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WHO virus investigators head for China, but await visas

Members of an international expert team set off for China to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Beijing has yet to grant them entry, the WHO chief said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 6th, 2021

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Trump to pull out funding from WHO; hits China over virus, Hong Kong

  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), end Hong Kong’s special trade status, and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government — escalating tensions with China that have surged during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has been […] The post Trump to pull out funding from WHO; hits China over virus, Hong Kong appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

China tightens security on Myanmar border over virus fears

A Covid-19 outbreak on China's porous border with Myanmar pushed new cases to the country's highest level in six months, according to official data Wednesday, despite tightened border security......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Chinese students take crucial gaokao exams in Covid isolation

Teenage Covid-19 patients in southern China bent over test papers and scribbled answers alone in hospital rooms, taking the life-changing "gaokao" college entrance exams despite being in virus-induced isolation......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

Virus disrupts PH Azkals& rsquo; plans

Reports of COVID-19 infections from the Philippine Azkals national men’s football team, along with the Syrian and Maldives squad, have forced the Chinese Football Association to call off the games of the 2022 Qatar Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint-qualifier in Suzhou, China......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

COVID-19 deaths in the Philippines cross 20,000

Coronavirus deaths in the country crossed the 20,000-mark over a year, or exactly 478 days, after the first death caused by the virus outside of China was recorded in the Philippines. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Bitcoin tumbles to $30,000 after China warning, Musk remarks

Beijing, CHINA — Bitcoin plunged by 30 percent on Wednesday after China signalled a new crackdown on the cryptocurrency and Tesla head Elon Musk sent mixed signals about his car company’s use of the unit. The virtual currency fell to almost $30,000 — less than half the record value it reached last month — before […] The post Bitcoin tumbles to $30,000 after China warning, Musk remarks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

The world turns to China for COVID vaccines after the US grab and a raging wave in India

The world is becoming dependent on China for vaccines, the outbreak of virulent virus in India is increasing its ability to meet supply agreements, even.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2021

Stocks retreat on renewed virus worries

Stocks closed lower yesterday, bucking the uptrend in most Asian markets, as local investors await positive news on the coronavirus situation in the country, traders said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Olympics difficult after virus spikes, Japan medical group warns

Holding the postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer will be "really difficult" given a spike in coronavirus infections across Japan, the head of the Tokyo Medical Association has warned......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 14th, 2021

Abalos receives first virus jab

Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos got herself vaccinated on Monday afternoon with China-made Sinovac. “I got vaccinated at one o’clock in the afternoon,” Abalos told this reporter in a phone interview. Aside from Abalos, the city’s frontline workers, adults with comorbidities, and senior citizens were also inoculated against Covid-19 at Pedro P. Cruz Elementary […] The post Abalos receives first virus jab appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Delayed report says COVID probably came to humans from animals

COVID-19 probably passed to humans from a bat via an intermediary animal, an international expert mission to China concluded in a report seen on Monday, with investigators all but ruling out a laboratory leak......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2021

Rody to spend 76th birthday in Davao City

President Rodrigo Duterte will spend his 76th birthday in Davao today (Sunday) but will head back to Manila immediately to witness the arrival of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine bought from China’s Sinovac on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 28th, 2021

China mission members urge routine virus origin probes

China mission members urge routine virus origin probes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 11th, 2021

Viruses, variants, and vaccines

Almost one year has quickly passed since the government imposed a general lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first reported in Wuhan, China. In our country alone, the virus has infected over half a million people and killed more than 12,000. And these are only the official figures. The actual numbers are […] The post Viruses, variants, and vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

5.6 million eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Region 7

  CEBU CITY, Philippines—Health officials in Central Visayas on Monday, March 1, 2021, confirmed that China’s Sinovac will be the first batch of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines to arrive in Cebu. Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head (RESU-7) Dr. Juanito Zuasola Jr. and Department of Health spokesperson (DOH-7) Dr. Mary Jean Loreche announced in […] The post 5.6 million eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Region 7 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2021

Wave of the future

Last Tuesday, the London School of Economics Student Union conducted a virtual panel discussion on “The Rise of Asian Sports Business” with host Yuyang Cao and academic chair Dr. Xiaoran Hu presiding in a lively one-hour forum featuring guests Sports Business Strategy and Marketing professor Simon Chadwick, former NBA China CEO Derek Chang, Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund football club head of China Benjamin Wahl and East Asia Super League CEO Matt Beyer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2021

Vaccinated in UAE, positive in Cebu; an OFW’s dilemma

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) here who already got vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before he returned home in Mandaue last January 5, 2021, tested positive for the virus last February 9. Lawyer Julius Caesar Entise, head of the Mandaue City Contact Tracing team, said the OFW […] The post Vaccinated in UAE, positive in Cebu; an OFW’s dilemma appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2021

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year

We love Chinese food, we follow Chinese traditions but we have two problems with China: the West Philippine Sea and the Wuhan virus better known as COVID-19 virus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2021

China factory prices see first rise in a year

Factory prices rose in China for the first time in a year last month as the country's vast industrial sector leads a recovery from the virus pandemic, with analysts hailing the data as a turning point for the world's number two economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021