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Beijing lifts most travel restrictions, says city's outbreak contained

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The announcement comes after the Chinese capital tests 10 million people from June 11 to July 3 – nearly half the city's population

Cars are seen on a road in Beijing on May 12, 2020. - Auto sales in China, which experienced a record low due to the coronavirus outbreak, are recovering as some Chinese seek an alternative to public transportation, but the upturn remains fragile. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China factory activity picks up in June 2020 despite global headwinds

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:45 PM

While factory activity in China improves, economists caution that momentum may weaken in the 2nd half of 2020

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce baby carriages at a factory in Handan in China's northern Hebei province on April 29, 2020. Photo by AFP

Chinese coronavirus vaccine approved for military use

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:18 PM

It is not clear how widely it would be used within China's enormous military forces

ARMY. Soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army march on Red Square during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Moscow on June 24, 2020. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/Pool/AFP

Half a million in lockdown as Beijing fights new virus cluster

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:53 PM

Anxin county, near Beijing, will be 'fully enclosed and controlled,' the same strict measures at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan earlier this year

TESTING IN BEIJING. A worker wears a protective suit at a COVID-19 coronavirus testing station in Beijing on June 28, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing officials declare outbreak 'under control'

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'The prevention and control situation remains complicated, we cannot lower our guard in the slightest,' says Beijing municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian

CAPITAL. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus cross a street in the financial district in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China bans some U.S. chicken, shuts Pepsi plant to fight virus

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Imports of frozen chicken from Tyson Food have been temporarily suspended after a virus outbreak was found at one of the company's production facilities in the United States

Officials gather outside the Xinfadi meat wholesale market in Beijing on June 12, 2020. - Beijing's Xinfadi meat wholesale market and Jingshen seafood market were closed for disinfection and environmental sample collection after it emerged both were visited by two newly identified coronavirus patients, local media reported. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Basketball restarts in China after 5-month virus stoppage

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:23 PM

The Chinese Basketball Association becomes the first major league to resume action in China

LEADING THE WAY. Former NBA star Yao Ming serves as president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which returned to action minus the fans. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

China releases genome from Beijing virus cluster as cases near 200

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Chinese authorities share the genome data of the latest outbreak with the World Health Organization and international scientific community.

WRAPPED. A mother and daughter wearing raincoats and masks wait for their flight at the airport in Beijing on June 18, 2020.  Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Chinese county restricts travel as Beijing races to contain virus

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Another 21 cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours in Beijing, the National Health Commission says, taking the total number to 158 since a fresh cluster was detected

CORONAVIRUS TESTS. People who had their car number plates recorded in the area of the Xinfadi market where a new coronavirus cluster emerged last week, wait in line to do swab tests for the coronavirus at a testing centre in Beijing on June 17, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Norway says its salmon not source of Beijing virus outbreak

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Norwegian salmon comes under scrutiny in China after a recently discovered cluster of new coronavirus cases is reportedly traced to the Xinfadi meat market in Beijing and a chopping board used for cutting up imported salmon

NEW OUTBREAK. Officials gather outside the Xinfadi meat wholesale market in Beijing on June 12, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Beijing virus situation 'extremely severe' as 27 new cases reported

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The resurgence of the coronavirus sparks alarm as China had largely brought its outbreak under control through mass testing and lockdowns imposed earlier in the year

NEW CASES. This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows university graduates having their blood samples taken amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, before entering campus to receive their graduation certificates at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan. File photo by AFP

Over 100 cases in new Beijing coronavirus outbreak – WHO

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:20 AM

No new deaths have been reported thus far in the Chinese capital but the World Health Organization says that given Beijing's size and connectivity, the outbreak is a cause for concern

NEW CASES. People wearing face masks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China's industrial output continues slow recovery from virus hit

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Chinese industrial production expands 4.4% in May 2020, but there are still 'many difficulties and uncertainties'

REOPENED. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Beijing locks areas down as new virus outbreak gathers pace

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Chinese health officials report 49 new coronavirus cases nationwide on June 15, including 36 more in Beijing where a cluster linked to the Xinfadi market has fuelled fears of a second wave of infections

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT. Researchers in protective suits work in a lab at the Yisheng Biopharma company, where researchers are trying to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Shenyang, China. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China's foreigner ban leaves global businesses in limbo

Jun 14, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Company executives as well as teachers and students of international schools based in China are unable to return due to travel restrictions that remain in effect

FIRST EPICENTER. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Mass virus testing in Beijing after new cluster triggers lockdowns

Jun 14, 2020 - 1:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Authorities impose lockdowns on a very small part of the city that includes 11 residential estates near the market which supplies most of the city's fresh produce

CAPITAL. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the coronavirus cross a street in the financial district in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Scandals of the past bear down, as China races to find virus vaccine

Jun 13, 2020 - 8:30 PM

A leading Chinese academic says: 'I understand that people are eagerly waiting for a vaccine. But on a scientific point of view, we can't lower our criteria, even in an emergency'

TAINTED LABS. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, a package of the experimental vaccine test for the coronavirus is pictured at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Parts of Beijing locked down due to fresh virus cluster

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:58 PM

(UPDATED) People are prevented from leaving their homes at 11 residential estates in south Beijing's Fengtai district after most of the cases were linked to a nearby meat market, city officials say

GETTING BLOOD SAMPLES. This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows university graduates having their blood samples taken amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, before entering campus to receive their graduation certificates at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.  Photo by AFP

New virus cases raise fears in Chinese capital, schools delay return

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The two latest patients are employees of the China Meat Research Center, one of whom had traveled to Qingdao in east China within the past two weeks

NEW CASES. People wearing face masks walk on an overpass in Beijing on June 1, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China's street vendors rush to sell despite mixed messages

Jun 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's words of encouragement spur people across China to set up street stalls, but many face stiff resistance from police

Street vendors sell products to customers beside a police cabin on the roadside in Beijing on June 10, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China's factory goods prices slump on virus shock

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:40 PM

With slumping demand across many of China's key trading partners, companies are forced to charge less for their products

This photo taken on June 9, 2020 shows an employee working at a factory in Haian in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - China's factory-gate prices remained at four-year lows in May, official data showed on June 10, as the demand shock from the coronavirus continued to take a toll on the world's second-largest economy. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China removes pangolin from traditional medicine list

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:36 AM

Pangolins are left out of the official Chinese Pharmacopoeia this year, along with substances including a pill formulated with bat feces

PANGOLIN PARTS. This file photo shows seized endangered pangolin scales displayed during a press conference at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound in Hong Kong on February 1, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

La Liga set to resume with virtual fans

Jun 09, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Expect a virtual crowd for each team with cheers from a computer game in La Liga's resumption

BEST PLAYER. FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi  is slated to take home this season's Best Player award. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

China imports plunge, exports fall on virus hit to global growth

Jun 07, 2020 - 3:30 PM

With consumer demand muted and key overseas markets suffering downturns, Chinese imports drop to a 4-year low in May 2020

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

U.S. scales back China airline ban to permit 2 weekly flights

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The United States matches the number of flights allowed by China, but says it remains 'troubled' as Beijing disregarded the rights of American carriers

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. - China reported an increase in imported coronavirus cases on March 11, fuelling concerns that infections from overseas could undermine progress in halting the spread of the virus. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China to allow limited U.S. passenger flights

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) China says it will now let foreign airlines operate one international route into the country each week, including American carriers which have been affected by a de facto ban

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The move is triggered by China's failure to act on American carriers' requests to resume passenger service

AVIATION. A China Southern employee wears a face mask as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing International Airport on the eve of a 5-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More than 9.8 million people are tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials say, adding the 300 positive results were among asymptomatic patients

MORE TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. File photo by AFP

Wuhan doctor at whistleblower's hospital dies from coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, dies on Friday, May 29, after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than 4 months

NURSES IN WUHAN. Nurses listen to speeches during a ceremony marking International Nurses Day, at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP

China factory activity slows as global slump drags on growth

May 31, 2020 - 4:00 PM

China's National Bureau of Statistics says foreign market demand is still shrinking as countries continue to combat the coronavirus pandemic

SLOWDOWN. A worker sews shoe parts at the Zhejiang Xuda Shoes Company factory in Wenzhou, China, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China to loosen flight restrictions after outcry from stranded citizens

May 27, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Starting June 2020, the number of permitted flights in China will nearly triple to 407 per week

TRAVEL LIMITS. Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International Airport on January 31, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China exporters look inwards as virus hits overseas markets

May 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

As the coronavirus hits trade across the globe, exporters in China are forced to look to domestic markets after years of selling overseas

This photo taken on May 20, 2020, shows a worker assembling toy cars at the Mendiss toy factory in Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province. - Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY "CHINA-TRADE-EXPORTS" FOCUS by Beiyi SEOW

China 'open' to international effort to identify coronavirus source, says FM

May 24, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also blasts what he called efforts by US politicians to 'fabricate rumors' about the pathogen's origins and 'stigmatize China'

LAB TEST. This photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows a laboratory technician working on testing samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a laboratory in Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

No annual growth target for virus-hit China, a first in years

May 22, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Given 'great uncertainty' caused by the coronavirus pandemic, China will not set a 2020 economic growth target but 'give priority to stabilizing employment and ensuring living standards'

NIGHT MARKET. This aerial photo shows people visiting a night market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on April 2, 2020. Photo by AFP

China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)

China trade growth 'unsustainable' if virus not controlled – minister

May 20, 2020 - 2:15 PM

To drive economic growth, China will 'rapidly activate domestic demand' to make up for weakness in the international markets

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Haunted by coronavirus, China gears up for annual congress

May 20, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Beijing is now positioning itself as a success story and potential savior for the world, offering billions of dollars in aid to fight the virus

FLAG. China's President Xi Jinping applauds during the inauguration ceremony of Macau's new Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng as part of 20th anniversary handover celebrations, in Macau on December 20, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic 'without vaccine'

May 20, 2020 - 9:56 AM

A drug being tested by scientists at China's prestigious Peking University could not only shorten the recovery time for those infected, but even offer short-term immunity from the virus, researchers say

TESTING. This picture taken on May 14, 2020 shows a researcher at Peking University's Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics conducting tests at their laboratory in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi defends China's virus response, offers vaccine when ready

May 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Xi Jinping also tells the World Health Assembly that China will provide $2 billion in global COVID-19 aid over two years

CHINA'S PLEDGE. This video grab taken on May 18, 2020, from the website of the World Health Organization shows Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video link at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Top China expert warns of potential second coronavirus wave

May 17, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Zhong Nanshan, the public face of government's response to the pandemic, says the second wave may happen due to a lack of immunity among the population

Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China industrial output sees shock growth but consumers stay wary

May 15, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The 3.9% rise in industrial production in April 2020 is taken as a sign that China is bouncing back. Retail sales, however, drop 7.5%.

MANUFACTURING. Employees work on a battery production line at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province on March 30, 2020. Photo by AFP

Fresh test for Wuhan as cluster sparks mass virus screening

May 14, 2020 - 11:24 PM

Lines of socially distanced people form at makeshift testing sites set up under tents in parking lots, parks, and residential communities in the metropolis of 11 million people

TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for COVID-19 at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

German firms plan charter flight to send staff back to China

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The aim is to help companies bring back 'urgently required personnel' to China, possibly as soon as May 25

FIRST EPICENTER. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Chinese city in partial lockdown over 'major risk' of virus spread

May 13, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Jilin, with a population of more than 4 million, suspends bus services and say it will only allow residents to leave the city if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past 48 hours

A medical staff member takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Jian in China's central Jiangxi province on May 13, 2020. STR / AFP

China exempts more U.S. goods from tariffs as virus hits economy

May 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The list of goods includes medical disinfectant, rare-earth metal ores, and some silicon wafers used in the electronics industry

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 to test entire population after new virus cluster – state media

May 12, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The planned tests come after Wuhan reported the first cluster of new COVID-19 infections since the city reopened after a 76-day lockdown on April 8

CHECK. A worker wearing a face mask checks passengers body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

May 12, 2020 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tensions between China and Australia continue to rise after the latter called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak

A display of Australian beef sits in a butchers shop in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville on May 12, 2020. - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers May 12, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

China factory prices plunge as virus hammers demand

May 12, 2020 - 3:35 PM

China's producer price index – which reflects what factories charge wholesalers – drops in April 2020

Employees work on a truck production line at a factory in Zhangjiakou in China's northern Hebei province on May 12, 2020. - China's factory-gate prices fell to a four-year low, official data showed on May 12, with firms suffering from the economic devastation unleashed by the coronavirus on the global economy. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China's ground zero reports coronavirus infections

May 11, 2020 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) The cases add to fears China could be facing a new wave of infections, even as restrictions continue to ease in some other parts of the country

ESCAPE. People wearing protective clothing and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China's Wuhan reports first coronavirus infection in over a month

May 10, 2020 - 9:17 PM

China's National Health Commission also reports the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP