‘Diamond Princess’: US evacuates citizens from coronavirus-quarantined cruise ship

Ruptly has obtained exclusive footage from inside the plane from Tokyo responsible for evacuating US passengers from the shunned ‘Diamond Princess’ coronavirus cruise ship to California on Monday. Passengers can be seen boarding the flight alongside officials and medics wearing protective gear and masks. Footage also shows passengers being assessed as the total number of … Read more ‘Diamond Princess’: US evacuates citizens from coronavirus-quarantined cruise ship

How North Korea is reporting on coronavirus (English subtitles)

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the world. It has infected more than 65,000 people and killed over 1,700. But there is little known about how it’s affecting North Korea. The secretive state is close to the centre of the outbreak, with numerous cases reported in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia … Read more How North Korea is reporting on coronavirus (English subtitles)

Will media freedom in the Philippines survive? I Inside Story

President takes legal action to shut down country’s biggest broadcaster It’s being described as the most severe attack on media freedom in the Philipinnes. President Rodrigo Duterte has filed a supreme court petition to shut down the largest television network, accusing ABS-CBN of committing ‘highly abusive practices’. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines … Read more Will media freedom in the Philippines survive? I Inside Story

First European death as Chinese tourist dies of coronavirus in France

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the virus in France, becoming the first European fatality. The man had been receiving treatment in the Bichat-Claude Bernard hospital, northern Paris, since January 25, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said. Before this only three deaths had been recorded outside of mainland China – in the Philippines, Hong … Read more First European death as Chinese tourist dies of coronavirus in France

Nearly 65,000 people are infected worldwide with coronavirus

The number of coronavirus infection cases has reached nearly 64,000 in China. Almost all of the cases are in China’s Hubei province. It has also seen more than 95 percent of the 1,380 deaths so far. Nearly 500 cases have been confirmed in 24 other countries. The Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported … Read more Nearly 65,000 people are infected worldwide with coronavirus

Analysis: Are coronavirus figures from China credible?

Coronavirus has killed at least 1,380 people with nearly all deaths in mainland China. At least 25 countries have confirmed cases and several nations have evacuated their citizens from Hubei. Three deaths have been recorded outside mainland China, one in Hong Kong one in the Philippines, and the most recent in Japan. Stephen Vines is … Read more Analysis: Are coronavirus figures from China credible?

The largest coronavirus outbreak outside China is on a cruise ship – BBC News

The largest coronavirus outbreak outside mainland China is not in a country, but on a cruise ship. It’s been more than a week since the Diamond Princess went into lockdown, after a previous passenger tested positive for the virus after disembarking. With almost 500 out of 3,700 people on board tested, 174 people have now … Read more The largest coronavirus outbreak outside China is on a cruise ship – BBC News

From Love to hate: Trump-Duterte relations reminiscent of Obama era

Relations between US and the Philippines are being tested again after Manila opted to scrap a decades-old security agreement that allowed American forces to train in the country. Washington has called it unfortunate – but the Philippines accuses the United States of clandestine military activity, and allegedly storing nuclear weapons. The decision comes after one … Read more From Love to hate: Trump-Duterte relations reminiscent of Obama era

Floating for two weeks: passenger describes life onboard cruise ship refused to port

A passenger left stranded aboard a cruise ship with more than 2,000 passengers and crew described life on the cruise  after Thailand became the fifth country to deny it permission to dock over fears people may be infected with the novel coronavirus. The MS Westerdam is moored in the Gulf of Thailand with nowhere to dock … Read more Floating for two weeks: passenger describes life onboard cruise ship refused to port

Wuhan lockdown: What is going on inside?

More people in China have already died from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak than from the SARS epidemic 17 years ago, Chinese officials said. Meanwhile, traces of the disease were spotted on a door handle used by the patient. The death toll from the previously-unknown coronavirus in China has grown to 361 on Sunday, the country’s … Read more Wuhan lockdown: What is going on inside?