Taiwan Taiwan News SARS deals greater blow to HK economy than war in Iraq, finds analyst K.C. Kwok, chief economist with the Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, said that if the Sars threat continued, domestic consumer demand would further decrease and thus lead the bank to readjust downwards its forecast of 3.5 percent economic growth for Hong kong for this year. Thailand Bangkok Post Illness sowing climate of fear The killer respiratory illness gripping Hong Kong is sowing a climate of fear which is driving away tourists, emptying restaurants and prompting many people to wear protective masks. The morning commuter crowd yesterday was peppered wuth people sporting while surgical face masks to fend off the virus. United States USA Today Mystery pneumonia linked to new cold virus Federal disease detectives said that their latest suspect in the case of the globe-circling mystery pneumonia was a newly discovered, deadly cousin of the bug that causes the common cold, a previously unknown strain of coronavirus, a cause of repiratory infections in premature infants and about a third of the world's colds, said Julie Gerberding, director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Florida. Bahrain Daily News Hong Kong rules out virus clamp Hong Kong yesterday ruled our tough action to halt a virus that has killed 23 worldwide, as worried parents filed into Beijing hospitals to check their children for Sars. To avoid panic, Beijing authorities remain secretive about the spread of the deadly disease, but one Chinese doctor said there may be as many as 100 cases in the capital and an anonymous e-mail siad at least 12 had died in Beijing hospitals. Britian The independent Hong Kong's schoolchildren begin to fall victim to killer flu The killer pneumonia virus from the East is spreading to children. All six infected in the territory were believed to have been infected by family members working in hospitals, but children typically have much closer contact with each other than adults, increasing the risks of the illness spreading in schools.