Duststorms have increased dramatically in frequency in Iraq in recent years, driven by soil degradation and intense droughts made worse by the climate crisis, with rising average temperatures and sharply lower rainfall.
Rolling media coverage and fake news are fueling widespread panic about COVID-19. A sense of perspective might help to allay concerns.
China faces deepening isolation over the virus epidemic as death toll soars to 304, with US and Australia leading a growing list of countries to impose extraordinary China travel bans.
A total of 38 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours alone, bringing the number of fatalities to more than 170. The World Health Organization is considering declaring the latest novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.
Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China identified the victim as a 69-year-old man who fell ill with the respiratory condition on December 31.
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