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Coronavirus Poses A Major Threat



Orange nations represent where at least one person has been infected by the coronavirus, the virus is spreading quickly all over the globe.

The most important festival on the Chinese calendar, Lunar New year, was January 25, but in the Chinese city of Wuhan there were few reasons to celebrate. A deadly outbreak of coronavirus entered the city in the last month, endangering the 11 million inhabitants.

Within weeks of the outbreak the virus has spread killing 170 people and there are more than 7,000 cases that have been confirmed in mainland China. The Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread across Asia and the rest of the world.

People are taking the incident very seriously and have been seen walking around with face masks for their safety and the safety of others. Police and security officers have also been seen in face masks standing outside of the city’s center market, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.

The coronavirus was traced back to the Wuhan market where live wild animals such as bats, rats, snakes, dogs, and monkeys were being sold. Scientists believe that the animals that were sold at the market might have contained the coronavirus. People consumed these wild animals in unhygienic conditions which created the spark for the coronavirus outbreak.

The sale of live animals has been temporarily banned, but should be completely banned because of the threat to human survival posed by the disease within these animals. The market is being guarded and civilians are prohibited from entering the area.

People are starting to fear and speculate that it may turn into a possible epidemic. The Wuhan government has tried to contain the outbreak, but their efforts were too late, as the virus was able to spread to several provinces across the country. China has gone on lockdown in attempt to prevent further spreading. Other countries have taken preventive measures to avoid outbreaks by shuting down flights to China.

Tour agencies have banned Wuhan from allowing anyone out of the city,placing the city under quarantine. Passengers are provided with masks, gloves, and are having thermometer checks on their heads for fevers.

President Trump has 20 US airports checking passengers for symptoms of coronavirus since there has been six confirmed cases, two in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, one in Illinois and the first person to person transmission in Chicago. U.S health officials say the risk in the U.S remains low.

There are more than 1,000 Americans stuck in Wuhan. The Trump administration was considering a complete travel ban on China to prevent spreading. Scientists across the US are trying to create a vaccine for the coronavirus but are struggling to make the vaccine available.

People are encouraged to watch out for the symptoms the virus may cause as it is becoming a huge threat to humans. Washing hands, covering coughs, and making smart choices when purchasing meats should be considered. The virus continues to spread across the globe and has reached 17 countries including Thailand, Hong Kong, France, Germany and the United States. The coronavirus has called for a global emergency and countries are trying their best to help the situation and prevent spreading. Could this be the start of a worldwide deadly epidemic?

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Adamari Jaimez, Staff Writer

Adamari Jaimez is a junior at Durant High School. She was a staffer for the Durant yearbook and then became a Staff Writer for the Pawprint newspaper to...

2019 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships


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Championship winner Nagornyy wins gold for Russia in all-around at 22 years-old.

Floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bars. These are the six events male gymnasts compete in when they face off to win the gold.

This year, the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships were held October 4th through the 13th. The championship was held in Stuttgart, Germany at the Hanns Martin Schleyer- Halle. This is the third time the championship was held there. 288 men from 92 different federations competed

In the team events, Russia took the gold medal with a score of 261.726 points followed by China taking the silver medal with 260.729. Japan took the bronze medal with 258.159 points. This is the first time Russia has won the gold medal at this championship scone the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also, this is the first time Taiwan (a territory of China)  to make it to the top final three teams.

In the individual all-around events, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with 88.722. His fellow team mate, Arthur Palaloyan, earning the silver medal with a score of 87.165. Coming in third place, Oleg Verniaiev, from Ukraine, scoring 86.973, earning the bronze medal. 

On the floor exercise, the overall winner was Carlos Yulo, from the Philippines. He came in with a very dynamic and highly difficult routine on the floor scoring 15.300. On the pommel horse, Max Whitlock, from Great Britain, took the gold medal with a score of 15.500. His legs never touched the apparatus while performing a nearly flawless routine.

On the still rings, Ibrahim Çolak, from Turkey, was the overall winner taking a gold medal with a score of 14.933. On the vault, Nikita Nagornyy, from Russia, took the gold medal with a score of 14.966. 

On the parallel bars, Joe Fraser, from Great Britain, won with a score of 15.000. He was the only one out of all of the men to score 15 or higher. On the horizontal bars, Arthur Mariano, from Brazil, took the gold medal with a score of 14.900. Many people watch the females compete, but the males are able to compete just as well as the females. Making their routines look just as clean as the females.

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Jayleen Nunez, Staff Writer

Jayleen Nunez is a junior at Durant High School and is a Staff Writer for the PawPrint. When she isn't writing for the PawPrint, she participates in Mindfulness...

New iPhones Released

Tampa Bay, Fla.–Apple has recently introduced three new iPhones: The iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.

This makes iPhone prices expensive, however, because these three phones grow the iPhone line to eleven generations on the iOS operating system. The ongoing trade war between the United States and China will also impact the growing costs of these phones. Apple continues to build iPhones in China and import parts for the phones from overseas, but the phones themselves are designed in California. Apple is going to face political and regulatory challenges due to the 2018 United States-China trade war, and the proposed tariffs United States President Trump has issued on Chinese imports. Because China is paying more for Apple products, the additional expense will make the cost of the final product more expensive for American consumers.

The cost of the iPhone XS can go from 999 dollars up to 1,349 dollars. The XS Max can go from 1,099 dollars to 1,449 dollars. The XR will be released on October 19, 2018. The price of the iPhone XR would be 749 dollars to 899 dollars.

The new iPhones along with the previous iPhone X will feature the face ID where you can unlock your phone by just simply showing your face which will give the user access to his or her music, games and applications. The iPhones are also getting bigger in size.

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Jordan Dabbour, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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