China opens new hospitals for virus patients, deaths top 560

BEIJING (AP) — China yesterday finished building a second hospital to isolate and treat patients of a virus that has killed over 560 people and  continues to spread, disrupting travel and people’s lives and fuelling economic fears. A first group of patients was expected to start testing a new antiviral drug, as China also moved people with milder symptoms into makeshift hospitals at sports centres, exhibition halls and other public spaces. The health care system in the central city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first detected in December, has been overwhelmed with the thousands of patients.  More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin