Coronavirus updates: WHO chief says international team heading to Wuhan on Saturday
More than 400 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in prisons across China, fuelling concerns about new clusters of the epidemic.
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Virus cases balloon in S. Korea as outbreak shifts, spreads
WHO says window of opportunity to stem virus 'narrowing'
The World Health Organization warned Friday that the window of opportunity to stem the new coronavirus outbreak was shrinking, amid concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has for weeks insisted the low number of cases of COVID-19 outside the epicentre of the deadly outbreak in China's central Hubei province presented a "window of opportunity" to contain the international spread.
Virus-hit China to play two World Cup qualifiers in Thailand
China withholds permission to India for delivering relief in Wuhan
China has decided to withhold permission to a special Indian flight that was to deliver medical and relief supplies and evacuate remaining Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of Covid-19 epidemic. (IANS)
Rising demand for health care has far outpaced the increase in the supply of doctors. Between 2005 and 2018, the number of fully licensed doctors nearly doubled, but the number of hospital admissions nearly quadrupled, according to Chinese government data.
Chinese suffering under harsh measures used to fight the deadly new coronavirus should recognise that similar methods have been deployed against China's minorities for years, an exiled Uighur rights activist said this week.
Beijing is aiming to restore normal business activity by offering financial support to companies that have been hit by the virus and has urged local authorities to reduce logistical hurdles for manufacturers and plant operators.
Graduates are worrying less about catching the virus than the impact it will have on their careers as company-organised recruiting events on campuses across China are pushed back or cancelled amid nationwide bans on public gatherings to avoid the spread of disease.
Global central bankers fell back on past experience for a comforting early analysis. The SARS epidemic in 2003, they noted, had come and gone with little economic impact. Weeks later, that parallel has failed.
Nepalis evacuated from virus-hit Wuhan test negative
Nepali citizens who have been evacuated from China's Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2000 people and infected more than 70,000 others, have tested negative for the virus.
China's passenger vehicle sales recorded 4,909 units in the first 16 days, down from 59,930 vehicles in the same period a year earlier, data from CPCA showed, the first major figures to demonstrate just how hard the epidemic is hitting the world's biggest auto market.
Women's Tennis Association cancels Xi'an Open
The women's Xi'an Open tennis tournament scheduled for next month in China has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 125K series hardcourt event was to be played from April 13-19, with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams.
Australian university offers Chinese students $1,000 to return
One of Australia's leading universities said on Friday it is offering Chinese students A$1,500 ($992) if they travel through a third country, bypassing the Australian government's ban on arrivals from China.
Three new cases in Iran after two deaths
Iran has confirmed three new coronavirus cases following the deaths of two elderly men, the health ministry told AFP on Thursday, as Iraq banned travel to and from its neighbour. Health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour said two of the new cases were in Qom and the other was in Arak, south of the holy city.
Outbreak fuels Hong Kong anger at government, China
Some business leaders and pro-Beijing politicians have joined pro-democracy and union figures in attacking Carrie Lam's administration for what they see as an uncoordinated response to the virus and its refusal to seal the border with mainland China, which might have prevented infections.
South Korea declares Daegu a 'special zone' over virus cases
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 41 of the 52 cases were reported in the southeastern city of Daegu and the surrounding region, which has recently seen a sudden jump in virus cases. Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin on Thursday urged the city's 2.5 million people to stay home and wear masks even indoors if possible.
Scientists announce 'breakthrough' atomic map of coronavirus
US scientists announced Wednesday they had created the first 3D atomic scale map of the part of the novel coronavirus that attaches to and infects human cells, a critical step toward developing vaccines and treatments.
Virus poses risk for trade in coming months: German Fin Min
Germany's export-dependent economy stagnated in the fourth quarter as both industrial orders and output fell sharply in December, holding back overall growth in the wider euro zone. In its monthly report, the finance ministry cited weak demand from abroad as a reason for the muted trade outlook.
Virus a major focus at G20, as China reports uptick in cases
The epidemic is set to be a major focus of discussion at a meeting on the weekend of finance leaders from the Group of 20 major economies, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said, amid rising risks to global growth. Japan and Singapore are on the brink of recession and South Korea on Friday said its exports to China slumped in the first 20 days of February.
Singaporean lenders have provided a cautious outlook due to the coronavirus outbreak, after Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd (OCBC) reported earnings that beat estimates and United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB) posted a small profit growth.
South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, taking its overall figure to 156 and making it the worst-infected country outside China.
Outbreak will not change China's commitments to buy US goods
The U.S. government expects China to honor its commitments to buy more U.S. goods under a trade deal signed by the world's two largest economies in January despite the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.
IATA on Thursday said it assesses carriers in the Asia Pacific to incur a revenue loss of $27.8 billion, while global carriers will lose $29.3 billion in 2020 as an impact of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.
Two evacuees from Japan ship test positive for coronavirus in Australia
Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus. "We have two people who are positive for the COVID-19 virus. Those two people have mild illness," said Dianne Stephens, acting chief health officer for the Northern Territories.