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HK starts mass virus tests undermined by distrust of China

Hong Kong launched a mass coronavirus testing scheme on Tuesday, but calls for millions to take up the offer have been undermined by deep distrust of the government following China’s crushing of the city’s democracy movement. The free voluntary tests are part of an attempt to stamp out a third wave of infections that began in late […] The post HK starts mass virus tests undermined by distrust of China appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneSep 1st, 2020

Hong Kong starts mass virus tests undermined by distrust of China

Hong Kong launched a mass coronavirus testing scheme on Tuesday, but calls for millions to take up the offer have been undermined by deep distrust of the government following China's crushing of the city's democracy movement......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

China to test entire city in five days after six virus cases

China aims to test more than nine million residents of the port city of Qingdao within five days following a minor outbreak of the coronavirus, health officials said Monday, the first mass testing in months......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Whistleblower claims China produced virus

The Chinese government intentionally manufactured and released the COVID-19 virus that led to mass shutdowns and deaths across the world, a top virologist and whistleblower told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

In schools and offices, China steps up virus tests

Chinese tech giant Sina set up a special room in its Beijing office for workers to be tested for the coronavirus. A school took swab samples from students before allowing them into classrooms. A traveller took the test before a trip to another province......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Australia nets 10 million virus tests despite diplomatic row

An Australian mining magnate on Wednesday unveiled a deal to import 10 million coronavirus tests from China to Australia, despite a bitter diplomatic spat between the two countries. Andrew Forrest, head of mining giant Fortescue, said he had used contacts to secure an order for the tests with Chinese genomics firm BGI Group at a […] The post Australia nets 10 million virus tests despite diplomatic row appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

Mass testing starts

The government starts the mass testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Tuesday, April 14 with an initial target of 3,000 tests a day. First in line will be the elderly, pregnant, people with “comorbidities” or illnesses that are susceptible to Covid-19, and health workers with Covid symptoms, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

Manila starts localized mass Covid-19 tests

MANILA Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has gave his go-signal for localized mass testing to be led by the Manila Health Department, in line with the capital city’s Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) action plan. Domagoso said all suspected cases for Covid-19 would be prioritized for the swab tests in the city. Manila is now capable […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Manila starts targeted COVID-19 mass testing

Six district hospitals and the Delpan quarantine facility can conduct 232 swab tests each day or 1,624 tests per week, the city’s public information office said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

African community targeted in China virus crackdown

Africans in southern China's largest city say they have become targets of suspicion and subjected to forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus testing as the country steps up its fight against imported infections......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

BERLIN: Late last year — long before most people had heard of the new coronavirus now sweeping the globe — scientists in Germany sprang into action to develop a test for the virus causing an unusual respiratory disease in central China. They had one by mid-January — and labs around the country were ready to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

Virus adds to fears for targets of Muslim crackdown in China

WASHINGTON  — The spread of a new virus in China has deepened fears about the targets of a mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, human rights advocates said Wednesday. The Uighur Human Rights Project released video and social media posts from China suggesting that many people are quarantined in […] The post Virus adds to fears for targets of Muslim crackdown in China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2020

Virus exposes flaws in sports, event planning

Hong Kong--The coronavirus exposes an ignorance of China’s lucrative sports market and poor contingency planning, experts say, after Formula One became the most high-profile casualty of a mass pullout from the country......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

Church attendance also down in Asia

In a popular Catholic church in the Philippines, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshipers who showed up were asked to refrain from shaking others’ hands or holding them during prayers to prevent the spread of the virus that started in China. In Hong Kong, Cardinal John Hon […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Vietnam quarantines area with 10,000 residents over novel coronavirus

BINH XUYEN, Vietnam – More than 10,000 people in villages near Vietnam's capital were placed under quarantine Thursday, February 13, after 6 cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said. In the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged there in late December, the Son ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Baby in China tests positive for novel coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

BEIJING, China – A baby in China's epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state media reported Wednesday, February 5. The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus , which has killed nearly 500 people since ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

Tourism industry starts counting cost of China virus outbreak

Tourism industry starts counting cost of China virus outbreak.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

Testing rules out SARS-like virus in Australian case

Tests have found a man suspected of contracting a SARS-like disease while visiting China does not have the new coronavirus, Australian health officials said Wednesday. The man was temporarily held in isolation at his Brisbane home after returning from the central Chinese city of Wuhan suffering a respiratory illness. A Queensland Health spokesperson said laboratory […] The post Testing rules out SARS-like virus in Australian case appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated News11 hr. 46 min. ago

DavNor town mayor tests positive for COVID

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 October) – Mayor Ernesto Evangelista of Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte province tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), municipal information officer Mart Sambalud confirmed on Thursday. Sambalud said Evangelista, the first local chief executive in the province to have contracted the SARS-COV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated News12 hr. 46 min. ago

Virtual swords drawn as eSports worlds in China defy virus

ESports has bucked a grim trend to stage a world championship in Shanghai, even as numerous international sports tournaments across the globe are wiped out by the coronavirus......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020