Month: February 2020

Coronavirus death toll rises to 1,770 as China reports 100 new fatalities in Hubei

Health authorities in China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the novel coronavirus epidemic – on Monday reported 100 new deaths connected to the contagion and 1,933 newly confirmed cases. This brings the total announced by the province’s health commission to 1,696 and 58,182, respectively, and the global death toll to 1,770.Officials in Hubei had…

Coronavirus: 40 Americans on board Diamond Princess luxury cruise liner infected, will not be evacuated

A senior US health official said on Sunday that more than 40 Americans on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the deadly coronavirus and would not be a part of an evacuation effort.“Forty of them have got infected,” Anthony Fauci, a senior official at the National Institutes for Health said on…

Warring parties in Yemen agree on long-delayed major prisoner swap

Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, the United Nations said on Sunday, in a sign that talks to end the disastrous war between the country’s internationally recognised government and its Houthi rebels could be making progress.It would be the “first official large-scale” exchange of its kind since the…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong police reject claims they are stockpiling masks for officers

Hong Kong’s police force on Sunday rejected allegations that it had stockpiled tens of thousands of surgical masks and other gear to protect officers from coronavirus infection while doctors and nurses’ supplies run low, saying it only had enough masks to last a few weeks.It also hit out at opposition legislator Kwok Ka-ki, accusing him…

Chinese diplomat’s challenge to Nancy Pelosi signals concerted fightback, starting with Huawei

Fu Ying’s fame as one of China’s most successful female diplomats may have faded since she left foreign service a decade ago, but on Friday the 67-year-old found herself in the public spotlight yet again.Rising from the audience of the Munich Security Conference, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee of China’s legislature, the National…

Coronavirus: Singapore confirms three new cases, taking total number of infections to 75

Three new cases of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 have been confirmed in Singapore, while another patient has been discharged from hospital.Two of the new cases are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God, which now has 18 cases. The other new infection is linked to a previous case.The total number of confirmed cases…

Coronavirus: China’s surgical mask shortage ripples through global supply chain as health crisis continues

Since the beginning of February, Kent Cai Mingdong, a native of Ningbo city in eastern China, has been in Indonesia scouring local pharmacies for as many surgical masks as he can buy to send to health care professionals and frontline workers back home, where a chronic shortage of protective gear is exacerbating the battle against…

Coronavirus: hundreds protest against Hong Kong quarantine sites in five locations near residential estates

Hundreds of Hongkongers launched protests in five locations on Sunday against government plans to set up quarantine centres or screening clinics near their estates, amid the coronavirus outbreak in the city.The demonstrations took place as authorities scrambled to bring back some 2,000 Hongkongers stranded in Hubei province, the epicentre of the Covid-19 crisis, as well…

Chinese research lab denies rumours of links to first coronavirus patient

A Chinese virus research institute located at the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak has denied links to the first patient diagnosed with the disease, amid speculation about the source of the virus.In a statement on Sunday, the Wuhan Institute of Virology denied that one of its employees was the outbreak’s “patient zero”.“Recently there has been…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong airport suffers worst January in five years as officials blame protests and deadly bug for poor traffic

Hong Kong International Airport suffered its worst January in five years amid a six-month streak of double-digit declines in passenger traffic, official figures released on Sunday showed, blaming it on the coronavirus outbreak and protests.The Airport Authority, which runs one of Asia’s busiest air transport hubs, warned that February would see a “continued decline” as…