Global pandemic response: China pledges $2 bln in aid / China-U.S. trade tensions amid pandemic

— The WHO’s policy-making World Health Assembly convenes, with Chinese President Xi Jinping pledging 2 billion U.S. dollars to COVID-19 response along with a humanitarian crisis depot and a shared vaccine. Also, the hard lessons and biggest takeaways on pandemic control, in the experience of South Korea. — The G20 talks about measures to ease … Read more Global pandemic response: China pledges $2 bln in aid / China-U.S. trade tensions amid pandemic

Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren’t Infectious, Study Shows

Researchers are finding evidence that patients who test positive for the coronavirus after recovering aren’t capable of transmitting the infection, and could have the antibodies that prevent them from falling sick again. Scientists from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 285 Covid-19 survivors who had tested positive for the coronavirus after their … Read more Covid Patients Testing Positive After Recovery Aren’t Infectious, Study Shows

Global pandemic response China pledges $2 bln in aid

The crucial World Health Assembly (WHA) convened via teleconference beginning Monday. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged two billion U.S. dollars in aid for the global pandemic response. But stakes are far greater than ordinary days against the backdrop of COVID-19. With geopolitical barbs over … Read more Global pandemic response China pledges $2 bln in aid

Answer Bank: Can coronavirus patients get reinfected after full recovery?

Authorities recently discovered a disturbing trend. Some patients who had already recovered from the coronavirus, later tested positive again. South Korea has reported over 350 cases like this, while five to 15 percent of recovered patients here in China fall into this category. What’s really going on? CGTN’s Li Zhao explains. Subscribe to us on … Read more Answer Bank: Can coronavirus patients get reinfected after full recovery?

Can apps put coronavirus in check? | Inside Story

Health officials and tech companies around the world have been racing to develop smart-phone apps to control the spread of coronavirus. Some governments maybe weighing rights violations and mass surveillance, but others have adpoted the technology. Singapore is one of the first countries to launch a non-mandatory, contact-tracing app using bluetooth signals. Australia, Malaysia and … Read more Can apps put coronavirus in check? | Inside Story

2020/05/15 Race for vaccine / Italy’s pandemic response / S. Korea coronavirus lessons

– The facts and priorities in the global race for a coronavirus vaccine – a medical research chief sets the record straight. – Italy tries to pick up the pieces from a long lockdown. Can it get back on its feet with a new aid package? – Hard lessons from South Korea on a new … Read more 2020/05/15 Race for vaccine / Italy’s pandemic response / S. Korea coronavirus lessons

Hard lessons after S. Korea coronavirus spike

After weeks of nearly no new locally transmitted cases, a new spike in infections rocked South Korea, mostly centered around nightclubs in the capital city. #Seoul has been working hard to stem a second wave. There’re crucial questions regarding fighting the pandemic in the next stage. How can we strike a balance between saving jobs … Read more Hard lessons after S. Korea coronavirus spike

CDC Issues Guidelines for Reopening Bars, Restaurants and Workplaces

May.15 — The global death toll from coronavirus now exceeds 300,000. South Korea and China’s Northeast are back on the radar as rising cases fuel alarm officials over a second wave in Asia. In the U.S., states have been issued official guidance on how to reopen bars, restaurants and work places. Bloomberg’s Annmarie Hordern reports … Read more CDC Issues Guidelines for Reopening Bars, Restaurants and Workplaces

Seoul cluster heightens fears of second wave of outbreak in South Korea

In South Korea, fears of a second wave of infections have been heightened, after a cluster linked to a popular nightlife district in the capital Seoul. The country reported 29 new cases on Thursday, 20 of which are from the outbreak connected to clubs in the Itaewon area. A total of 131 cases have been … Read more Seoul cluster heightens fears of second wave of outbreak in South Korea

South Korean farmers embrace hi-tech methods

South Korea’s government is encouraging farmers to adopt smart farm technologies to deal with a shortage of workers in rural areas. The initiative is proving timely as the country recovers from the coronavirus, as Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride discovered on a visit to the southern growing region of Sangju. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more South Korean farmers embrace hi-tech methods

Infection spike: South Korea’s pandemic lessons

A new spike in confirmed COVID-19 infections hit South Korea. Most of the cases were traced to clubs in Seoul’s Itaewon district, after a 29-year-old man who did the rounds there in early May tested positive. Health authorities said Tuesday that infections linked to the area exceeded a hundred nationwide.The country has again raised its … Read more Infection spike: South Korea’s pandemic lessons

Ex-U.S. envoy to China on thaw in cold ties / Infection spike: South Korea’s pandemic lessons

— Getting up to speed on the state of China-U.S. relations, and chances of a thaw in thorny ties – catching up with a former top U.S. diplomat to China and his wife. — And, a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea – the hard lessons of reopening while managing infections. #coronavirus Subscribe … Read more Ex-U.S. envoy to China on thaw in cold ties / Infection spike: South Korea’s pandemic lessons

South Korea’s LGBTQ Community Facing Heat Over New Flare-Up in Cases Tied to Clubs

A potential second wave of coronavirus infections could be possible in South Korea after confirmed cases suddenly increased after a lull, with a surge tied to nightclubs in Seoul. The total number of cases linked to nightclubs in Itaewon in Seoul, visited by a 29-year-old patient earlier this month, increased to 54 as of noon … Read more South Korea’s LGBTQ Community Facing Heat Over New Flare-Up in Cases Tied to Clubs

LGBTQ clubbers exposed to COVID-19 in South Korea afraid to come forward | The World

A new cluster of coronavirus cases in South Korea has been linked to a person who visited several gay nightclubs, sparking panic and homophobia. Journalist Raphael Rashid tells The World that in a country where homosexuality remains taboo, contact tracing has been made even more difficult as many patrons are reluctant to come forward for … Read more LGBTQ clubbers exposed to COVID-19 in South Korea afraid to come forward | The World

COVID-19 | Threat of a second wave of pandemic is getting real

Authorities of China’s #Wuhan are planning to test all residents within the next 10 days for #COVID19 as new cases emerge in the city after strict lockdown measures were lifted. South Korea also registered a spike in new cases starting from last week, country’s authorities link it to nightclubs and bars functioning in Seoul. Subscribe … Read more COVID-19 | Threat of a second wave of pandemic is getting real