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Joe Biden Frustrates Supporters With Debate Comment Writing Off New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage at the presidential debate here Friday night, and the very first question he received was about his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses.

Instead of reassuring his supporters that the situation would get better, Biden told them to expect it to continue to look bad for a bit longer.

“It’s a long race,” he said. “I took a hit in Iowa and I’ll probably take a hit here.  Traditionally, Bernie won by 20 points last time. And usually it’s the neighboring senators that do well.”

In other words, in the first line of the debate, he seemed to essentially write off the state of New Hampshire. And to voters here, it was confusing and discouraging.

“Why would he say that?” said Lew Feldstein, a former president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation who came to hear Biden speak in Manchester Saturday morning.

“I was kind of discouraged when I saw him writing off New Hampshire,” said Alexandra Argasinsky, a Windham resident leaning toward Biden. “He needs to keep campaigning, keep meeting voters and keep trying to get his message out. So I would encourage him not to give up on New Hampshire yet.”

Barry Nestor, a Milford resident who is backing Biden, said he wished he hadn’t made that remark, but it wasn’t going to change his mind. 

“This is a race. You want to be upbeat,” he said. “You don’t want to be ― he’s the leader. He’s the one. He needs to put on a brave face for all of us.”

Biden spokeswoman Symone Sanders insisted that Biden planned to compete in the state and was “absolutely not” writing it off. 

“We know it’s going to be a fight, we know it might be an uphill battle, but the reality is we are still in this race,” Sanders told reporters Friday night after the debate.

Biden came in fourth in the Iowa caucuses, far lower than predicted. His comment at the debate was an attempt to lower expectations, but it also could have the effect of dampening enthusiasm. He did not use that line in his two speeches Saturday in Manchester. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out tied for first, with Buttigieg in particular doing better than expected. 

Biden has been far more aggressive against his opponents since his loss. On Wednesday, he took shots at both Sanders and Buttigieg, which he escalated at Friday’s debate. 

Biden took aim at Sanders’ policies on guns and Medicare for All, as well as his self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” label. With Buttigieg, Biden hit back at the 38-year-old mayor’s call to put aside the “politics of the past,” vociferously defending the work he’s done over the years on legislation like the Violence Against Women Act and the Recovery Act. 

And on Saturday, his campaign escalated those attacks. The Biden campaign put out an ad mocking the fact that Buttigieg’s only experience in public office is as the mayor of a city with just over 100,000 residents. 

“The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran,” Buttigieg spokesman Chris Meagher responded in a statement.

Biden and his team have said that Iowa and New Hampshire just aren’t their states. For one thing, they’re overwhelmingly white, and Biden does well with African-American voters. They argue that Biden will do better in both Nevada and South Carolina, which are the third and fourth states in the primary calendar and are considerably more racially diverse. 

They also say that candidates like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have an advantage in New Hampshire because they live nearby. 

“I think he [Biden] is going to do well,” said former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D), a Biden backer. “I think it’s always a challenge competing against elected officials from neighboring states.”

“We’re surrounded by two states whose two senators are running,” added Gene Faltus, 67, a precinct captain for Biden in Keene, New Hampshire. “Joe himself admitted he expects not to win in New Hampshire. South Carolina is going to be a big big win for him. And southern states on Super Tuesday.”

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Igor Bobic/HuffPost Gene Faltus, 67, a Biden precinct captain from Keene, predicts the former vice president will have a “rough go” in New Hampshire. The retiree met Biden at a campaign event last year where the two discussed Faltus’ terminal cancer prognosis. Faltus says he has knocked on 2,000 doors for Biden since September.

But Biden’s weak showing in Iowa was giving some voters pause.

Rick Gehrich, 64, a retiree from Jaffrey who showed up to a Buttigieg event in Keene on Saturday, said he was deciding whether to support Buttigieg or Biden.

“Basically it’s going to be who I think can beat Donald Trump, more than their views on the economy and those kinds of things,” he said. “I’m afraid he [Biden] is starting to look a little old, a little weak. Maybe he can’t beat Trump.”

Rita Marshall was at the Biden rally in Manchester Saturday morning. She’s from Connecticut, but she, like many others, has come to New Hampshire in the run-up to the primaries to experience the political circus. She likes Biden, but she’s starting to take a look at billionaire Michael Bloomberg because she’s not sure Biden can win.

“I used to think he could, but I’m starting to worry that Trump will annihilate him based on what happened on the Ukrainian story and the way he squashes anyone that gets in his way,” she said.

Her husband, Etienne Delessert, was also bullish on Bloomberg.

“He will slap him. He will humiliate him,” he said. “Trump will pee in his pants.”

Igor Bobic and Kevin Robillard contributed reporting.

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The best Valentine’s Day restaurant specials this year

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love will soon be in the air.

But the clocking is ticking, so if you’re still looking for ways to woo your Valentine (or just yourself if you’re single this year), say no more.

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Everyone knows the true way to anyone’s heart is through food, so there is no better way to celebrate the holiday of love than a flavorful bite that hits the spot.

Thankfully, the food industry is rolling out the carpet by offering up some pretty sweet deals. For your benefit, here are some of the best Valentine’s Day specials being offered this year.

Your taste buds, and your wallet, will thank you later.

Whataburger

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The only thing better than free food on Valentine’s Day is a free wedding.

Whataburger is giving lucky couples the chance to not only celebrate their nuptials at six of its Texas locations but will also cover your meal, travel expenses, a photographer, a select number of guests, decorations and an officiant. Oh, and $5,000!

“From engagement photos to wedding cakes and cookies — even late-night Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits for their guests — our fans have come up with really creative ways to include Whataburger into their big day,” said Pam Cox, Whataburger vice president, human resources and brand communication.

“Nothing says love at first bite like wedding bells at Whataburger, and we can’t wait to celebrate a couple of love stories with some of our very own Whataburger super-fans!” Cox added.

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Olive Garden

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Here comes the bread!

Who needs a bouquet of flowers when you can get your lover a bouquet of breadsticks? Olive Garden is bringing back the special item after its success in 2019.

The delicious carbs are being offered as a part of the Olive Garden’s Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two, which comes with a four-course meal to-go. The best part? The dinner special starts at just $35.

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Boston Market

Nothing says “I love you” more than barbecue, and Boston Market has the perfect item on its menu that does just that this Valentine’s Day: the BAE-by Back Ribs.

The limited-edition sweet and saucy ribs are served in a bouquet, saying farewell to the traditional flowers and chocolate.

“When we first toyed with the idea of adding Baby Back Ribs to our menu, we knew we wanted to focus on flavor and quality,” said Chef Tony Fialho, director of culinary innovation at Boston Market. “Baby Back Ribs are sure to delight barbeque enthusiasts everywhere, but when packaged in a delectable bouquet, they’re the picture-perfect Valentine’s Day gift to help anyone delight –and feed — that special someone.”

While the ribs will be a permanent option on Boston Market’s menu, the bouquet of rips will only be sold on Feb.14 for $29.99.

Red Lobster

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Everyone knows Red Lobster is famous for its Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Now, the seafood restaurant chain is offering its prized food item nicely packaged in a heart-shaped box, only without the chocolate.

“Valentine’s Day is approaching and that doesn’t have to mean another year of gifting boring bouquets or cheap chocolates,” Red Lobster said of its Valentine’s Day biscuits. “What if you could surprise your loved one with a gift that’s guaranteed to warm their heart and appetite?”

The Red Lobster special will be available on Feb. 10, giving customers the option to purchase a half-dozen Cheddar Bay Biscuits from RedLobster.com for either pickup or delivery. The limited-edition boxes can be made available for an additional $1.

Burger King

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If you’re not feeling the spirit of love this year, there’s an option for you, too. Burger King is now touting an unorthodox special that allows customers to trade in a photo of their ex and exchange it for a nice, juicy Whopper. What’s more, the flagship burger will be served in a special “breakup box.”

The promotion is inspired by both Valentine’s Day and the new movie “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” the film being the latest in the DC Extended Universe cinematic series. The film’s main character, Harley Quinn, is apparently dealing with the aftermath of breaking up with the Joker.

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“This Valentine’s Day, who needs The Joker when you can have the King?” Burger King said in a press release. “In a new partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and their new film ‘Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),’ Burger King restaurants are celebrating Anti-Valentine’s Day in true Harley Quinn fashion.”

“On the heels of the February 7 ‘Birds of Prey’ movie release, in which everyone’s favorite anti-heroine Harley embarks on her post-breakup emancipation from The Joker, Burger King is turning ex-flames into flame-grilled Whopper sandwiches,” the company added. “Talk about turning up the heat!”

Hooters

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Hooters is offering customers free wings for Valentine’s Day. The sports bar and grill chain, famous for its wings, is offering 10 free boneless wings when you by any 10.

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The promotion is part of its annual Shred Your Ex digital campaign, which allows one to upload a picture of your ex and have it faux-shredded for your therapeutic purposes. The campaign comes with a digital coupon for free wings.

It’s worth noting you get free wings for only one ex.

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Bloomberg campaign adviser says accusations he’s trying to ‘buy’ election are a ‘distraction’

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Michael Bloomberg‘s 2020 campaign senior adviser Tim O’Brien defended the billionaire and former New York City mayor against his fellow Democratic presidential candidates who accuse him of trying to “buy” the nomination, calling it a “distraction.”

“The reality is it’s a distraction what they’re saying. Mike Bloomberg has more governing experience than anyone else in the Democratic field,” O’Brien said on “America’s News HQ” on Saturday. “He’s someone who stands on a stack of accomplishments as a philanthropist, a self-made businessman, and someone who’s governed one of the most complex cities in the world successfully.”

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During Friday night’s ABC News Democratic debate in New Hampshire, the Bloomberg was criticized for his approach.

“But I guess if you’re worth 60 billion dollars, you could spend several hundred million dollars on commercials. You’d have a slight advantage,” Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders said of Bloomberg. “That is nonsense.”

O’Brien argued against the notion that Bloomberg could purchase an election.

“Money will buy you exposure. Money does not buy you an election,” O’Brien told anchor Arthel Neville. “If you could buy elections, some of the other candidates who spent heavily wouldn’t be stuck at 1 or 2 percent.”

The adviser also defended Bloomberg’s spending, justifying it by pointing to Prsesident Trump.

“It’s necessary because Mike Bloomberg recognizes there is a five-alarm fire in the White House,” O’Brien said. “He is a public servant with a public conscience. And he sees this campaign as the culmination of his life’s work.”

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“There is no one running right now who would be a more effective, conscientious and ethically clean president than Mike Bloomberg,” O’Brien added. “And he’s got a track record to show it.”

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Rare Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro found that could be worth over $100,000

It might be time to clean out your parents’ basement.

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(Joel Magee)

Celebrity toy collector Joel Magee has acquired one of the rarest Hot Wheels cars ever made, and it may be worth an astronomical amount.

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(Joel Magee)

The 1968 Custom Camaro was one of a handful of Enamel White prototypes for the original “Sweet 16” car that were inadvertently packaged and sold.

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Designers painted the cars white near the end of the process to help spot imperfections before production began, according to Magee.

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(Joel Magee)

The Hong Kong-made car may be the only one left and Magee, known as America’s Toy Scout, said he found it while looking through a collection of other cars, but didn’t provide further details.

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According to Mattel, the prototype Beach Bomb was too tall and narrow and not stable enough to meet Hot Wheels performance targets. (Mattel)

Magee described it as a “Holy Grail” in a press release about the discovery, and said it is one of the three rarest Hot Wheels in the world, along with a prototype Olds 442 and the Beach Bomb custom van prototype that Hot Wheels maker Mattel says is worth $150,000.

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The 1968 Custom Camaro was one of the original “Sweet 16” Hot Wheels cars. (Mattel)

Magee didn’t reveal what he paid for the Camaro, which was probably sold for $0.59 when new — like the run-of-the-mill cars were, but he thinks he can get at least $100,000 for it today.

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Don’t expect to find out if that’s accurate any time soon, though, because for now, he said he’s just happy to have it in his collection.

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth end up at same pre-Oscars bash: reports

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Exes Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth ended up attending the same pre-Oscars party on Friday night, according to multiple reports.

The “Malibu” singer, 27, and Australian actor, 30, were each photographed separately outside of WME’s party that took place in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Cyrus was photographed with a smile on her face while wearing black aviator sunglasses and a casual white tank top and black pants. Hemsworth, meanwhile, was spotted in an all-black ensemble and was also photographed walking alone.

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A source told People the former married couple “didn’t even speak.”

“The party was packed and it wasn’t awkward for Miley that Liam was there,” said the onlooker. “She was with her parents and friends.”

The source said there was no big blowup between the exes because the two appear to be focusing on the future. For Cyrus, that means her new romance with Cody Simpson, with whom she’s been posting about on social media in a series of risque snaps and videos in recent months.

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Hemsworth has also appeared to move on since the couple’s August split with model Gabriella Brooks.

Cyrus and Hemsworth’s divorce was reportedly finalized last month, but TMZ noted that the couple won’t officially be single until Feb. 22. It was reported that Hemsworth and Cyrus had previously agreed on the details of their legal settlement in December.

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At the time, a source close to Cyrus told People: “Miley is relieved that she and Liam reached an agreement when it comes to the divorce. She just wants to move on.”

Hemsworth initially filed for divorce from Cyrus last August after nearly eight months of marriage. The couple tied the knot on Dec. 23, 2018.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Deaths in China Reach 811, Surpassing Toll From SARS

Here’s what you need to know:

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The coronavirus death toll in China has risen to 811, surpassing the death toll from the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, according to official data released early Sunday.

The number of confirmed infections rose to 37,198, according to China’s National Health Commission. Eighty-nine deaths and 2,656 new cases were recorded in the preceding 24 hours, most of them in Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak.

The SARS epidemic, which also began in China, killed 774 people worldwide.

Many doctors believe that deaths and infections from the current epidemic in China are undercounted because testing facilities at hospitals and laboratories are under severe strain.

The number of new cases confirmed in the country has stabilized in recent days, but World Health Organization officials cautioned against reading too much into those numbers, saying that Wuhan and Hubei Province were still in the midst of a “very intense outbreak.”

“It’s very, very early to make any predictions,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the W.H.O.’s health emergencies program. “This is still a very, very intense outbreak in Wuhan and Hubei.”

The measures put in place in Hubei appear to be “paying off,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general, but he warned that the course of outbreaks like these is unpredictable. “We have to understand it with caution because it can show stability for a few days and then they can shoot up,” he said. “I’ve said it many times, it’s slow now but it may accelerate.”

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Dr. Tedros said the W.H.O. has identified a team of experts who will be traveling to China to provide assistance with the outbreak, and said the leader — whom he declined to identify — will depart for China on Monday or Tuesday, with the rest of the team following later.

A United States citizen has died from the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China, in what appeared to be the first death of an American from the outbreak.

Few details about the American, who died on Thursday, were immediately available. The person was around 60 years old and died at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, according to the United States Embassy in Beijing. Two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman who had underlying health conditions.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” said a spokesman for the embassy. “Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

The woman’s death was likely to add to diplomatic friction over Beijing’s response to the epidemic, which has generated frustration in China and abroad.

It is also certain to raise questions over whether the Trump administration and the State Department in particular have taken sufficient action to ensure the safety of Americans in China and to aid in the evacuation of those who want to leave.

A British government charter flight took off on Sunday from Wuhan carrying more than 200 people, in what Britain’s foreign ministry said would be the country’s final evacuation from the locked-down city.

Britons and people from other countries were aboard the flight, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.

The flight was expected to have enough seats to accommodate all the remaining British nationals and their families in Wuhan and in the surrounding province of Hubei, Britain’s foreign minister, Dominic Raab, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Britain issued a warning against traveling to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. It also urged anyone in China who could leave to do so.

“We have been working round the clock to help British nationals leave Hubei Province, on UK, French and New Zealand flights,” Mr. Raab said.

Britain has three cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization.

A lawyer who had provided a rare glimpse into the dire conditions in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has gone missing, his friends say, expressing fear for his safety.

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    • Where has the virus spread?
      You can track its movement with this map.
    • How is the United States being affected?
      There have been at least a dozen cases. American citizens and permanent residents who fly to the United States from China are now subject to a two-week quarantine.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      Several countries, including the United States, have discouraged travel to China, and several airlines have canceled flights. Many travelers have been left in limbo while looking to change or cancel bookings.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do.

The lawyer, Chen Qiushi, who is based in Beijing, had been reporting from Wuhan since the city went into lockdown last month as the authorities scrambled to contain the virus.

In a series of video blogs and footage posted on Twitter and sometimes on YouTube, which are both blocked in mainland China, Mr. Chen documented the plight of patients and the shortage of hospital supplies, and he warned of cross-infection in Wuhan’s mass quarantine sites.

A friend who is currently managing Mr. Chen’s Twitter account said contact had been lost with him on Thursday.

The friend, who requested anonymity to protect the account’s security, said Mr. Chen had recognized the risks that came with his journalistic work from the beginning and had shared his passwords with friends as a precaution, in case he would one day be detained.

Xu Xiaodong, a prominent mixed martial arts practitioner in China, also said on Friday that he had lost contact with Mr. Chen, his friend. In a video message on Friday, Mr. Xu said that Mr. Chen’s parents had been told that their son had been quarantined because he had visited several hospitals and risked contracting the virus.

“I’m announcing this because I’m scared! Because the next one could be me,” Mr. Xu tweeted on Friday.

Mr. Chen made headlines last summer when he visited Hong Kong to report on the city’s antigovernment demonstrations and challenged portrayals by Chinese state news media that the protesters were rioters.

The Chinese government has announced a temporary name for the illness caused by the coronavirus, ordering the local authorities and state news media to adopt it. In English, it will be called N.C.P., for novel coronavirus pneumonia, the national health commission said on Saturday.

A final, official name will eventually be chosen by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The organization has submitted a name to a scientific journal for publication and hopes to reveal it within days, the BBC reported.

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The virus has sickened more than 34,900 people in China and 24 other countries.

The naming of viral illnesses is a complicated matter that involves both science and public relations. Past names, like the Spanish flu or Rift Valley fever, have been seen as contributing to the stigmatization of countries or regions. In 2015, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines, after the choice of the name for Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, was criticized.

As well as avoiding place names, those guidelines recommend not using people’s names (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Chagas disease), animal names (swine flu, equine encephalitis), cultural or occupational references (Legionnaires’ disease) or words that induce fear (unknown, death, fatal, epidemic).

The W.H.O. has recommended its own temporary name for the new illness: 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease, or 2019-nCoV. But the name is difficult to pronounce, and has been less popular than “coronavirus,” which describes a larger category of viruses.

“We thought it was very important to put out an interim name so that no location was associated with the name,” Maria van Kerkhove, a W.H.O. epidemiologist, told the body’s executive board on Friday.

On Saturday, the French health minister confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus, including four adults and one child — all British citizens — bringing the total in France to 11.

The minister, Agnès Buzyn, said during a news conference on Saturday morning that the latest cases formed “a cluster, a grouping around one original case” and had been traced to an infected British citizen who had traveled from Singapore.

Ms. Buzyn told reporters that the Briton stayed in Singapore from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23 and arrived in France on Jan. 24. The person stayed in the small town of Les Contamines-Montjoie, in southern France, where there is a ski resort.

Before returning to Britain on Jan. 28, the infected person came into contact with 11 people, all Britons, with whom he lived in the same house, she said, adding that all of them had been hospitalized to monitor their conditions.

Two schools in the area will be shut next week as the authorities try to determine with whom those infected had been in contact, Reuters reported. Three children being monitored — including the one infected child — attended a local school.

France extended its travel warning on Saturday from only Wuhan to all of China, saying its citizens should avoid traveling to the country unless it was “imperative.”

Hangzhou, a Chinese city with a population of 10 million, said it would temporarily ban the sale of flu and cough medicine at pharmacies, in an effort to compel people who might be sick to see a doctor.

In a statement, which was issued at midnight Friday and took effect immediately, the local government said the policy was created to “strengthen the supervision of those with fevers and coughs.”

To stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have taken increasingly draconian measures to curb travel, impose social distancing and track those who might be sick. Several cities in the eastern province of Zhejiang, including some sections of Hangzhou, have set limits on how often people can leave their houses, generally allowing one person to leave every few days to buy groceries. Paper passports have been printed to keep tabs on residents.

As such restrictions have increased, so have people’s fears about being suspected to have the virus. Some have complained that sites set up for quarantines do little to separate people who are already sick from those who have no symptoms, but who are from an area that experienced an outbreak. In recent weeks, several articles in Chinese news media have told of people who used medicine to suppress coronavirus symptoms to pass through the country’s now ubiquitous fever-screening checkpoints.

Some wondered what those with chronic illnesses were supposed to do if they couldn’t get medicine they needed to relieve their symptoms. Others worried that the policy would speed the spread of the virus by forcing many more people to go to hospitals, where some carriers of the virus would likely be.

Now the coronavirus is dealing Hong Kong, Asia’s financial capital, another devastating blow. Airlines are cutting service. Schools are closed. Panicked residents are hoarding rice, face masks and — in the latest run — toilet paper.

In the air is a new emotion for a city where the glimmering skyline once seemed to promise riches and opportunity: fear.

“We don’t know when it will end or how much worse it will get,” said Amber Suen, a flight attendant with Cathay Pacific, the beleaguered Hong Kong airline that on Wednesday asked its 27,000 employees to take three-week unpaid furloughs to save money.

The new coronavirus, which has killed hundreds and sickened thousands in mainland China, has been much less prevalent in Hong Kong. One person has died and at least 25 have been infected, mostly while traveling in the mainland. Its hospitals are respected around the world.

The world is not drawing a distinction, however, in part because the city has tightened but not fully closed the border with the mainland.

The multinational companies that helped make the city global are restricting travel there. Some are advising or requiring returning employees to quarantine themselves. And getting to Hong Kong is becoming increasingly difficult. Virgin Australia joined United Airlines and American Airlines in cutting service. Italy has suspended flights from Hong Kong, while the Philippines and Taiwan are requiring arrivals to go into quarantine.

Julie Zhong, a 24-year-old from Wuhan, knows she has had to endure less than many other people from her city, where the new coronavirus first appeared.

She had planned to move to Shanghai after a three-week trip with her family to Hainan, a holiday island off China’s southern coast. But then the outbreak happened. After Hainan officials took the family’s temperature, they began a self-imposed quarantine for 14 days.

The quarantine is over. But her plans to move to Shanghai, where she is supposed to start a new job on Feb. 17, are in limbo. Hotels she called in the city told her that people from Hubei Province, which includes Wuhan, were not welcome. One said she could have a room, but only if she underwent another 14-day quarantine.

“I’m innocent, but implicated,” she said. “It makes me really angry.”

Many people from Wuhan have fared worse under a countrywide campaign to identify and isolate anyone who has recently been to the city. Ms. Zhong said that prejudice and anger directed toward people from her hometown was misplaced.

“Is it the fault of people from Wuhan? It’s not. If it comes from eating wild meat, then the problem is the government didn’t control it well enough,” she said, referring to the food market in Wuhan where the illness is thought to have originated.

“You can’t just dump everything on the heads of those from Wuhan,” she added.

The government of Gibraltar, a British territory at the southern tip of Spain, on Saturday turned away a cruise ship because dozens of passengers were suspected of being sick with norovirus, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and fever.

The government said in a statement that these symptoms are not those of coronavirus, which has been spreading from China.

However, “given the current situation, the vessel has been asked to continue to its next port of call,” the statement said.

The ship, Spirit of Discovery, reached Gibraltar on Saturday morning but was told that it could not berth and should instead go to its next destination, Southampton, in southern England.

The ship, which has 868 passengers and 513 crew members, had reported that it had 89 cases of suspected norovirus on board. The ship is operated by Saga Cruises, a British company.

At least three other cruise ships have been quarantined, denied entry or refused permission to disembark, including ships in Italy, Hong Kong and Japan, where more than 3,700 crew and passengers began a quarantine on Monday.

At least 64 passengers of the ship in Japan, the Diamond Princess, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Last month, Italian authorities prevented a cruise ship from disembarking for more than 12 hours after a sick passenger’s symptoms had been misinterpreted as coronavirus.

Travelers to Asia, even to countries far from the epicenter of the virus in China, are beginning to reconsider their plans.

Hard data on cancellations is scarce, as airlines, hotels and travel boards say they do not yet have numbers or will not share them. But tour operators, travel insurance brokers and airline employees say they are facing growing numbers of customers changing their plans.

Brian Fitzgerald, president of Overseas Adventure Travel, a company providing group tours to travelers mostly over 50, said it encountered cancellations to China through April in the wake of the outbreak’s announcement. But this week, he said, tourists scheduled to go to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam were reconsidering as well.

January data from April Travel Protection, an insurance provider, which tracks residents in the United States traveling to every country in the world, shows that claims with an Asian country in the itinerary more than doubled compared to January 2019.

More than 20 international carriers have suspended or restricted routes that ended in Wuhan and other major Chinese cities, including Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

A report published on Friday on 138 coronavirus patients in Wuhan has disturbing details about the illness and how it spreads. Many of the patients — 41 percent — were presumed to have been infected in a Wuhan hospital, including 17 people who were already hospitalized for other illnesses, and 40 health care workers.

One patient is thought to have infected more than 10 health care workers in the hospital’s surgical department, where the person was admitted because of abdominal symptoms, and the coronavirus was not initially suspected.

The authors of the report, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said their data suggested that rapid person-to-person spread of the virus had occurred among their cases. That was partly because of patients like the one admitted to the surgical department, who had symptoms that misled doctors into suspecting other illnesses and failing to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Another cause for concern is that some patients who appeared mildly or moderately ill at first took a turn for the worse several days or even a week into their illness. The median time from their first symptoms to when they became short of breath was five days; to hospitalization, seven days; and to severe breathing trouble, eight days. Experts say that pattern means patients must be carefully monitored, and it is not safe to assume that someone who seems to be doing well early on is out of the woods.

Chinese car and auto parts factories may stay closed longer than expected because of the coronavirus, increasing the chances that assembly lines in Asia, Europe and the United States could grind to a halt because of shortages of components.

Several automakers including BMW, PSA and Toyota have delayed restarting their assembly lines in China by another week, and others appear likely to follow suit. Even a relatively brief interruption in the flow of parts and materials could have far-reaching effects, analysts said.

The shutdowns at Chinese factories have hit automakers from several angles. The virus is already causing them to lose sales in China, the world’s largest car market by far. If they are forced to shut down factories outside of China because of parts shortages, as Hyundai has already done in South Korea, they could also lose sales in other regions.

The blow to the auto industry, which employs eight million people worldwide, comes at a time when output from the world’s factories is already sagging. It is likely to amplify the human and economic cost of the outbreak.

Reporting and research were contributed by Raymond Zhong, Jack Ewing, Steven Lee Myers, Claire Fu, Paul Mozur, Motoko Rich, Hisako Ueno, Alexandra Stevenson, Austin Ramzy, Tiffany May, Emily Palmer, Reed Abelson, Katie Thomas, Denise Grady, Elaine Yu, Constant Méheut, Raphael Minder, Edward Wong and Roni Caryn Rabin.

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Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights

WUHAN, China — President Xi Jinping strode onstage before an adoring audience in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing less than three weeks ago, trumpeting his successes in steering China through a tumultuous year and promising “landmark” progress in 2020.

“Every single Chinese person, every member of the Chinese nation, should feel proud to live in this great era,” he declared to applause on the day before the Lunar New Year holiday. “Our progress will not be halted by any storms and tempests.”

Mr. Xi made no mention of a dangerous new coronavirus that had already taken tenacious hold in the country. As he spoke, the government was locking down Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, in a frantic attempt to stop the virus spreading from its epicenter.

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The virus has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and a number of other countries.

Now, Mr. Xi faces an accelerating health crisis that is also a political one: a profound test of the authoritarian system he has built around himself over the past seven years. As the Chinese government struggles to contain the virus amid rising public discontent with its performance, the changes that Mr. Xi has ushered in could make it difficult for him to escape blame.

“It’s a big shock to the legitimacy of the ruling party. I think it could be only second to the June 4 incident of 1989. It’s that big,” said Rong Jian, a writer about politics in Beijing, referring to the armed crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters that year.

“There’s no doubt about his control over power,” he added, “but the manner of control and its consequences have hurt his legitimacy and reputation.”

Mr. Xi himself has recognized what is at stake, calling the outbreak “a major test of China’s system and capacity for governance.”

Yet as China’s battle with the coronavirus intensified, Mr. Xi put the country’s No. 2 leader, Li Keqiang, in charge of a leadership group handling the emergency, effectively turning him into the public face of the government’s response. It was Mr. Li who traveled to Wuhan to visit doctors.

Mr. Xi, by contrast, receded from public view for several days. That was not without precedent, though it stood out in this crisis, after previous Chinese leaders had used times of disaster to try to show a more common touch. State television and newspapers almost always lead with fawning coverage of Mr. Xi’s every move.

That retreat from the spotlight, some analysts said, signaled an effort by Mr. Xi to insulate himself from a campaign that may falter and draw public ire. Yet Mr. Xi has consolidated power, sidelining or eliminating rivals, so there are few people left to blame when something goes wrong.

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“Politically, I think he is discovering that having total dictatorial power has a downside, which is that when things go wrong or have a high risk of going wrong, then you also have to bear all the responsibility,” said Victor Shih, an associate professor at the University of California San Diego who studies Chinese politics.

Much of the country’s population has been told to stay at home, factories remain closed and airlines have cut service. Experts warn that the coronavirus could slam the economy if not swiftly contained.

The government is also having trouble controlling the narrative. Mr. Xi now faces unusually sharp public discontent that even China’s rigorous censorship apparatus has been unable to stifle entirely.

The death of an ophthalmologist in Wuhan, Dr. Li Wenliang, who was censured for warning his medical school classmates of the spread of a dangerous new disease in December, has unleashed a torrent of pent-up public grief and rage over the government’s handling of the crisis. Chinese academics have launched at least two petitions in the wake of Dr. Li’s death, each calling for freedom of speech.

State media still portray Mr. Xi as ultimately in control, and there’s no sign that he faces a serious challenge from within the party leadership. The crisis, though, has already tainted China’s image as an emerging superpower — efficient, stable and strong — that could eventually rival the United States.

How much the crisis might erode Mr. Xi’s political standing remains to be seen, but it could weaken his position in the longer run as he prepares to take a likely third term as Communist Party general secretary in 2022.

In 2018, Mr. Xi won approval to remove the constitutional limits on his term as the country’s president, making his plan for another five-year term seem all but certain.

If Mr. Xi comes out of this crisis politically insecure, the consequences are unpredictable. He may become more open to compromise within the party elite. Or he may double down on the imperious ways that have made him China’s most powerful leader in generations.

“Xi’s grip on power is not light,” said Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“While the ham-fisted response to this crisis undoubtedly adds a further blemish to Xi’s tenure in office,” Mr. Blanchette added, “the logistics of organizing a leadership challenge against him remain formidable.”

In recent days, despite a dearth of public appearances, state media have portrayed Mr. Xi as a tireless commander in chief. This week they began calling the government’s fight against the virus the “people’s war,” a phrase used in the official readout of Mr. Xi’s telephone call with President Trump on Friday.

There are increasing signs that the propaganda this time is proving less than persuasive.

The Lunar New Year reception in Beijing where Mr. Xi spoke became a source of popular anger, a symbol of a government slow to respond to the suffering in Wuhan. Mr. Xi and other leaders appear to have been caught off guard by the ferocity of the epidemic.

Senior officials would almost certainly have been informed of the emerging crisis by the time national health authorities told the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, but neither Mr. Xi nor other officials in Beijing informed the public.

Mr. Xi’s first acknowledgment of the epidemic came on Jan. 20, when brief instructions were issued under his name. His first public appearance after the lockdown of Wuhan on Jan. 23 came two days later, when he presided over a meeting of the Communist Party’s top body, the Politburo Standing Committee, which was shown at length on Chinese television. “We’re sure to be able to win in this battle,” he proclaimed.

Back then, the death toll was 106. As it rose, Mr. Xi allowed other officials to take on more visible roles. Mr. Xi’s only appearances have been meeting foreign visitors in the Great Hall of the People or presiding over Communist Party meetings.

On Jan. 28, Mr. Xi met with the executive director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and told Dr. Tedros that he “personally directed” the government’s response. Later reports in state media omitted the phrase, saying instead that Mr. Xi’s government was “collectively directing” the response.

Since nothing about how Mr. Xi is portrayed in state media happens by accident, the tweak suggested a deliberate effort to emphasize shared responsibility.

Mr. Xi did not appear on official broadcasts again for a week — until a highly scripted meeting on Wednesday with the authoritarian leader of Cambodia, Hun Sen.

There is little evidence that Mr. Xi has given up power behind the scenes. Mr. Li, the premier in formal charge of the leadership group for the crisis, and other officials have said that they take their orders from Mr. Xi. The group is filled with officials who work closely under Mr. Xi, and its directives emphasize his authority.

“The way the epidemic is being handled now from the top just doesn’t fit with the argument that there’s been a clear shift toward more collective, consultative leadership,” said Holly Snape, a British Academy Fellow at the University of Glasgow who studies Chinese politics.

The scale of discontent and the potential challenges for Mr. Xi could be measured by repeated references online to the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Many of them came under the guise of viewer reviews of the popular television mini-series of the same name, which is still available for streaming inside China.

“In any era, any country, it’s the same. Cover everything up,” one reviewer wrote.

The Soviet Union of 1986, however, was a different country than China in 2020.

The Soviet state was foundering when Chernobyl happened, said Sergey Radchenko, a professor of international relations at Cardiff University in Wales who has written extensively on Soviet and Chinese politics.

“The Chinese authorities, by contrast, are demonstrating an ability to cope, a willingness to take unprecedented measures — logistical feats that may actually increase the regime’s legitimacy,” he added.

Mr. Radchenko compared Mr. Xi’s actions to those of previous leaders in moments of crisis: Mao Zedong after the Cultural Revolution or Deng Xiaoping after the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

“He’s doing what Mao and Deng would have done in similar circumstances: stepping back into the shadows while remaining firmly in charge.”

Chris Buckley reported from Wuhan, and Steven Lee Myers from Beijing. Claire Fu and Amber Wang contributed research.

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Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky

Skygazers are enjoying the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, this weekend.

The Snow Moon is one of the largest full moons of 2020 and will light up the sky on Saturday and Sunday.

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The almost full Snow Moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty before sunrise on February 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

“For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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The full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, according to EarthSky.

Some experts also describe the full moon as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA said.

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The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The February full moon played an important role in Native American culture.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” NASA said. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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The almost full Snow moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty, photographed from Red Hook, Brooklyn on the morning of Feb. 8, 2020. (James Rogers/Fox News)

Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

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Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky

Skygazers are enjoying the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, this weekend.

The Snow Moon is one of the largest full moons of 2020 and will light up the sky on Saturday and Sunday.

WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?

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The almost full Snow Moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty before sunrise on February 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.

The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

“For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8; it will rise in the east and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

‘SUPER SNOW MOON’ STUNS AS THE BIGGEST SUPERMOON OF 2019 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

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The full moon lights up the sky over the Moscow Kremlin waterfront, Spasskaya Tower, St Basil’s Cathedral, on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by Marina Lystseva/TASS via Getty Images)

The full moon is the fourth-largest of 2020, according to EarthSky.

Some experts also describe the full moon as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event. Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, NASA said.

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The moon rises behind the ancient Acropolis hill with the 500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The February full moon played an important role in Native American culture.

“As the midwinter moon or the second full moon of winter, the Native American tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States called this the Snow Moon or the Hunger Moon,” NASA said. “It was known as the Snow Moon because of the heavy snows that fall in this season.”

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The almost full Snow moon sets beside the Statue of Liberty, photographed from Red Hook, Brooklyn on the morning of Feb. 8, 2020. (James Rogers/Fox News)

Last February’s full moon, dubbed the “super snow moon,” was the largest supermoon of 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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Coronavirus deaths surpass SARS fatalities; at least 811 have died

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Deaths from the novel coronavirus have now surpassed that of SARS in the early 2000s, with more than 800 dead so far, according to multiple reports.

Hubei province in China reported 81 deaths Saturday, which pushed the death toll for the virus to 811 — past that of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which broke out on the mainland in 2002 and 2003.

The SARS outbreak killed at least 774, with 8,096 infections globally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The coronavirus, by comparison, has already infected at least 37,198 and has taken the lives of at least 811 people on China’s mainland, as of Saturday night.

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The first death outside of China was recorded in the Philippines on Sunday. The 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was hospitalized last week with a fever, cough and sore throat, and died after developing severe pneumonia, according to the Philippines health department.

Hong Kong reported its first death on Tuesday in a 39-year-old man who traveled from Wuhan.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases will keep growing as tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases.

There is no vaccine to protect against the virus, although the National Institutes of Health in Maryland had confirmed to Fox News that they were in the “early stages” of developing one.

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Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. There aren’t many preemptive steps that can be taken to avoid infection, other than practicing basic sanitary measures on a regular basis.

Fox News’ David Aaro and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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