International

Global political parties call for partnership to fight COVID-19

BEIJING (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China and more than 230 political parties from over 100 countries issued a joint open letter Thursday, calling for carrying out closer international cooperation to beat COVID-19. This is the first joint appeal of major world political parties for...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:50pm

China to mourn COVID-19 victims

BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) -- China will hold a national mourning Saturday for martyrs who died in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and compatriots died of the disease, according to the State Council. During the commemoration, national flags will fly at half-...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:29pm

UN chief calls for global solidarity to minimize impact of COVID-19

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday launched a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people.” This was as he launched a new report, "Shared...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:35pm

Turkey: 39 locations under quarantine over COVID-19

ISTANBUL, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said a total of 39 locations across the country are put under quarantine due to the rising number of confirmed cases for COVID-19. "Currently, 39 villages and neighborhoods across the country are under...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 12:34pm

Russia to close border amid COVID-19 crisis

MOSCOW, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia is going to suspend border crossings via automobile, railway, pedestrian and other border checkpoints from Monday in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Russian government said Saturday in a statement. The Russian Transport Ministry,...

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 9:06am

British PM tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON, March 27 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister's Office said on Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson, who showed mild symptoms, is self-isolating in Downing Street. "He is continuing to...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 8:05pm

US leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

The United States has surpassed China and Italy in the number of COVID-19 cases, becoming the country with the most reported novel coronavirus cases in the world.  According to a tally kept by Worldometer, the U.S. had 85,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning. China had 81,...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 12:28pm

Xi calls for all-out global war against COVID-19

BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday called for a resolute all-out global war against the COVID-19 outbreak as leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) convened an extraordinary summit to coordinate multilateral response to the pandemic. "It is imperative for the...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10:31am

China offers anti-virus assistance to 89 countries

BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhua) -- China has provided assistance to 89 countries and four international organizations to fight against the novel coronavirus, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) said Thursday. A new round of aid implementation programs is currently being...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 1:31pm

How small businesses can survive the coronavirus outbreak

Small-business owners trying to weather the coronavirus pandemic will face a financial blow that’s likely to be worse than what they experienced during the Great Recession more than a decade ago, says Karen G. Mills, senior fellow at Harvard Business School. “This is going to be...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 6:52pm

Coronavirus: Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old Prince Charles had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease in a statement released this morning. The heir to the throne is said to have displayed "mild symptoms" on Sunday and was then tested on Monday, with the results coming through late...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:23pm

Spanish army finds bodies in nursing homes among residents

MADRID -- Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes have found, to their horror, some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people that authorities suspect have died from the new coronavirus. Prosecutors have launched a judicial probe. Defense Minister Margarita Robles...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:43pm

Wuhan to lift outbound travel restrictions on April 8

WUHAN, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Wuhan, the Chinese city hardest hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak, will lift outbound travel restrictions from April 8 after over two months of lockdown, local authorities said Tuesday. People in Wuhan will be allowed to leave the city and Hubei Province, where...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:12pm

China is Serbia's most valuable resource in fighting COVID-19: PM

BELGRADE, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Sunday that Chinese medical experts are "the most valuable resource in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus infection." Brnabic made the remark while meeting with the six Chinese medical experts along...

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:35pm

Wuhan reports zero increase in COVID-19 infections

WUHAN, March 19 (Xinhua) -- No new infections of the novel coronavirus were reported on Wednesday in Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, marking a notable first in the city's months-long battle with the deadly virus. The Health Commission of Hubei Province, where Wuhan is the capital, said...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:12am

Medical teams leave Wuhan as coronavirus wanes in China

WUHAN, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The first batch of medical assistance teams started leaving Hubei Province early on Tuesday as the epidemic outbreak in the hard-hit province has been subdued. The 3,675 medical staffers belonging to 41 medical teams from across China have assisted 14 temporary...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 5:57pm

China's COVID-19 vaccines expected to enter clinical trials soon: officials

BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Some vaccines for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are expected to enter clinical trials as soon as possible in China, officials said at a press conference on Tuesday. Chinese scientists have been racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines by five approaches,...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 5:49pm

U.S. President Trump tests negative for coronavirus

WASHINGTON, March 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump tested negative for the novel coronavirus, according to a memorandum released by the White House physician Sean Conley Saturday night. "Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he...

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 8:04am

China's expert team, medical supplies fly into Rome

ROME, March 12 (Xinhua) -- A charter flight carrying a 9-member Chinese aid team, along with tonnes of medical supplies, arrived at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on Thursday night, in part of China's efforts to help Italy contain the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Airbus A-350 wide body...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 9:38am

WHO characterizes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

GENEVA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a "pandemic" as the virus spreads increasingly worldwide. "We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic,...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 8:21am