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Woman with no COVID-19 symptoms infects 5 relatives – report

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The study by Chinese scientists indicate new challenges for containing the 2019 novel coronavirus

COVID-19. 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

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

China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Public and private researchers around the world have been working to develop treatments and vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus that first emerged in central China in December

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows a medical worker taking a prescription of traditional Chinese medicine at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Photo by STR/AFP

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

China cuts loan rate as it battles coronavirus impact

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The reduction in China's loan prime rate is the latest measure to help companies struggling through the epidemic

China's Hubei province reports 108 more virus deaths – official

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The number of new cases is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks

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

Coronavirus hits Adidas, Puma sales in China

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Sportswear giants Adidas and Puma say their sales have plunged in recent weeks due to store closures triggered by the novel coronavirus outbreak

TEMPORARY CLOSURES. A salesclerk, wearing a face mask, waits for customers in an empty Adidas shop in Beijing, China, on January 30, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Foreign firms struggle to resume operations in virus-hit China

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'The whole process is stuttering to get back as the magnitude of the challenges is just huge,' says Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

A man wearing a protective facemask, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, walks in a deserted shopping area in Beijing on February 17, 2020. - The death toll from China's COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,770 after 105 more people died, the National Health Commission said on February 17. More than 70,500 have now been infected nationwide by the virus, which first emerged in December in central Hubei province before spreading across the country. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Macau casinos to reopen after virus ban lifted

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Casinos in Macau can resume operations on Thursday, February 20, as no new novel coronavirus infections were found in the city in the last two weeks

Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort as a Lunar New Year light display is projected upon a facade of the building in Macau on January 22, 2020, after the former Portuguese colony reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus that originated from Wuhan in China. - Macau on January 22 reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as authorities announced all staff in the city's bustling casinos had been ordered to wear face masks. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

China to waive tariffs on U.S. medical imports amid virus outbreak

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Products that will qualify for the exemptions include patient monitors, blood transfusion equipment, and instruments to measure blood pressure

TARIFFS SUSPENDED. Containers are shown at the foreign trade container terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, on November 21, 2019. File photo by 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

Coronavirus death toll passes 1,800 – gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 8:13 AM

The health commission also reports 1,807 new cases, a smaller number of infections compared to those declared on Monday

STATION. People wearing protective masks walk outside Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 22, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China approves 1st antiviral drug vs novel coronavirus – report

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:34 PM

Favilavir is the first anti-novel coronavirus drug approved for marketing by China's regulatory body, the National Medical Products Administration

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A security guard wearing a protective face mask checks the temperature of a resident entering a compound in Hangzhou, some 175 kilometers southwest of Shanghai on February 5, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/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

FALSE: 'Photo' of coronavirus-infected corpses in Wuhan

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:40 PM

The photo was taken in 2014, showing participants of an art project remembering Katzbach Nazi concentration camp victims

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying hit Hong Kong

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:29 AM

'A delivery man was threatened by 3 knife-wielding men who took toilet paper worth more than HK$1,000 ($130),' a police spokesman says

EMPTY. Shoppers wearing protective facemasks walk past bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and kitchen rolls, in Hong Kong on February 6, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

New China virus cases drop for third day as toll passes 1,600

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:27 AM

(4th UPDATE) The World Health Organization chief warns, however, that it is 'impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take'

COVID-19 PREVENTION. A couple wears face masks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, as they walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong on February 14, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:43 PM

China's central bank says banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for 7 to 14 days before recirculating them

Heroes and villains: Beijing crafts its narrative on virus outbreak

Feb 15, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has cast the crisis as a 'people's war' and state media have gone into overdrive to regain control of public opinion

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. 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

Death toll in China epidemic surges past 1,500

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:32 AM

More than 66,000 people have now been infected

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. Doctors on the frontline of China's new coronavirus epidemic are facing a daunting task: treat an ever-growing number of infected patients and risk getting infected themselves due to a drastic shortage of masks and other protective equipment. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

Love in the time of coronavirus: A quiet Valentine's Day in China

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Couples around China settle for a quiet Valentine's Day this year, with COVID-19 intruding as an unwelcome third-wheel in romantic celebrations

LOVE DAY. This photo taken on February 12, 2020 shows florist Zhao Yuanyuan wearing a protective face mask as she arranges flowers in her shop in Shanghai ahead of Valentine's Day. Photo by Noel Celis

China virus death toll nears 1,400, 6 health workers among victims

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having fallen ill from the virus in China, with officials revealing that 1,716 health workers have been infected as of Tuesday, February 11

WUHAN STRONG. This photo taken on February 13, 2020 shows a train attendant gesturing to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

As China needs virus masks, phone and diaper makers fill void

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Manufacturers operating in China are quick to switch to making face masks for the novel coronavirus outbreak, including iPhone assembler Foxconn and diaper company New Yifa Group

Workers produce protective face masks at a factory in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province, on February 6, 2020, to support the supply of medical materials during a virus outbreak that originated from Hubei's provincial capital city of Wuhan. - The number of confirmed infections in China's coronavirus outbreak has reached 28,018 nationwide with 3,694 new cases reported, the National Health Commission said on February 6. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China removes party chief of virus epicenter province

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:00 PM

Jiang's removal comes after Hubei's two most senior health officials were sacked Monday

OUT. Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei's party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Beijing mobilizes masses in 'people's war' against coronavirus

Feb 13, 2020 - 11:27 AM

'Those who do not declare their fever are enemies,' proclaims a banner on a building in Yunmeng

XI. A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

Feb 13, 2020 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) The huge jump comes as local officials said they were changing the way they diagnose COVID-19 cases

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/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

Hong Kong housing block evacuated after double virus find

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Residents are forced to leave in the early hours as health officials in masks and white overalls scramble to work out whether the virus had spread through the complex of some 3,000 people

EVACUATED. Medical personnel wearing protective suits wait near a block's entrance on the grounds of a residential estate in Hong Kong, early on February 11, 2020, after two people in the block were confirmed to have contracted the new coronavirus, according to local newspaper reports. Photo by Anthony Wallace/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

Small businesses suffer in China as novel coronavirus shuts communities

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:55 PM

As the novel coronavirus claims more lives and infects thousands of people every day, it is also taking a toll on China's small businesses

This photo taken on February 7, 2020 shows a closed restaurant opposite a section of the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng, north of Beijing. - As the virus claims more lives and infects thousands of people every day, it is also taking a toll on the country's small businesses that rely on spending from China's growing middle-class. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-health-virus-economy,FOCUS by Beiyi Seow

China inflation rises as coronavirus disrupts supply chains

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Consumer prices in China increase at their highest rate since October 2011, partly due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

This photo taken on February 9, 2020 shows people wearing protective masks buying meat in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province. - China consumer prices rose at their highest rate in more than eight years, official data showed February 10, with inflation more than expected on the back of Lunar New Year demand and a deadly virus outbreak. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China stutters back to work as coronavirus deaths soar

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:01 AM

One expert warns of the risk of a 'bump' in infection cases when people return to work

WORK. This photo taken on May 27, 2010 shows Chinese workers in the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province. Photo by STR/AFP

From dead, to alive, to dead again: How China handled virus doctor's death

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:43 AM

The hashtag 'Dr. Li Wenliang dead' was the most searched topic on Weibo late Thursday, with over a billion views, but by Friday morning it had dropped out of the top 20 trending topics

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. Photo by STR/AFP

China offers $43-billion boost to firms fighting novel coronavirus

Feb 09, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The People's Bank of China offers special funding in the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak

A worker (L) wearing a protective suit carries a fogging machine as others prepare to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai on February 9, 2020. - The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has killed more than 800 people and spread around the world. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Novel coronavirus to take shine off global luxury business

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Chinese shoppers account for around a third of all luxury goods bought in the world. How would the novel coronavirus outbreak affect the sales of luxury brands?

TO GO WITH AFP STORY CHINA-POLITICS-RETAIL-LUXURY,FOCUS by Stephen Coates  In this picture taken on September 26, 2012, people queue to enter a luxury shop in Hong Kong. Chinese consumers, who spent an estimated 49 billion USD on luxury goods in 2011, are poised to overtake Americans this year as the biggest buyers of luxury goods in the world. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo by PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP)

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

Feb 09, 2020 - 7:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The toll is now higher than the global number of deaths caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus, which killed 774 people in 2002-2003

MASKING UP. Employees wearing protective facemasks look at a mobile phone in a watch store in Shanghai on February 8, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.S. citizen dies of coronavirus in Wuhan – embassy

Feb 08, 2020 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can confirm that a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 6,' says US embassy spokesman

NO ENTRY. The sign on the road reads: 'Cars that are not from this village are not allowed to enter.' Residents stand at the entrance to their village, blocked off to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, at Jiuduhe, north of Beijing on February 7, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Hong Kong starts quarantine for mainland China arrivals

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:39 AM

The new measures virtually halt all cross-border traffic between Hong Kong and China while allowing the city to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland

CLOSED. This photo taken on February 6, 2020, shows a notice in front of a bridge, which can be used only by villagers granted a special permit, within a Frontier Closed Area from Lo Wu MTR station in Hong Kong to a border check point with Shenzhen in China. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong Airlines to lay off 400 staff as novel coronavirus hits city

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Hong Kong Airlines says it will lay off 400 employees, with the remainder asked to take a minimum of two weeks no-pay leave per month or work 3 days a week from February 17 until the end of June

HONG KONG AIRLINES. A Hong Kong Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on October 29, 2019. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

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

Pangolin identified as potential link for novel coronavirus spread

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) But experts call for the Chinese scientists to release more data from their research

China's Xi Jinping discusses coronavirus with Trump

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:56 PM

The state broadcaster reports that Xi Jinping tells to the US president on the phone that China is 'fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic'

Chinese president Xi Jinping walks during a welcome ceremony for Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 3, 2019. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

'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

Travel bans upend Chinese lives

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Agence France-Presse speaks to 4 Chinese people in limbo

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

How global companies are responding to novel coronavirus

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:10 AM

From canceling flights to shutting down stores, here's how multinational firms are dealing with the novel coronavirus outbreak

A security guard wearing a face mask looks at his mobile phone in a closed Apple store in Beijing on February 5, 2020. - China's struggle to contain the deadly coronavirus is deepening concerns about the impact on the world's number-two economy, as factories stay closed and millions of consumers remain holed up at home. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Adidas closes 'significant' number of China stores over virus

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:25 AM

Adidas joins many companies who have decided to temporarily shut down stores or suspend operations in China as the novel coronavirus spreads

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 30, 2020 a vendor, wearing a facemask, waits for customers in a empty Adidas shop in Beijing. - German sportswear giant Adidas said on February 5, 2020 it was closing a "significant" number of its stores in China over the deadly new coronavirus, and warned it expects further impacts on its operations in the country. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

Novel coronavirus hits Chinese push into India auto market

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:45 PM

An executive of Great Wall Motors says the firm's Chinese staff did not travel to India for a major expo as the novel coronavirus might provoke 'negative feelings for some people'

Haval brand SUVs made by China's Great Wall Motor are seen outside a showroom in Beijing on August 22, 2017. - China's Great Wall Motor signalled on August 21 its intention to make an ambitious acquisition deal with Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a report that it wants to buy the Jeep brand. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

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