Editorial: Beware conspiracy theories on coronavirus
America has been fertile ground for conspiracy theories since long before radio, television and Twitter came along to spread them fast and furiously.Political parties alleging subversion by Roman Catholics and the Masons flourished briefly in the 1800s. A century later, people fell for Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s false but fervid claims of Communist infiltration throughout the government. And during the last presidential election, a North Carolina man fired an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria where a widespread conspiracy theory claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring.The hi...
United States passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as states continue to reopen
The United States blew past another tragic mark in the fight against coronavirus on Wednesday surpassing 100,000 deaths nationwide.The devastating toll, reported by Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, is much higher than any other country in the world and vastly exceeds the number of Americans killed in every conflict since the Korean War.The deadly virus originated in Wuhan, China, with the first official case diagnosed on Dec. 1. As the disease spread worldwide, President Donald Trump insisted in January after the first U.S. patient was diagnosed that the nation had it “t...
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Football makes gleeful return to coronavirus-scarred Wuhan
Wuhan (China) (AFP) - For nearly three months football enthusiasts in Wuhan were left kicking their heels indoors as the coronavirus raged in the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak.But since the harsh lockdown on the city of 11 million people ended in early April amateur footballers have been gleefully ripping off their face masks and lacing up their boots again."It was a long time to be in lockdown so we had to do some exercise at home," said Wang Zijun, 42."I used to juggle the ball with my son at home and pass the ball to each other, and sometimes we went to the underground garag...
Wuhan lab admits to having 3 strains of bat coronavirus on-site
The Wuhan Institute for Virology has admitted to having three live strains of bat coronaviruson-site, though the lab insists that none are the source of the current coronavirus pandemic, AFP reported.The lab's director, Wang Yanyi, said in an interview aired Saturday that the lab has “isolated and obtained some coronaviruses from bats” since 2004, AFP reported.“Now we have three strains of live viruses… But their highest similarity to SARS-CoV-2 [the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19] only reaches 79.8%... It's an obvious difference.”While it is commonly accepted among scientists that t...
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Martin Schram: Seven days in May – quiet days speak loudly to us all
This was the week when despairing global leaders — with an urgency unlike anything since World War II — looked to the modern era’s Leader of the Free World hoping to find leadership, resources and maybe even an inspiring way to win our war against a rampaging pandemic.But no. The present occupant of the office once called the free world’s titular leader, the president of the United States, was missing in action when most of the world’s most famous names convened, in person and virtually, at the World Health Organization’s two-day conference on how to conquer COVID-19. The novel coronavirus tha...
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Commentary: Our new Cold War with China: Not like the old Cold War
Are the United States and China heading for a new Cold War? Judging by some of the rhetoric and policies emanating from Beijing and Washington, it sure looks that way.Already tense, relations between the world’s two largest powers have deteriorated sharply since the lethal coronavirus first emerged in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhan and then rapidly spread across the globe.In the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has led the charge. Last January, Pompeo called the Chinese Communist Party “the central threat of our times.” And for weeks Pompeo sought to enlist America’s partners a...
Southwest China leads aviation recovery
Flight MF8095 of the Xiamen Airlines is welcomed at the Tianhe Airport in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, April 8, 2020. Flight MF8095 from Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, was the first flight arriving in Wuhan after it lifted outbound travel restrictions on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)For frequent business and tourism flyers, who have longed to start traveling again - a lifestyle choice increasingly popular among Chinese people - there's been nothing more annoying than the coronavirus outbreak.The global aviation standstill, a byproduct of the Covid-19 ...
GT photographer Cui Meng: Wuhan was an incredible dream
Editor's Note:Wuhan has been revived from the deadly COVID-19 epidemic, but normalcy will never fully erase the memory of experiencing the catastrophe.From the very beginning of the outbreak, Global Times (GT) reporters have stationed on the frontline in Wuhan.GT photographer Cui Meng arrived in the city on January 30 and stayed more than 80 days to record the medical staff and patients in this special battle. Reporter Zhao Yushaand photographer Li Hao reached Wuhan in early April, right before the city's reopening.They helped record and share the struggle and hope of the people as the city ca...
GT photographer Li Hao: Beijing and Wuhan, my tale of two cities
Editor's Note:Wuhan has been revived from the deadly COVID-19 epidemic, but normalcy will never fully erase the memory of experiencing the catastrophe.From the very beginning of the outbreak, Global Times (GT) reporters have stationed on the frontline in Wuhan.GT photographer Cui Mengarrived in the city on January 30 and stayed more than 80 days to record the medical staff and patients in this special battle. Reporter Zhao Yushaand photographer Li Hao reached Wuhan in early April, right before the city's reopening.They helped record and share the struggle and hope of the people as the city cam...
Mass tests of Wuhan residents gather pace
By ZOU SHUO and ZHOU LIHUA in Wuhan | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-05-21 07:44Wuhan has accelerated its campaign to conduct nucleic acid tests on all the city's residents, with half already tested for the novel coronavirus, local health authorities said.The city conducted 467,847 nucleic acid tests on Monday, up from 335,887 on Sunday and 222,675 on Saturday, the Wuhan health commission said.Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, started the campaign on May 14 to look for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19－people who show no clear symptoms despite carrying the virus－after cluster cases were reported on ...