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China virus epicenter eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:26 PM

People are now allowed to enter Wuhan, China but not leave, and many trains arriving Saturday had been fully booked days in advance

WUHAN. Mask-clad passengrs wait in a line after arriving at the railway station in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on March 28, 2020, after travel restrictions into the city were eased following two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China virus epicenter to open up as world locks down

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Hubei province, where the novel coronavirus emerged late last year, will allow healthy residents to travel from midnight, officials say, two months after they were ordered to stay indoors

LIFTING CURBS. A resident (unseen) uses a belt to get vegetables in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Wuhan recovery gives rest of world hope – WHO

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around,' says World Health Organization

Medical staff wave goodbye to a recovered COVID-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 16, 2020. China reported 12 more imported cases of the novel coronavirus on March 16 as the capital tightened quarantine measures for international arrivals to prevent a new wave of infections. STR / AFP

Virus whistleblower doctor punished 'inappropriately' – Chinese probe

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:09 PM

A central government investigation initiated after Li Wenliang's death finds that Wuhan police 'acted inappropriately by issuing a disciplinary letter' and took 'irregular law enforcement procedures'

PORTRAIT. This photo taken on February 7, 2020 shows a sketch of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. File photo by STR/AFP

Wuhan football club back in China after being stranded in Spain

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Wuhan Zall goes straight into quarantine, but it cannot go back to its home city due to the lockdown

QUARANTINED. Wuhan Zall goes under quarantine in Shenzhen as its home city continues to be on lockdown. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

China allows some firms to resume work at virus epicenter

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Wuhan businesses involved in providing daily necessities, prevention and control of the epidemic, or in the operations of public utilities are among those that can resume work immediately

This aerial photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows an empty street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - China said on March 10 the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak Hubei would relax travel restrictions to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

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

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

Locked-in Wuhan residents adapt to find food

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Residents in Wuhan face tightening controls over daily life as the death toll from the coronavirus reaches over 2,500 in China alone

WUHAN'S FOOD SITUATION. This photo taken on February 18, 2020 shows community staff members sorting food and daily necessities as they prepare to deliver for residents in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

China reports another 97 virus deaths, nearly 650 new cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:02 PM

China's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic rises to 2,442

COVID-19 RESPONSE. This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo from AFP

Young Chinese doctor dies of novel coronavirus

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Peng Yinhua, a respiratory and critical illness doctor, had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients

EMPTY. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive spotted in virus-hit Chinese city

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Low Taek Jho – commonly known as Jho Low – is accused of playing a major role in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, dies after 'all-out rescue efforts failed,' state broadcaster CCTV reports

This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,868 in China on February 18 after 98 more people died, according to the National Health Commission. STR / AFP

'Exhausted': Doctors at China's virus epicenter overworked and unprotected

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Tired and understaffed, medical workers have had to deal with thousands of new cases per week in Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak that first emerged late last year

FRONTLINE. This photo taken on January 25, 2020 shows medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly COVID-2019 coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

New coronavirus found in Japan evacuees who initially tested negative

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:27 PM

A man in his 50s who returned from Wuhan on the first Japanese evacuation flight on January 29, previously twice tested negative for the virus

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

8 days in Wuhan, cut off from the world

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:09 PM

An Agence France-Presse team arrived in Wuhan the day the city was placed under lockdown, and over the next week captures remarkable images of shock and resignation, despair and bravery

EPICENTER. A staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works at a supermarket in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The refusal of airline crews to work forces the government to scrap the evacuation plan

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

LOOK: DFA delivers relief goods to Filipinos in Wuhan

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) China's Wuhan City is currently on lockdown in an effort to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

RELIEF. As Wuhan City remains on lockdown, Filipino residents face travel restrictions limiting their movement. All photos from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Death of Chinese doctor fuels anger, demands for change

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was among a group of people who sounded the alarm about the novel coronavirus in late December, only to be reprimanded and censored by the authorities in central Hubei province

HERO. A photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang is seen with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 7, 2020. AFP photo

'Big problems' in China response to virus – HRW

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth points in particular to what he says is the 'suppression' of reports on the virus in China during the early days of the outbreak

EPICENTER. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows the first batch of patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus as they arrive at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

China declines Cambodia PM's request to visit virus epicenter

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:08 PM

While many countries have sent aircraft to evacuate their citizens, veteran strongman and staunch Beijing ally Hun Sen has been criticized for insisting Cambodians should stay put in Wuhan

HUN SEN. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Baby in China tests positive for novel coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth. The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. This photo taken on February 3, 2020, shows medical staff members on their rounds at a quarantine zone in Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, in China's central Hubei province. AFP file photo

China's virus death toll spikes, now more than SARS

Feb 03, 2020 - 7:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 57 confirmed new deaths are the single-biggest increase since the virus was detected late last year

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

Beyond coronavirus: Things to know about China's Wuhan City

Feb 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Wuhan City, the biggest in Hubei province, is the most populous in Central China. A major transportation hub, it is also where about 150 Filipinos live.

Chinese army to oversee virus hospital

Feb 02, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Chinese state media says some 1,400 military medics will treat patients at the 1000-bed hospital just 10 days after construction began

Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:43 PM

The 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines is from Wuhan, the city that has been ground zero for the epidemic

SCANNERS. 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 reports of a new strain of coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hong Kong braces for spread of coronavirus

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

So far, Hong Kong still lags behind China, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan in the number of infections

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

[OPINION] Hate and xenophobia have no place in the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'It is unfortunate to see that people from my country are spreading racist ideology'

Thailand confirms 1st human-to-human transmission of novel coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The finding makes Thailand only the fifth country alongside China, Germany, Japan and the US with confirmed domestic infections

HUMAN-TO-HUMAN TRANSMISSION. People wear protective facemasks walk pass a display of Thai royal and national flags in Bangkok on January 31, 2020. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. 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

UAE reports Middle East's 1st cases of new coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) The disease spreads to more than 15 countries since it emerged out of Wuhan late last year

People coming from China, leave the Terminal after landing in Charles De Gaulle Airport on January 26, 2020. Alain JOCARD / 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

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

Japan confirms coronavirus in man who had not been to China

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) Health Minister Katsunobu Kato says the country had confirmed two new cases, bringing the total so far in Japan to 6

MORE MASKS. A customer buys face masks from a drugstore in Tokyo's Akihabara area on January 27, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/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

Global alarm grows as China's capital reports 1st virus death

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:18 AM

(UPDATED) The death in Beijing raises the death toll from the new virus to 82, with more than 2,700 people infected across the nation and cases found in more than a dozen other countries

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020 File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Filipinos in Singapore celebrate Sinulog, pray to avert Wuhan virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Some of them wearing surgical masks, overseas Filipinos join the 6th Sinulog in Singapore and pray for safety from the deadly Wuhan virus

DOH investigating 11 possible cases of novel coronavirus nationwide

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:17 PM

There is no confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines so far. The persons under investigation are in 6 regions, including Metro Manila and all of the Visayas.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III with WHO Country Represenattive Dr. Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Chinese premier visits city at epicenter of virus

Jan 27, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Li Keqiang is the most senior Chinese leader to visit Wuhan since the city was struck by the outbreak of a deadly virus

LI KEQIANG. People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang at the Malacañang Palace on November 15, 2017. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Anxious foreigners await rescue from China virus epicenter

Jan 27, 2020 - 10:08 AM

Foreigners say they are stranded at home, running out of food, and desperate to leave

TRAPPED. French residents in Wuhan speak during an interview with AFP about the possibility of being evacuated from Wuhan on January 26, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China virus death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:03 AM

461 of the 769 infected in Hubei, the epicenter province, are in serious condition

CORONAVIRUS CHECK. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows a medical staff member wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan, checking the temperature of a driver at a highway check point in Tengzhou in China's eastern Shandong province Photo by AFP

China bans wild animal trade until viral outbreak eases

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:36 PM

All businesses, markets, food and beverage outlets, and e-commerce platforms are 'strictly prohibited from trading in wild animals in any form'

WILD ANIMAL. This file picture taken on May 26, 2003 shows a policeman watching over a civet cat captured in the wild by a farmer in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province. Photo by AFP

China stiffens its defenses against epidemic as death toll hits 56

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) The United States and France prepare to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the outbreak's epicenter

EPICENTER. In this photo taken on January 25, 2020, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against a previously unknown coronavirus arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Hong Kong Disneyland closes over China virus fears

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Ocean Park, a rival amusement park on Hong Kong's main island, says it is also closing its doors

HK DISNEYLAND. In this file photo, fireworks light up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland on September 12, 2006. Photo by Gary Kwok/AFP

The germs among us

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Panicking is a normal reaction to the discovery of a virus, but we have to try harder as the general public to respond'

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The tourists are part of a group which left before a lockdown was imposed by Chinese authorities on the city known as the epicenter of the raging coronavirus outbreak

VIGILANCE. 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