Real-time update on coronavirus outbreak

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/1/22 21:15:00 Last Updated: 2020/4/2 14:27:11

1:19 pm April 2

Wuhan city has responded to Chinese netizens' proposal of carrying out free tests of COVID-19  of all its residents to find out asymptomatic patients in the city. Local authorities said they have transferred the idea to relevant departments for discussion.

12:31 pm April 2

At long last, Florida state governor Ron DeSantis is ordering all residents in the populous state to stay home to avoid coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases in Florida has jumped to 7,000, which calls for immediate action to stem the virus.

11:41 am April 2

China's test kit provider BGI Genomics will team up with technology firm G42 in Abu Dhabi to set up a high throughput lab in the city to address the need for large-scale detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 in UAE.

11:34 am April 2

Of a total 1.6 million Chinese students studying abroad,1.42 million are still abroad in different countries and regions, said Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu. Most students choose to stay in their host country to avoid further cross infection.

11:32 am April 2

China has chartered 178 planes to send 100 medical staff and over 2,635 tons of medical supplies to over 40 countries including the US, UK and Italy by Wednesday.

11:14 am April 2

Tennis Grand Slam the Wimbledon Championships, scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 12, have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic: All England Lawn Tennis Club

11:09 am April 2

As of March 31, among 36 overseas Chinese students confirmed with COVID-19 infection, 11 have been discharged from hospital.

11:08 am April 2

The chartered flight to the UK departed from Shanghai Pudong International Airport this morning and will arrive in London tonight, bringing 180 overseas Chinese students home, officials told GT. China's civil aviation authorities are also arranging a 4th flight to Italy to bring 180 Chinese from Milan back to Wenzhou. Among the 9 temporary flights in March, 6 were to Iran and 3 to Italy.

10:39 am April 2

Chinese embassies overseas have deployed 500,000 "health bags" to overseas Chinese students, including 11 million masks and 500,000 disinfectant products: Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu.

11:06 pm April 1

Jiaxian county in Central China's Henan re-ordered a lockdown of communities and villages, as a confirmed COVID-19 patient was reported to be related to 2 asymptomatic virus carriers in the county.

9:44 pm April 1

BGI told GT on Wed that it has managed to increase production of COVID-19 test kits to 2 million from 600,000 within 10 days to serve surging global demand. The firm has provided test kits to 70 countries and regions in the world, including the US.

8:23 pm April 1

China would like to continue to provide support and assistance to India within its capacity, the Chinese FM said in response to reports that India plans to buy ventilators and masks from China amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

5:57 pm April 1

With 35 new cases reported on Mar 31, total imported COVID-19 cases from overseas in the Chinese mainland reached 806:   

12:46 April 1

36 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 35 imported cases. Wuhan reports 1 new COVID-19 infections

7:36 pm Mar 31

The Macao SAR government announced Tue one-off cash handouts to its residents between Apr 1 and Jun 19 to cushion the COVID-19 fallout on the local economy. Permanent residents will receive 10,000 patacas ($1,250), while non-permanent residents will get 6,000 patacas.

5:19 pm Mar 31

A total of 1,541 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation in China as of Monday, of whom 205 are imported cases: National Health Commission

5:06 pm Mar 31
STOP eating wild animals. S China's Guangdong Province has reportedly enforced a new rule. Those who consume wildlife will be fined up to 20 times the value of the animal, effective from May 1.

5:05 pm Mar 31

Local governments are requested to report asymptomatic cases and their close contacts within 24 hours. The patients will be quarantined collectively for 14 days, and undergo the nucleic acid test twice. Their close contacts must also undergo quarantine for 14 days

4:53 pm Mar 31

Starting from April 1, the Chinese health commission will publish the details of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, amid rising public worries over whether the patients will cause further infections.

4:39 pm Mar 31

Among the 40,000-plus medical workers, who came to aid Hubei, none have been infected with coronavirus: Chinese central govt official

8:14 am Mar 31

48 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection.

8:25 am Mar 30

31 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 30 imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection for consecutive 6 days.

8:47 pm Mar 29

Chinese scientists have developed a new weapon to combat the coronavirus. They say they have found a nanomaterial that can absorb and deactivate the virus with 96.5-99.9% efficiency.

6:42 pm Mar 29

Former French Minister of Industry Patrick Devedjian, who was also the president of the local parliament of Hauts-de-Seine, has died from COVID-19 infection: local media reports

6:30 pm Mar 29

Sinopec launched Sunday a melt-blown fabric project with an annual capacity of 500 tons. The project has designed 16 production lines - with yearly production of 10,000 tons, which will be realized in May and able to make 10 billion surgical masks.

5:52 pm Mar 29

Alibaba founder Jack Ma's foundation & Alibaba foundation said Sun they would donate 1.7 million masks, 165,000 test kits, protective outfits and other medical supplies to 7 Asian countries including Azerbaijan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

5:43 pm Mar 29

A total of 7,098 Beijing residents stranded in Hubei due to the COVID-19 outbreak have returned to Beijing by rail as of Saturday: official

4:44 pm Mar 29

A China Eastern Airlines plane has just arrived in Vientiane, Laos, from Kunming, carrying 12 Chinese medical experts and up to 6 tons of medical supplies including ventilators and face masks to help Laos fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

1:43 pm Mar 29

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 
US: 124,464 confirmed, 2,191 deaths 
Italy: 92,472 confirmed, 10,023 deaths 
Spain: 73,235 confirmed, 5,982 deaths 
Germany: 57,695 confirmed, 433 deaths 
France: 38,105 confirmed, 2,317 deaths

7:58 am Mar 29

45 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 44 imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection for consecutive 5 days.

00:05 am Mar 29

Death toll of COVID-19 has surpassed 20,000 in Europe: report

11:27 pm Mar 28

A medical team from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region arrived in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Sat, bringing aid materials including 100,000 medical masks, 10,000 N95 masks, 10,000 testing kits and 12 ventilators to help it fight the COVID-19.

10:54 pm Mar 28

Starting Monday, Russia will close its borders that include all vehicle, rail and pedestrian checkpoints, and also apply to Russia’s maritime borders: Reuters reported, citing the Russian government order on Sat.

8:52 pm Mar 28

France has ordered 1 billion face masks from China to ease its shortage amid COVID-19, CGTN report. There will be four flights a week to deliver these masks.

8:47 pm Mar 28

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia and the Malaysian FM presided over a transfer ceremony of medical supplies donated by China which include 100,000 test kits and 200 ventilators. The supplies arrived in Malaysia on Saturday and will assist the country's fight against COVID19.

8:39 pm Mar 28

Starting Sunday, nine Chinese airlines including Air China, China Eastern & China Southern will cut international routes as part of efforts to curb imported COVID-19 cases. China reported 54 new imported coronavirus cases Friday.

8:26 pm Mar 28

CPC Central Committee's Organization Department has transferred a donation of 5.28 billion yuan ($750 million) to the Ministry of Finance, which will be entrusted to distribute the money to frontline medics and other workers.

6:57 pm Mar 28

Airbus has deployed a new flight between Europe and China to help deliver 4 million face masks and other medical supplies to France, Germany, Spain and UK to back up local fights against COVID-19 outbreak.

5:34 pm Mar 28

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has exceeded 600,000: Johns Hopkins University

7:15 am Mar 28

54 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection. 

00:41am Mar 28

Starting Sunday, Hubei Province airports will resume flight services except for Wuhan Tianhe International Airport as the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually contained. The Wuhan hub will resume services on April 8: authority

9:52 pm Mar 27

Wuhan's Huazhong University of Science and Technology and its affiliated hospital donated 137 boxes of 30,000 masks to Japan as a gesture after its former PM Yukio Hatoyama's kindness of donating medical supplies to Wuhan in mid-Feb in fighting against COVID-19.

9:32 pm Mar 27

Beijing Fuwai Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences refuted rumors that someone was trying to secretly transfer blood samples of COVID-19 patients abroad. The hospital does not have COVID-19 patients, nor did someone steal blood samples from the hospital, it said.

9:30 pm Mar 27

China's central bank vows to improve the development of monetary policy and guide financial institutions to enhance support for small and private firms amid the epidemic, and promote overall economic growth into a virtuous circle.

9:00 pm Mar 27

Wuhan has had its #coronavirus risk evaluation downgraded from "high risk" to "medium risk": local health official

8:48 pm Mar 27

China Film Administration asked all cinemas not to resume operation and required those that have resumed operation to close immediately. 

8:19 pm Mar 27

China vows to expand domestic consumption and increase public consumption in a reasonable manner. The nation will also shore up support for Hubei Province's economic recovery with tailored policies involving the fiscal and financing sectors as well as supply chains. 

7:31 pm Mar 27

China said it will "properly increase" the fiscal deficit rate, issue special government bonds, increase the scale of local government special bonds, and lower the interest rate for the loan market to maintain reasonable and sufficient liquidity: CPC Central Committee

7:25 pm Mar 27

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19: official

8:00 am Mar 26

55 new COVID19 cases were reported in Chinese mainland as of Thursday, with 54 imported cases and 1 newly confirmed local case in Zhejiang Province. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID19 infection.

11:00 am Mar 25

With 47 new cases reported on Mar 24, the total imported #COVID19 cases from overseas in the #Chinese mainland reached 474:

UK: 123

US: 45

Iran: 47

Italy: 45

Spain: 70

France: 33

Philippines: 28

8:02 am Mar 25

47 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases. Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection. 

10:00 am Mar 24

Latest update on #COVID19 around the world:

Italy: 63,927 confirmed, 6,077 deaths

US: 46,332 confirmed, 565 deaths

Spain: 35,136 confirmed, 2,311 deaths

Germany: 29,056 confirmed, 123 deaths

Iran: 23,049 confirmed, 1,812 deaths

9:04 am March 24

Beijing reported 31 imported COVID-19 cases and one local case that was infected by an imported case from abroad.

8:33 am Mar 24

Hubei Province reported one newly confirmed case of coronavirus infection, breaking a five-day streak of zero increase.

8:16 am Mar 24

78 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 74 imported cases.

8:07 am Mar 24

Shanghai reported 9 imported COVID-19 cases and one local newly confirmed case which was infected by imported case on Monday. The one is a Shanghai resident and had close contacts with an imported case when visiting Guangdong. The case becomes the second local newly confimed case that was infected by an imported case in China, after another one reported in Guangdong.

8:32 am Mar 23

39 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases

8:18 am Mar 23

Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection for consecutive 5 days

5:07 pm Mar 22

Beijing reported on Sunday a case of family infection, with 4 out of 6 members infected with COVID-19 including a 1-year-old girl. The family arrived in Beijing on Mar 17, from the UK via Singapore. The family is being isolated and treated at Xiaotangshan hospital.

4:55 pm Mar 22

Beijing recorded 13 imported COVID-19 cases on Saturday, most of which came from Spain and the UK. 10 out of those 13 were Chinese students studying abroad: Beijing govt

4:23 pm Mar 22

19 Chinese provinces have reported overseas imported COVID-19 cases, of which 9 provinces reported their first imported case in the last seven days. The number of countries where imported cases come from have increased from 12 to 22: National Health Commission

3:20 pm Mar 22

Central China's Hubei Province will subsidize 10,000 yuan ($1,409) per person to confirmed COVID-19 cases living in poverty, while offering an employment subsidy of 2,000 yuan per person to firms that create jobs for poverty-stricken people: local media

2:38 pm Mar 22

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 53,578 confirmed, 4,825 deaths 

US: 26,747 confirmed, 340 deaths 

Spain: 25,496 confirmed, 1,378 deaths 

Germany: 22,364 confirmed, 84 deaths 

Iran: 20,610 confirmed, 1,556 deaths 

S.Korea: 8,897 confirmed,104 deaths

1:30 pm Mar 22

Starting from Monday, all international flights must first divert to one of the 12 designated entry points in other cities before they are allowed to enter Beijing. Airports including Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Shanghai are on the list: Civil Aviation Administration of China

1:07 pm Mar 22

Singapore announced on Sunday to halt entry and transit of all short-term visitors, restrict returning work pass holders to only essential workers, signalling the the city state's latest response to coronavirus.

1:04 pm Mar 22

With 45 new cases reported on March 21, the total imported COVID-19 cases from overseas in the Chinese mainland reached 314: 

UK: 75 

Iran: 47 

Spain: 46 

Italy: 44 

US: 24 

Philippines: 21 

UAE (new): 1 Other countries: 56

11:16 am Mar 22

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro reprimanded his son Eduardo Bolsonaro for his unfriendly remarks about China, according to members of Brazilian press. Eduardo Bolsonaro previously blamed the Chinese "dictatorship" for the spread of the coronavirus.

10:25 am Mar 22

The only new local COVID-19 infection on Saturday was infected by an imported case from abroad, the first of its kind in Chinese mainland.

9:53 am Mar 22

As of March 20, 120,000 migrant workers have departed Central China's Hubei Province, the area hit hardest by the coronavirus, in designated trains and returned to their work.

9:44 am Mar 22

The only local new infection of COVID-19 in Chinese mainland on Saturday was from S China's Guangdong Province.

9:34 am Mar 22

China announced the first clinical trial approval of Chinese traditional medicine used to treat COVID-19.

9:08 am Mar 22

Shanghai reported 14 newly confirmed cases from abroad on Saturday, bringing the total imported case in the city to 56.

8: 25 am Mar 22

Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection. 46 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, with 45 imported cases.

10:30 pm Mar 21

Angola reports the first confirmed case of COVID-19, and Lithuania and DR Congo report their first coronavirus-related death each, respectively: media reported

10:05 pm Mar 21

Six Chinese medical experts set off for #Serbia from Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province on Saturday with donated medical supplies to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

9:30 pm Mar 21

1,003 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 40 countries across the #African continent, with 25 deaths and 104 recoveries, as of 5:30 pm, Saturday Beijing time: CCTV

5:21 pm Mar 21

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced Friday to close the border between Canada and the US from midnight Saturday, prohibiting the flow of unnecessary personnel, but continue to ensure the smooth flow of logistics, and support the production of medical materials and equipment.

2:59 pm Mar 21

China injected its first coronavirus #vaccine to volunteers on Saturday. The first group of volunteers for the experiment is limited to permanent residents in Wuhan, aged between 18 and 60 years old.

2:11 pm Mar 21

US is seeking public comments on lifting additional tariffs on Chinese imports such as ventilators, oxygen masks, and nubilators, part of an effort of what it said as "to keep current on developments in our national fight against the coronavirus pandemic."

12:18 pm Mar 21

Chinese government's donation of medical supplies including test kits for 100,000 people, 100,000 surgical masks, 10,000 medical N95 masks and 10,000 protective outfits arrived in Manila early on Saturday to help the Philippines fight COVID19.

11:18 am Mar 21

A confirmed asymptomatic COVID19 patient, who is a Chinese national coming back from Los Angeles on Tuesday, is currently placed under treatment. He traveled to his hometown via a high-speed railway on Thursday.

7:35 am Mar 21

41 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases

Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection

41 new coronavirus infections, 7 new deaths were reported on Mar 21 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number climbed to 81,008, with 3,255 deaths.

6:03 pm Mar 20

Taiwan reported 27 new confirmed COVID10 cases Fri, a record number in a single day. So far, the total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Taiwan has reached 135.

6:02 pm Mar 20

HongKong reported daily record high of new COVID19 cases with 48 as of Friday afternoon, of which 36 had travel history abroad: local health authority

5:52pm Mar 20

South China's Guangdong reported three new imported COVID19 cases on Friday morning, two from the Philippines and one from the #UK: local authority

3:41 pm Mar 20

More than 2,000 children were among COVID19 patients reported in China between mid-January and early February, a research paper shows. There are fatalities from newborn and child #coronavirus patients.

3:00 pm Mar 20

Foreign ministers of China, Japan and SouthKorea on Friday agreed during a special video conference to cooperate on drug and vaccine development under joint efforts to contain the COVID19 pandemic.

1:00 pm Mar 20

Beijing reported six new imported COVID19 cases on Friday morning alone, two from UK, two from Spain and two from the US, bringing total imported infections in the capital city to 76.

8:35 am Mar 20


Wuhan reports ZERO new COVID-19 infection. 39 new COVID-19 cases are reported in Chinese mainland, all imported cases

5:13 pm Mar 19

Will the infection relapse in recovered COVID-19 patients? Animal tests, conducted by Chinese researchers, showed rhesus monkeys after its recovery from coronavirus infection, developed antibodies against the virus.

4:50 pm Mar 19

Chinese aviation regulator CAAC has appointed a special team to help Beijing divert international arrivals to other cities as imported COVID-19 cases in Beijing continue to rise, according to a notice obtained by GT. The team involves 12 airport companies.

4:36 pm Mar 19

The Chinese-Australian woman who refused to follow Beijing's coronavirus prevention and control measures, is now ordered to leave China.

4:26 pm Mar 19

Beijing has recorded the largest number of imported confirmed cases, accounting for 34 percent of the nationwide total. A total of 64 imported confirmed cases were reported in the capital as of Wed midnight, the majority of the cases from Spain and Italy

3:40 pm Mar 19

In the past 7 days, the number of imported cases from abroad accounted for 84.55% of the new cases in the Chinese mainland, said China's National Health Commission Thur, adding that the pressure from imported case is mounting.

3:17 pm Mar 19

Korea reported 152 new coronavirus cases Thursday, after recording fewer than 100 cases for four consecutive days till Wednesday. Epidemiologists worry that S. Korea needs to take even more sweeping measures like China's to blunt the disease.

1:50 pm Mar 19

Good news! All members of the second medical team drafted in from Xinjiang to aid Wuhan, test negative for COVID-19. They are undergoing a 14-day quarantine back in Urumqi.

1:10 pm Mar 19

On Thursday, Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 case was reported, reported zero new infection, and the city further eased lockdown by allowing residents from non-affected residential communities to go out in batches, and non-affected villages to begin agricultural production

11:14 am Mar 19

Latest on imported COVID-19 cases in the Chinese mainland: Iran: 47 Italy: 41 Spain: 28 UK: 25 US:7 France: 6 Philippines: 6 Thailand: 5 Saudi Arabia: 4 Hungary: 3 Austria: 2 Switzerland: 2 Egypt: 1 Indonesia: 1 Netherlands: 1 Portugal: 1 Brazil: 1 Luxembourg: 1 Unconfirmed: 7

11:05 am Mar 19

US saw a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases as total confirmed infections exceeded 9,000, with 145 deaths. 2,000 new infections and 30 deaths were reported in the past nine hours, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

10:07 am Mar 19

A second batch of medical supply donated by Alibaba and its founder Jack Ma's foundation arrived in Liege, Belgium on Wed. It contains 1.5 million masks which will be sent on to France, Slovenia and Belgium; More materials are coming and will be sent to other EU countries.

9:09 am Mar 19

Hubei Province reported 0 new case of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 18, with 8 new deaths and 795 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,800 with 57,678 recovered and 3,130 dead.

34 new coronavirus infections, 8 new deaths were reported on Mar 18 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,928 with 3,245 deaths.

8:22 am Mar 19

China to donate urgent needed medical materials to Poland, including 10,000 test kits, 20,000 N95 masks, 5,000 protective suits and 5000 goggles, 10,000-pair medical gloves and 10,000-pair shoe covers.

5:06 pm Mar 18

Public transport in Wuhan rolls out a real-name mechanism starting Wed to track passengers using public transportation amid work resumption. Residents in Wuhan need to verify their personal information online before taking public transportation.

4:47 pm Mar 18

A Czech military plane carrying COVID-19 test kits departed China for the Czech Republic Tue night, Chinese FM spokesperson Geng Shuang said Wed, noting that China is willing to further strengthen communication & cooperation with Czech Republic to fight the epidemic together.

4:37 pm Mar 18

Contracting coronavirus doesn't mean people could gain lifelong immunity, said top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan on UK's "herd immunity" approach to fight the virus outbreak.

4:22 pm Mar 18

"Herd immunity" cannot solve the problem, the R&D of coronavirus vaccines is of vital importance at present, says Chinese respiratory specialist Zhong Nanshan

4:09 pm Mar 18

The Whole world would pay the price for the White House's $1,000 cash payments to its citizens, as the dollar would weaken after the US prints more money to bolster consumption, thus generating losses for all countries holding dollar reserves: stock analyst Yang Delong

3:53 pm Mar 18

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistani President Arif Alvi witnessed Wed the inking of an MOU, vowing to strengthen cooperation on the prevention and control of plant diseases and pests: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

3:30 pm Mar 18

Zero new suspected COVID-19 infections were reported on Chinese mainland as of Wednesday , the first time since the outbreak, and now the focus has shifted toward prevention of imported cases: National Health Commission

2:59 pm Mar 18

A second China Eastern Airlines flight departing from Shanghai flew to Milan, Italy on Wed, with a shipment of 17.3 tons of medical supplies and a team of 13 health experts.

1:11 pm Mar 18

Beijing reported 11 new imported COVID-19 infections Wednesday morning, 5 from Spain, four from UK, 1 from Brazil, and 1 from Luxembourg, as total imported cases reached 54: health authority

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 31,506 confirmed, 2,503 deaths 

Iran: 16,169 confirmed, 988 deaths 

Spain: 11,826 confirmed, 533 deaths 

Germany: 9,360 confirmed, 26 deaths 

S.Korea: 8,413 confirmed, 84 deaths 

France: 7,730 confirmed, 175 deaths

11:01 am Mar 18

Latest on imported COVID-19 cases in the Chinese mainland: 

Iran: 47 

Italy: 41 

Spain: 21 

UK: 12 

US: 7 

Saudi Arabia: 4 

France: 4 

Thailand: 4 

Philippines: 4 

Switzerland: 2 

Egypt: 1 

Indonesia: 1 

Netherlands: 1 

Portugal: 1 —Unconfirmed: 5

10:55 am Mar 18

A handbook on COVID-19 prevention and treatment, written by dozens of frontline experts of an East Zhejiang hospital, was unveiled on Wed. The Chinese and English versions are available, and editions in Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish are in the pipeline.

9:52 am Mar 18

Zero new suspected COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday in Hubei Province, China's National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

9:16 am Mar 18

13 new coronavirus infections, 11 new deaths were reported on Mar 17 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,894 with 3,237 deaths.

9:11 am Mar 18

Hubei Province reported 1 new case of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 17, with 11 new deaths and 896 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,800 with 56,883 recovered and 3,122 dead.

13 new coronavirus infections, 11 new deaths were reported on Mar 17 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,894 with 3,237 deaths.

9:03 am Mar 18

Health authority in Hong Kong found coronavirus in vent pipe nuzzle, after people in two neighboring residential buildings tested positive for the virus.

12:08 am Mar 18

The pet dog in Hong Kong, also the world's first animal diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, died on Monday: Hong Kong media

10:02 pm Mar 17

People of O-type blood have a relatively lower risk to be infected with COVID-19, while those of A-type blood have a higher risk: researches by Chinese institutes and hospitals

9:23 pm Mar 17

Studies find that children at all ages appeared susceptible to COVID-19, and there was no significant gender difference: pediatrics experts in Shanghai

9:22 pm Mar 17

Malaysia records first death from COVID-19, the victim, a pastor from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kuching, died at 11am on Tuesday at Sarawak General Hospital, a statement said.

9:14 pm Mar 17

Central China's Hubei asked all the arrivals from oversea to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine in designated places including confirmed and suspected patients, close contacts and people without symptoms: local authority

7:03 pm Mar 17

Recombinant COVID-19 vaccine developed by the team led by top PLA epidemiologist Chen Wei was approved to launch clinical trials in China on Monday

7:01 pm Mar 17

Spain becomes the third country outside China to record over 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Local media reports said on Tuesday that 1,987 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 11,178.

6:47 pm Mar 17

WHO said that two of its staffers in US were infected with COVID-19: media reports

5:30 pm Mar 17

Kozo Tashima, head of Japan Football Association and deputy head of Japan's Olympic committee, tested positive for COVID-19 infection: reports

5:04 pm Mar 17

Among the nine imported cases of COVID-19 infection in Beijing, six are from Spain, two from the UK, and one from the US. Four cases emerged from a cluster infection: local health authority

4:36 pm Mar 17

Apart from Wuhan, Hubei Province has reported zero new COVID-19 cases for 12 consecutive days as of Monday. A total of 14 cities in Hubei Province have been reporting zero new cases for 14 days

4:30  pm Mar 17

US government's alleged plan to direct medical supply chain from China, and move them back to US, will only hurt the interests of American people: FM spokesperson Geng Shuang

4:27  pm Mar 17

With a cold-war mentality, US distorts the facts, trying to cripple China's technology industry growth and trade cooperation, said Chinese FM spokesperson Geng Shuang, slamming US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford's recent anti-China comments.

4:10 pm Mar 17

Some Chinese institutes have submitted clinical trial applications to related authorities for the COVID-19 vaccine, and have been recruiting volunteers, experts said, noting that China would not lag behind foreign counterparts in vaccine development.

3:53 pm Mar 17

After Beijing, Shanghai announced that people entering the city from countries severely-hit by coronavirus must undergo 2-week isolation and pay the quarantine costs, such as the expenses on hotels and meals: local civil affairs authority

3:38 pm Mar 17

China is developing COVID-19 vaccine using five technical routes and accelerating the development based on a legal procedure and safety premise, an expert said at a press conference, adding that he believes good news will follow soon

3:29  pm Mar 17

Shanghai makes it compulsory for people with travel history to 16 countries, such as South Korea, Italy, Spain, US, UK, Sweden, France, in the last 14 days to be quarantined for 14 days: Shanghai government

3:26 pm Mar 17

Clinical trials of Favipiravir shows it's effective on COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms. Experts recommended the inclusion of the medicines into the national treatment plan at the earliest: official

2:10 pm Mar 17

France will shut borders with EU and Schengen area starting from Tue after Germany closed borders with France, Austria & Switzerland on Mon to prevent COVID-19 spread. All travels between non-European countries and the EU will be suspended, said French President Emmanuel Macron

1:32 pm Mar 17

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 27,980 confirmed, 2,158 deaths 

Iran: 14,991 confirmed, 853 deaths 

Spain: 9,942 confirmed, 342 deaths 

S.Korea: 8,320 confirmed, 81 deaths 

Germany: 7,272 confirmed, 13 deaths 

France: 6,650 confirmed, 148 deaths

1:16 pm Mar 17

Macao, after Hong Kong, bans all arrivals from overseas to the special administrative region from Wednesday. The region saw a rebound in COVID-19 cases due to imported infection.

1:04 pm Mar 17

Petition extends on White House official website urging Donald Trump to apology to all Chinese around the world for naming COVID-19 "Chinese Virus"

12:53 pm Mar 17

Alert! People with blood type A are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection, while people with O are less vulnerable, Chinese researchers claimed in an article published in medRxiv. This is the first research highlighting the relations between blood types and infection risk.

12:41 pm Mar 17

The US needs to cooperate with China to handle the COVID-19 pandemic together, and provoking China at this time can only worsen its predicament. US stockmarket will keep declining as the two biggest economies engage in a new conflict amid the pandemic: expert

12:34 pm Mar 17

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to reach zero around March 20 in Wuhan. Another 2 weeks are needed before Wuhan can gradually resume production: Li Lanjuan

12:22 pm Mar 17

Calling COVID-19 chinesevirus shows Donald Trump wants to make American people blame China rather than his administration's horrible reaction to deal with the outbreak, to hype racism for covering up his inability to resolve panic in the US stock market: Chinese experts

11:44 am Mar 17

As of Mar 16, COVID-19 infections in 15 regions across the Chinese mainland have been cleared to zero, as Tibet has maintained nil cases for over 34 days now. Check the info to find more.

11:41 am Mar 17

Latest on imported COVID-19 cases in the Chinese mainland: 47 from Iran

40 from Italy

19 from Spain

8 from UK

7 from US

4 from Saudi Arabia

4 from France

4 from Philippines

2 from Thailand

1 from Switzerland

1 from Egypt

1 from Indonesia

5 unconfirmed

10:41 am Mar 17

Spanish football club ValenciaF said around 35% of its players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from Italy following a UEFA Champions League match against Atlanta BC in Milan

10:35 am Mar 17

The first group of medical workers - 3,675 doctors and nurses, who supported Hubei in its battle against the coronavirus - have started returning home since the outbreak has been gradually tamed in the province.

10:03 am Mar 17

Jack Ma says he will donate 100,000 masks, 1,000 protective suits, 1,000 face shields and 20,000 test kits to each of the 54 countries in Africa, and will provide online training materials for the clinical treatment of COVID-19

9:37 am Mar 17

Forza Italia! China's COSCO Shipping donated 450,000 yuan ($64,400) worth of epidemic prevention materials to Italy, including 50,000 masks and 200 protective suits.

9:33 am Mar 17

Wuhan is now the only high-risk city in Hubei Province. Across the province, only 4 cities or counties are currently defined as medium-risk, and 71 cities and counties are low-risk, which means the area has had no confirmed COVID-19 cases for 14 consecutive days.

7:43 am Mar 17

Hubei Province reported 1 new case of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 16, with 12 new deaths and 893 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,799 with 55,987 recovered and 3,111 dead.

21 new coronavirus infections, 13 new deaths were reported on Mar 16 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,881 with 3,226 deaths.

8:06 pm Mar 16

SouthAfrican President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night declared a national state of disaster following the outbreak of the coronavirus. There are 38 confirmed cases in South Africa as of Monday 00:00, Central European Time.

7:47 pm Mar 16

15 coronavirus clusters with confirmed infections of at least five people were found, the Japanese health ministry said on Monday.

6:27 pm Mar 16

Beijing announced to officially launch Xiaotangshan Hospital on Monday. The facility, once used to treat SARS cases in 2003, will be used for screening international visitors and returned nationals, treat mild coronavirs cases, quarantine suspected cases.

6:05 pm Mar 16

125 Chinese nationals  taking a charter flight from Milan arrived at Wenzhou Airport. Local epidemic prevention and control personnel  carried out health quarantine on all passengers and taken them for medical quarantine. 

5:02 pm Mar 16

Chinese medical specialists supporting Italy in its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak will go to the worst-hit northern regions of Italy: Chinese Foreign Ministry

4:57 pm Mar 16

Beijing police launched a probe of a woman, confirmed with COVID-19, who recently flew from the US to Beijing, for breaching prevention & treatment of infectious diseases after she lied on her and her families' health status: Beijing govt

4:49 pm Mar 16

In the first such case, a Shanghai court on Monday imposed a 15-month sentence, with an 18-month suspension on a person for concealing his ailment, contact, and travel history in Wuhan amid COVID-19 outbreak, leading 55 people into quarantine.

4:35 pm Mar 16

All the children who had been infected with COVID-19 showed milder disease discourse, and all of them have recovered: Du Bin, frontline doctor from Peking Union Medical College Hospital working in Wuhan

4:31 pm Mar 16

COVID-19 outbreak in China has almost seen its end, and the second domestic outbreak won't be a great concern. Now the major focus is on imported cases to China from overseas, which is relatively low but will last for a certain time: Cao

4:16 pm Mar 16

The positive nucleic acid test for discharged COVID-19 patient is not a signal of reinfection: Yan Xiaowei, professor and vice chief of the Department of Internal Medicine of Peking Union Medical College Hospital

3:54 pm Mar 16

Foreigners account for 10% of the 20,000 passengers flying to China everyday since March 11, an official said, urging Chinese residents to avoid traveling abroad amid the pandemic, especially to worst-hit countries.

3:51 pm Mar 16

Since WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, on average up to 120,000 people crossed China's borders every day, an 80% drop year-on-year: official

3:50 pm Mar 16

China has suspended international cruises departing from ports in the mainland, covering 10 cruises of seven companies across the world. China also suspended passenger cruise to Japan and South Korea.

3:39 pm Mar 16

Chinese government has arranged seven specialized flights to foreign countries and regions with serious COVID-19 pandemic, and evacuated 1,101 Chinese people back to China: official

3:33 pm Mar 16

Beijing reported six more imported COVID-19 cases Monday; four from Spain, and two from the UK.

3:28 pm Mar 16

Chinese medical teams provided Lianhua Qingwen capsules, a traditional Chinese medicine remedy, including herbs such as forsythia suspensa, to countries like Italy & Iraq to help treat COVID-19 patients. In China, the capsule was used by 70 million people.

3:03 pm Mar 16

Mice trials of mRNA vaccine against coronavirus contagion, being developed by Chinese scientists in Shanghai, have displayed clear signs of antibody. Human clinic trials will start in April.

2:48 pm Mar 16

Preliminary results showed hydroxychloroquine is effective and safer in treating COVID-19 patients, ranking as the first therapeutic drug as per Shanghai's treatment approach, Shanghai authority announced Monday.

2:45 pm Mar 16

Shanghai exported more than 80,000 specimens of COVID-19 diagnostic reagent to 22 countries, including Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, as of Mar 15.

2:31 pm Mar 16

mRNA vaccine targeting COVID-19 in Shanghai has started preliminary primate trials. Clinical trials are expected to start mid-April: Shanghai authority announced Mon.

1:57 pm Mar 16

All arrivals in Hong Kong are advised to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine as COVID-19 is now a pandemic. Considering passive response in some European countries and US cities, numbers of cases are expected to surge in coming 2 to 4 weeks: HK Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung

12:42 pm Mar 16

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 24,747 confirmed, 1,809 deaths 

Iran: 13,938 confirmed, 724 deaths 

S.Korea: 8,236 confirmed, 75 deaths 

Spain: 7,844 confirmed, 288 deaths 

France: 5,437 confirmed, 127 deaths 

Germany: 5,813 confirmed, 12 deaths

12:10 pm Mar 16

Alibaba founder Ma Yun posted two pictures on his Twitter account saying the first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to US is departing from Shanghai. He earlier donated 500k testing kits and 1 million masks to the US.

12:02 pm Mar 16

Confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China have exceeded that in China as of 5 am Monday with the former recording 81,625 while the latter 80,860, according to data of Johns Hopkins University.

11:44 am Mar 16

Czech authorities impose restrictions on movement of residents nationwide until March 24 due to COVID-19 outbreak, as confirmed cases in the country reached 293 as of Sunday: reports

10:46 am Mar 16

Amid the epidemic soaring abroad, a charted BBJ787 aircraft owned by HNA Group from London to Shanghai scheduled on March 18 sold out quickly a total of 40 tickets priced at 180,000 yuan ($25,722) each.

10:32 am Mar 16

Jingzhou, a Hubei city 230km from Wuhan, announced to lift the lockdown in rural and urban communities in one of its major districts and resume rural transport line on Monday afternoon. COVID-19

10:30 am Mar 16

Lastest on imported COVID-19 cases from overseas in the Chinese mainland: 47 from Iran

38 from Italy

12 from Spain

4 from UK

4 from US

4 from Saudi Arabia

2 from France

2 from Thailand

3 from Philippines 

1 from Switzerland

1 from Egypt

5 unconfirmed

10:26 am Mar 16

The COVID-19 infection has been detected among children and infants in early stage of the epidemic, studies found, based on 366 hospitalized children under the age of 16.

10:13 am Mar 16

China's Jan-Feb economic figures posting double-digit decline is in line with expectations. As a sacrifice of two-month of economic activities for the benefit of the people, it is necessary and won't damage China's industrial basis for long-term growth: economists COVID-19

10:01 am Mar 16

China's economy in Jan-Feb: -Retail sales: plunged 20.5% to 5,213b ($744b) yuan -Value-added industrial output: down 13.5% -Fixed-asset investment: down 24.5% to 3,332b yuan -Urban unemployment rate in Feb: 6.2%

10:00 am Mar 16

Italy reported 368 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, exceeding the highest daily death toll reported by China, which was 254.

8:31 am Mar 16

Hubei Province reported 4 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 15, with 14 new deaths and 816 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,798 with 55,094 recovered and 3,099 dead.

8:19 am Mar 16

China will also donate protective materials and medical equipment to Spain, arrange online meeting for medical staff from both sides to exchange experiences on COVID-19 as well as send considering supportive team to the latter at proper time: Wang

8:19 am Mar 16

China will donate material in urgent need to the Philippines, including COVID-19 test kits and protective suits, and will send medical expert team to help the latter combat the epidemic: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi

8:26 am Mar 16

Hubei Province reported 4 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 15, with 14 new deaths and 816 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,798 with 55,094 recovered and 3,099 dead.

16 new coronavirus infections, 14 new deaths were reported on Mar 15 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,860 with 3,213 deaths.

9:13 pm Mar 15

Spain recorded a daily spike in new infections of 2000 cases, bringing total number of COVID-19 to 7753, and the death toll rises to 288: reports

8:57 pm Mar 15

HKSAR government issues red travel alert on US, UK and Ireland over rapid rise of COVID-19 infections in the three countries.

8:47 pm Mar 15

South China's Guangdong Province reported three new imported COVID-19 cases on Sunday; the three patients arrived from the Philippines; Thailand and Switzerland, respectively.

7:13 pm Mar 15

Shanghai-based Fosun Pharmaceutical announced that it will work jointly with German biotechnology firm BioNTech on an mRNA vaccine to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

6:54 pm Mar 15

Global confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000: WHO

4:37 pm Mar 15

All international arrivals to Beijing need to follow strict quarantine regulations as the capital city is stepping up efforts to prevent coronavirus imported cases, given recent spikes

4:25 pm Mar 15

NewYork-Presbyterian, the largest hospital system in New York City, will stop all elective surgeries and procedures starting March 16, in order to save ICUs and beds for a rising number of coronavirus patients. The city saw its first two virus deaths on Saturday.

4:20 pm Mar 15

From Monday on, all arrivals to Beijing, with symptoms or not, will be placed to designated places to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine: Beijing officials

4:17 pm Mar 15

China's commerical banks have extended 1.4 trillion yuan ($199 billion) in credit lines to fight against COVID-19, says a top banking regulator. Credit extended in February saw an increase of 130 billion yuan compared to last year's level.

3:35 pm Mar 15

The effective treatment rate of traditional Chinese medicine for COVID-19 patients reached over 97% and no cases turned from mild infections to severe or critical based on 1,261 cases from 10 provinces in China, said CAS academician Tong Xiaolin: reports

12:35 pm Mar 15

As of Mar 14, COVID-19 infection cases exceeded 20,000 for the first time in Italy. 156,249 cases have been confirmed in over 130 countries and regions outside China. Check out the video to see the changes in the 10 hardest-hit countries outside China.

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 21,157 confirmed, 1,441 deaths 

Iran: 12,729 confirmed, 611 deaths 

Spain: 6,591 confirmed, 195 deaths 

France: 4,500 confirmed, 91 deaths 

Germany: 4,585 confirmed, 9 deaths

12:05 pm Mar 15

Beijing Capital International Airport adopts stricter measures to curb imported cases. From now on, all flights from overseas will stop at a specially designated area and all passengers aboard will be screened via methods such as temperature checks before entering.

11:30 am Mar 15

Chinese governments at all levels have allocated a combined 116.9 billion yuan (16.7 billion US dollars) of funds for epidemic prevention and control as of Friday, a finance ministry official said Saturday.

9:49 am Mar 15

As of end of Mar 14, the total imported COVID-19 cases from overseas in the Chinese mainland reached 111: -47 from Iran 

-35 from Italy 

-10 from Spain 

-4 from Saudi Arabia 

-3 from UK 

-3 from US 

-2 from France 

-1 from Thailand 

-4 unconfirmed -2 not revealed

9:35 am Mar 15

Without the Wuhan travel ban or the national emergency response, there would have been 744,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases outside Wuhan by February 19. It reduced 96% of the cases anticipated in the absence of interventions to 29,839, shows a preliminary report on medRxiv

9:08 am Mar 15

Beijing reported five imported COVID-19 cases on Sat, with no new local confirmed case. The five imported cases came separately from Spain, Italy and Thailand.

8:52 am Mar 15

Great news! Sixteen cities in epidemic-stricken Hubei excluding capital Wuhan has reported 0 new case for 10 consecutive days!

8:26 am Mar 15

As of 5 pm March 14 (Beijing time), the confirmed COVID-19 cases outside China reached 61,518 with 2,199 deaths.

8:09 am March 15

Hubei Province reported 4 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 14, with 10 new deaths and 1,335 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,794 with 54,278 recovered and 3,085 dead.

20 new coronavirus infections, 10 new deaths were reported on Mar 14 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,844 with 3,199 deaths.

10:30 pm March 14

Spanish government has drafted an ordinance to impose a national lockdown, which is expected to come into force on Monday. The decree requires residents to stay indoors except buy food or medicine, visit doctors or go to work, reports said.

10:20 pm March 14

Three more COVID-19 patients returning from overseas were hospitalized in Northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday.

9:30 pm March 14

Those people not enrolled in China's medical insurance scheme when they return from abroad to Beijing but test positive for COVID-19 or under suspicion, will bear their medical expenses by themselves, Beijing officials said on Saturday.

8:30 pm Mar 14

Colombia announced to close its borders with Venezuela over fears of COVID19 spread. Starting from Monday, it will also ban visitors with travel history to Europe and Asia in the last two weeks from entering the country: media reports.

8:00 pm Mar 14

Beijing police detained two people for regularly visiting and shopping in a severely COVID19-hit country and returning to China and breaching the 14-day mandatory quarantine rule: Beijing police said Saturday.

6:30 pm Mar 14

After being denied the COVID19 test thrice in the US, a family of three arrived in Beijing on Friday, of whom the mother was tested positive for novel coronavirus: said Beijing offciails.

5:41 pm Mar 14

Coronavirus Update: Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US have climbed to more than 2,100 now, covering 49 states, even with many counties claim sparse testing, and the death toll has risen to at least 48.

5:00 pm Mar 14

As thousands of Americans are fleeing Europe to come back to USA, many passengers quietly claim they faced no screening for symptoms upon arrival, which is expected to accelerate coronavirus contagions in the states, The New York Times reported.

2:11 pm Mar 14

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent message to state leaders of South Korea, Iran and Italy to express sympathy to people of these countries amid the COVID19 outbreak, CCTV reported Saturday.

1:50 pm Mar 14

Two kinds of traditional Chinese medicines are among the medical aid sent to Italy, Iraq, CGTN reported, citing Zhang Boli, president of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The two TCMs have shown clear effects in treating COVID19 with mild symptoms.

11:45 am Mar 14

Taking a cue from China's infection control experience, Russia started building the country's first makeshift fangcang hospital in the outskirt 60 kilometers from #to treat COVID19 patients: reports.

11:21 am Mar 14

After the Trump administration declared a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus, the United Nations made a decision that it will slash its staff presense at New York headquarters for 4 weeks, starting next Monday.

11:13 am Mar 14

A newborn in London, UK tested positive for COVID19 within minutes of being born, became the world's youngest confirmed case: reports

10:30 am Mar 14

11 (4 in Hubei ) new coronavirus cases, 13 (13 in Hubei) new deaths reported in Chinese mainland on March 13

9:43 am Mar 14

Nasser Shabani, a top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, died of COVID19: media reports

12:16 am Mar 14

Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China: WHO

23:56 pm Mar 13

President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on Friday over the #coronavirus outbreak, US media reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

23:30 pm Mar 13

Spain raised the emergency level on Friday after the total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 4,000.

Spain reported 1,241 COVID-19 cases, raising the total to 4,209, of which 1,990 are in Madrid. The death toll has risen to 120.

22:30 pm Mar 13

UK science chief recommends that 60 percent of British population to be infected with COVID-19 to get herd immunity for the disease, following PM's controversial approach.

7:11 pm Mar 13

Iran reported 1,289 COVID-19 cases, raising the total to 11,364

3:27 pm Mar 13

Singapore to ban entry of foreign travelers from Italy, France, Spain, and Germany starting from Sunday with additional quarantine measures in place COVID-19

3:10 pm Mar 13

Minister for Home Affairs of Australia Peter Dutton_ said he was tested positive for COVID-19

12:02 pm Mar 13

Disney announced on Friday that it will close its theme parks in Florida and Paris on March 15. All of the world's six Disneylands will then have been closed due to the #COVID19 pandemic.

10:55 am Mar 13

8 new coronavirus infections, 7 new deaths were reported on Mar 12 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,813, with 3,176 deaths.

Hubei Province reported 5 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 12, with 6 new deaths and 1,255 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,786, with 51,553, recovered and 3,062 dead.

10:40 am Mar 13

A 22-month-old baby and a 10-year-old child infected with #COVID19 were discharged from a Shanghai hospital on Friday morning. Shanghai now has no #COVID19 patients who are children.

10:39 am Mar 13

The first COVID-19 case at the UN headquarters, a member of the Philippines Permanent Mission to the UN, was reported on March 12: CCTV citing a UN source

10:31 am Mar 13

Amid worsening epidemic situation in the US, the Office of the #US #Trade Representative said it excluded some Chinese medical products from #tariffs on Thursday, including #facemasks, stethoscope covers and blood pressure cuffs.

10:13 am Mar 13

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for COVID-19: reports

9:46 am Mar 13

South Korea reported 110 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing its total to 7,979. 123 countries and regions have implemented restrictions on arrivals from the country: reports

9:43 am Mar 13

Coronavirus can survive 3 hours in aerosols, 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on paper material, and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel: report

9:39 am Mar 13

Beijing reported one confirmed #imported #COVID19 case from the #UK and nine new suspected cases Thursday. Among the suspected cases, eight are imported, while one is a local case.

8:00 am Mar 13

Shanghai reported two new imported #COVID19 cases Thursday. One from the #US and the other from #Italy.

7:22 am Mar 13

Ghana confirms first two cases of COVID-19

6:20 am Mar 12

To help Italy curb the COVID-19 spread, the Chinese government has decided to send a medical team to Italy, jointly set up by the national health commission and the Red Cross Society of China. The team has departed on Thursday: Chinese FM

5:08 pm Mar 12

"I would expect that COVID-19 to wind down gradually in June": Zhong Nanshan, Chinese top epidemiologist

5:05 pm Mar 12

The mortality rate of COVID-19 outside China is now about 3.2%, and the afflicted countries face a similar situation as Wuhan encountered during early stages of the outbreak: Zhong Nanshan

4:57 pm Mar 12

A majority of the imported infections are asymptomatic, showing minor symptoms of a normal cold, said Zhong Nanshan, adding that as other countries are not paying enough attention to the disease, China needs to strengthen monitoring of imported cases. 

4:52 pm Mar 12

China is willing to work with the global community in fighting this battle and score the final victory while pushing forward the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind: Chinese FM

4:17 pm Mar 12

The Chinese government will continue to support its businesses to export medical supplies such as face masks and make due contributions to the global pandemic prevention: commerce ministry 

4:11 pm Mar 12

Chinese FM urged some US officials to focus on COVID-19 epidemic response and to promote cooperation, instead of blaming China and denigrating China's efforts, after White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said China's virus response likely cost the world two months.

3:56 pm Mar 12

China has recorded 85 imported COVID-19 cases so far and is closely monitoring the rapid spread of the virus globally: National Health Commission

3:39 pm Mar 12

A total of 2,009 people have been arrested in China as of Wed for alleged involvement in coronavirus-related crimes, including 8 accused of rumormongering: authorities

3:24 pm Mar 12

Breaking News: The peak period of COVID-19 attack in China has passed: National Health Commission

2:27 pm Mar 12

Chinese astronomer Han Tianqi, 98, and his wife, 85, both COVID-19 patients, have recovered & will be discharged from hospital. Han is the oldest patient, Zhejiang medical staff have treated in Wuhan. His family sought help for recovered patients' plasma to save Han

2:12 pm Mar 12

Alert! The COVID-19 infection may cause testicular damage and male infertility. Chinese experts advised infected male patients to take tests to check semen quality and hormonal levels.

2:04 pm Mar 12

A China Eastern Airlines' A350 departed for Rome, Italy from Shanghai, bringing 9 Chinese medical experts and 31 tons of medical supplies, including plasma of recovered coronavirus patients, to help Italy fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

1:42 pm Mar 12

The Novel Coronavirus could be transmitted through a shower machine or the sewer pipeline, and the incubation period may average 4 days: top Chinese respiratory specialist Zhong Nanshan

11:08 am Mar 12

Up to 150 million people in the US, nearly half its population, are expected to contract the COVID-19, US media reported Wed. There are now more than 1,000 confirmed cases with 37 deaths in the US.

10:44 am Mar 12

With 6 new cases reported on Mar 11, the total imported COVID-19 cases from overseas in the Chinese mainland reached 85:

 —46 from Iran 

—27 from Italy 

—5 from Spain 

—2 from UK 

—1 from US 

—1 from France 

—1 unconfirmed

—2 not revealed

10:33 am Mar 12

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus. He jokingly rubbed his hands over microphones at the end of a news conference two days ago.

10:24 am Mar 12

American Airlines said it will continue its suspension of services to China. Flights from Los Angeles and Dallas to various Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, were originally scheduled to resume from April 24, but are now suspended until October 24.

9:41 am Mar 12

The NBA has suspended the season in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak: reports

9:36 am Mar 12

Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson test positive for #coronavirus

9:29 am Mar 12

The spread of COVID-19 is related to latitude and temperature. As temperatures rise, the current epidemic will ease, but northern regions may see outbreaks, including the northwestern and midwestern US: University of Maryland School of Medicine

9:12 am Mar 12

South China's Guangdong Province reported Wednesday three new COVID-19 infections, all imported cases. One patient arrived from France and two from Spain.

8:40 am Mar 12

Hubei Province reported 8 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 11, with 10 new deaths and 1,242 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,781 with 50,298 recovered and 3,056 dead.

15 new coronavirus infections, 11 new deaths were reported on Mar 11 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,793 with 3,169 deaths.

6:20 am Mar 12

Chinese experts consider stopping the rising death toll of COVID-19 pneumonia in Iran via preventing confirmed mild cases from turning into severe ones with TCM

5:37 am Mar 12

Italy to suspend all commercial activities, aside from necessities like food stores and pharmacies: reports COVID-19

4:50 am Mar 12

As COVID-19 cases in Spain soared to 2,000 and the virus spread across Europe, Chinese people in Spain are struggling about whether to return to China or stay, facing a belated epidemic control in Spain and otherwise complicated procedures if returning.

2:32 am Mar 12

Declaring COVID-19 as pandemic 'disappointing' as it shows the time China earned at heavy cost for the world had been wasted due to lack of aggressive actions of other nations. Pandemic could also mean huge economic losses.

2:13 am Mar 12

World facing pandemic also indicates significant economic losses as the previous pandemic H1N1 led to Mexico's GDP shrank by 5.3% and SARS outbreak caused in total about $40 billion of losses. Global capital and oil markets also tumbled amid the outbreaks: reports

2:02 am Mar 12

India will suspend all tourist visas to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. "All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020," Indian govt said in a statement Wed.

1:40 am Mar 12

China's tourism market shows signs of recovery with scenic spots reopening, as the country has seen an easing of the epidemic. An industry practitioner said that the domestic tourism would see a recovery in one month.

12:53 am Mar 12

The G7 meeting scheduled on March 24 and 25 in Pittsburgh will be held as online video conference due to COVID-19 outbreak, media reported, citing US State Department.

12:35 am Mar 12

WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic

11:49 pm Mar 11

Iran first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has been tested positive for COVID-19, Iranian semiofficial Fars news agency reported Wed.

11:20 pm Mar 11

US move to restrict sales of technology to Huawei may backfire amid the COVID-19, as China could ban the export of face masks and other medical gear to America: analyst

10:57 pm Mar 11

China's Wuhan could clear all infected cases of COVID-19 to zero by the end of March if all efforts being implemented continue uninterrupted, and there are no emergencies like infections imported from overseas: China's leading epidemiologist Li Lanjuan

10:49 pm Mar 11

About 98% of IKEA's suppliers in China have resumed production as coronavirus eased. Chinese suppliers account for 38% of IKEA's global capacity: reports

9:26 pm Mar 11

A press release for a Tue State Council executive meeting urged more efforts in the preparation of the Canton Fair, a major import/export fair set to start on April 15, to further promote foreign trade. Many global trade shows have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

6:54 pm Mar 11

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the maker of the J20 stealth fighter jet, is applying technologies of aircraft manufacturing to face mask production. Each mask-making machine built by AVIC can produce 100 masks per minute and work 24 hrs without a halt.

8:00 pm Mar 11

Beijing has set up a 24/7 transfer center in suburban Shunyi to arrange quarantine and health management work for arrivals from overseas as the capital city faces mounting pressure from imported COVID-19 cases.

5:40 pm Mar 11

US jails may become the next epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak partly due to the US' decentralized jail management system and the govt's lax attitude in fighting virus: observers.

5:28 pm Mar 11

A family of four was found hiding in the Wuhan seafood market, the place from where the coronavirus believably stemmed, for 43 days. They remain uninfected, despite using zero protection, reported local television.

5:09 pm Mar 11

The research team of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has developed an anti-bactericidal coating that can kill coronavirus of COVID-19 and other viruses, and it has been used in over local 70 kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, Mingpao reported Wed.

5:00 pm Mar 11

China is willing to cooperate with other countries in R&D of medicines, vaccines, and test kits, to share China's plan to contain the coronavirus globally: Chinese FM

4:48 pm Mar 11

Beijing will set up a settlement point in suburb Shunyi, which will operate 24 hours, to screen overseas arrivals, and coordinate with other provinces and municipalities to conduct escort work as part of COVID-19 epidemic control efforts.

4:45 pm Mar 11

China has provided medical supplies such as masks, medicines, protective outfits to the global society. Besides, China donated $20 million to WHO, and China's organizations have also given a hand to other countries: Chinese FM. COVID-19

4:44 pm Mar 11

Anhui Charity Foundation, in East China, started on Wednesday a program to raise funds to help with Iran's battle against COVID-19, among other Chinese organizations and many individuals.

4:41 pm Mar 11

Those from non COVID-19-stricken countries and regions who come to Beijing need to undertake 14-day mandatory quarantine. Those on short-term business trips need to stay at designated hotels and take nucleic acid tests: Beijing authority

4:30 pm Mar 11

China has dispatched expert groups to Iraq and Iran and is preparing to send elite medical teams to aid Italy, which has received credit from locals. We will continue to provide support to countries that need assistance: Chinese FM

4:29 pm Mar 11

As of Tuesday (US local time), the COVID-19 infection cases exceed 1000 for the first time in the US to reach 1020, with 31 deaths. Check this info to find out the shift in the number of infections and deaths in the US.

4:25 pm Mar 11

China has released 7 versions of coronavirus treatment guidelines, which have been translated into different languages. China has held video conferences with EU, ASEAN, the SCO, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan & Georgia to exchange experiences: FM

4:14 pm Mar 11

China's epidemic control is showing positive signs with successful experiences. China is willing to contribute to the global battle against the COVID-19 while curbing the domestic epidemic with ceaseless efforts: Chinese Foreign Ministry.

4:05 pm Mar 11

The COVID-19 death rate in Italy reached alarmingly high at 6.22% as of Mar 11, which surpasses the death rate of Wuhan. With a total population of 60.48 million, the country has reported 463 total fatalities, out of 10,149 confirmed cases, according to WHO data.

3:43 pm Mar 11

North Korea is mobilizing textile and clothing factories in Jongju city, bordering China, to produce face masks, according to the country's official newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Soap factories in Pyongyang are also reportedly producing sanitizers amid the coronavirus fears: Yonhap

3:26 pm Mar 11

A Chinese team has developed a rapid antibody test that can diagnose coronavirus within 15 minutes by testing a drop of blood. It can be used for the rapid screening of SARS‐CoV‐2 carriers, symptomatic or asymptomatic, in hospitals, clinics, and test labs: reports

3:22 pm Mar 11

Special COVID-19 case alert: Doctors detected coronavirus in cerebrospinal fluid of a Japanese man in his 20s, which propelled Japanese doctors to speculate the virus may also invade human brain.

2:43 pm Mar 11

China's Red Cross dispatched a team of seven, including CDC and other medical experts, to coronavirus-stricken Italy to help the country battle against the virus outbreak.

2:18 pm Mar 11

Chinese People's Liberation Army on Tuesday expelled US destroyer McCampbell, which trespassed Chinese territorial waters in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea: a Chinese military spokesperson

1:41 pm Mar 11

Hubei issued a statement Wed on gradual removal of traffic restrictions to help work resumption and categorize cities in high, medium & low risks. Firms in Wuhan, if unrelated to the crucial sectors of COVID-19 control work, are not allowed to restart work before March 20

12:22 pm Mar 11

The US is estimated to have 9,484 infected cases of COVID-19 as of March 1, based on data on air traffic directly from Wuhan.

12:13 pm Mar 11

DRCongo confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in its capital Kinshasa on Tue. The confirmed case, a traveler from France, showed symptoms upon arrival. The local health ministry enforced quarantine and prevention measures: Chinese Embassy in DR Congo

12:00 pm Mar 11

Latest update on COVID-19 around the world: 

Italy: 10149 confirmed, 631 deaths 

South Korea: 7755 confirmed, 61 deaths 

France: 1784 confirmed, 33 deaths 

Spain: 1695 confirmed, 35 deaths 

Germany: 1565 confirmed 

UK: health minister Nadine Dorries infected

11:24 am Mar 11

Beijing's Xicheng district said all close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fuxing Hospital are cleared from medical observations & no new case was reported in the hospital for 21 consecutive days. The hospital had cluster infections with 34 cases in mid-Feb

11:10 am Mar 11

Six overseas Chinese who had worked in a restaurant in Italy returned to China without reporting their health statuses truthfully. Police in Qingtian, Zhejiang Province launched an investigation after filing a case on Tuesday. 

11:09 am Mar 11

Qianjiang, the first city in Hubei Province to lift transport restrictions on Tue amid draconian lockdown, revoked the previous order of easing restraints on Wed morning.

10:59 am Mar 11

A cargo aircraft carrying 26.4 tons of medical supplies, including masks, protective suits, goggles & gloves totaling 4,556 boxes, have departed from China's Hangzhou airport for Italy early Wed, the first shipment to aid overseas Chinese in Italy against the coronavirus.

10:12 am Mar 11

Median duration of viral shedding was 20 days in COVID-19 survivors but continued until death in fatal cases, from 8 to 37 days, showed a research published in medical journal The Lancet. It was based on 191 hospitalized patients of whom 137 were discharged and 54 died.

10:04 am Mar 11

East China's Shandong Province reported its first imported COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. The patient set off from Italy and arrived in Qingdao via Beijing. The patient is being isolated and treated in a designated hospital, with 10 close contacts under medical observation.

10:01 am Mar 11

China's stock market opened slightly higher on Wednesday as the COVID-19 epidemic eases across the country. The Shanghai Composite Index edged up by 0.17%, the Shenzhen Component Index by 0.29% and the tech-heavy ChiNext board by 0.42%.

9:53 am Mar 11

All 13 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hubei Province on March 10 were in Wuhan. All other cities in Hubei have reported zero new infections for at least 6 consecutive days.

9:33 am Mar 11

164 Chinese nationals flew back to Chengdu, Sichuan Province on a chartered plane from Teheran, Iran, on Wed with the assistance of Chinese embassy. They are now under quarantine COVID-19. 

9:08 am Mar 11

As of Tuesday more than 74.36 million CPC members in China have voluntarily donated 7.68 billion yuan ($1.1billion) to fight against COVID-19. Donations are still ongoing.

9:01 am Mar 11

Italy reported 168 new deaths from COVID-19 and 977 new infections on Tuesday; total infection number rose to 10,149 with 631 dead until 6:00 pm on March 10.

8:59 am Mar 11

Coronavirus Update: The number of confirmed infections in the US has surged past 950, with at least 29 deaths. British Health Minister, Nadine Dorries, was tested positive & under quarantine at home, tweeting she "feels rubbish" now.

8:58 am Mar 11

24 new coronavirus infections, 22 new deaths were reported on Mar 10 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,778 with 3,158 deaths.

8:57 am Mar 11

Hubei Province reported 13 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 10, with 22 new deaths and 1,471 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,773 with 49,056 recovered and 3,046 dead.

8:49 am Mar 11

Beijing reported six new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday; all of the new cases were imported infection: five patients were from Italy; one from the US.

7:39 am Mar 11

If the Italian side requires, China would like to send medical personnel to Italy to help combat the novel coronavirus: Chinese FM

7:39 am Mar 11

Though China itself now still needs a large amount of medical materials, the country, overcoming difficulties, will offer Italy with assistance like medical materials including face masks, and enhance exports of supplies and equipment to meet Italy's urgent need: Chinese FM

11:01 pm Mar 10

Gao Fu, head of China's CDC, appeared Tue in a video conference with experts dispatched to Iran for COVID-19. He's disappeared from the public eye after falling into controversy by saying no enough proof of people-to-people transmission of the coronavirus

11:01 pm Mar 10

Xi called frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19 "the most admirable people in the new era" during his visit to Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan on Tues. "Although I can't see your face under your mask, you are the most admirable people in my heart!"

10:55 pm Mar 10

The COVID-19 is definitely not synthetic, since the identical PRRA locus of COVID19 is found in the coronavirus in bat: Shi Zhengli, a scientist with the Wuhan Institute of Virology

10:39 pm Mar 10

Farewell and stay safe! All makeshift hospitals in Wuhan have been closed, as of Tuesday afternoon, after the discharge of the last batch of patients. Wuhan makeshift hospitals have treated more than 12,000 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms since Feb 5.

9:49 pm Mar 10

The police of E. China's Zhejiang launched a probe into six arrivals from Italy on Tue for hindering the COVID-19 prevention work. Six people working in the same restaurant had fever and cough symptoms before returning but did not report their true health conditions.

6:34 pm Mar 10

As of Tue afternoon, all 16 makeshift hospitals in Wuhan have been closed, with all of the 13,467 beds emptied. More than 12,000 patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms had been treated in these makeshift hospitals since the first one started operation on Feb 5.

5:51 pm Mar 10

At least 50 call center employees have been infected with COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea, which is believed to be the largest single infection cluster in the Seoul capital area: report. The employees were not wearing masks during work. Over 200 employees have been quarantined

5:44 pm Mar 10

France will raise coronavirus alert to stage-3, as the country has reported 1,412 cases, a jump of 286 on the previous day. There have been 25 deaths: 10 women and 15 men. Sadly, French culture minister, Franck Riester, is tested positive for the virus.

5:29 pm Mar 10

This is how banks in China get currency notes "washed" amid coronavirus outbreak. After spraying the boxes with disinfectant, employees expose the cash to ultraviolet light for at least 30 mins. The "washed" cash will be "quarantined" for 7-14 days before reentering the market

5:25 pm Mar 10

Green-color "health code" holders with no record of infection or close contact with COVID-19 patients, in low-risk districts of the Hubei Province, are allowed to pass through the whole province.

5:15 pm Mar 10

As of Tue, all 36 COVID-19 cases reported in Zhejiang's Shilifeng prison have been discharged from the hospital upon recovery, Zhejiang authority announced. Two prison officials were ousted from their posts on Feb 21 after the cluster infection came to light.

5:06 pm Mar 10

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology urged Tesla to take rectification measures to ensure the safety of its vehicles after the company uses downgraded hardware in China-made Model 3s cars.

4:47 pm Mar 10

Flights from epidemic epicenter Wuhan, Hubei Province, to Shanghai from March 29 onwards are seen available on some online ticketing platforms on Tue, implying the likelihood of Wuhan lifting its draconian lockdown at end of this month, imposed in the wake of the COVID-19.

4:26 pm Mar 10

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday visited residents who are quarantined at home at a community in Wuhan

3:58 pm Mar 10

Chinese FM spokesperson gave no direct answer to whether China plans to evacuate Chinese nationals from COVID-19-stricken Italy, but said the Chinese embassy in Italy has repeatedly urged the Italian government to take measures to protect their health.

3:56 pm Mar 10

China issued on Tue new guidelines on preferential tax policies to cope with the epidemic of COVID-19, including VAT relief for micro and small enterprises, cut or exemption of pension & medical insurances, reduced rent for individual businesses: State Taxation Administration

3:47 pm Mar 10

The COVID-19 epidemic has affected China's poverty relief work. About 14.2 million people from underprivileged families are employed this year, only 52% of the total number last year, leading to a reduction in rural income.

3:06 pm Mar 10

Qianjiang city in Hubei, becomes the first city in the coronavirus-hit province to lift a lockdown on Tuesday.

2:59  pm Mar 10

The 3,500 people on US's Grand Princess cruise ship, docked at Oakland, will be disembarked and quarantined in 3 military camps in US, with some 30 seriously ill passengers taken to hospitals. Among them, 21 were tested positive for coronavirus.

2:45 pm Mar 10

Shanghai reported 2 new imported COVID-19 cases from Bologna, Italy Tuesday. The patients were transferred to designated observation site upon arrival on Mar 8, after they showed coronavirus symptoms

2:16 pm Mar 10

Beijing will amend local laws to tighten regulation on illegal trade, artificial breeding, and consumption of wildlife animals. Institutes involved in relevant businesses will undergo strict scrutiny from the authorities.

1:26 pm Mar 10

The recovery rate from COVID-19 exceeded 93% in Shanghai, with four more coronavirus patients discharged from the hospital on Tue. So far, 319 of 342 confirmed cases in the city have been discharged upon recovery with three reported deaths.

12:47 pm Mar 10

People from low-risk regions in Central China's Hubei Province can travel within the province with a "green code" that records their health status. The province is cautiously restarting some businesses amid easing epidemic control measures.

12:52 pm Mar 10

Red Cross Society of China is considering dispatching a medical team to Italy amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and the two sides have communicated about this, Red Cross Society of China's director Chen Zhu told the Global Times Tuesday.

12:50 pm Mar 10

The Red Cross Society of China on Tuesday held a video conference with Chinese experts dispatched to Iran to fight COVID-19. Chinese experts in Iran reported the shortage of medical supplies, including protection outfits and test kits.

11:54 am Mar 10

Capability of daily medical waste disposal surged 2.7 times in Hubei after the COVID-19 outbreak, 4.3 times in Wuhan city. Around China, the capability jumped from 4,902 tons daily before the outbreak to 6,022 tons at present, a 23% increase: Ministry of Ecology & Environment

11:30 am Mar 10

A team of researchers from Wuhan University developed a facial recognition software targeting people wearing masks, with an accuracy of 90 percent.

10:48 am Mar 10

Mongolia reported its first COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. The patient is a French national who arrived in Ulaanbaatar from Moscow.

10:25 am Mar 10

The COVID-19 is like SARS+AIDS for severely infected patients as it could seriously damage both lung functioning and immune system, stated reports, citing a doctor who conducted autopsy on a deceased patient.

9:17 am Mar 10

French Minister for Culture Franck Riester has tested positive for COVID-19.

8:08 am Mar 10

Hubei Province reported 17 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on Mar 9, with 17 new deaths and 1,152 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 67,760 with 47,585 recovered and 3,024 dead.

19 new coronavirus infections, 17 new deaths were reported on Mar 9 in the Chinese mainland. The total infection number soared to 80,754 with 3,136 deaths.

12:27 am Mar 10

WHO declares COVID-19 pandemic as virus continues to spread worldwide

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