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Police officers carry out information registration and temperature measurement for passing passengers at Jintang Island high-speed toll station in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China. Photograph: EPA

The death toll from China’s coronavirus jumped on Monday and hundreds of new infections were confirmed, despite mass quarantines and travel lockdowns (...)

 People wear face masks as they sit at the emergency department of a hospital in  Taiwan: the country on Sunday reported a fourth case of the coronarivus. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

What is the virus causing illness in Wuhan?  It is a novel coronavirus – a member of the coronavirus family never been encountered before. Like o(...)

Michelle Moroney teaching a yoga class during her Cliffs of Moher retreat

Michelle Moroney is squatting barefoot, lighting a row of tea lights that flicker across the floor and reflect in the glass wall of her studio. Outsid(...)

Pedestrians wear surgical masks in London’s China Town on January 25th, 2020.  European airports from London to Moscow have stepped up checks  on flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 41 people.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty

President Xi Jinping has said China faces a “grave situation” as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 41, overshadowing the occasion(...)

A woman wearing a face mask arrives at Heathrow Airport in London. The UK is to begin monitoring direct flights from China to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Britain. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

All 14 people tested for coronavirus in the UK - including one in Belfast, have been given the all-clear but checks are ongoing on other people, the C(...)

Travellers wear face masks as they walk outside  Beijing Railway Station amid a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus. The outbreak coincides with China’s  busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP.

Confirmation that a new coronavirus can be transmitted directly from person to person has significantly increased the possibility of a Sars-like illne(...)

 Chinese residents wear masks while waiting at a bus station near the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which has been linked to cases of a new strain of Coronavirus. Photograph: EPA

An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a four(...)

Security guards stand in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, China. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

A Chinese visitor to Thailand has been confirmed to be infected with a new strain of coronavirus that has been linked to a pneumonia outbreak in centr(...)

Orchid mantis: The stuff of a child’s dark imaginings. Photograph: istock.

I met an orchid mantis this week. As you do. Native to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, it is a predatory insect that looks unsettlingly like somethi(...)

U Dhammaloka dressed in the traditional attire of a Burmese monk in 1902. Photograph: The Buddhist Society

The first Irish people to set foot in what is now Argentina were two cabin boys from Galway, William and John,  who were brothers but their surna(...)

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