HONG KONG: China's Hong Kong reported four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and one confirmed case was transferred from a suspected one on Sunday (Feb 23), taking the total to 74 as of 8pm local time, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said. Other two new cases involved two women aged 80 and 76 who both went to a temple in North Point, Hong Kong Island. Up to now, there were a total of four elder female victims who once went to that temple, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said. Chuang added that at least 30 citizens who'd been to the temple contacted the CHP, among which five had been hospitalized with symptoms and 10 would undergo quarantine. Among the 74 confirmed cases of Covid-19, two patients have passed away, 12 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, while the others remain hospitalised.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
TOKYO: Japan won’t test medical workers who came in close contact with passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Tokyo, the NHK broadcaster reported on Sunday (Feb 13). Doctors and nurses who don’t have symptoms won’t be examined because they have "mastered the technology to prevent infection,” the report said, citing the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Health professionals on board the ship were involved in quarantine work with passengers. The health ministry will examine 41 state officials who worked on the Diamond Princess after most of them returned to work without being tested, the report said. China’s National Health Commission reported that more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, while at least six have died.
February 23, 2020 13:07 UTC
MADRID: Eden Hazard’s season could be at risk after Real Madrid announced on Sunday that he had fractured his right ankle during his team’s 1-0 La Liga defeat at Levante. Belgium forward Hazard, whose first season at Real has been plagued by injury, will now miss Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 clash with Manchester City and the Clasico with league leaders Barcelona next weekend. Madrid did not announce a recovery time for Hazard but his latest setback will be a worry for Belgium boss Roberto Martinez ahead of Euro 2020 this summer. On Saturday, Madrid coach Zinedine admitted that the 29-year-old’s injury “doesn’t look good” ahead of those two huge matches, which could define his side’s season. Hazard made his first start in almost three months against Celta Vigo last weekend and started again at Levante, with a view to regaining sharpness before the City showdown.
February 23, 2020 12:45 UTC
We need that.”Duncan said Black-owned media is a key source of representation “to an under-represented group. But migration from a number of countries has a large influence on the Black Toronto experience. “Stories about our young people doing well are the ones I enjoy doing, and you won’t see those stories in the mainstream media,” he said. Fanfair is concerned about the dearth of new-media Black-owned brands, even with new online outlets, such as ByBlacks.com, emerging. “The younger generation is into different experiences and different cultures.”Blythe said in the ’90s, Black media brands weren’t seen as viable places for advertisers to promote their goods and services.
February 23, 2020 12:01 UTC
BANGKOK: Hundreds of students and supporters held a protest in Bangkok during the weekend against a court decision dissolving Thailand's second largest opposition party, less than a year after an election that ended direct military rule. The Constitutional Court on Friday disbanded the upstart Future Forward Party, which won more than 6 million votes last year and came in third, for taking loans from its founder. The court also banned 16 party executives from politics for 10 years, including its charismatic billionaire leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Student Union of Thailand called a rally at Thammasat University to protest against the dissolution of Future Forward, which draws its support particularly among young voters. "This decision seriously weakens the political opposition for the benefit of the military-backed ruling party and unjustly cancels the votes of over six million Future Forward Party supporters," he said.
February 23, 2020 11:37 UTC
BEIJING: Nearly 23,000 patients infected with the Covid-19 (coronavirus) have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals in China as the country makes progress in its fight against the epidemic. "Thanks to the early diagnosis, my symptoms were eased a lot after four days of treatment in hospital, and I was finally cured," said Tang. Clinical experience has repeatedly proven that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) combined with Western medicine plays an active and effective role in the treatment and recuperation of coronavirus patients. Nationwide, over 75 percent of COVID-19 patients are receiving TCM treatment in Hubei and over 90 percent in other parts of China. At the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University in east China's Zhejiang Province, Li also shared a ward with her husband.
February 23, 2020 11:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The KL Dragons survived another gruelling physical encounter as they scored an impressive win over the Singapore Slingers in the Asean Basketball League (ABL). The Dragons silenced the crowd at the OCBC Arena once again as they came up tops with a 77-68 victory in Singapore today. It was the Dragons’ second away win over the Slingers after showing up their bitter rivals with 79-68 success on Feb 14. In the third quarter, the Slingers kept pushing for an advantage but the Dragons’ defence didn’t budge. For the Slingers, Marcus Elliot netted 21 points and one-time ABL world import MVP Xavier Alexander finished with 20 points.
February 23, 2020 10:41 UTC
MANILA: The spokesman of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday (Feb 23) that the decision of Japanese carmaker Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) to close its manufacturing plant in the Philippines in March has "minimal" impact on the economy. At least 387 workers will be out of work after the plant is shut down. Panelo said the displaced workers can easily find jobs in the country, saying there are many infrastructure projects that are ongoing under the "Build, Build, Build" projects. "To meet Honda's customer needs in the Philippines for reasonably priced and good quality products, Honda considered efficient allocation and distribution of resources," Honda said in a statement. The manufacturing plant began operations in 1992.
February 23, 2020 10:30 UTC
BEIJING: Leading telecom operator China Unicom said Sunday (Feb 23) that it will work with China Telecom to finish construction on 250,000 5G base stations across the country by the end of the third quarter. The deadline came earlier than its previous plan to finish such construction by the year-end, according to information disclosed on the company's website. In the first half of the year, the two operators seek to build 100,000 5G base stations in 47 prefectures and cities. As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus took a hit on economic activities, China Telecom said it will push work resumption on 5G network infrastructure to mitigate the impacts. As of Feb. 20, China Unicom had launched 64,000 5G base stations.
February 23, 2020 10:18 UTC
BANGKOK: A banned Thai opposition party on Sunday accused the former military junta of helping cover up Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, urging Thais to demand the truth ahead of a censure debate against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The Future Forward Party, the third-largest party in parliament, was dissolved on Friday by Thailand’s Constitutional Court over a loan it took from its billionaire founder. “The only person who can issue these orders is Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha,” Pannika said. At least six countries, including the United States, have launched money laundering, financial mismanagement and criminal probes into 1MDB dealings. “Since we have been dissolved, we can’t, but the Thai public can demand the truth.”A spokesman for the Malaysian prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
February 23, 2020 09:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Men’s doubles Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik admitted to being disappointed with their Barcelona Spain Masters semi-final exit on Saturday. In the absence of several top pairs, including those from China, Aaron-Wooi Yik failed to capitalise on the advantage, losing 21-16, 24-22 to Denmark’s Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. Speaking to Timesport from Barcelona, Aaron said: “Yes, my partner and I are extremely disappointed. All the national doubles players in Barcelona, including men's doubles Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani and womenss pair Vivian Hoo-Yap Cheng Wen, left for Paris yesterday to train with the French national team for the next one week before heading to Germany. It would have taken a toll on us if we had to fly back to Asia and then back to Europe.
February 23, 2020 09:33 UTC
JAKARTA: Indonesia is backing calls for a coordinated global response to the coronavirus outbreak, warning that authorities may be underestimating its impact on trade and economic growth. While Indonesia hasn’t recorded any cases, officials are increasingly worried about the broader impact the outbreak will have on the economy, the biggest in Southeast Asia. "We are assuming that if China’s and global growth are going to be corrected downward then Indonesia is going to be affected” to the tune of between 0.3 and 0.6 percentage points. Like many economies in the region, Indonesia is reliant on Chinese trade and tourism, which have been disrupted. Indrawati said transport and tourism "are going to be hit very hard” considering the magnitude of China’s contribution to the global economy.
February 23, 2020 09:22 UTC
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February 23, 2020 09:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Team Sapura Cycling rider Nur Aiman Zariff has set the bar high for himself following his standout performance at the recent Petronas Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL). Aiman said his red jersey victory at LTdL, the first won by a Malaysian in the history of the competition, has given him both the confidence and determination to push harder. I did well in the GC at the Cambodia Bay Cycling Tour earlier this year by finishing second, so I believe there is potential to improve. Aiman and Harrif were formerly teammates at Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) before the former joined Sapura in 2018. He now has three LTdL career-stage wins to his name, more than any other Asian rider in the history of the competition.
February 23, 2020 09:11 UTC
DUBAI: Another Iranian infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus has died in the country, head of the Medical Science University in the Mazandaran province was quoted as saying on Sunday. The latest death brings the tally of fatalities from the coronavirus in the Islamic Republic to seven. “An Iranian who traveled from Tehran to Tonekabon has died of the new coronavirus,” Abbas Mousavi said, Iranian media reported.
February 23, 2020 09:11 UTC