Beijing's coronavirus cluster grows

Beijing's coronavirus cluster grows

Authorities in China's capital raced on Monday to control a fresh coronavirus outbreak, with 75 cases linked to a single wholesale food market in Beijing, where authorities have locked down neighbourhoods and launched a massive test and trace programme. The outbreak in China – where the disease first emerged last ...

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China races to find virus vaccine, put scandals in the past

China races to find virus vaccine, put scandals in the past

China has mobilised its army and fast-tracked tests in the global race to find a coronavirus vaccine, but its labs also have an image tarnished by past health scandals to overcome. Six months after the first cases emerged in the city of Wuhan, China has moved quickly to develop a ...

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Russia’s suspiciously low Covid mortality rates

Russia’s suspiciously low Covid mortality rates

In St Petersburg, Russia’s third coronavirus hotspot after Moscow city and the Moscow Region, self-isolation rules are only loosely enforced. City parks and streets are filled with people enjoying spring, which is warmly welcomed is this cold Baltic city. “It’s difficult to wear a mask when it’s so warm in ...

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Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Asia sees unexpected gains in virus lockdowns

Emergency workers usually busy attending accidents on Thailand's roads mill around ambulances parked at a service station – fewer crashes and crimes a welcome outcome for several Asian countries during coronavirus lockdowns. As Asia starts to assess the damage caused by the pandemic, some countries are realising there have been ...

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'

China said on Sunday that relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War", fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around the world celebrated a muted end to the holy month of Ramadan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington had ...

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Wuhan lab had 3 bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media

Wuhan lab had 3 bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media

The Chinese virology institute in the city where Covid-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director has said. Scientists think Covid-19 – which first emerged in Wuhan and has killed some 340,000 people worldwide ...

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WHO reports record virus cases as Trump proposes face-to-face G7 meet

WHO reports record virus cases as Trump proposes face-to-face G7 meet

The World Health Organization on Wednesday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, as US President Donald Trump proposed hosting world leaders for the annual G7 summit as a sign of "normalisation." Trump, who is seeking to revive the battered US economy and his political standing ahead of an ...

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