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Flying Into Boston, a 'Remarkable Delivery'

Robert Kraft sent New England Patriots plane to China to pick up 1.2M N95 masks

(Newser) - Massachusetts just saw its largest one-day spike in coronavirus cases yet: more than 1,000 reports on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to over 7,700, with more than 120 dead, per Politico . With an expected surge of cases expected in the state in mid-April, Gov. Charlie Baker has... More »

Report Casts Doubt on China's Coronavirus Stats

Numbers out of Beijing are 'intentionally incomplete,' US officials tell Bloomberg News

(Newser) - The US surpassed China in coronavirus deaths Tuesday. Or did it? Bloomberg News reports that the US intelligence community thinks Beijing is lying about its stats, both in terms of infections and deaths. The story is based on interviews with three anonymous US officials familiar with a classified report given... More »

China Closes All Movie Theaters Again

70,000 houses will stay shut indefinitely over pandemic

(Newser) - China was on its way toward being back in the movie business. After the nation's 70,000 theaters were closed because of the pandemic in January, a few had begun reopening as quarantine restrictions were gradually lifted. Shanghai planned to reopen another 500 this weekend. That's not going... More »

After Talk With Xi, No Use of 'Chinese Virus' by Trump

Trump says it was a 'very good conversation'

(Newser) - President Trump appears to have retired his controversial use of the term "Chinese Virus," at least temporarily. The president spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday night and didn't use the term afterward, Bloomberg reports. "Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China.... More »

In China, Movie Theaters Have Begun Reopening

But they're not exactly crowded

(Newser) - As China considers the pandemic to be easing, the country has begun to reopen movie theaters. More than 500 in five provinces are back in business, Variety reports, though they aren't doing much business. The theaters brought in less than $2,000 combined on Friday. Two provinces reported that... More »

He Tried to Warn China. Now, a Posthumous Apology

Chinese government says Wuhan officials acted 'inadequately' on virus whistleblower Li Wenliang

(Newser) - The ophthalmologist who tried to warn the medical community in Wuhan, China, about the early spread of the novel coronavirus before he succumbed to it himself has now received his due from officials there. NPR and Business Insider report that Chinese authorities have issued an apology and dropped a reprimand... More »

Woman Who Flew to China While Sick Could Be Charged

She lied to crew on flight from US, authorities say

(Newser) - With the coronavirus pandemic receding in China but surging elsewhere, Beijing is taking tough measures to avoid an imported second wave of infections. A Massachusetts resident who allegedly concealed her symptoms before taking a March 12 Air China flight to Beijing is being investigated for "impeding prevention of infectious... More »

China Passes Major Milestone in Fight Against Coronavirus

Beijing says there were no new local infections

(Newser) - Three months after reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, China, foreshadowed a global pandemic, the country reported a major milestone in its battle against the coronavirus Thursday. Officials say that for the first time since the outbreak began, there were no new locally transmitted infections and no new... More »

China Makes Big Move Against Some American Journalists

Revokes media credentials of those working for WSJ, NYT, WaPo

(Newser) - China announced that it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major US news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to new US restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The foreign ministry said early Wednesday that American citizens working for the New York ... More »

The Latest Coronavirus Puzzle: Ski Resorts

Meanwhile, Miami Beach and Georgia make changes to prevent infection

(Newser) - Ski resorts in the US are grappling with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as most planned to stay open as ski season nears an end, the AP reports. Some resorts are closing enclosed gondolas or aerial trams while others are encouraging skiers to ride lifts with... More »

Why Our Public Transit Is Such a Nightmare

Aaron Gordon weighs in at Vice

(Newser) - "American cities are facing a transportation crisis." That's how Aaron Gordon kicks off a lengthy Vice article about America's half-hearted commitment to public transit. Gordon argues that the US lags far behind Europe's tram and metro lines, and China's high-speed rail lines, which makes... More »

Outbreak Closes Mount Everest

Nepal cancels climbing permits 'as a precaution'

(Newser) - Even Mount Everest is shutting down. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Nepal's government on Friday said all climbing permits covering the period running from Saturday through April 30 would be canceled; China canceled expeditions launched from the northern side of the mountain on Thursday, reports the BBC . "Climbing... More »

Mom, Son Found Alive in Rubble of Quarantine Hotel

Death toll rises to 18 in China building collapse

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy and his mother have been rescued 52 hours after being trapped in the collapse of a virus quarantine site in southeastern China. Video released by rescuers showed the two being pulled from the debris of the hotel that collapsed on Saturday. The location of the boy and... More »

Hotel Holding Coronavirus Sufferers Collapses

The Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou crumbles

(Newser) - A hotel in China that was being used to quarantine people with coronavirus has collapsed, the BBC reports. Officials say roughly 35 people have been rescued from the rubble, leaving as many stuck inside. Tweeted video footage shows rescue workers laboring amid dust and dim lighting to find more people.... More »

White House Issues New Virus Travel Warnings

Trump defends use of word 'hoax' when describing Democrats' reactions

(Newser) - The Trump administration has news for Americans: Watch where you go, USA Today reports. With the coronavirus spreading, President Trump gave a press conference Saturday flanked by relevant officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, who said the US travel warning is now at level 4 (the highest) for travel to... More »

China's Greatest Swimmer Hit With 8-Year Ban

Sun Yang broke anti-doping rules in destroying blood samples

(Newser) - The career of China's greatest swimmer may be kaput after he was hit Friday with an eight-year ban for destroying blood samples. Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, 28, was found guilty of breaking anti-doping rules when sample collectors paid a visit to his home following the 2018 Asian Games,... More »

WHO Says It Isn't Ready to Use the P-Word Yet

There's no coronavirus pandemic, but we should be in a 'phase of preparedness'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization isn't ready to use the p-word, but it thinks the world should ready itself for a potential coronavirus pandemic all the same. On Monday the WHO instructed countries to be "in a phase of preparedness," saying that while its assessment remains that COVID-19... More »

Fringe Religious Group Linked to S. Korea Outbreak

'Patient 31' infected dozens at church services

(Newser) - South Korea has been gripped by coronavirus fear after what officials call a "super-spreading event' in Daegu, the country's fourth-largest city. Authorities announced Thursday that another 53 cases had been detected, bringing the total to 104. At least 70 of the cases have been linked to "Patient... More »

China's Retaliation Against WSJ a First Since 1989

Expels 3 journalists over an opinion headline

(Newser) - China has yanked the press credentials of three Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporters in retaliation for a Feb. 3 opinion piece published by the paper, per the country's foreign ministry. The Wall Street Journal reports the three have been given five days to exit the country. The offending opinion... More »

Coronavirus Kills Hospital Director

Study finds that most cases are mild

(Newser) - A hospital director on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in China has become one of its latest victims. Chinese authorities say 51-year-old neurosurgeon Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan died Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports. He was one of the... More »

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