Month: January 2020

Coronavirus: Italy declares state of emergency after two cases confirmed

The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Friday to fast-track efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain after two cases were confirmed in Rome.Italy had said on Thursday it was stopping all flights to and from China following the news that two Chinese tourists holidaying in Rome had tested positive…

Coronavirus: Italy declares state of emergency after two cases confirmed

The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Friday to fast-track efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain after two cases were confirmed in Rome.Italy had said on Thursday it was stopping all flights to and from China following the news that two Chinese tourists holidaying in Rome had tested positive…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says total border shutdown with mainland China discriminatory, but will ramp up quarantine measures

Hong Kong’s beleaguered government on Friday rejected public calls for a total shutdown of the city’s borders to protect it from the deadly coronavirus that originated in mainland China, claiming it would be discriminatory, but promised to ramp up immigration restrictions by placing anyone returning from the stricken Hubei province under quarantine.Instead, Chief Executive Carrie…

Can Sri Lanka’s neutral foreign policy under Gotabaya Rajapaksa steer it clear of US-China tussles?

When Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a statement about equidistant foreign policy and remaining neutral in any conflict between major powers, the world paid attention. Neutrality would be an ideal position for the island nation, especially given the geopolitical interest towards Sri Lanka. However, the viability of this stance has been questioned…

Coronavirus: South Korea, Thailand confirm cases of human transmission

South Korea on Friday confirmed five more cases of the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 11, including two people who returned from Wuhan via the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao last week.South Korea and Thailand have also confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission, as four individuals contracted the virus without travelling…

Coronavirus: South Korea, Thailand confirm cases of human transmission

South Korea on Friday confirmed five more cases of the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 11, including two people who returned from Wuhan via the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao last week.South Korea and Thailand have also confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission, as four individuals contracted the virus without travelling…

Coronavirus: China starts repatriating people to Wuhan as death toll hits 213, with 43 fatalities in country’s worst day yet

The daily death toll from the rapidly spreading coronavirus hit a record high in China on Thursday, health authorities said, with 43 more fatalities – 42 of them in Hubei province, the outbreak’s epicentre.Of the newly reported deaths, 30 were in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus was first reported, according to the Hubei…

Public warned of online scams and dubious products amid Hong Kong’s mask-buying frenzy as coronavirus fears continue

Hong Kong authorities have urged the public to be cautious amid the frenzied buying of masks in a city gripped by the coronavirus outbreak, as there have been online scam cases and seizures of suspicious products.In the past two weeks, police recorded five complaints in which customers had paid for surgical masks in social media…