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Major gas explosion in central China kills 12, wounds 140, forces 900 residents to evacuate

At least twelve people were killed in a major gas explosion in central China on Sunday, state media reported. The blast took place at dawn in the Zhangwan district of Shiyan city in Hubei province, according to local authorities. Authorities rescued 138 from the area, including 37 with serious injuries, CCTV reported. The city’s municipal […]

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Coronavirus ‘unlikely’ to have leaked from Wuhan lab: WHO team investigating Covid-19 origins

The World Health Organization (WHO) team visiting Wuhan to investigate the origins of Covid-19 have dismissed a theory that the virus came from a laboratory. Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) mission, said it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus leaked from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. […]

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‘LET’S MEET IN WUHAN’: China launches promotional video to attract travelers

Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province where the outbreak of Covid-19 was first reported has launched a new promotional video as part of attempts to attract travelers to experience its beauty. The video’s title translates to “Let’s Meet in Wuhan.” Posted on the Wuhan Culture and Tourism Bureau’s social media site, it […]

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China evacuates thousands after landslide rocks block river flow threatening more flooding

China evacuated thousands of residents after a landslide blocked a river that created a barrier lake which threatened to submerge scores of villages, as vast parts of the country reeled under floods after receiving the heaviest rainfall in decades. The landslide occurred on Tuesday when 1.5 million cubic metres of earth fell into a tributary […]

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Violence erupts in China’s coronavirus-Hit Hubei province

In a rare display of public anger in China, dozens of people in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak till recently, attacked official vehicles after they were stopped from crossing a bridge and travel to neighbouring Jiangxi after the lifting of the lockdown. Hubei province with over 56 million people was kept […]

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China reports more imported coronavirus cases than local infections for the fifth day in a row

Imported coronavirus cases in China outnumbered cases of location transmission for the fifth straight day as infected travelers passed through major Chinese transportation hubs in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Mainland China had 13 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country’s National Health Commission said, down from 21 cases a day earlier. […]

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Coronavirus claims over 3,000 lives in China

China on Thursday reported 31 more deaths from the new coronavirus epidemic, taking the country’s overall toll past 3,000, with the number of new infections slightly increasing. At least 3,012 people have now died nationwide in the outbreak that first emerged in the central city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, in December. Most of […]

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30 million people on lockdown after virus death toll rises

Ten cities in Hubei have been placed under emergency travel restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus, including the provincial capital Wuhan, where the new pathogen was first detected. Wuhan is under effective lockdown, with all public transport in and out of the city closed. Other cities across Hubei are under less severe travel […]

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China to build 1,000-bed hospital over weekend to treat coronavirus patients

Chinese city of Wuhan is express-building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of the new coronavirus, and plans to have it ready by early next week, state media said. Meanwhile, a total of 10 cities in China’s central Hubei province have suspended some public transportation over the coronavirus outbreak, the Hubei Daily reported on […]

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Wuhan shuts public transport to contain coronavirus  outbreak

Wuhan, a Chinese city of eleven million people, is to temporarily shut public transport as it tries to halt the outbreak of a new virus. Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week when millions of Chinese are travelling for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The respiratory illness […]

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China’s mysterious virus affected at least 1,723 people

The number of cases in an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in China is likely to have been grossly underestimated, according to a new study, which warns that human-to-human transmission of the mysterious virus may be possible. Authorities in China’s Wuhan city have confirmed 45 cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which is in the same family […]