China coronavirus

  • Africa & World

    China blocks WHO’s research into origins of Covid-19

    CHINA says it cannot accept the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of Covid-19. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather taken aback” that the plan includes further investigation of the theory that the virus might have leaked from a Chinese lab. He dismissed the lab…

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    China forced U.S. diplomats to take anal COVID-19 tests

    AMERICAN diplomats in China have claimed they were forced to take anal swab tests for coronavirus. Washington complained the procedure was ‘undignified’ and told staff to decline the test if asked to take one. Beijing has since claimed the test, mandatory for incoming travellers in some parts of China, was given ‘in error’, as diplomatic personnel were exempt. However, China…

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    China to test entire city of 9 million after COVID-19 cases emerge

    Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found, the government announced Monday. The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions within China reported, though China has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases. The ruling Communist Party…

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