Virus alarms sound worldwide, but China sees crisis ebbing

BEIJING (AP) — Iranians hoarded medical supplies, Italians urged doctors out of retirement and South Koreans prepared to pump billions into relief efforts yesterday as the virus epidemic firmed its hold around the globe. Mushrooming outbreaks in the Mideast, Europe and South Korea contrasted with optimism in China, where thousands of recovered patients were going home. A growing outbreak in the United States (US) led schools and subways to sanitise, quickened a search for a vaccine, and spread fears of vulnerability for nursing home residents. More details in Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin.