Chinese smartphone health code rules post-virus life

Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the “health code” that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required

Virus masks, apps | The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified yesterday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear

Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

President Donald Trump has held an unequivocal position about China and the coronavirus — several of them. Trump initially praised China, then excoriated Beijing after it made unsubstantiated claims that the virus originated

This Day in History | 2000 Asylum voucher scheme enforced

Asylum seekers in the UK will now receive vouchers to buy food and clothes, under controversial plans which have come into effect despite months of criticism. The changes, being introduced under

New York virus toll doubles in 72 hours as hot spots spread

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900, while the global

The Buzz | Chartered flight bound for London to pick up a group of Chinese students

China says a chartered flight is currently bound for London to pick up a group of Chinese international students who have struggled to return home as Covid-19 spreads around the

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked down Welsh town

Un-BAAAAA-LIEVABLE: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing. With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to

World Briefs

CHINA  yesterday recorded another 35 confirmed and 20 suspected coronavirus cases, all from overseas. Another 55 asymptomatic cases were also recorded, 17 of them imported, bringing to 1,075 the number

World Views | Cash and credit cards are dirty

  Cash is dirty. Credit cards may be even dirtier. That’s a problem in this new germophobic world created by the coronavirus. There will likely be new winners and losers as consumers

The Latest: Nearly 900K lost their jobs in Spain amid virus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can

China reveals 1,541 symptom-free virus cases under pressure

China said that it’s put 1,541 people infected with the novel coronavirus but who don’t have symptoms under observation as of March 30, a much-anticipated announcement which helps provide a

Fake news or the truth? Russia cracks down on virus postings

Two weeks ago, an opposition-leaning radio station in Russia interviewed political analyst Valery Solovei, who alleged the government was lying when it said no one had died in the country

Exceptional Times | Volunteers fill gaps amid UK pandemic lockdown

The Rev. April Keech knocked on the door of an apartment in east London, took three giant steps back and made way for other volunteers to lay a bag of

This Day in History | 1986 Bomb tears hole in airliner over Greece

Four people, including an eight-month old baby, have been sucked out of a TWA passenger jet after an explosion ripped a hole in its side. The Boeing 727 was flying at

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

Late last year — long before most people had heard of the new coronavirus now sweeping the globe — scientists in Germany sprang into action to develop a test for

The Buzz | Facebook joins resistance to Bolsonaro virus claims

Major social media companies are taking aim at Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissal of social distancing, joining others in the country who have lined up against his controversial stance regarding

Reganmian | Wuhan’s favorite noodles are back as virus-hit city recovers

The noodles smothered in peanut sauce are as much a trademark of Wuhan as deep-dish pizza in Chicago or spaghetti in Rome. Zhou Guoqiong still isn’t allowed to serve customers

World Views

CHINESE officials say dry conditions, high temperatures and a sudden change in wind direction all contributed to the deaths of 19 people in a forest fire in mountainous southwestern China.

Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent

Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And

Exceptional Times | South Korea shoe cobbler donates for needy amid coronavirus

Kim Byung-rok survived tuberculosis when he was 23, but was left with one good lung. In his work polishing and mending shoes, he inhaled too much dirt. So when he bought

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