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Chinese tech firms pitch in with funds to fight Wuhan coronavirus

Chinese tech giants including search firm Baidu and food-delivery platform Meituan have pledged millions of yuan towards medical research, supplies and support for frontline health care workers in the battle against the coronavirus epidemic. Baidu said on Sunday that it had established a 300 million yuan (S$58.7 million) epidemic and public health security fund to […]

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Global alarm grows as Beijing reports first virus death

China’s capital on Monday recorded its first death from a deadly coronavirus as it struggles to contain a rapidly spreading disease that has sparked global alarm, with countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the epidemic. The fatality in Beijing raises the death toll from the new virus to 82, with more […]

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Wuhan virus: 1 week sufficient for recovery from mild coronavirus symptoms, says expert

BEIJING – An expert at China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday (Jan 28) that one week is sufficient for a recovery from mild coronavirus symptoms. The remarks were made by Li Xingwang at a press conference in Beijing, where he also said mild coronavirus symptoms do not present as pneumonia, but just slight fever. […]

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China says death toll from coronavirus rises to 106, confirmed cases hits 4,515

SHANGHAI – China said on Tuesday that 106 people had died from a new coronavirus that is spreading across the country, up from the previous toll of 81. The number of total confirmed cases in China rose to 4,515 as of Jan. 27, the National Health Commission said in a statement, up from 2,835 reported a […]

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Hospitals in China seek donations of masks, gowns to cope with virus outbreak

Chinese hospitals are running out of protective gear to handle the deadly coronavirus outbreak and many have appealed to the public for donations. With some factories shut down for the Lunar New Year break, hospitals – including in major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou – have put out the call for more supplies, even as […]

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Chinese ministry: Schools should delay start of semester to curb outbreak

All schools in China should delay the start of the spring semester to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Education said on Monday night. Centrally administered universities should postpone the start of the new semester, and the exact date for the spring semester should be in line with other locally […]

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Chinese online host apologises for travel show plug for ‘tasty’ bats

With the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak racing past 50, a Chinese internet celebrity has apologised for posting a video three years ago promoting bat as a tasty food. Wang Mengyun, host of an online show about international travel, wrote on her microblog that she was not aware that bats could be a virus […]