Israeli professor Galia Rahavm, the head of infectious diseases, stands in one of the rooms where Israelis returning from China will stay under observation and isolation to control the spread of the "Corona" viruses, at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. Picture: Heidi LevineSource:AFP … [Read more...] about Passengers stranded on coronavirus cruise ship Diamond Princess sent home on surreal flights
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BEIJING: The WHO experts visited various hospitals in China's coronavirus-hit Wuhan city over the weekend as the death toll climbed to 2,592 with 150 new fatalities while the total number of confirmed cases increased to over 77,000, health officials said on Monday. The country's national health commission (NHC) said it received reports of 409 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection and 150 deaths from 31 provincial-level regions on Sunday. The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 77,150 with a total of 2,592 fatalities by the end of Sunday, the NHC said. Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan, the ground zero of the virus, continued to bear the brunt with 149 death while one person died in Hainan Province, it said. The NHC also highlighted that recovered coronavirus patients have outnumbered new infections for the sixth consecutive day, indicating stabilisation of the virus situation in China. Sunday saw 1,846 people walk out of … [Read more...] about WHO team visits hospitals in China’s coronavirus-hit Wuhan: Death toll reaches 2,592
Bangkok (VNA) – The acute respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may subside in the second half of 2020 or earlier, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakan said on February 23, expecting that the country’s tourism would recover after its Songkran New Year festival. Speaking at an event in Phatthalung province, Pipat stated that the disease has had serious impact on Thailand. "Although the virus has caused damage to the tourism industry in the first half of the year, I am confident the situation will return to normal in the second half or after the Songkran Festival, when China will likely produce a vaccine against it," he added. According to him, when the summer comes, coronavirus will not be able to withstand the heat and the situation in many countries, including Thailand, will improve. He shared that the government is preparing to introduce financial measures to help disease-affected businesses. Thailand served … [Read more...] about Thailand expects tourism to recover after new year festival
Second, given that beer consumption represents such a big proportion of drinking (as seen from the complete dominance of beer in the alcohol segment), the experts do not assume that the important place that beer plays in the social life of Vietnamese will disappear overnight just due to one law. … [Read more...] about New rules put brakes on alcohol sector
"That was one disadvantage I had with my career. I had to work eight hours before I could train, and by the time you get to training you are exhausted. I couldn't do much, but I tried to do it. I did the best I could, but if I was given time to train and maybe just worked a few hours, I think that would have made a big difference," says Nketia. … [Read more...] about The Dash: The incredible story of Gus Nketia’s escape to New Zealand
In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, Lam said all signs point to a natural origin of the virus. He singled out the claim that the virus had been genetically engineered by a biosafety laboratory in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as being patently false. … [Read more...] about Rumor Buster: Virologist says origin of novel coronavirus in wildlife, refuting conspiracy theory
There are several hotspots right now. South Korea has the largest number of confirmed cases outside China, while North Korea has quarantined foreigners. Italy has the highest number of cases in Europe, and Iran has confirmed 43 in multiple cities and eight deaths. In the UK, four passengers flown back from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship have now tested positive, bringing the total number of cases in Britain to 13. … [Read more...] about News Daily: Coronavirus spreading, UK housing gap and Whitehall tensions
The fact is, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), hand dryers are not effective in killing the new coronavirus. An effective protective measure is to frequently clean hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash hands with soap and water. … [Read more...] about Rumor Buster: Are hand dryers, antibiotics effective in killing novel coronavirus?
By Ian Johnson Earlier this month, the hard-hit town of Caohe, near the center of the coronavirus outbreak in central China, received an unexpected gift: a large donation from a Taoist nunnery 550 miles away. Another Taoist temple, this one in Caohe itself, contributed tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical equipment to help those sickened by the virus. “The moment believers heard the news, they called us and asked how to help,” said a nun who organized one of the fundraising drives. In temples, mosques and churches, China’s religious believers have jumped into the national battle against the coronavirus. They have offered prophecies and prayers, ceremonies and services, as well as donations totaling more than $30 million. Their efforts reflect the country’s decadeslong religious revival and the feeling among many Chinese that faith-based groups provide an alternative to the corruption that has plagued the government. “Ten years ago when … [Read more...] about Religious groups in China step into the coronavirus crisis
Second, both the central and local-level governments hold daily news conferences, updating the numbers of new confirmed cases, deaths, patients in severe condition and recoveries in detail, and introducing the current situation and latest developments regarding the epidemic's prevention and treatment in China. … [Read more...] about Rumor Buster: Does China show lack of transparency on coronavirus epidemic?