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China's factory activity rebounds but threat from virus looms

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) Businesses gradually resume work in China, but further challenges loom as the coronavirus causes sluggish external demand

This photo taken on March 30, 2020 shows employees working on a battery production line at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province. - Factory activity in China rebounded in March from a record low, according to official data released on March 31, returning to expansion territory while the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the global economy. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China's coronavirus epicenter pivots to stem imported cases

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Underlining the risks to Wuhan, huge numbers of passengers have crowded onto trains and buses to return home, threatening to swamp the traumatized city's containment measures

WUHAN. A general view of a road 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 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

Booming face mask producers in China meet global demand

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A staggering 8,950 new manufacturers started producing masks in China from January to February 2020, according to business data platform Tianyancha

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's imported virus cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

Mar 27, 2020 - 10:33 AM

Beijing races to control the number of infections being brought into the country – mostly Chinese nationals returning home from overseas, including large numbers of students abroad

OUTDOORS. A park employee (R), seen wearing goggles and face mask, walks in a park in Beijing on March 14, 2020. Photo by Wang Zhao/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

Hubei lifts restrictions as China reports no new virus cases

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Residents are now allowed to leave if healthy, with some airports and train stations opening

LUNCH. Employees eating during lunch break at an auto plant of Dongfeng Honda in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

China's imported virus cases spike as fears grow of second wave

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:29 AM

At 74, the imported cases confirmed Tuesday are the highest since officials started reporting the data at the beginning of March, and nearly double those reported Monday

OUT AND ABOUT. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19 visit the Yu Garden in Shanghai on March 23, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Back to work in China virus epicenter as restrictions eased

Mar 24, 2020 - 12:17 AM

Wuhan residents considered healthy can move around the city and take the bus or metro so long as they show ID. They can also go back to work if they have a permit from their employer.

RESTRICTIONS EASED. This photo taken on March 18, 2020, shows a woman wearing a mask, amid concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, cycling past a propaganda slogan about Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a road in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. File photo by STR/AFP

China reports no domestic virus cases as imported infections climb

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:10 AM

As the rate of infection slows in China, the rest of the world steps up measures to try and battle the raging pandemic

CHURCH. A worker disinfects the Hankou Salvation Church in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 6, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

China embarks on clinical trial for virus vaccine

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:27 PM

There are currently no approved vaccines or medication for the new disease, which has killed more than 13,000 people worldwide so far

BALANCE. A medical staff member sprays disinfectant at a residential area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 11, 2020. Photo by STR/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

China reports no new local virus cases for 3rd day running

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:24 PM

But it also confirms 41 new imported cases – the highest one-day tally yet

A security guard wearing a facemask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, watches over the entrance to a residential community in Beijing on March 20, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China says Pompeo 'lying' in new coronavirus clash

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:53 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized Beijing, saying it 'wasted valuable days' after identifying the novel coronavirus by letting 'hundreds of thousands' leave the epicenter of Wuhan to places including Italy

PROTECTION. A security guard wearing a face mask amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19, watches over the entrance to a residential community in Beijing on March 20, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative

Mar 20, 2020 - 1:34 PM

A front-page commentary by the state-run People's Daily emphasizes China's role as a 'responsible major country' that willingly cooperates with other nations

NEW NARRATIVE. This photo released on March 10, 2020 by China's Xinhua News Agency shows Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a mask as he waves to a coronavirus patient and medical staff via a video link at the Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 10, 2020. Photo by Xie Huanchi/Xinhua/AFP

China reports no new local coronavirus cases for second day

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The country's drop in cases offers a ray of hope for the rest of the world

HUG. A medical worker (R) embraces a member of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after helping with the coronavirus recovery effort, in Wuhan, March 19, 2020. Photo by 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

China reports no new domestic virus cases for first time, but 34 imported

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:41 AM

There are 34 cases brought in from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks

BALANCE. A medical staff member sprays disinfectant at a residential area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 11, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

As world runs for cover, China glimpses coronavirus aftermath

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:25 PM

But ordinary life is far from normal

This photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows police officers saluting as teams of medical workers depart from Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. The first groups of medical teams from around China who went to Wuhan to assist with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak began leaving Wuhan on March 17. China reported just one new domestic case in the coronavirus outbreak on March 18, but a dozen more imported infections from overseas. AFP PHOTO / China OUT STR / AFP

China reports just one new domestic virus infection

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:27 AM

New cases in Hubei province have now been in the single digits for the past 7 days

SITTING. An elderly man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits outside of his home in Beijing on February 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China expels U.S. journalists in biggest crackdown in years

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:51 AM

American journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal are told to hand back their credentials within 10 days

BANNED. The New York Times building at 620 Eighth Avenue in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/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 reports just 1 new domestic virus case, 20 more imported

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) The single case in Wuhan will boost China's view that it has 'basically curbed' the spread of the disease

SPRAY. A man who has recovered from the coronavirus infection being disinfected by a medical staff before leaving the hospital in Wuhan. Photo by STR/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 industrial output contracts for first time in decades

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Industrial production in China shrinks 13.5% in January-February 2020, the first contraction since January 1990

This photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows a worker watching over a machine as it welds aluminium at a factory in Zouping, in China's Shandong province. - China's industrial production, retail sales and investment all contracted in the first two months of the year after the coronavirus epidemic wreaked havoc on the economy, official data showed on March 16. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China logs more coronavirus cases imported from abroad

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Beijing's city government orders international arrivals from Monday onwards to go into quarantine facilities for 14 days

FAMILY. An elderly man (L) wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus holds his granddaughter by the arm as they walk in a park in Beijing on March 14, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Beijing to send all international arrivals to quarantine facilities

Mar 15, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Chinese authorities have stepped up surveillance of international arrivals as the number of domestic cases dwindle and outbreaks abroad continue to grow

CORONAVIRUS. A man wears a face mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as he walks through an almost empty Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing on March 11, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China reports 20 new virus cases, jump in 'imported' infections

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Only 4 new domestic cases were detected, all in Hubei province's capital Wuhan

This photo taken on February 16, 2020 shows medical staff members working at the isolation ward of the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,770 in China after 105 more people died, the National Health Commission said February 17. STR / AFP

China, U.S. spar over origin of coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:26 PM

The spat comes as China tries to deflect blame and reframe itself as a country that took decisive steps

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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

China to cut banks' reserve requirement to combat virus fallout

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The People's Bank of China will reduce the amount of cash banks must hold, which would free up more funds for loans

OPTION. Investing in the yuan continues to be an option for the BSP, in line with its diversification policy to enhance the returns of international reserves, and to diversify the currency composition, BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr says. File photo from Agence France-Presse

China reports fewest new coronavirus cases on record

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Healthy people living in low-risk areas of the province can now travel within Hubei

POWER. A train attendant gestures to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

China shuts down Mount Everest over coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The Nepal side remains open for now although some expedition operators have seen cancellations and climbers have been asked to submit a 14-day travel history and medical reports

Shanghai skyscrapers' viewing platforms re-open as virus eases

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:12 PM

China's Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower Radio and Television Tower will be open to the public again starting Friday, but on a limited basis

China coronavirus cases fall, but more imported from abroad

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:43 AM

It is the first time that new cases in Wuhan have fallen to single-digits

EMPTY. A medical staff member collects waste after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with COVID-19 in Wuhan. Photo by STR/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

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 reports 22 new coronavirus deaths as imported cases rise

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Ten of the new cases come from abroad – most from Italy, the worst-hit country outside China.

FAMILY. A mother adjusts her child's protective mask to help stop the spread of the deadly virus which began in Wuhan. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China inflation slips but stays high on coronavirus, food worries

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Analysts say China's inflation rate is likely to remain elevated for some time due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

A customer (L) shops for pork at a market in Beijing on October 15, 2019. - China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed on October 15. (Photo by WANG Zhao / 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's Xi Jinping pays first visit to virus epicenter Wuhan

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:39 PM

The Chinese Communist Party leader arrives by plane in Hubei's capital for an 'inspection of the epidemic prevention and control work' in the region, says the official Xinhua news agency

China's President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives for a press briefing at the end of the final day of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Centere at the Yanqi Lake venue outside Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / POOL / AFP)

'It's like someone's hit pause on life': China turns to therapy amid virus lockdown

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:58 AM

China has just 2.2 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people

BLOCKED. People stand on a street by a barrier to stop others from entering, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

China signals progress in coronavirus battle as Disney partially reopens

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Hubei Airport Group orders all airports in the province to get back to work by Thursday, in a sign that the province is preparing to resume flights

MICKEY AND MINNIE. Workers wearing protective face masks are seen at the Shanghai Disney resort in Shanghai on February 23, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China closes makeshift hospitals as coronavirus cases plunge

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:13 AM

In Wuhan, nearly 31,000 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital, the provincial government says

EMPTY. A staff member removes waste after the final patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up in Wuhan, March 8, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

China reports 22 new coronavirus deaths, lowest new cases on record

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:31 AM

However, there have now been 67 cases of imported infections brought into the country, the health commission says

CHURCH. A worker disinfects the Hankou Salvation Church in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 6, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

China reports 27 new virus deaths, lowest rise in cases since January

Mar 08, 2020 - 9:40 AM

This brings the coronavirus death toll in China to 3,097

MORE CASES. This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows medical staff working at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP/China OUT

China exports plunge on coronavirus epidemic

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:15 PM

China's exports from January to February 2020 fall 17.2% from a year ago, with the novel coronavirus hitting supply chains

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by 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.

Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The visas, including those issued to citizens from Hong Kong and Macau, will become invalid from March 9 through March 31

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. Foreign tourists wear masks in Tokyo's Asakusa district on February 1, 2020, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo from Kyodo News

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