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Coronavirus spreads more like flu than Sars: Chinese study

CHICAGO – Scientists in China who studied nose and throat swabs from 18 patients infected with the new coronavirus say it behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses, suggesting it may spread even more easily than previously believed. In at least in one case, the virus was present even though the patient […]

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Online sales of massage chairs up 436 per cent as Chinese consumers stay at home

Online sales of disinfectant, hair care accessories, massage chairs, air purifiers, and disposable gloves have grown multiple times over the past few days as many Chinese consumers are forced to stay home because of the coronavirus outbreak. Restaurants, cinemas, hotels, and shops have all been forced to close because of the outbreak, which has infected […]

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Chinese buy more groceries online and snap up second-hand laptops amid coronavirus

WeChat, the multipurpose messaging app run by internet giant Tencent Holdings, said there has been a sharp increase in people using its platform to buy groceries and everyday food items, as many remain stranded in their homes in China amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak. Delivery-to-your-door mini programmes embedded in WeChat have seen strong growth in […]

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China seeks help of national tech giants to track coronavirus with QR codes

SHANGHAI – China’s government is enlisting the help of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to expand colour-based systems for tracking individuals affected with the coronavirus nationwide. On Feb 12, Alipay, the payment app operated by Alibaba’s financial division Ant Financial, released a feature in collaboration with the government that assigns a coloured QR […]

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Chinese government backs Fruit Ninja-style game about killing viruses

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across China, a local government department has teamed up with an official newspaper and a casual gaming studio to create a game where players fight outsize cartoon viruses with disinfectant and N95 masks. The game, launched on Monday, was initiated by the publicity department of the Haidian District […]

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China reports 1,300 more coronavirus cases among medical workers

The risk of the deadly coronavirus to China’s frontline health staff is in sharp focus with health authorities announcing that 1,303 more medical workers had been diagnosed with or were suspected of having the disease. The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday that by February 11 there were more than […]

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China’s AI champion offers free online tech classes to students at home

Chinese students confined to their homes amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak now have the opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence after the country’s AI champion SenseTime offered its self-developed educational tools online. The online AI learning programme, offering a full range of open classes, experimental tool kits for programming, and distance learning training for teachers, […]

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China’s communist youth idols get the thumbs down in coronavirus crisis

On Monday afternoon, the youth wing of China’s Communist Party was urging the 12 million followers of its Twitter-like Weibo account to show their support for two new animated cartoon characters. “Let’s meet two new friends, the league’s virtual idols Hongqiman and Jiangshanjiao,” the Communist Youth League said, encouraging followers to turn the duo into […]

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Hong Kong reports second coronavirus fatality

HONG KONG – An elderly Hong Kong man who contracted the new coronavirus died on Wednesday (Feb 19), authorities announced, the second fatality from the outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. “A 70-year-old male patient who was infected with the novel coronavirus deteriorated and succumbed in Princess Margaret Hospital this morning,” the Hospital Authority said in […]

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Chinese experts: Future course of virus unclear

Despite the recent spate of record low numbers of new infections and new fatalities from the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, a leading health expert has flagged human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, as a key impediment to further curbing the epidemic. Meanwhile, a recently published paper from researchers at the Chinese Centre […]

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