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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson walk on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 9, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Hanks test positive for virus

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Hanks said on Twitter.

The Hollywood star said on Wednesday that he and Wilson, who are both 63, were tested in Australia, after they felt tired and achy with slight fevers.

Hanks said they would be "observed and isolated" for as long as required.

The couple is in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros.

Hanks is set to play Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.


Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 28, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>WHO: Coronavirus a pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared the COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people a pandemic.

"In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"In the days and weeks ahead, we expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher," he said.

Ghebreyesus urged people not to be fearful because of its status as a pandemic.

"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO's assessment of the threat posed by the virus," Ghebreyesus  said. "It doesn't change what WHO is doing. And it doesn't change what countries should do."


US President Donald Trump participates in a listening session on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic inside the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, November 22, 2019. [Photo\Agencies]

>US suspends travel from Europe

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday suspended all travel from Europe to the US for 30 days starting on Friday in order to fight the novel coronavirus. The travel restrictions did not apply to the United Kingdom, Trump made the announcement in an Oval Office address to the nation as he seeks to combat a viral pandemic.

The number of known coronavirus cases in the US surpassed 1,600 on Wednesday in 38 states.

Many universities are suspending classes, ending the semester early, or conducting online classes.

The National Basketball Association said on Wednesday that it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.


Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash

>World's bias against women

A new UN report has found at least 90% of men and women hold some sort of bias against females.

There are no countries in the world with gender equality, the study found.

Zimbabwe had the highest amount of bias with only 0.27% of people reporting no gender bias at all.

At the other end of the scale was Andorra where 72% of people reported no bias.

Globally, close to 50% of men said they had more right to a job than women.

Almost a third of respondents thought it was acceptable for men to hit their partners.

According to the report, about half of the world's men and women feel that men make better political leaders.

Pedro Conceicao, head of UNDP's Human Development Report Office said: "We have come a long way in recent decades to ensure that women have the same access to life's basic needs as men. But gender gaps are still all too obvious in other areas."


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