Politics • Asian • China
Apr 08, 2020 07:51 AM (UTC)
China's Wuhan ends its coronavirus lockdown

The Chinese city where the new coronavirus emerged ended its more-than two-month lockdown on Wednesday, even as the northern city Suifenhe ordered restrictions on its residents amid concern about a second wave of infections. Wuhan has reported just three new confirmed infections in the past 21 days and only two in the past two weeks.

Politics • American • South America
Apr 06, 2020 08:23 PM (UTC)
Brazilian minister starts diplomatic row with China over Coronavirus

After a tweet -- now retracted -- by Brazil’s Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, China's embassy in Brasilia demanded a public correction by the Brazilian Government.
This dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro.
China is the biggest destination for Brazilian exports, accounting for 29% of its global total during the first quarter of 2020.

Politics • Asian • China
Apr 02, 2020 09:48 AM (UTC)
Shenzhen announces plans to ban sale and consumption of cat and dog meat

The new law will put into place starting on May 1st. Shenzhen will be the first city in the country to enact such ban and does so after the coronavirus pandemic was linked to the consumption of wildlife animals by scientists. The cities government sai, according to Reuters, that "Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals" and that consumption ban is a common practice in developed countries.

Business • Economy
Apr 01, 2020 06:33 PM (UTC)
Wet markets in China have reopened

The wet markets in China, where scientists believe that Covid-19 has first been transferred from a bat to another animal and then to humans, have reopened. The markets are guarded to prevent pictures from being taken.

Business • Economy
Mar 29, 2020 07:40 AM (UTC)
China and Vietnam are planning to impose ban on wildlife trade

Following the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, originating from a "wet market" in Wuhan on which live animals were bought and sold, China and Vietnam are planning to impose a ban on such markets. The formal bans are expected to be signed into law later this year.

Politics • Asian • China
Mar 27, 2020 05:39 AM (UTC)
China closes borders to prevent now Covid-19 from travellers

Most of the new coronavirus cases in China over the past weeks have been detected in people coming from abroad, while the newly reported local infections have steadily declined. On some days there were zero new local cases. In total China reported around 500 new cases over the past weeks and announced that it'll close its borders as a response.

Mar 27, 2020 05:23 AM (UTC)
United States report over 82,000 Covid-19 cases - most in the world

With China reporting around 81,000 cases and the United States reporting 82,000 confirmed cases, the United States is the country with the most infections worldwide for the first time. In addition, the US has reported 246 new deaths making it a total of 1,195 fatalities due to the coronavirus.

Mar 25, 2020 01:33 PM (UTC)
Case of Hantavirus in China sparks fears of a parallel pandemic on twitter

According to the Global Times, an English-language Chinese news paper, a man died of Hantavirus in the Chinese Yunnan province. The corresponding tweet made by the newspaper, tagged #Hantavirus, gained a high number of retweets and comments due to the fear of a pandemic parallel to COVID-19. According to the CDC these fears are unnecessary since the Hantavirus can only be transmitted directly from rodents and cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Fashion
Mar 23, 2020 08:12 PM (UTC)
H&M prepares to use its capacities to supply EU with protective gear for hospitals

According to Reuters, H&M has agreed to supply the EU with protective gear for hospitals with an emphasis on face masks. After an initial offer by H&M the company and EU representatives had agreed on using the companies global network of suppliers, mainly located in China, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, to curb the evergrowing demand after protective gear for hospitals. This will in the initial phase come in the form of a donation by the company. Inditex, owner of the brand Zara and a main competitor of H&M, had before made a similiar offer to the country of Spain.

Mar 19, 2020 02:42 PM (UTC)
COVID-19 might cause reduced lung function in patients after recovery

According to Dr Owen Tsang Tak-yin, director of Infectious Disease Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong, follow-up appointments of COVID-19 patients after recovery revealed that some patients showed a reduction in lung function of around 20 to 30 percent. Long-term outcome was still unclear and patients could do cardiovascular exercise to increase their lung function.

Mar 18, 2020 10:01 PM (UTC)
Influenza drug from Japan effective against Covid-19 according to Chinese authorities

A flu drug named favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of the Japanese company Fujifilm, appears to be effective as a treatment for the coronavirus. According to Zhang Xinmin, an official from the Chinese science and technology ministry, “It has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment". The drug has been tested in clinical trials ni Wuhan and Shenzhen. In total 340 patients have been treated with it and on average been tested negative for the virus only four days after being tested positive. In addition, the lung condition of 91% of the patients had improved. This is 29% higher than for patients without the flu drug.

Mar 15, 2020 12:41 PM (UTC)
China's last emergency hospital has been closed

Hospital staff celebrated by taking off their masks together, as the last of the makeshift emergency hospitals to combat the coronavirus has been closed in Wuhan, China.

Mar 11, 2020 09:48 PM (UTC)
100-year-old Chinese citizen recovered from Covid-19 virus

After 13 days of hospital treatment, a 100-year-old man has been discharged after his recovery from the coronavirus. Being born in February 1920 the man was admitted to the hospital on February 24th. Having pre-conditions next to the new Covid-19 infection such as A lzheimer's disease, hypertension and heart failure.

Mar 11, 2020 09:46 PM (UTC)
Makeshift Covid-19 quarantine center in China collapses

The Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou, in the Chinese province of Fujian, has collapsed. The Hotel was used as a quarantine center for coronavirus patients. Following officials around 70 people were in the building at the time of the collapse.

Mar 11, 2020 09:29 PM (UTC)
China: Man dies after being recovered from coronavirus and discharged from hospital

Five days after being discharged from a makeshift hospital in Wuhan a 36-year-old man, who was previously admitted and treated for the coronavirus, died of respiratory failure. His wife stated that he was not feeling well two days after being back home from the hospital. The Wuhan health commission issued a death certificate that stated that the cause of death was Covid-19.