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Number of new cases drops outside Wuhan, but situation still grim

Hubei province, the centre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has seen a continuous decline in new daily infections in areas outside its capital, Wuhan - proving the effectiveness of the prevention and control measures that have been taken. The situation in these areas, however, remains grim because of the shortage of medical workers and supplies, […]

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Gyms in China livestream routines as coronavirus keeps patrons away

SHANGHAI/BEIJING – “Stand in front of a chair. Chest up, core tight and square your pelvis,” said Heidi Liu, a pilates instructor at a studio in Shanghai, as she demonstrated a series of poses and stretches. But there were no students in the classroom at the Pilates ProWorks studio located in the middle of a central […]

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Coronavirus: Death toll in China passes 2,000 as Hubei province reports 132 new fatalities

WUHAN – The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 2,000 on Wednesday (Feb 19) after 132 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak.   In its daily update, the province’s health commission also reported 1,693 new cases of people infected with the virus. With the latest figures, […]

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Most coronavirus infections are mild, says Chinese study

BEIJING – Most people infected by the new coronavirus in China have mild symptoms, with older patients and those with underlying conditions most at risk from the disease, according to a study by Chinese researchers. The disease has now killed nearly 1,900 people and infected more than 72,000 in China since it first emerged in […]

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The Chinese apps that people are using to deal with the coronavirus

As the deadly coronavirus that causes the illness Covid-19 continues to sweep across China, claiming almost 1,400 lives and sickening almost 64,000 in the country as of Friday morning, the country’s tech companies are introducing even more new features and platforms to provide accurate information to users and help in outbreak containment efforts. Here is […]

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China moves classes to internet, TV amid coronavirus outbreak

With schools in China remaining closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, China has launched a national online learning platform and started broadcasting primary school classes on public TV to help 180 million students “keep learning even with classes suspended”. From Monday, a national cloud learning platform will provide learning materials for students in junior and […]

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Coronavirus: China, ASEAN foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will join an emergency meeting of his ASEAN counterparts on Thursday to discuss the measures taken by Beijing to contain the coronavirus outbreak, officials from the 10-nation bloc have said. It will be the first major multilateral meeting seeking to coordinate a response to a crisis that public health experts […]

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Coronavirus: Instant medicinal soup dished out in Wuhan

Visitors can spot a vehicle that looks similar to an ambulance at the Jiangxia Makeshift Cabin Hospital in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province. Inside the vehicle, however, there are 300 small round boxes marked with the names of traditional Chinese medicines. The vehicle, known as the mobile intelligence emergency TCM pharmacy, boasts some 300 types […]

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First antiviral drug approved to fight coronavirus

Favilavir, formerly known as Fapilavir, an antiviral that has shown efficacy in treating the novel coronavirus, was approved for marketing, the Taizhou government in Zhejiang province announced Sunday. It is the first anti-novel coronavirus drug that has been approved for marketing by the National Medical Products Administration since the outbreak. Developed by Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical […]