Month: January 2020

China coronavirus: second US patient tests positive as health officials investigate 63 more suspected cases

A second case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, US health authorities announced on Friday.The patient, a woman in her 60s, had recently travelled to Chicago from the Chinese city, which is the epicentre of the contagion that is spreading globally, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

Wuhan coronavirus: hospitals turning people away as doctors say ‘home is best’ in many cases

After more than a week of worry and multiple talks with doctors, a woman from Wuhan was relieved on Thursday when her uncle – a suspected coronavirus patient – was finally admitted to hospital.Wang, who declined to give her full name, said her uncle began coughing on January 15. Five days later, he went to…

Hong Kong police arrest four for ‘supporting role’ in alleged plot to build remote-controlled bomb

Four people have been arrested in Hong Kong for their supporting role in an alleged plot to build a remote-controlled bomb in Tuen Mun last month, police said.The suspects, three men and a woman, aged 25 to 73, were arrested in police raids in Jordan, Kwun Tong and Diamond Hill on Friday.Investigators said the alleged…

China coronavirus: pressure mounts on Hong Kong Education Bureau to suspend classes after Lunar New Year holiday to safeguard students, teachers

Hong Kong’s Education Bureau came under pressure from parents, teachers and principals on Friday to suspend classes following the Lunar New Year holiday amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak after neighbouring Macau took a similar step.The city’s two leading teachers’ unions have urged education officials to suspend classes for at least one to two weeks after…

China sends in military doctors to help Wuhan hospitals fight coronavirus outbreak

China is mobilising its military doctors to help to contain the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, state media reported on Friday.According to the national broadcaster CCTV, the central military command has ordered medical staff to help civilian doctors and nurses.The report said 40 medical officers from the city’s military hospital had already started work in the intensive…

What if Myanmar refuses to comply with ICJ ruling on Rohingya Muslims?

The ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Myanmar cooperates in a genocide inquiry relating to its Rohingya Muslim group raises huge questions, and a potentially nightmarish scenario for the United Nations and international community if Myanmar does not comply. The court, in a stern and unanimous ruling on Thursday, ordered…

Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in 29 of China’s 31 provinces

The coronavirus discovered in the city of Wuhan has spread to all but two of China’s 31 provinces, indicating that efforts to stem the outbreak with travel bans and cancellations of flights and rail services were failing.As of Friday afternoon, there had been 882 cases of infection and 26 deaths in mainland China, according to…