Author: BakChiZai

Three shot dead as Iraq security forces raid Baghdad’s main protest camp

Three protesters were shot dead in Iraq on Saturday in clashes with security forces clearing out streets and squares occupied for months by anti-government demonstrators, stoking fears of a wider crackdown.The fresh violence came a day after populist cleric Moqtada Sadr announced he would no longer back the youth-dominated movement, after he held his own…

China’s Communist Party sets up special team to handle coronavirus crisis

China’s Communist Party has set up a leading group to manage the coronavirus epidemic, state media reported on Saturday.The move was made at a meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee – the party’s top leadership tier – chaired by President Xi Jinping, state broadcaster CCTV said.The group will comprise members of the party’s Central Committee…

French citizens to be bused out of Wuhan to escape coronavirus, consulate says

Foreign diplomats in Wuhan are scrambling to assess the situation in the coronavirus-plagued city, with French officials planning to evacuate French nationals trapped by the Chinese government’s lockdown.The plan would allow French people who want to leave Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, to travel by bus to Changsha in neighbouring Hunan province, according to…

China deploys 1,230 doctors and nurses to help fight coronavirus as private firms pledge money, supplies

Chinese authorities and private enterprises are stepping up their support for embattled medical teams in Hubei province as they continue to fight the coronavirus epidemic, while neighbouring governments ramp up their efforts to prevent its further spread.Hospitals across Wuhan – the city at the centre of the outbreak – have been overwhelmed by the flood…

China coronavirus: Finnair U-turns on earlier refusal to allow staff in Hong Kong permission to wear masks

A European airline made an abrupt U-turn on Saturday night and relaxed its earlier ban on flight attendants wearing masks because of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.Finnair’s change of course came after its Hong Kong-based cabin crew members accused the airline of violating their basic human rights and putting the safety of the airline’s employees and…

Delta Air Lines fined US$50,000 for discriminating against Muslims

Delta Air Lines has been fined US$50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes. In its consent order on Friday, the department said it found Delta “engaged in discriminatory conduct” and violated anti-discrimination laws when it removed the three passengers. In…

No link with seafood market in first case of China coronavirus, Chinese scientists revealed

The first person known to have been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus had never visited the city’s seafood market – regarded as the epicentre of the outbreak – according to Chinese researchers, who also called for extra precautions against airborne transmission of the disease between humans.The researchers, seven of whom work at Wuhan’s Jinyintan hospital,…

China coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declares highest level of emergency, schools to remain closed and marathon cancelled

Hong Kong’s leader has declared the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak an emergency, raising the government’s response to its highest level and rolling out a series of measures to prevent further infection.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in a 90-minute press conference on Saturday afternoon, said that she would personally chair an interdepartmental steering committee, while also…

Donald Trump thanks Xi Jinping for efforts to contain deadly coronavirus

US President Donald Trump on Friday thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his efforts in trying to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, as officials confirmed a second case in America.“The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I…