1st COVID-19 case could have emerged in China in October 2019: study

The virus that causes COVID-19 could have started spreading in China as early as October 2019, two months before the first case was identified in the central city of Wuhan, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers from Britain’s University … Read More

COVID-19 origins still need exploring, lab leak theory can’t be dismissed: scientists

The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a laboratory leak needs to be taken seriously until there is a rigorous … Read More

‘The lost month of February’: COVID-19 was preventable, report shows

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented but due to a lack of world leadership, an outbreak turned into a global health catastrophe that has killed more than 3.3 million … Read More

Here’s what the WHO’s coronavirus experts learned from their visit to Wuhan

A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million … Read More

Coronavirus: Chinese whistleblower doctor honoured on anniversary of his death

The message was tucked into a bouquet of chrysanthemums left by a mourner at the back of Wuhan Central Hospital to honor a Chinese whistleblower doctor who died from the … Read More

A world upside down: Wuhan returns to normal while rest of the world reels

Bin Zhang recalls first hearing the rumours in early January 2020 about a dangerous, SARS-like virus that was spreading like wildfire. His wife’s relatives worked in a hospital in Wuhan, … Read More

China gave WHO experts full access to probe coronavirus origins in Wuhan: team member

A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they … Read More

Coronavirus: WHO team visits research lab in Wuhan, China

World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus. The … Read More

WHO team visits food market in Wuhan, China to search for coronavirus clues

A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many … Read More

Son of coronavirus victim demands to meet WHO expert team in Wuhan, China

A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are … Read More

A year after Wuhan coronavirus lockdown, trauma and anger toward China remain

Walking through Wuhan today, it might be hard to believe it was once ground zero for the novel coronavirus pandemic. One year after the Chinese city of 11 million was … Read More

Coronavirus: Toronto doctor reflects on Canada’s 1st COVID-19 case, one year later

It was Jan. 23, 2020, when a 56-year-old man, who had just arrived back in the Toronto area from Wuhan, China, became Canada’s first case of COVID-19 — though the … Read More

Wuhan, China returns to normal as world continues to battle coronavirus pandemic

A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown, bringing the bustling central Chinese industrial and transport centre to a … Read More

WHO team arrives in Wuhan. Here’s what the probe into COVID-19’s origins involves

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit … Read More

Done properly, night curfews can be helpful in curbing coronavirus outbreaks, experts say

Night curfews have been implemented in various countries around the world to help curb novel coronavirus outbreaks. In Australia’s Victoria, a late night curfew was enforced in August for a … Read More

U.S. allies, China criticize Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from WHO

Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally … Read More

China dismisses claim that COVID-19 started spreading in Wuhan last August

Beijing dismissed as “ridiculous” a Harvard Medical School study of hospital traffic and search engine data that suggested the new coronavirus may already have been spreading in China last August, … Read More

China won’t respond to pleas to ease tension after call for coronavirus probe: Australia

Australia said on Monday China remains unresponsive to its weeks-long pleas to ease tensions between the two trading partners that escalated after Canberra called for an international enquiry into the … Read More

City of Wuhan tests 10 million people for coronavirus, finds few new cases

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. … Read More

Wuhan lab head says claims coronavirus leaked from facility are ‘pure fabrication’

Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication,” the institute’s director … Read More

Mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan prompts fears crowding could lead to infection

As Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic began, revs up a massive testing campaign, some residents crowding the test centers expressed concern on Saturday that the very act … Read More

China tests millions within weeks as cases rise a month after last reported death

Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, has tested over 3 million residents for the pathogen since April, and will now focus its testing efforts on … Read More

China tests millions within days as cases rise a month after last reported death

China‘s Wuhan said on Friday it has tested over 3 million of its 11 million citizens for the coronavirus, as it seeks to test all residents after a cluster of … Read More

Officials in Wuhan to test all residents for COVID-19 after new infections found

Authorities in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began were moving forward Wednesday with efforts to test all 11 million residents for the virus within 10 days after a … Read More

Canada not drawing ‘firm conclusions’ on theory virus escaped from China lab: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is not drawing “firm conclusions” on allegations that the novel coronavirus — which has now caused devastation worldwide — came from a lab in … Read More

Trump is pushing theory that coronavirus came from Wuhan lab. Experts say it’s ‘foolish’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday again pushed the theory that the novel coronavirus originated from a Chinese laboratory, and claimed he’s seen evidence to back it up. But experts … Read More

Chinese lab denies it created coronavirus, but says ‘still no answers’ on origin

Claims that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan have no basis in fact, the head of the lab told Reuters, adding that there … Read More

Wuhan adds 1,290 coronavirus deaths to its total count, citing overwhelmed hospitals

The central Chinese city of Wuhan has raised its number of COVID-19 fatalities by 1,290, with state media saying Friday the undercount had been due to the insufficient admission capabilities … Read More

New York’s coronavirus death toll tops 9/11 as lockdown in Wuhan ends

As New York City faced one of its darkest days with the death toll from the coronavirus surging past 4,000 — more than the number killed on 9/11 — the … Read More

China reports first locally transmitted coronavirus case in 3 days, clampdown on flights

Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases, as Beijing ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights, for fear travelers could … Read More

China reports 67 new coronavirus cases, all from international travel

Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus infections as the epicenter of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose as Beijing … Read More

China to end lockdown in most of Hubei as domestic coronavirus cases drop

Chinese authorities said Tuesday they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside. People with a … Read More

Local infections are down but China continues to see imported coronavirus cases rise

China on Sunday reported 46 new cases of coronavirus, the fourth straight day with an increase, with all but one of those cases imported from overseas, according to the country’s … Read More

China’s imported coronavirus cases jump again as students, expats flock home

China reported a new record rise in imported coronavirus cases on Friday as expatriates returned home from the United States and Europe, sparking fears of a second wave of infections … Read More

Air pollution plummeted in China due to coronavirus. It’s starting to go up again

When China enforced strict lockdowns and factory closures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus earlier this year, the rate of air pollution over the country went down significantly, … Read More

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