The number of new infections inside China – the source of the outbreak – was for the first time overtaken by those elsewhere on Wednesday as the virus spread to a growing number of countries.The disease has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.Topics : Norway’s Public Health Agency (FHI) said on Wednesday that one person had tested positive for coronavirus and was being kept isolated at home, in what was the country’s first confirmed case.The person had returned from China late last week, but did not appear ill and was unlikely to infect others, the agency said.”This person is not showing symptoms but … was tested after returning from the region of China where the outbreak began,” FHI director Line Vold told a news conference.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers afterward talked about the Spurs purposely fouling Jordan time after time.“I thought it really affected us in the first half, I didn’t think it affected us as much in the second,” he said. “First half, I thought it took us completely out of our rhythm. But it’s a tough call every night.”Rivers took Jordan out with 4:26 to play in the game and the Clippers ahead 105-103. Jordan returned with 2:15 left and his team up 110-105. Interestingly, he was never fouled again.“There’s no science to it,” Rivers said, regarding when to take out Jordan and bring him back in when hack-a-DJ is being utilized. “Just go with your gut. Some days you’ll be right, some days you’ll be wrong.”Rivers could not have been more right when assessing the play of Davis, whose 16 1/2 minutes off the bench were very noteworthy.“Glen played an important role,” Rivers said. “Without him, we would not have won tonight.”Davis liked hearing that.“Damn, Doc, what a great guy,” he said, drawing laughter from reporters.Bottom line is, the Clippers are doing quite well without Griffin. That’s not lost on Paul.“Everybody’s gotta step up,” Paul said. You know, Blake is a guy that no one person on our team can replace. And I think ‘Big Baby’ got the game ball tonight.” The Clippers (36-19), who can still sign players who are bought out of their contracts, finished the night fifth in the Western Conference standings, a half-game ahead of sixth-place Dallas (36-20) and 1 1/2 games in front of the seventh-place Spurs (34-20). Teams like third-place Portland (tied with Houston) and eighth-place Oklahoma City (tied with Phoenix) appeared to strengthen themselves Thursday with trades that brought the Trail Blazers guard Arron Afflalo from Denver and the Thunder center Enes Kanter from Utah, though Kanter came at the expense of OKC giving up backup point guard Reggie Jackson to Detroit in that three-team deal.The way Rivers sees it, the final eight weeks of the regular season should be rather wild. “I think there are probably 10 teams in the West that are in this mad dash,” said Rivers, also president of basketball operations. “Even the teams at the top want to keep their spots. We want to move up and secure a spot and it may come down to injuries. I said that, unfortunately, at the beginning of the year because of the schedule and I hope that doesn’t happen because we have them right now — or have one major one.“But I do think all that will come into play and, you know, the West is so good. It would be nice to have homecourt, but I don’t know how much it’s going to matter this year. It’ll matter the last game, the Game 7.”As for the Spurs, their star — Duncan — was bummed that his team could not hold a nine-point lead it had in the third quarter.“We just weren’t able to make enough plays,” Duncan said. “We had every opportunity to, but it was just inconsistencies. We missed a couple of shots that we usually knock down. But outside of that, I give them a lot of credit. They just kept pressing and pressing and pressing, and we weren’t able to sustain what we had.” The Clippers — now 3-1 without the injured Griffin — led 27-24 after one quarter, but trailed the Spurs 55-52 at halftime before leading 90-88 heading into the fourth. Jamal Crawford scored 26 points for the Clippers and made a 3-pointer with 32.7 seconds left for a 115-111 L.A. lead. DeAndre Jordan also scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, but made just 10 of 28 attempts from the free-throw line as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich used the hack-a-DJ in both the second and fourth quarters, starting in the fourth with more than eight minutes left. Chris Paul contributed 22 points and 16 assists, J.J. Redick scored 15, Matt Barnes 11 and Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 10 points, six rebounds and lots of hustle.Tim Duncan scored 30 points for San Antonio and Tony Parker had 21.After Crawford’s 3-pointer, Marco Belinelli made one of his own to pull San Antonio with 115-114. Paul then made a 12-footer for a 117-114 Clippers lead with eight seconds left. Manu Ginobili made one of two free throws for San Antonio, which then fouled Redick, who made two free throws with 6.1 seconds to play to seal the Spurs’ fate. The NBA trading deadline passed at noon Thursday on this coast. The Clippers did nary a thing, but the ever-confident coach Doc Rivers wasn’t sweating it.Even when a reporter asked if he would be comfortable with the team he has going into the playoffs — meaning a healthy return of Blake Griffin, of course — Rivers did not bat an eye.“Yes, is the answer,” Rivers said ahead of his team’s 119-115 victory Thursday night over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. “I like our team. I’ve liked it all year and we haven’t played consistently the way I would like us to all the time. But I keep going back to when we play well, we play well.“And I’m hoping that when we play well, that’s how we’ll play in the playoffs. That’s all you can hope for.”