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  • *Said to have peaked in China, global spread gathers pace. *Deaths in Iran rise to 16, highest outside China. DUBAI/ BEIJING, Feb 25- Iran's coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the most outside China, increasing its international isolation as countries as far apart as South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures to curb the epidemic's global spread.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 25- The organizers of the Geneva car show on Tuesday pressed exhibitors from coronavirus-infected areas to check staff for symptoms before arriving in Switzerland and pledged to step up cleaning and disinfection at the congress center. Geneva is set to host the show next week but restrictions on travel have caused other fairs including the...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 25- The organisers of the Geneva car show on Tuesday pressed exhibitors from coronavirus-infected areas to check staff for symptoms before arriving in Switzerland and pledged to step up cleaning and disinfection at the congress centre. Geneva is set to host the show next week but restrictions on travel have caused other fairs including the...

  • ZURICH, Feb 25- The emergency plans of UBS and Credit Suisse to deal with a financial crisis are effective, Switzerland's regulator FINMA said on Tuesday. The review followed the implementation of Switzerland's Too Big to Fail rules, aimed at reducing risks in the country's financial system and avoiding the need for taxpayer-funded rescues.

  • *Italy infections jump to 220, 7 dead. President Donald Trump will seek $2.5 billion from Congress to fight the coronavirus epidemic and U.S. and South Korean militaries are considering scaling back joint training as the virus spreads in Europe and the Middle East. Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to prevent a pandemic of the flu-like virus...

  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy on Monday and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities. While health experts have expected limited outbreaks...

  • Feb 24- State-run PDVSA has shifted several oil cargoes from Rosneft Trading SA, which was hit by U.S. sanctions last week, to another affiliate of the Russian oil giant, internal documents from the Venezuelan company showed, prompting the U.S. special envoy to warn that more firms could be penalized if they "play games." Rosneft absorbed TNK Trading International...

  • *Italy infections jump to 220, 7 dead. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- The coronavirus death toll climbed to seven in Italy on Monday and several Middle East countries were dealing with their first infections, sending markets into a tailspin over fears of a global pandemic even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities.

  • *Italy infections jump to 150, 6 dead. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- With coronavirus cases rising in Italy and several Middle East countries dealing with their first infections, fears of a global pandemic sent markets into a tailspin, even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported Beijing and other cities. But China's actions, especially in Wuhan, had probably...

  • *China may have saved hundreds of thousands of cases-WHO. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus cases on Monday, but China eased curbs as the rate of infection there slowed and a visiting World Health Organization team said a turning point had been reached in the epicenter, Wuhan. But China's actions, especially in...

  • *Investors flee to safety as virus spreads outside China. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus infections on Monday, triggering concern from the World Health Organization, but China relaxed some curbs on movement, including in Beijing, as the rate of new infections there eased. The surge of cases outside mainland...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Zinc hit its lowest level since June 2016 on Monday and other industrial metals prices also slumped on fears the spread of the coronavirus outside China will further hit global growth and metals demand. Sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea triggered steep falls in Asian shares and Wall Street stock futures.

  • *South Korea, Italy, Iran report rise in infections. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew on Monday after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea but China relaxed restrictions on movements in several places including Beijing as its rates of new infections eased. Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea, "WHO head Tedros...

  • GENEVA, Feb 24- The World Health Organization no longer uses the term pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency that is likely to spread further, a spokesman said on Monday. Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea, although China relaxed restrictions on...

  • *Afghanistan reports first case in Iran border province. *South Korea, Italy, Iran report rise in infections. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 24- Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew on Monday after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea but China relaxed restrictions on movements in several places including Beijing as its rates of new infections eased.

  • GENEVA, Feb 24- The World Health Organization no longer has a process for declaring a pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency, a spokesman said on Monday. Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew on Monday after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea, although China relaxed restrictions on...

  • GENEVA, Feb 24- The World Health Organization no longer has a process for declaring a pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency, a spokesman said on Monday. The Geneva- based agency, which declared the H1N1 swine flu outbreak a pandemic in 2009, declared the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China in December a...

  • *WHO most concerned about cases with no China link. SHANGHAI/ SEOUL, Feb 23- China reported another fall in new coronavirus infections outside of its epicenter on Sunday, but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new cases and fears of contagion increased elsewhere. But new infections outside of China continued...

  • The United States has yet to see community spread of the virus that emerged in central China in late December. But health authorities are preparing medical personnel for the risk, Nancy Messonnier, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on a conference call. The World Health Organization has warned that the window of...

  • *Hubei doubles Wednesday's number of reported new cases. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Feb 21- The coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicenter in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea and a worsening outbreak in Italy. Another 271 cases were reported in...