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Coronavirus: Coronavirus triggers boom in private jet inquiries
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Image copyright Getty Images Private jet operators have seen a big spike in requests from passengers wanting to charter their own planes during the coronavirus outbreak.With airlines scaling back flights in and out of China, some travellers are stuck inside or outside the country.The wealthy ones are turning to private jet operators to ask them…

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Coronavirus: The First Death from Coronavirus Outside Asia Has Been Reported in France
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A laboratory operator wearing protective gear in France. The country reported the first death due to coronavirus, or COVID-19, outside Asia.Photo: Thomas Samson (AFP via Getty Images)France reported the first death due to coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, outside Asia on Saturday. According to health authorities, the victim was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist from the…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus: Will someone develop a vaccine?
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Image copyright Valery Matytsin Image caption Work to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus is continuing While the world worries about the spread of the deadly coronavirus, now known as Covid-19, one would expect the major pharmaceutical firms to make millions, even billions, by rushing to develop a vaccine.But in reality, this is not the…

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Coronavirus: Apple Is Closing All of Its Stores and Corporate Offices in China Because of the Coronavirus Outbreak
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A Chinese employee with a protective mask sits in an Apple store in Beijing, China. Apple announced that it was closing its stores, offices and contact centers in the region following the coronavirus outbreak.Photo: Kevin Frayer (Getty Images)Apple announced that it would close its official stores, corporate offices and contact centers in mainland China until…

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Coronavirus: Please Do Not Drink Silver to Kill the Coronavirus
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Screenshot: Right Wing Watch/The Jim Bakker ShowWherever mass tragedy strikes, there will be vulturous hucksters looking to take advantage of people’s fears. The outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China and other countries is no exception. Medical quacks are already trying to sell the very bad idea of swallowing silver to ward off the…

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Coronavirus: The Morning After: Sony and Amazon skip MWC over coronavirus concerns
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The Aqua offers luxury sea travel without the usual environmental guilt.Bill Gates has been linked to buying hydrogen-powered ‘superyacht’Bill Gates’ investments in eco-friendly tech may include one of the more conspicuous symbols of his wealth. The former Microsoft chief is rumored to be interested in the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-based “superyacht.” The roughly $644-million,…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus: China admits ‘shortcomings and deficiencies’
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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s online health editor on what we know about the virus China’s top leadership has admitted “shortcomings and deficiencies” in the country’s response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.The rare admission came from the Politburo Standing Committee, which called for an improvement in China’s emergency management system.…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus: China’s Xi visits hospital in rare appearance amid health crisis
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Image copyright EPA Image caption China’s president has kept a low profile since the outbreak began China’s President Xi Jinping has visited health staff in Beijing treating patients infected with the new coronavirus, in a rare public appearance amid the outbreak.Wearing a face mask, Mr Xi also visited a community health centre, where he had…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus: iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to make masks
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Image copyright Foxconn Image caption Foxconn has started test production of surgical masks as demand soars Electronics giant Foxconn, maker of the Apple iPhone, is taking the unusual step of switching part of its production to making surgical masks.The firm is also pushing to be allowed to reopen its regular production lines making electronics, which…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus delays start of China’s Super League season
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Brazil forward Hulk, who plays for Shanghai SIPG, and ex-Everton and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, now at Shandong Luneng Taishan, are two of the best-known players in the Chinese Super LeagueChina has delayed the start of its domestic football season because of the escalation of the coronavirus, which has claimed at least 170 lives.The…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus: Thousands on cruise ship allowed to disembark after tests
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Image copyright EPA Image caption Passengers have been allowed to disembark the World Dream cruise ship Thousands of people stuck on a cruise ship in Hong Kong for four days have been allowed to disembark after tests for coronavirus came back negative.Some 3,600 passengers and crew on the World Dream ship were quarantined amid fears…

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Coronavirus: The Iowa Caucus Meltdown, a Coronavirus Mask Shortage, and More News
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Surgical masks are in shortage and Democrats need work on reportage, but first: a cartoon about parental sexting. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here!Today’s NewsIowa Caucus tech meltdown is a warningThanks in part to a buggy…

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Coronavirus: The US Fast-Tracked a Coronavirus Test to Speed Up Diagnoses
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On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization of a diagnostics test for the novel coronavirus that has sickened more than 20,000 people and killed 427 since emerging in China six weeks ago.The exemption will make the test—which was developed by the US Centers for Disease and Control and until now has…

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Coronavirus: Coronavirus Fears Will Leave Empty Seats at a Top AI Conference
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Qiang Yang, a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, was looking forward to AAAI, one of the big artificial intelligence conferences, which takes place in New York this week.Yang was due to present an award-winning paper describing a way for an AI algorithm to perform image recognition by drawing from different…

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Coronavirus: That Video of Farts Captured by Thermal Cameras Looking For Coronavirus is Totally Fake
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Gif: TwitterHave you seen that viral video of people farting in public, captured by China’s thermal imaging cameras that are on the hunt for coronavirus? It’s completely fake.China’s state media outlet the Global Times tweeted out the video, suggesting it showed people at train stations and airports in China, where health authorities are monitoring people…

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