islamic revolution, while its top leader said Tehran's enemies played up the new coronavirus threat to dissuade people from voting. With Iran facing growing isolation and threats of conflict over its nuclear standoff with the United States, and increasing discontent at home, the turnout is seen as a referendum on the popularity of the Islamic republic's rulers. The final results, announced by the Interior Ministry, showed big gains by hardline loyalists close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters.

Yahoo! ArtsFeb 22, 2020
A dozen towns in northern Italy are locked down after coronavirus deaths
Schools, businesses and restaurant closed in a dozen northern Italian towns Saturday following reports of two deaths tied to the coronavirus outbreak

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