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The silent spread of the virus amply shows that asymptomatic patients have increasingly become a great challenge for China's epidemic prevention and control efforts.(AP)

20,000 people in China's Shijiazhuang quarantined due to fresh Covid-19 outbreak

ANI |
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:15 PM IST
Chinese health experts warned that the coronavirus spreading in China appears to be more infectious and transmissible, and asymptomatic infections, especially silent infections in villages, have become a new and big challenge for China, judging from the ongoing Shijiazhuang outbreak.
he State must act fast to enforce indoor lock downs and effective ‘social and physical distancing’ norms through media, social help groups, vigorous public announcements and by applying force, if that becomes necessary.(REUTERS)
he State must act fast to enforce indoor lock downs and effective ‘social and physical distancing’ norms through media, social help groups, vigorous public announcements and by applying force, if that becomes necessary.(REUTERS)

Mutant strains emphasise the need for strict controls

By Narinder K Mehra
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:43 AM IST
It is important to keep the viral load in check so that the natural benefits India’s population enjoys of broad-based immunity can be best made use of
Hubei’s gross domestic product shrank 10.4% in the first three quarters compared with the same period last year, according to data released by the provincial statistics bureau.(AFP photo)
Hubei’s gross domestic product shrank 10.4% in the first three quarters compared with the same period last year, according to data released by the provincial statistics bureau.(AFP photo)

China: Coronavirus epicenter Hubei lags as regional growth picks up

Hubei, China | By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 06:57 PM IST
China’s recovery from the pandemic picked up pace in the third quarter, taking GDP in the nine-month period to 0.7% as the economy regained the ground it lost in the early months of the year.
People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk past a giant screen broadcasting a news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping at a shopping area in Beijing, China July 31, 2020.(REUTERS)
People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, walk past a giant screen broadcasting a news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping at a shopping area in Beijing, China July 31, 2020.(REUTERS)

China’s power use hits record on economic recovery, hot weather

Singapore | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Power load at State Grid Corp of China, the country’s dominant power grid operator, reached 875 gigawatts on Monday, an all-time high, state-run Technology Daily reported.
Residents swim past a riverside pavilion submerged by the flooded Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Wednesday, July 8, 2020.(AP)
Residents swim past a riverside pavilion submerged by the flooded Yangtze River in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Wednesday, July 8, 2020.(AP)

Worst floods in years hit China, 33 rivers flowing at levels highest in history

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Floods in China: At least 141 persons are missing or dead, dozens in mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall and overflowing rivers.
The country has experienced a 20% increase in incidents of heavy rainfall since 1961, the China Meteorological Administration has said.(Reuters)
The country has experienced a 20% increase in incidents of heavy rainfall since 1961, the China Meteorological Administration has said.(Reuters)

China cities declare flood ‘red alerts’ as extreme weather threats surge

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 12:43 PM IST
About 140 people are dead or missing from the storms, while China’s state broadcaster CCTV said on Friday that accumulated economic losses exceed 60 billion yuan ($8.6 billion).
WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference on April 20 the first report had come from China, without specifying whether the report had been sent by Chinese authorities or another source.(AFP)
WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference on April 20 the first report had come from China, without specifying whether the report had been sent by Chinese authorities or another source.(AFP)

WHO says first alerted to coronavirus by its office, not China

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 10:58 AM IST
On April 9, WHO published an initial timeline of its communications, partly in response to criticism of its early response to the outbreak that has now claimed more than 521,000 lives worldwide.
A child reacts while undergoing nucleic acid testing in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, Hubei province.(REUTERS)
A child reacts while undergoing nucleic acid testing in Wuhan, the Chinese city hit hardest by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, Hubei province.(REUTERS)

Wuhan wraps up Covid-19 tests, 300 silent spreaders isolated from 10 million

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 05:00 PM IST
A total of 9,899,828 NATs were carried out between May 14 and June 1, a mass testing campaign that was ordered after a cluster infection emerged in a residential complex in Wuhan, a month after the city was gradually eased out of an 11-week lockdown.
The province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan have reported over 68000 (50339 in Wuhan) of the nearly 83000 Covid-19 cases in China.(REUTERS)
The province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan have reported over 68000 (50339 in Wuhan) of the nearly 83000 Covid-19 cases in China.(REUTERS)

Wuhan on ‘10-day-battle’ to test all for Covid-19 after cluster infection

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 05:47 PM IST
The city’s government issued a directive late on Monday, directing local health authorities to carry out nucleic acid test for its 11 million residents over the next 10 days.
On Monday, Wuhan, capital of Hubei, reported its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city was lifted a month ago.(REUTERS)
On Monday, Wuhan, capital of Hubei, reported its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city was lifted a month ago.(REUTERS)

China calls for coronavirus vigilance, warns against complacency

Beijing | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 03:58 PM IST
In the past two weeks, new cases have been reported in seven provinces, including Hubei, the original epicentre of the outbreak late last year.
If the lockdowns and closing down of public places were not carried out by the time they were done, infections could have increased 67 times to 7.7 million in the country by February.(REUTERS)
If the lockdowns and closing down of public places were not carried out by the time they were done, infections could have increased 67 times to 7.7 million in the country by February.(REUTERS)

Early Covid lockdown in China could have reduced cases: Study

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Published in the science journal Nature, this week, the researchers said – in a rare argument based on a mathematical model -- that earlier implementation of “non-pharmaceutical interventions” (NPIs) could have also reduced the “geographical range of the outbreak”.
The Chinese mainland reported two new imported Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,680,(Getty Images)
The Chinese mainland reported two new imported Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,680,(Getty Images)

China lowers Covid risk for country as President Xi warns against complacency

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 05:20 PM IST
The decision to lower the risk level was taken as no domestic cases were reported in the Chinese mainland for four consecutive days as of Wednesday, and no new deaths for 22 consecutive days, national health commission (NHC) spokesperson, Mi Feng said on Thursday.
This photo taken on May 1, 2020 shows people wearing face masks as a precaution against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they dance under Wuhan Bridge in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.(AFP)
This photo taken on May 1, 2020 shows people wearing face masks as a precaution against the Covid-19 coronavirus as they dance under Wuhan Bridge in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.(AFP)

China’s Covid-19 cases drop to one; no cases reported in epicentre Hubei for almost a month

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2020 12:15 PM IST
China’s Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus, have not reported any coronavirus case for 28 consecutive days since April 4, local health commission said on Saturday.
Suspicions about China’s role and whether it shared pertinent data about the pandemic will continue to exist(AP)
Suspicions about China’s role and whether it shared pertinent data about the pandemic will continue to exist(AP)

How the pandemic can hit Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’| Analysis

By Jayadeva Ranade
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 07:12 PM IST
As the economy gets severely hit, China’s leadership knows the effect this can have on its domestic legitimacy
To this end, the images of crowds gathering in several places whether for panic buying or interstate movements are disturbing. They could jeopardise all efforts and mitigate whatever natural advantages we enjoy. The State must act fast to enforce the lockdown, even forcibly if necessary(Gurpreet Singh / Hindustan Times)
To this end, the images of crowds gathering in several places whether for panic buying or interstate movements are disturbing. They could jeopardise all efforts and mitigate whatever natural advantages we enjoy. The State must act fast to enforce the lockdown, even forcibly if necessary(Gurpreet Singh / Hindustan Times)

Can India be an outlier in the spread of Covid-19? | Opinion

By Narinder Kumar Mehra
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 08:07 PM IST
Indians may have genetic advantages, but these need more studies. Meanwhile, fully enforce the lockdown
Congress leader P Chidambaram wears a face mask, New Delhi, March 19, 2020(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leader P Chidambaram wears a face mask, New Delhi, March 19, 2020(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

A test for political systems

UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 06:25 PM IST
With Covid-19, democracy and federalism are on test in India
Passengers register their information at the New China International Exhibition Center, a transit hub to screen incoming passengers from the Beijing Capital International Airport for Covid-19, in Beijing on March 18.(Reuters Photo)
Passengers register their information at the New China International Exhibition Center, a transit hub to screen incoming passengers from the Beijing Capital International Airport for Covid-19, in Beijing on March 18.(Reuters Photo)

China reports zero new domestic coronavirus cases for 1st time since outbreak

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 09:16 AM IST
Globally, coronavirus disease Covid-19 continues to spread with nearly 9,000 dead and over 2,19,000 infected.
Surveillance, screening, testing, isolation, contact tracing, counselling, and awareness-building are key steps(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Surveillance, screening, testing, isolation, contact tracing, counselling, and awareness-building are key steps(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

How Kerala is battling Covid-19, writes Pinarayi Vijayan

By Pinarayi Vijayan
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 06:38 PM IST
With the initial cases, it was able to prevent transmission. There is now a renewed challenge
A woman wearing a face mask walks past the entrance of a closed secondary school in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China.(Reuters file photo)
A woman wearing a face mask walks past the entrance of a closed secondary school in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China.(Reuters file photo)

First coronavirus case can be traced back to Nov 17 in China’s Hubei province: Report

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2020 01:52 PM IST
A 55-year-old from Hubei province could have been the first person to have contracted the viral coronavirus infection on November 17 last year and cases rapidly began piling up since then, claims the report.
Chinese health authorities on Saturday said 3070 people had died from the coronavirus outbreak(AFP)
Chinese health authorities on Saturday said 3070 people had died from the coronavirus outbreak(AFP)

New daily cases of coronavirus in China fall below 100 in several weeks, death toll now 3070

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 03:15 PM IST
The epidemic is showing signs of stabilising in China, especially outside the worst-hit Hubei provinces as it rages globally.
A worker wearing a protective suit walks outside an office building in Beijing as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China on March 6, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A worker wearing a protective suit walks outside an office building in Beijing as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China on March 6, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

China reports 28 more coronavirus deaths, rise in new cases outside Hubei

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 06:59 AM IST
There were 99 fresh cases of coronavirus infection, according to the National Health Commission, with a rise in the new cases outside the virus epicentre of Hubei province for a third consecutive day.
The restrictions continue with hundreds of millions across China facing some kind of restrictions on their movements.(REUTERS)
The restrictions continue with hundreds of millions across China facing some kind of restrictions on their movements.(REUTERS)

‘Track the infected, their close contacts’: Chinese doctors’ advice on coronavirus

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 09:05 PM IST
By the end of January, China had taken unprecedented and aggressive measures including virtually locking down the province of Hubei with a 60 million population to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak stood at 2788 in China with 44 new deaths reported until early Friday(AFP)
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak stood at 2788 in China with 44 new deaths reported until early Friday(AFP)

Coronavirus death toll in China now 2788, 9 new cases outside epicentre Hubei

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Among the deaths, 41 were in the worst-hit central Chinese Hubei province, two in Beijing and one in the remote Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the national health commission (NHC) said Friday morning.
Beijing on Thursday banned the entry of everyone returning from the covid-19 outbreak epicentre Hubei province amid a spike in cases(REUTERS)
Beijing on Thursday banned the entry of everyone returning from the covid-19 outbreak epicentre Hubei province amid a spike in cases(REUTERS)

Coronavirus death toll now 2747 in China, Beijing bans entry of people from Hubei amid new alert

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 09:19 PM IST
The strict new rule for the sprawling Capital city comes on a day when China reported 29 new deaths (until Wednesday midnight), the lowest since almost a month.
China on Wednesday said there were more than 50 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak until Tuesday midnight(AFP)
China on Wednesday said there were more than 50 new deaths from the coronavirus outbreak until Tuesday midnight(AFP)

Death toll in China now 2718; no deaths outside epicentre Hubei in 3 weeks

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 03:11 PM IST
The national health commission (NHC) reported over 430 new infections nationwide, continuing the slowing trend of the outbreak on the mainland.
The Indians stranded in coronavirus-ground zero Wuhan are likely to be evacuated Wednesday night(REUTERS)
The Indians stranded in coronavirus-ground zero Wuhan are likely to be evacuated Wednesday night(REUTERS)

IAF’s relief flight for coronavirus-hit Wuhan to reach Wednesday, bring back remaining Indians

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 07:45 PM IST
For the second time within a week, the Indian embassy in Beijing sent out a social media message to the Indians in locked down Wuhan -- where the covid-19 is said to have originated -- to be ready for departure tomorrow.
The coronavirus outbreak has killed 2666 people and infected nearly 77800 people in China(AP)
The coronavirus outbreak has killed 2666 people and infected nearly 77800 people in China(AP)

Coronavirus outbreak death toll reaches 2666 in China as new cases fall, global figures cross 80,000 mark

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 05:10 PM IST
China’s national health commission (NHC) on Tuesday said more than 500 new cases and over 70 deaths were reported until midnight before.
More than 300 novel coronavirus cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus sect in Daegu -- whose founder claims the mantle of Jesus Christ and vows to take 144,000 people with him to heaven on judgement day.(REUTERS)
More than 300 novel coronavirus cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus sect in Daegu -- whose founder claims the mantle of Jesus Christ and vows to take 144,000 people with him to heaven on judgement day.(REUTERS)

South Korea on ‘high’ alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps against Covid-19

Codogno/Shanghai | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2020 03:46 PM IST
Iran ordered the closure of schools, universities and cultural centres across 14 provinces from Sunday following five deaths in the Islamic Republic -- the most outside East Asia and the first in the Middle East. More than 50,000 people in about a dozen northern Italian towns near the business hub of Milan were urged by authorities to stay home, while shops and schools were shuttered.
The deadly coronavirus, which has brought the world’s second largest economy to a standstill, has not yet peaked, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the ruling Communist party officials(AP)
The deadly coronavirus, which has brought the world’s second largest economy to a standstill, has not yet peaked, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the ruling Communist party officials(AP)

Xi warns coronavirus yet to peak amidst its spread to Chinese prisons; Death toll over 2,200

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 11:47 PM IST
The death toll has gone up to 2,236 while the overall confirmed infection cases have climbed to 75,567, the country’s health officials said amidst mounting concern over its spread to prisons in different provinces.
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