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February 18, 2020 | Via BBC

China Releases Largest Study on COVID-19 Outbreak

Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began. Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The research also points to the high risk to medical staff.

February 18, 2020 | Via Sky News

At Least 10 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Pakistan

At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a suicide bomber detonated his device near a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan. The attacker tried to enter a Sunni religious rally near a press club in the city of Quetta, and blew himself up as police tried to stop him. Two officers are among the dead, said the city’s police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema. At least 30 are injured.

February 18, 2020 | Via NBC News

14 Americans Test Positive for Coronavirus After Evacuation from Quarantined Cruise Ship

Fourteen Americans who were among the hundreds of people evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in a growing outbreak in China. More than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were taken off the vessel and repatriated back to the United States on two chartered flights.

February 18, 2020 | Via NPR

Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Monday he is committing $10 billion to fight climate change, which he calls “the biggest threat to our planet.” Bezos says the funds will go toward the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund. “This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world,” he writes in an Instagram post.

February 18, 2020 | Via Independent

Ghost Ship Washes up in Ireland

A ghost ship last seen floating off the African coast six months ago has washed up in Ireland. The 77-metre MV Alta cargo ship was spotted snagged on rocks near Ballycotton, in County Cork, by a member of the public on Sunday. The vessel, flying a Tanzanian flag, had been drifting unmanned across the Atlantic for more than a year after it was abandoned hundreds of miles from Bermuda.

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