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China says it has sold nearly 4 billion masks abroad

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:56 PM

Several countries have complained about substandard or faulty medical products shipped from China

Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China reports 1,300 asymptomatic virus cases after public concern

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Health officials also report the first imported case from abroad in Wuhan – the epicenter where the virus first emerged late last year – heightening fears of infections being brought into China from other countries

VIRUS. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China cuts international flights, bars foreign residents

Mar 26, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Foreigners living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight Saturday, March 28

ARRIVAL. A member of the airport security, wearing protective gear as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, walks with a passenger upon his arrival at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on March 26, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Aileen Baviera, 60: Her eyes were on China, her heart stayed with PH

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

‘If one has to take a side, one must take the side of the Filipino people,’ says China expert Aileen Baviera, who died due to the novel coronavirus at age 60

COUNTRY'S LOSS. The late Aileen Baviera is one of the Philippines' leading experts on China. Screenshot from Yale University video

Italy overtakes China as nation with most virus deaths

Mar 20, 2020 - 1:38 AM

Italy announces another 427 fatalities on Thursday, March 19, taking its total to 3,405

MORE DEATHS. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

China tightens quarantine for international arrivals

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Beginning March 16, authorities will order international arrivals into China's capital to go into centralized quarantine locations for 14 days

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. Medical staff put on protective equipment before attending to COVID-19 coronavirus patients at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 16, 2020. Photo by AFP

China reports 11 new virus cases, majority 'imported'

Mar 14, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Of the 11 new infections, 4 are people from Wuhan while the other 7 are of people arriving from overseas

CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA. A park employee, seen wearing goggles and face mask, walks in a park in Beijing on March 14, 2020. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Zhang Qiang, a city government official, says those landing from 'non-epidemic countries' will also have to stay at home for 14 days

QUARANTINE. Passengers wear face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they arrive from an international flight at Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing on March 11, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China to ease travel curbs within locked-down province

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Hubei has been under lockdown since January with some 56 million people under quarantine, but the number of cases has declined in recent weeks

China quarantine hotel collapse toll rises to 26

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) 3 more people are feared still trapped in the rubble, according to state media

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

More than 40 rescued from China hotel collapse, say state media

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Officials say around 70 people were initially trapped when the building first crumbled

COLLAPSE. A man is helped out of the rubble of a collapsed hotel by rescuers in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province on March 7, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

'It's humiliating': China's virus controls raise hackles

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Criticized for their slow response to the coronavirus, chastened Chinese authorities go on the offensive as the death toll rises to more than 3,000 with over 80,500 infected in the country

PATIENTS. This photo taken on March 5, 2020 shows a medical worker (top L) walking past empty beds as a patient rests at a temporary hospital set up for COVID-19 coronavirus patients in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.  Photo by AFP.

China may soon lift quarantine on virus-hit Hubei province – official

Mar 06, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Asked about the draconian measures taken in central Hubei province to contain the spread of the virus, the deputy secretary-general of China's State Council, says 'the day everyone is waiting for will not be too far away'

CLOSED. A closed toll gate of the Jiujiang Changjiang bridge leading to Hubei province, is seen in Jiujiang in China's central Jiangxi province on March 6, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China reports 30 virus deaths, rise in new infections and imported cases

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:03 AM

There has been a growing number of cases imported into China by travelers from abroad

TRADITIONAL. A medical worker takes a prescription of traditional Chinese medicine at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Photo by STR/AFP

New normal in virus-hit China: High-tech tracking and fever checks

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:10 PM

China appears to be coming to grips with the virus, but that has come at the cost of new preventive policies that have turned life upside down and are not likely to be swiftly abandoned

TEMP CHECK. A worker wears protective clothing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as he checks the temperature of customers entering a supermarket in Beijing on March 3, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

NASA images show fall in China pollution over virus shutdown

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Maps comparing NO2 concentrations show a marked decline between January 1-20, before a sweeping quarantine was imposed on Wuhan and other cities, and February 10-25

'PARTLY RELATED.' Photo from https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

China reports 29 more coronavirus deaths, lowest since January

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:25 AM

There are now nearly 78,500 cases in total

WORKING. A man who has displayed mild symptoms of COVID-19 using a laptop at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Beijing has criticized countries for imposing bans on arrivals from China over the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 78,000

BEIJING ARRIVALS. This picture taken on February 3, 2020 shows police officers wearing protective face masks at Beijing's Capital International Airport in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China reports 52 more virus deaths, lowest in 3 weeks

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM

But the disease has now reached dozens of countries

MAKESHIFT. Medical staff work at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Expelled Wall Street Journal reporters leave China after headline row

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:00 PM

China says the opinion piece – headlined 'China is the Real Sick Man of Asia' – is 'racially discriminatory,' and as the newspaper won't apologize, the 3 China-based reporters have their press cards revoked

EXPELLED. Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (R) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure on February 24, 2020. Photo by  Greg Baker/AFP

China 'comprehensively bans' wildlife trade over virus

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The country's top legislative committee approves a proposal 'prohibiting the illegal wildlife trade, abolishing the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife'

Wuhan scraps easing of quarantine hours after announcing it

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The city government says the previous announcement had been made by a traffic prevention and control group 'without the consent' of the local leadership

A WUHAN HOSPITAL. This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows medical staff working at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

South Korea on frontline as coronavirus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A rising number of new cases and deaths in other parts of the world deepen fears about a potential pandemic, with South Korea, Italy, and Iran emerging over the past week on the frontlines

MASKS ON. People wearing protective face masks walk on an overpass in Shanghai on February 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Chinese restaurants starved for cash as coronavirus hits industry

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Chinese restaurants suspend dine-ins to help curb the spread of the virus, while eateries that have resumed operations remain largely empty

BUSINESS HALT. A man wearing a protective facemask waits for customers at a restaurant in Beijing on February 21, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China may postpone annual parliament session as it battles coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:34 PM

China's ruling council will 'deliberate a draft decision' over postponing the 10-day National People's Congress ahead of the meeting due to start on March 5

Southeast Asia feels the burn as coronavirus keeps Chinese tourists at home

Feb 16, 2020 - 1:53 PM

Businesses are praying for a bounce back if and when the virus is controlled

WAITING. This photograph taken on February 12, 2020 shows employees waiting for tourists at the entrance of the Floating Market in Pattaya. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Staff making iPhones in central China plant to be quarantined

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Foxconn advises instate and out-of-state employees at its Zhengzhou plant to be quarantined for 7 and 14 days, respectively, in accordance with local government policies

FOXCONN. This picture taken on February 22, 2013 shows a young man walking past a Foxconn recruitment point in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province. File photo by AFP

Group evacuated from China to France test negative for coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'All these tests were negative and so all these persons were able to go to the (two) centers' south of France where they will remain in quarantine for 14 days, junior health minister Adrien Taquet says

CHECKING FOR VIRUSES. This handout photo taken and released by the French Defence Audiovisual Production and Communication Unit (ECPAD) on February 2, 2020, shows passengers being checked as they disembark from a plane carrying French citizens flown out of the coronavirus hot-zone in Wuhan, upon their arrival at the Istres-Le Tube Air Base in Istres, southeastern France. Handout photo by ECPAD/AFP

Hong Kong shuts most China crossings over virus as medics strike

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says all land crossings would be closed at midnight except for two bridges, the first connecting Hong Kong to Shenzhen and the second linking it with Zhuhai and Macau

STRIKE. Carol Ng from Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (L), Rebecca Sy from Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (2nd L), Winnie Yu (3rd L), Ivan Law (C) from Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA), Lai Man Ling from The General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists (3rd R), Chung Man Chun from Hong Kong Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries Employees General Union (2nd R) and Chan Ka Fai from Organizing committee of The Hong Kong General Union of Physiotherapists (R) hold slogans as they pose for pictures for the media during the press conference on the latest update of the strike actions in Hong Kong on February 2, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Chinese city outside virus epicenter shuts down

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, authorities say, while 46 highway toll stations are now closed

CHECKING FOR ILLNESS. This photo taken on February 1, 2020 shows security personnel checking the temperature of a passenger wearing a face mask at Beijing Railway Station in Beijing. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China virus death toll surges past 300

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:15 AM

With public anger mounting in China, Wuhan's top official admits authorities there acted too slowly

2019 CORONAVIUS. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by the 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province are being treated. Photo by STR/AFP

AirAsia cancels selected PH-China flights

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The airline says all affected guests will be promptly notified via email or SMS

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, the Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler  CANCELLED FLIGHTS. In this file photo, the Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China flies citizens home to virus-hit Wuhan

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The move comes after more than 30 airlines worldwide announced they were halting or reducing flights to China amid the spread of the epidemic

A police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020 - The death toll in China's viral outbreak has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases also leaping to 830, the national health commission said. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

DOH eyes Caballo Island, Fort Magsaysay as quarantine for OFWs from Wuhan, Hubei

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Some 300 Filipinos in Wuhan and other parts of Hubei province in China are the priority in the Philippine government's repatriation plan

QUARANTINE ISLAND? The government is considering using the naval station on Caballo Island in Manila Bay as a quarantine area for Filipinos returning from China amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo

China virus death toll rises to 259 as infections surge

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:55 AM

(UPDATED) Figures point to 259 now dead, with some 11,791 infections recorded so far

DISINFECTING. A crew member of an evacuation flight of French citizens from Wuhan gives passengers disinfectant during the flight to France on February 1, 2020, as they are repatriated from the coronavirus hot zone. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China to bring home overseas citizens from virus-hit province – official

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:35 PM

The ministry's comments come as a number of airlines announced they were halting or reducing flights to China

TRAVELERS. Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive on a flight from Asia at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 29, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

U.S. tells Americans 'do not travel' to China because of coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:40 AM

The State Department issues a level 4 warning – the highest level of alert

STOP. Passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Dead man lies on empty street at China's virus ground zero

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:26 AM

'It's terrible,' a woman at the scene says. 'These days many people have died.'

CORPSE. This photo taken on January 30, 2020 shows an official in a protective suit checking on an elderly man wearing a face mask who collapsed and died on a street near a hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Virus fears spark mask queues and empty shelves in Hong Kong

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:39 AM

'No matter how long this queue takes and how much it costs, I will at least buy enough for myself,' one woman says

CROWDS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Countries ban China arrivals as virus death toll hits 213

Jan 31, 2020 - 7:52 AM

(UPDATED) Nearly 10,000 people have been infected in China by the new coronavirus and new cases are found abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected by the disease

MASKS. People wear protective masks as they walk outside a shopping mall in Beijing on January 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Philippines calls for repatriation of Filipinos in China over coronavirus fears

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:49 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Filipinos from Wuhan and Hubei province – ground zero for the virus – will be prioritized in its first batch of repatriates

AIRPORT WATCH. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LIST: What Filipinos in China can do amid coronavirus scare

Jan 30, 2020 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs provides hotline numbers and a list of hospitals to go to for medical treatment if needed

2019 CORONAVIRUS. Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during the Lunar New public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

McDonald's closes all branches in coronavirus-hit Chinese province

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:47 AM

McDonald's shuts down 'several hundreds' branches in Hubei, China after Starbucks' closes down half of its cafes in China

People walk past a McDonald's fast food restaurant in Beijing on January 9, 2017. - US fast-food giant McDonald’s will sell a controlling stake in its China and Hong Kong business for up to 2.08 billion USD to a consortium including state-owned Citic and the Carlyle Group, it was announced on January 9. (Photo by FRED DUFOUR / AFP)

Airlines halt, reduce China flights due to coronavirus threat

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Here is a list of airlines that have announced changes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: A Japan Airlines worker (C) wears a face mask while working inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. LAX is currently screening some incoming international passengers for a new Coronavirus which has left at least 25 dead in China and spread to multiple countries including the U.S. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Australia to quarantine Wuhan evacuees on asylum-seeker island

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Christmas Island is known for its notorious immigration detention center used to detain asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat

QUARANTINED. Passengers arrive at Sydney airport wearing masks after landing on January 25, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

China confirms 5,974 virus cases, exceeding nation's SARS total

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:34 AM

Some experts say local officials had earlier been more focused on projecting stability than responding to the outbreak when it began to spread

SHUTTERED. Security guards patrol outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020. Photo by Hector Retama/AFP

Australian scientists 'first to grow' new coronavirus outside China

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'It will be a game changer for diagnosis,' says virus identification laboratory head Julian Druce

CHECK. A security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan checks a passenger's temperature at the entrance of subway station in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH repatriating Filipinos in Wuhan, Hubei province who want to return home

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Filipinos who wish to stay in China should heed advisories from local health authorities and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of 2019-nCoV there, the Department of Health says

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Millions quarantined as China scrambles to halt virus

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Here is a rundown of the measures taken so far in China in an unprecedented effort to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further

VIRUS CHECK. Security personnel wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan checks a passenger's temperature at the entrance of subway station in Beijing on January 28, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Foreigners prepare to flee as China virus toll surges to 106

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The deadly virus triggers a desperate Chinese containment effort after spreading nationwide and to more than a dozen other countries

MASKS. A mother (L) of a child (R) held by his father (C) adjust his protective mask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan peaks through a plastic curtain at the Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 27, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP