Coronavirus: Chinese artist salutes health workers | AFP

A Chinese artist pays tribute to doctors and nurses and their months-long battle to treat virus-stricken patients in his latest light painting creations. Roy Wang and his team use the photographic technique of light painting to “draw” white wings on the back of a model posing in a white hazmat suit, the protective gear that has come to symbolise medical workers fighting the virus worldwide.

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Wuhan viewed from above as restrictions are slowly lifted | AFP

Traffic is slowly returning to the streets of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus originated last year, as it slowly recovers from an epidemic which had left it a ghost town. after a Following a two-month lockdown, restrictions on residents leaving the city are expected to be lifted on April 8th.

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Wuhan’s virus ground-zero market hides in plain sight | AFP

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the wet market that spawned the pandemic which has brought the world to its knees now slumbers quietly behind a tidy-looking blue-and-white partition. Chinese disease control officials have previously identified wild animals sold in the market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Night rider: Empty streets under glistening evening lights in Wuhan | AFP

Aerial images show deserted streets at night in the Chinese city of Wuhan where the coronavirus was first detected. The lockdown in the city brought the COVID-19 epidemic to a halt, giving health systems breathing room to deal with serious cases, new research has showed.

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Going round: Drone images of Wuhan as coronavirus restrictions ease | AFP

Drone images show cars circulating in Wuhan as the Chinese government eases virus lockdown measures in the city where the coronavirus first emerged.

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Trump says will speak with China’s Xi later Thursday | AFP

President Donald Trump says he will speak by phone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later as the United States overtook China as the country with the most coronavirus cases. He’s asked by a reporter if the number of coronavirus cases in the US surpassing those of China surprises him, replying “China, tell us your numbers.” With 82,404 cases of infection, the United States has now surpassed virus hotspots China and Italy, according to a tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Inside a hard-hit Hubei city where 125 died | AFP

Huanggang, home to 7.5 million people, was among the worst-affected areas in Hubei, the Chinese province where the new coronavirus first emerged late last year before morphing into a deadly pandemic. Now with restrictions being lifted, the city where nearly 3,000 people were infected and 125 died is now considered a low-risk area. A field hospital that once had 700 patients has only empty beds, a coronavirus screening clinic sees fewer and fewer people and restaurants are starting to open to people who’ve been stuck indoors for weeks.

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G7 countries allege Chinese ‘disinformation campaign’ on coronavirus: Pompeo | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says G7 countries believe that the Chinese government is conducting an “intentional disinformation campaign” over the coronavirus. SOUNDBITE

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Trump says ‘Chinese virus’ comment ‘very accurate’ | AFP

US President Donald Trump doubles down on calling the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world the “Chinese Virus,” despite protests from Beijing. SOUNDBITE

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China: Keeping Olympic dreams alive | AFP

Chinese athletes gunning for glory at the Tokyo Olympics are training behind closed doors, going through disinfection chambers regularly and having their temperatures checked three times a day as part of strict measures against the coronavirus.

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Streets deserted in coronavirus epicentre Wuhan | AFP

Streets and highways are deserted in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus outbreak emerged. The city has been on lockdown for more than a month. The number of new cases in the country has dramatically fallen in recent weeks but Wednesday’s numbers were a slight uptick from the previous day due to the increase in imported cases.

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A Chinese Man Was Rescued After Almost 3 Days in a Collapsed Coronavirus Hotel

Firefighters rescued a man from the rubble of a collapsed hotel Tuesday in southern China.

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China embraces tele-medicine to keep the doctor away | AFP

Doctors at the Xuhui Central Hospital in Shanghai conduct online consultations. Millions of Chinese are heeding calls to reduce person-to-person encounters and as many are fearful of entering hospitals, or simply can’t reach clinics due to virus-related transport restrictions, tele-medicine is booming.

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Chinese and Koreans disappear from Tokyo’s top tourist attractions | AFP

From the world-famous Tsukiji fish market to the popular Ginza shopping district, Chinese and South Korean tourists have become a rare sight in Tokyo. Japan from Monday began quarantining arrivals from the two countries for two weeks, to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Cambodian economy takes a hit as Chinese tourists vanish from Angkor Wat | AFP

The iconic temples of Angkor in Cambodia, normally crowded with Chinese tour groups, have been relatively deserted as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Tourists who do come are getting to experience the temples amid usual serenity, but it has also left a hole in a tourism industry heavily reliant on Chinese visitors.

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Wuhan doctor recounts anxiety and fears from virus frontline | AFP

One month after makeshift hospitals were set up in the Chinese city of Wuhan to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, frontline doctor Ma Yonggang is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. In an online video interview — arranged by China’s State Council — he says that at the start of the outbreak there were not enough beds and that he and his colleagues were worried about becoming infected, but that the situation has since improved.

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Wuhan, before and after the coronavirus | AFP

Dancing in the streets and visitors enjoying popular landmarks… A comparison of videos filmed in September 2019 and January 2020 shows how the Chinese city of Wuhan transformed from a bustling tourist destination into the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Passengers take virus precautions as train passes through Wuhan | AFP

Chinese train passengers don face masks and protective suits as they travel from Shanghai to Changsha, making a brief stop in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus means no Chinese tourists for tourism-dependent Bali | AFP

Temples across the Island of the Gods are filled with faithful who are hoping Hindu-majority Bali will be back on its feet after a drastic slump in Chinese visitors hammered the key tourism sector. Those in the tourism industry say the impact has been major and fear businesses shutting down.

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Paris’s Louvre museum still closed over staff coronavirus fears | AFP

The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, continues to turn tourists away as staff refuse to work because of coronavirus fears. The Louvre, near the banks of the Seine river in central Paris, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners including Americans, Chinese and Europeans. IMAGES

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One worker at a time, virus-hit China’s factories sputter back online | AFP

Chinese factories are struggling to resume full operations amid virus-induced travel disruptions and safety measures. The situation in Wenzhou, a trade entrepot for centuries and now a major producer of much of the world’s shoes, eyeglasses and clothing, reflects the slow progress in fully reviving China’s economy, the world’s second-largest and an indispensable lynchpin of global growth. But China’s coronavirus epidemic has changed all that. Only about one-third of the roughly 1,000-strong workforce at Xuda’s factory in the eastern export hub of Wenzhou are around, the rest blocked by virus-induced travel disruptions and safety measures.

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