Coronavirus: Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees

Coronavirus: Beijing

Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the deadly new coronavirus disease or coronavirus infection , state media report. Residents were told to ” self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine ” after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays. The measure came as Egypt confirmed the first coronavirus case in Africa. Over 1,500 people have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan city. The notice on Friday from Beijing’s virus…

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China coronavirus: Misinformation spreads online about origin and scale

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At least 170 people have died as a result of the outbreak of a new human coronavirus disease or infection. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus symptoms in humans or signs of coronavirus in China has risen to 7,711 and infections have been reported in at least 15 other countries. But not only has the virus spread, so too has misinformation. Numerous conspiracies have appeared since the outbreak – not to mention dubious health advice. The BBC Monitoring team has been taking a look at where these have…

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Coronavirus: Doctors fight back against misinformation online

Coronavirus: Doctors fight back against misinformation online

With viral misinformation about the deadly coronavirus in China spreading rapidly online, some doctors and scientists have taken to social media to fight back against false reports. At least 213 people have died as a result of the outbreak of the new virus, which has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The number of confirmed cases in China has reached almost 10,000 and infections have been reported in at least 18 other countries, surpassing the epidemic of Sars – severe acute respiratory syndrome – in…

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Coronavirus: The Valentine messages to medics in Singapore

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People in Singapore are thanking healthcare workers on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak with handwritten notes for Valentine’s Day. Singapore through the coronavirus symptoms has reported 50 cases of the virus, and the government has stepped up measures to detect and contain its spread. Some people, including school children, have been using social media to share their messages of love and support, to help boost the morale of medical professionals. Wally Tham is one of the people behind the Facebook group @StandUpForSG, a page dedicated to Singapore’s social…

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Indonesia floods: 66 Dead as more rain is expected

Indonesia floods: 66 Dead as more rain is expected

Still on the Indonesia floods crisis, Tens of thousands forced into shelters after floodwaters submerge entire neighborhoods in Jakarta and satellite cities. The death toll from floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to at least 66 people, as the country’s authorities warned residents of more heavy downpours in the coming days. Entire neighborhoods in the capital Jakarta and its satellite cities, home to about 30 million people, were submerged last week by floodwaters that forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters.  “Five days after the floods, 66 people have…

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Qasem Soleimani: Huge Crowds at Funeral for Iranian Commander

Qasem Soleimani: Huge Crowds at Funeral for Iranian Commander

Huge crowds have packed the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran for the funeral of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani. Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday on the orders of President Donald Trump. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei led prayers and at one point was seen weeping. Iran has vowed “severe revenge” for the death of Qasem Soleimani and on Sunday pulled back from the 2015 nuclear accord. Qasem Soleimani, 62, headed Iran’s elite Quds Force, and was tasked with protecting and boosting…

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Catholic Pope Francis 2020 New Year Message

Catholic Pope Francis 2020 New Year Message

At the Angelus prayer on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis urges us to live the year 2020 in gratitude for the blessing of God’s love in Jesus Christ. The Pope also apologizes for losing his patience yesterday while greeting the faithful near the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. By Devin Watkins Pope Francis addressed the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, at the start of the new year. “Last night we concluded the year 2019 by thanking God for the gift of time…

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Pope Francis Appeals for Peace in Christmas Day Message

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace in Christmas Day Message

Source: CNN Rome (CNN) – Catholic Pope Francis has urged the Catholic faithful to embrace the “light of Christ” to help end conflict and injustice around the world, during his Christmas Day address. Speaking from the Vatican balcony under a clear blue sky on Wednesday, the Holy Father prayed for people struck by war, political instability, natural disasters and disease among other hardships in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message. The 83-year-old pope listed several places including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Venezuela and Ukraine while…

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