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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As fears of a new coronavirus from China spread around the world, many countries are seeing rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese and even public aversion to those from the epicenter of the outbreak. Some restaurants in Asian cities have refused to accept Chinese customers, while Indonesians marched near a hotel and called on Chinese guests there to leave. French and Australian newspapers face criticism over alleged racist headlines. Chinese and other Asians in Europe and New Zealand complain of racial discrimination.
BEIJING (AP) — The Philippines has reported the first death of a new virus outside of China where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in another that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies. Philippine officials say a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was admitted on Jan. 25 with fever, cough and sore throat before he developed severe pneumonia. His female companion also tested positive. The Philippines joined the U.S. and others in banning entry to travelers from China. Meanwhile, China's news agency says six officials in Huanggang, neighboring the epicenter of Wuhan in Hubei province, have been fired over poor performance in handling the outbreak. The mayor complained the city lacks medical supplies.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Register, CNN and its polling partner have decided not to release the final installment of its presidential preference poll, fearing its results may have been compromised. The executive editor of the Iowa newspaper, Carol Hunter, posted the announcement Saturday night at the same time the results of the highly anticipated survey were supposed to be released. She says one of the poll respondents reported earlier in the day that a candidate's name had been omitted. While believed to be an isolated incident, the poll administrators could not be certain. Hunter says not releasing the Iowa Poll was a difficult decision.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he will “shock” the nation with his performance in Monday night’s caucuses. He says one reason will be his support from Republicans, who he claims back him because he's focused on the same issues as President Donald Trump. Speaking at a rally at a downtown Des Moines hotel Saturday night, Yang told a packed ballroom that he's laser-focused on solving the same problems that Trump pointed out — but has actual solutions that people will see and feel.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians start voting Monday in a high-profile Democratic presidential primary that has no clear front-runner. Ballots could also take longer to count than in any previous election in a state already notorious for slow counting. For the first time, Californians can register to vote on election day at the polls. The state's top election official expects record presidential primary turnout of California's 20 million registered voters. The March 3 primary was moved up from its usual June date so Californians might have more of a say in the outcome of the primary and the decision about the eventual Democratic nominee. Early voting begins Monday, the same day caucuses in Iowa start choosing their nominee.
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