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There does not seem to be much evidence of infected travellers transmitting the disease to large numbers of fellow travellers. Above, public transport in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty

With predictions of coronavirus causing almost two million cases and up to 120,000 deaths in Ireland, it is understandable that public concern is grow(...)

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health, and  Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer at the department, during a media  update on the confirmed cases  of Covid-19 in Ireland on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Things move fast in coronavirus-land. Ten days ago, Ireland was feeling pretty satisfied with itself as the disease remained a faraway threat, oversea(...)

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu on Saturday. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised its global risk assessment for coronavirus to “very high” from “high” as countries struggle to contain (...)

A tourist wearing a protective respiratory mask outside the  Coliseum in  Rome on Friday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

The coronavirus spread further on Friday, with cases reported for the first time in six more countries across three continents leading the World Healt(...)

A man wearing a protective suit decontaminates a primary school where a child was diagnosed with coronavirus in Thessaloniki, Greece. Photograph: Dimitris Tosidis/EPA

No country should make the “fatal mistake” of assuming it will be spared the Covid-19 coronavirus, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, as (...)

From left, Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s health emergencies programme, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

The world could miss the chance to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus because of a failure of countries to fund efforts to tackle it, the hea(...)

Director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a news conference in Geneva on  February 6th. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

An advance team of World Health Organization medical experts arrived in China on Monday to help investigate the coronavirus outbreak, WHO director-gen(...)

Passengers wear protective face masks as they arrive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong at Lo Wu MTR station, hours before the closing of the Lo Wu border crossing in Hong Kong, on Monday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 425 as of the end of Monday, up by 64 from the previous day, the country’s National Heal(...)

 A flight attendant of Cambodian Lanmei Airlines demonstrates safety procedures in the airplane while wearing a face mask during a flight from Cambodia to Guangzhou, China. Photograph: Alex Plavevski/EPA

A passenger who arrived in Dublin Airport and was suspected of having the coronavirus has tested negative for the disease. The passenger, who was pla(...)

Michael Ryan is executive director of the World Health Organisation’s health emergencies programme. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Even in the midst of a crisis, Mike Ryan, the Irishman leading the response of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the coronavirus outbreak, finds (...)

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