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BEIJING: China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS. The ban was later lifted, and the animals reappeared. Now another coronavirus is spreading through China, so far killing 1,380 people and sickening more than 64,000 - eight times the number sickened by SARS.
BRUSSELS (China Daily/ANN): Leaders of the World Health Organization have applauded China's massive response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus multiple times in recent weeks, and they have also been challenged by some sceptical reporters as to why they kept praising China.
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (AFP): Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday (Feb 14)
BEIJING (China Daily/ANN): China can minimise the impact of the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and maintain the country's momentum of economic development and work to achieve the goals and tasks for this year, President Xi Jinping assured Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
BEIJING (Reuters): China will definitely be able to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and will maintain the development momentum of its economy, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday (Feb 13), state media reported.
BEIJING (Bloomberg): A top Chinese official at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak has been replaced, state media said, amid deepening concerns about early efforts to suppress information about the severity of the health crisis.
BEIJING (Xinhua): The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Wednesday (Feb 12) held a meeting on the prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus or Covid-19.
Masks could be preventing China’s massive surveillance system from reading faces fully, according to AI scientists. Suspects who avoided home quarantine were at large for weeks, going to shopping malls, dining in restaurants and playing mahjong in entertainment centres.
Beijing (AFP): The number of deaths and new cases from China's Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak spiked dramatically Thursday (Feb 13) after authorities changed the way they count infections in a move that will likely fuel speculation that the severity of the outbreak has been under-reported.
Virus-phobia has sent hundreds of millions of Chinese flocking to online working options.