New coronavirus can be transmitted human to human

January 20, 2020 10:30 PM
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The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely. World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic speaks to us.

Australia boosted emergency grants and loans for small businesses hit by bushfires that have ravaged the country during the peak tourist season, as firefighters used cooler weather to prepare for a return of hazardous fire conditions. Australian Chamber of Commerce CEO James Pearson discusses more the impact the fires have had on businesses.

Plus Iran said on Monday that it had not closed the "door to negotiations" in efforts to resolve a dispute over its nuclear agreement with world powers.

And tens of thousands of US gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation. VOA's Carolyn Presutti was at the rally.

Those stories and more are all on today’s International Edition.