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Wuhan to test all residents as COVID-19 resurfaces

BEIJING: Authorities in Wuhan said they would test its entire population for COVID-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year. The city of 11 million is “swiftly launching

Biden orders intelligence report on COVID origins within 90 days

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident. In a statement

WHO mission in China fails to find source of coronavirus

BEIJING: The World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus has failed to identify the source of the pandemic and has ruled out the Wuhan laboratory leak theory propagated by Donald Trump. Experts believe

No evidence of coronavirus in Wuhan before Dec 2019: WHO

GENEVA: Ben Embarek, head of the World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of coronavirus has that his team has found evidence of a wider circulation of coronavirus outside the Wuhan market in December 2019. According to Ben Embarek, the

WHO team visits Chinese virus lab in Wuhan

BEIJING: World Health Organization inspectors visited a laboratory in China’s Wuhan city on Wednesday that American officials suggested could have been the source of the coronavirus. The inspection of the Wuhan virology institute, which conducts research on the world’s most

WHO team visits Wuhan market at heart of first virus outbreak

WUHAN: A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 went to a market in Wuhan where one of the first reported clusters of infections emerged over a year ago. Members of the group arrived at Huanan seafood market

WHO experts arrive in Wuhan for fieldwork on COVID-19 origins

BEIJING: Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) visited a Wuhan hospital on Friday as the fieldwork began in a closely watched coronavirus origins probe in a food market presumed to be “ground zero” of the pandemic. The WHO investigation

Wuhan virus cases may be 10 times higher than reported: Study

BEIJING: The number of coronavirus cases in Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected may have been 10 times higher than official figures suggest, according to a study by Chinese health authorities. About 4.4 percent of the city’s 11 million

Wuhan to reopen its educational institutes from next week

SHANGHAI: Chinese city Wuhan will reopen all its schools and kindergartens from next week. The local government announced that as many as 2,842 educational institutions across Wuhan will reopen their doors to almost 1.4 million students when the autumn semester

COVID-19: Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals

BEIJING: The city at the center of the coronavirus, Wuhan has banned the eating of wild animals. Both moves come amid mounting pressure for China to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade blamed by many for the pandemic that has killed

Govt announces concessionary airfare for students stuck in Wuhan

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to offer subsidised tickets to students stranded in China for special repatriation flights starting from May 18. The students, who remained stuck in Wuhan city of China due to the coronavirus pandemic, would be given

Wuhan tests one-third residents for coronavirus

BEIJING: Chinese city of Wuhan – where the coronavirus first emerged late last year – has tested more than three million residents since April as it steps up efforts to test the remainder eleven million population. Wuhan will conduct tests

Wuhan reports new coronavirus infections after one month

BEIJING: China reported a second day of new cases of coronavirus in Wuhan on Monday after a month without new infections at the pandemic’s global epicentre, offering a stark warning of the dangers of a fresh wave. The virus first

China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

BEIJING: China has supported a World Health Organisation-led review into the global response to the coronavirus outbreak but only after the pandemic is over. The comments from foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying came as China faces increasing global pressure to

Trump vs WHO

The role of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a pandemic is crucial but the global health agency is mired into controversies and allegations over is handling of the crisis. These have been spearheaded by the US President Trump, who

Wuhan raises coronavirus death toll by 50%

BEIJING China’s coronavirus ground-zero city of Wuhan admitted missteps in tallying its death toll as it abruptly raised the count by 50 percent, increasing doubts about how transparent China has been during the crisis. Wuhan’s epidemic control headquarters said in

Wuhan begins to lift two-month long lockdown

WUHAN: The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders. The reopening of Wuhan after being cut-off from the rest of the country

Pakistani students in China

The spread of the novel coronavirus in China – now officially named Covid-19 – created panic across the world. Many countries rushed to evacuate their citizens amid the outbreak despite the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government to contain the

Chinese whistleblower doctor dies of coronovirus in Wuhan

BEIJING: The Chinese doctor who was detained by police for sounding the alarm on a mysterious new SARS-like virus spreading in a Wuhan hospital last December has died from the coronavirus disease. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at the Wuhan central

Pakistani doctor wants to volunteer against fighting coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: A doctor from Jhelum has expressed interest to join the fight against the coronavirus in China. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has appreciated his efforts on Twitter on Saturday. “We appreciate Dr Muhammad Usman Janjua, a foreign doctor to

No report of coronavirus among any Pakistani in China: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday released an statement on the coronavirus in China and the welfare of Pakistani Community in Wuhan. The Foreign Office said the ministry and the Pakistan Embassy in China are actively monitoring the