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The bubonic plague is back again in China’s Inner Mongolia


Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the Black Death pandemic, was reported Sunday. The case was discovered in the city of Bayannur, located northwest of Beijing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. A hospital alerted municipal authorities of … Continue reading

ASEAN, Covid-19 and Vietnam’s chairmanship


COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. But Vietnam, as current ASEAN chair, is trying to make the best of the situation and demonstrate leadership. As 2020 marks a mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN Community Building Blueprints 2015–25, Vietnam chose ‘Cohesive … Continue reading

A return to normal in China means air pollution is back in force


The welcome return of China’s economy is bringing with it some unwelcome company, as air pollution levels have returned to pre-lockdown levels across the country. Major pollutants have exceeded concentration levels from a year ago for the first time since the start of Covid-19 lockdowns in January, according to a new report from Centre for … Continue reading

China backs investigation of WHO and coronavirus pandemic


Member states of the World Health Organisation, including China, backed a call on Tuesday for an independent investigation into the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 318,000 people around the world. The resolution, which was drafted and promoted by the European Union but did not identify any country by name, called for an “impartial, … Continue reading

More than 100 million people in China face new lockdown as second wave of COVID-19 cases emerge


Nearly 108 million people in China’s Jilin province could be forced back into lockdown after a growing group of new coronavirus infections triggered a backslide in the nation’s push to return to normal. The abrupt reversal in China’s northeast region has once again cut off public transportation, closed schools and led to another round of quarantine. Fan Pai, who works … Continue reading

China finally gives in and agrees for probe into Covid-19 origin and WHO response


China on Monday gave in to mounting international pressure for a probe into the origin of Covid-19 and a review of the World Health Organisation’s response to the pandemic. President Xi Jinping told the World Health Assembly that China had acted with ‘openness, transparency and responsibility’ when the disease, which has impacted billions of people … Continue reading

Coalition of 62 countries backs joint Australian, EU push for independent inquiry into coronavirus outbreak


A coalition of 62 countries has backed a joint Australian and European Union push for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus outbreak ahead of a crucial World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting tomorrow in Geneva. Australia was the first nation to call for an independent inquiry into how the coronavirus started. That drew furious condemnation from … Continue reading

UK Lancet Editor: ‘unfair to blame China for COVID-19’


Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the renowned medical journal The Lancet said on May 1 Friday during an interview by CCTV that “China isn’t responsible for this pandemic. It’s happened.” “… saying that while it is important to understand the origin of the virus, it was ‘not helpful’ and ‘not scientific’ to seek for a … Continue reading

US intel believes China hid severity of coronavirus epidemic while stockpiling supplies


The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 243,000 people worldwide. Over 3.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much … Continue reading

British doctors warn some Chinese ventilators could kill if used in hospitals


Senior British doctors have warned that 250 ventilators the United Kingdom bought from China risk causing “significant patient harm, including death,” if they are used in hospitals, according to a letter seen by NBC News. The doctors said the machines had a problematic oxygen supply, could not be cleaned properly, had an unfamiliar design and … Continue reading

Germany’s largest paper to China’s president: You’re endangering the world


The editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest paper Bild on Thursday launched a full frontal attack on China’s communist president Xi Jinping for his regime’s failure to come clean about the coronavirus outbreak and the massive human rights violations carried out by the Communist Party. Julian Reichelt, the prominent editor-in-chief of the Bild, wrote to Jinping that  … Continue reading

Caught in a superpower struggle: the inside story of the WHO’s response to coronavirus


When a pandemic strikes, the world’s leading experts convene – physically or virtually – in a hi-tech chamber in the basement of the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization. It is called the “strategic health operations centre”, or SHOC, an appropriately urgent acronym for a place where life and death decisions are taken, and … Continue reading

Wuhan waits for coronavirus lockdown to end, but controls on movement likely to remain in force


Wuhan residents are waiting for their unprecedented lockdown to be lifted this week, but some restrictions will remain in place because of concerns about further infections. Residents of the capital of Hubei province will be allowed to leave the city from Wednesday onwards if they are in good health and have the necessary permits. The … Continue reading

Trump doubts China’s official COVID-19 numbers


President Donald Trump cast doubt on the Beijing regime’s official numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths inside China, while responding to questions during an April 1 CCP virus task force briefing. Trump was asked whether he had received an intelligence report concluding that Beijing concealed the true extent of the outbreak, as reported by Bloomberg, … Continue reading

WHO and CCP to blame for pandemic says expert


Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called on Congress to launch an investigation into ties between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese regime. He questioned why American taxpayers should be spending millions of dollars supporting an organization that repeats propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Sen. Scott said the WHO needs to be held … Continue reading

China rejects claims of inaccurate coronavirus death tally in Wuhan


Beijing has again sought to quell concerns that it underreported the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, with the Chinese ambassador to France saying China did not conceal fatalities. Asked on Wednesday about reports in China of thousands of funeral urns and long queues at funeral homes in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, ambassador … Continue reading

Australia bans exports of medical supplies after items sent in bulk to China amid COVID-19 pandemic


The Australian government on March 29 enacted new laws banning price gouging as well as the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant products as supplies in hospitals, aged-care centers, and other centres across the country are in short supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton moved to ban the exports … Continue reading

Massive forest fire breaks out in Sichuan, China – at least 19 dead


A huge forest fire broke out in southwestern China’s Sichuan province at 07:51 UTC (15:51 LT) on Monday, March 30, 2020. As of Tuesday, March 31, authorities confirmed 19 fatalities, including 18 firefighters and one farmer guide. The blaze has spread across 1 000 ha (2 471 acres) in the Liangshan prefecture. The fire began at a local … Continue reading

To slow virus, China bars entry by almost all foreigners


Worried that international travelers might trigger a second wave of coronavirus infections, China announced late Thursday night that it was suspending practically all entry to the country by foreigners and was halting almost all international passenger flights as well. The announcement came after official Chinese data indicated that the country had almost completely halted domestic … Continue reading

China to divert Beijing-bound international flights amid rise in imported coronavirus cases


China on Sunday (March 22) reported 46 new cases of the coronavirus, the fourth straight day with an increase, with all but one of those imported from overseas, and further stepped up measures to intercept cases from abroad as the outbreak worsens globally. While China has drastically reduced the number of reported domestically transmitted cases … Continue reading

Man who died on bus in China tests positive for ‘hantavirus’


A passenger who died on a bus in China has tested positive for a completely different virus than COVID-19 — one more fatal that often produces very similar symptoms, according to state-run media. The unidentified victim from Yunnan province died while on a charte “He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus … Continue reading

China says coronavirus pandemic exposed global health system’s shortcomings


China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 160,000 people globally has exposed shortcomings in the global health system. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a daily briefing that China calls on the international community to prioritize public health security. China has reported nearly 81,000 infections … Continue reading

China is avoiding blame by trolling the world


The evidence of China’s deliberate cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan is a matter of public record. In suppressing information about the virus, doing little to contain it, and allowing it to spread unchecked in the crucial early days and weeks, the regime imperiled not only its own country and its own citizens but … Continue reading

China says coronavirus peak has passed as epicenter logs single-digit new cases


China’s coronavirus epidemic has passed its peak, its top health commission said on Thursday, as it logged just eight new infections in Hubei province, the first time the epicenter of the outbreak recorded a daily tally of less than 10. With the marked slowdown of the spread of the virus, more businesses have reopened with … Continue reading

Don’t let the Chinese government escape blame for coronavirus’s initial spread


From almost the very beginning of the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis in January and early February, it’s often been asked whether it might be the “Chinese Chernobyl.” Could the crisis expose the weakness of the mix of oppression, information control, and social disgust that underpin the Chinese Communist regime and trigger its collapse? Others have suggested that … Continue reading

China urges overseas Chinese to stay home as imported virus cases rise


Chinese authorities on Tuesday asked overseas Chinese to reconsider or minimize their travel plans as the coronavirus epidemic spreads across the world and prompts an uptick of imported cases arriving in the country. Travelers from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks who arrive in Guangdong province, an economic and export powerhouse in the south, must undergo … Continue reading

Chinese police place Britons in enforced isolation after ferry trip, but Chinese nationals not detained


Jo Davison and her partner were relaxing in their flat in Shenzhen, China, when the phone rang. She was told by the Chinese authorities that they had been exposed to the coronavirus at close proximity and that officials were on their way. “It was terrifying. Five people in hazmats turned up at our apartment, they … Continue reading

China has made eating wild animals illegal after the coronavirus outbreak, but ending the trade won’t be easy


A strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals is being rolled out across China in the wake of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, which is believed to have started at a wildlife market in Wuhan. Although it is unclear which animal transferred the virus to humans — bat, snake and pangolin have all … Continue reading

Coronavirus: NASA images show China pollution clear amid slowdown


Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is “at least partly” due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, US space agency Nasa says. Nasa maps show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide this year. It comes amid record declines in China’s factory activity as manufacturers stop work in … Continue reading

‘Confusion breeds distrust:’ China keeps changing how it counts coronavirus cases


New cases of a deadly coronavirus running through China surged at the start of February, then they leveled off, then they jumped by more than 19,000 over 24 hours. But those swings might not have as much to do with the reality on the ground as they do how Chinese authorities define a “confirmed case.” … Continue reading

New Zealand extends ban on arrivals from China on coronavirus fears


New Zealand has extended a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week to contain the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The ban has been extended by a further eight days and would be reviewed after that, Ardern told a news conference. New Zealand so … Continue reading

Beijing to quarantine all arrivals as economic life struggles to pick up


The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply. It was not immediately clear how the restriction, relayed by the official Beijing Daily newspaper, would be enforced, or whether … Continue reading

China ramps up virus propaganda, and stirs even more outrage


The 14 women from northwest China cried silently as a group of men shaved off their long black hair, a precaution meant to help prevent infection before they treat patients inflicted with the deadly new coronavirus. The nurses were featured in a video released over the weekend by the Gansu Daily, a media outlet affiliated … Continue reading

Cats are wearing coronavirus masks in China


As the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country, pet owners in China are putting on makeshift masks on their furry friends. Photos on the Chinese social media app Weibo show pets – namely cats – wearing the makeshift masks, many of them made from traditional surgical masks. Owners are cutting holes in the material to … Continue reading

Death of whistleblower doctor unleashes fury in China


With the coronavirus spreading around the world, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told President Trump in a phone call Friday that his government is confident about and capable of defeating the epidemic. Anger was swelling online in China over the death of a whistleblower doctor who tried to sound the alarm about the deadly outbreak but … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis shows China’s governance failure


As the Communist Party cements control, more officials worry about pleasing their bosses than taking care of the people. Wuhan’s mayor blamed higher-ups. A senior disease control official blamed layers of bureaucracy. A top government expert blamed the public: The people, he said, simply didn’t understand what he told them. As China grapples with a … Continue reading

China says Xi Jinping is directing its Wuhan coronavirus response, but he’s nowhere to be seen


Since he first intervened in the Wuhan coronavirus crisis in late January, ordering “all-out efforts” to contain its spread, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been personally directing the country’s response. At least, that’s what state media has been repeatedly emphasizing — Xi himself has not been seen for several days, missing from his usual place … Continue reading

Hong Kong medical workers strike to urge closure of China border to block coronavirus


Hundreds of medical workers went on strike in Hong Kong on Monday to demand the government shuts the border with mainland China to prevent the spread of a coronavirus and ease pressure on a stretched health sector. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA), which has about 18,000 members, said 2,400 workers took part in the … Continue reading

China is the real sick man of Asia


The mighty Chinese juggernaut has been humbled this week, apparently by a species-hopping bat virus. While Chinese authorities struggle to control the epidemic and restart their economy, a world that has grown accustomed to contemplating China’s inexorable rise was reminded that nothing, not even Beijing’s power, can be taken for granted. We do not know … Continue reading

China facing global isolation as virus toll rises


China faced mounting isolation in the face of increasing international travel curbs and flight suspensions on Saturday, as the death toll from a spreading coronavirus outbreak rose to 259. The epidemic has led to mass evacuations of foreign citizens as world airlines halt flights, and risks exacerbating a slowdown in growth in the world’s second-largest … Continue reading

As coronavirus spreads, so does anti-China sentiment


Fears of the outbreak have fueled xenophobia as a wave of panic spreads, sometimes outstripping practical concerns. In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. In Singapore, tens of thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering the country. In Hong Kong, South Korea … Continue reading

U.S. warns citizens against travel to China


The U.S. government warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency. A new State Department travel advisory raised the warning for China to the same level as Iraq and Afghanistan. In a notice … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis exposes cracks in China’s facade of unity


With anger rising over the response to the coronavirus outbreak, even some with ties to China’s leaders have called for acknowledging divisions, not papering them over. From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics and culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of … Continue reading

Countries around the world look to evacuate citizens from China because of coronavirus


China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new form of coronavirus, with 106 deaths. Nearly all of the fatalities have been in central Hubei province, but the new total includes the first death in Beijing. The Canadian government has updated its advice for travellers to say that citizens shouldn’t go to Hubei province … Continue reading

China announces plastic bag ban for major urban areas by 2021


China has announced it is to ban plastic bags from major cities by 2021 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The nation, which is among the world’s largest users of plastic, also plans to stop restaurants giving out single-use straws by the end of 2020 and will force them to reduce the use … Continue reading

China scrambles to build 1,000 bed hospital dedicated to coronavirus patients


China reported Saturday a jump in the number of people infected with a new virus to 1,287 with 41 deaths, as it expanded its lockdown to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims. The commission said the latest tally comes from 29 provinces across China, including 237 … Continue reading

Chinese woman who ‘bragged about cheating airport coronavirus screenings’ tracked down in France


A Chinese woman who bragged about cheating airport coronavirus screenings in the outbreak’s epicentre has been tracked down in France. The woman boasted on Chinese site WeChat that she’d been suffering from a fever but took tablets to mask her symptoms so she could fly from Wuhan. She later posted photos of herself apparently dining … Continue reading

North Korea bans all foreigners in response to Chinese virus


North Korea’s communist regime banned all foreign visitors from entering the country on Tuesday as a precaution against the recent outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, according to tourist companies who operate in the country. Beijing-based Koryo Tours told local media outlets that it was contacted by a business partner in North Korea about … Continue reading

China is quarantining a city of 11 million to contain the Coronavirus


On Wednesday the Chinese government announced a partial quarantine of Wuhan, the city of 11 million at the center of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, with all major modes of public transit shut down. The severe measure was prompted by growing concern over the pneumonia-like virus that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. According an ongoing tally from … Continue reading

Giant Chinese paddlefish declared ‘extinct’ after 150-million-year run


The Chinese paddlefish, one of the largest freshwater fish to inhabit our planet for over 150 million years, has gone extinct under humanity’s watch, according to new research. The fish, which could grow up to seven metres (23 feet) long from tail to paddle-nosed snout, is thought to have gone extinct sometime between 2005 and … Continue reading

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