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  • TOKYO/ RIYADH, Feb 21- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he was watching the coronavirus impact on the economy with "grave concern," in a nod to the growing toll the epidemic is taking on manufacturing activity and exports across Asia. Massive business disruptions in China are starting to spillover into the global economy, with parts shortages rippling...

  • *China says first vaccine ready for clinical trial in April. BEIJING, Feb 21- China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, boosted by more than 200 people testing positive for the disease in two prisons outside of Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. Japan and Singapore are on the brink of recession and South Korea on Friday said its...

  • BEIJING, Feb 21- China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday although the rise in infections remained at its slowest pace since January, a downward trend which the World Health Organization has called encouraging. Japan and Singapore are on the brink of recession and South Korea on Friday said its exports to China slumped in the first 20 days of...

  • BEIJING, Feb 21- China's Hubei province reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, reversing three days of declines, although the numbers still confirmed a downward trend which the World Health Organization has called encouraging. The death toll in Hubei rose by 115 to 2,144, mostly in the provincial capital of Wuhan, a city of 11 million which...

  • *China changes methodology for counting cases. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking images outside China of an outbreak that international authorities are trying stop from becoming a global pandemic. And in China, where the virus has killed more than 2,100 people and infected nearly...

  • SEOUL/ BEIJING, Feb 20- The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking...

  • SEOUL/ BEIJING, Feb 20- The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the coronavirus in what the authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking...

  • SEOUL/ BEIJING, Feb 20- Scores of new coronavirus cases and a first death in South Korea fanned fears on Thursday of the global spread of the pathogen as research suggested it was more contagious than thought and China appealed to its Southeast Asian neighbours for solidarity. China, where the virus emerged in December, reported a sharp drop in new cases but the...

  • *New infections fall in China's Hubei province. *China cuts benchmark lending rate as virus hits economy. You want your capital as far away from China as possible, "said Chris Weston, Melbourne- based head of research at broker Pepperstone.

  • SEOUL, Feb 20- South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix said on Thursday that 800 of its workers had quarantined themselves as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but its production in the city of Icheon has not been affected. The move came after one trainee had close contact with a virus patient in the southeastern city of Daegu, the epicenter...

  • *New infections fall to 349 in Hubei province. *Iran deaths bring toll outside mainland China to 8. BEIJING, Feb 20- China reported a dramatic drop in new coronavirus infections on Thursday although scientists warned the flu-like pathogen may spread even more easily than previously believed, while more passengers disembarked a quarantined cruise ship off...

  • *Experts say too early to tell if China outbreak contained. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 20- China reported a dramatic drop in new cases in the province at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, while scientists reported the new virus may spread even more easily than previously believed. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after imposing severe travel...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of passengers trundled off a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board in quarantine for more than two weeks, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the coronavirus outbreak. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after imposing severe travel...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of passengers trundled off a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board in quarantine for more than two weeks, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China. China is struggling to get its economy back on track after...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. TOKYO/ BEIJING, Feb 19- Hundreds of people began disembarking a cruise ship in Japan on Wednesday after being held on board for more than two weeks under quarantine, as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China. China is struggling to get its economy back on track...

  • *New infections fall for second day in mainland China. BEIJING/ TOKYO, Feb 19- Hundreds of people began disembarking a quarantined cruise ship off Japan on Wednesday as the death toll from the new coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 and the number of new cases in the country fell for a second straight day. But China, the world's second-largest economy, is...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- World stocks markets were knocked off record highs on Tuesday as two of the worlds mega companies and Europe's largest economy, Germany, reported damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Apples stock fell almost 6% in Frankfurt at one stage and Wall Street looked set for a rocky ride later after the iPhone maker warned it was unlikely to meet the March...

  • *Deaths in China reach 1,665. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Feb 16- American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. Of the roughly 400 Americans on the cruise, more than 40 are...

  • *Deaths in China reach 1,665. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Feb 16- American passengers were taken off a cruise liner on Sunday to fly home after being quarantined for two weeks off Japan, while China said the rate of new coronavirus cases had slowed, calling that proof its steps to fight the outbreak were working. Might be going to Texas or Nebraska, " Gay Courter, one of the...

  • PARIS, Feb 14- French carmaker Renault on Friday posted its first profit loss in 10 years and set a lower operating margin goal for 2020, a crunch year for its planned reboot alongside partner Nissan after a scandal surrounding former boss Carlos Ghosn. The company is trying to move past internal turmoil with a management shake-up, but it is also grappling like...