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Coronavirus: Singapore gets strict on ‘circuit breaker’ offenders as it reports 191 new cases, eighth death

Singapore’s health ministry confirmed 191 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking its total number of infections to 2,299.The city state also reported its eighth death from the disease, a 90-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus on April 3 and was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases that day. He died on Saturday morning.The country’s Ministry of Health said 51 of the new cases were linked to foreign worker dormitories and 21 were linked to other cases or…

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After long lines for toilet paper and masks, another item is flying off Hong Kong shelves during coronavirus outbreak – flour

After an earlier run on masks, hand sanitiser and toilet paper, the latest item proving almost impossible to find in Hong Kong during the coronavirus outbreak is flour, forcing baking enthusiasts to make do with substitutesIn supermarkets across the city, the cooking staple has been flying off the shelves, with residents scouring different neighbourhood branches hoping to find a few overlooked boxes.Tara Chan Chung-yee, a 30-year-old lawyer, checked more than a dozen grocery stores on Hong Kong…

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong hits grim milestone of 1,000 cases as authorities urge people to stay home over Easter holiday

Hong Kong reached the grim milestone of 1,000 coronavirus cases on Saturday as authorities urged the public to stay at home during the long Easter weekend after thousands flocked to beaches and the countryside the previous day.Underlining the severity of the situation, a leading microbiologist said containing the outbreak before July was almost impossible as not enough people had developed immunity to the virus.The warning came as the city recorded 11 new infections, the fewest since March 17,…

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How Wuhan and the coronavirus are shaping China’s medical reforms

Wuhan was already a cause for concern among doctors long before it became synonymous with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The central Chinese city of 11 million people was foremost on the minds of the 3,600 family doctors attending a conference in Zhengzhou, the capital of neighbouring Henan province to the north.It was still only March 2019 and the gathering, a meet organised by the Cross Straits Medical Association and backed by the World Organisation of Family Doctors, came to the conclusion…

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Coronavirus: A Vancouver-area city hall tells businesses to shut, but one landlord plays ‘hardball’ on rent – city hall

The shops on Robson Street, downtown Vancouver’s once-glitzy shopping district, are boarded up now, in the time of Covid-19.Provincial health orders last month demanded the closure of businesses that could not maintain two metres (6.6 feet) of distance between customers and staff, so Lululemon, Aritzia and other shopfronts are now covered in plywood, adding to the sense of desolation on the empty street.Across the Lions Gate Bridge, in the District of North Vancouver, the plywood is absent but…

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San Francisco’s iconic City Lights bookstore on verge of closing

San Francisco's iconic City Lights bookstore is on the brink of collapse as the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the business to keep its doors shut.

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China on knife edge between recovery and new virus wave

In the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases of the novel coronavirus were first detected late last year, the mood was one of triumph this week, as residents finally emerged from months of lockdown.

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New studies show where New York outbreak originated

Two separate research projects suggest that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in New York City earlier than thought and the earliest cases likely originated with travelers coming from Europe and other parts of the United States, not Asia.

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Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban consumption of cats and dogs

Shenzhen, in southeastern China, has become the first city in the country to ban the consumption of cats and dogs, the government announced Thursday.

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