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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics and the White House for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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A quarantined passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship stands on the balcony of his cabin next to a Russian flag Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WHO: Quarantine on Japan ship seemed preferable at the time

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said keeping passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan seemed preferable to having everyone disperse and spread the coronavirus from China around, though "the situation on the ground has changed." Published February 18, 2020

Residents wait to enter a checkpoint with a sign which reads "Returnees to Beijing registration point" in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China reports huge spike in coronavirus cases, deaths after changing Hubei criteria

There hasn't been a "significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak" of COVID-19, global health officials said Thursday, even as China reported thousands more cases under new criteria that officials adopted, Japan reported its first death from the disease and the number of U.S. cases continued to climb. Published February 13, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The White House says Trump remains confident in Kelly even though Kelly defended an aide who'd been accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. Spokesman Raj Shah says Trump was not aware of the allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter until Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly unloads on Trump

President Trump's former Chief of Staff John F. Kelly said late Wednesday the National Security Council staffer ousted from the White House was just doing his job when he raised concerns about the president's July phone call with the Ukrainian president. Published February 13, 2020

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers produce face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology has mobilized two large textile companies to produce face masks to help the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic. (Liang Xiaopeng/Xinhua via AP)

Health experts urge caution as virus cases fall for second day

New cases of the COVID-19 in China are dropping, but it's not the time for a victory lap, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning that hopeful trends in the unwieldy outbreak should be viewed with "extreme caution." Published February 12, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act signing ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump slams Bloomberg as 'pathetic' over stop-and-frisk turnabout

President Trump on Tuesday accused Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and potential 2020 rival, of pandering to black voters when he apologized in November for the controversial stop-and-frisk policies that were in effect during his tenure as New York City mayor. Published February 11, 2020

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a protective face mask speaks to residents as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at a neighbourhoods in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China reported a rise in new virus cases on Monday, possibly denting optimism that its disease control measures like isolating major cities might be working, while Japan reported dozens of new cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

China's coronavirus surpasses death toll from SARS in grim milestone

The death toll from China's new virus has exceeded that of the SARS epidemic almost two decades ago, prompting public health authorities and Capitol Hill lawmakers to call for a more urgent global response to the rapidly spreading disease with mysterious roots. Published February 10, 2020

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, wearing a protective face mask receives a temperature check as he inspects the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work at a neighbourhoods in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China reported a rise in new virus cases on Monday, possibly denting optimism that its disease control measures like isolating major cities might be working, while Japan reported dozens of new cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

Global experts land in China to combat coronavirus

The World Health Organization said a scouting team of global experts arrived in China Monday to help the government combat the new virus from Wuhan, as the public arm of the U.N. launches a parallel effort to understand the makeup of the virus and how it infected humans. Published February 10, 2020