Sep 24, 2017

Triumphant Merkel set for 4th term

Angela Merkel casts her vote in Germany's election. Photo: Matthias Schrader / AP

Exit polls show Angela Merkel's conservative bloc easily finishing first in Sunday's German elections with around 33% of the vote, leaving Merkel set to retain her chancellorship for a 4th term.

The polls show opposition leader Martin Schulz's Social Democrats with between 20 and 21 percent support, and the anti-migrant, nationalist Alternative for Germany party with 13 to 13.5 percent support, enough to enter parliament for the first time.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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