CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/21/2020 Fri.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/21/2020 Fri.)

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06:13, February 21, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China ensures medical supplies for frontline medics

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Key supplies for medical personnel on the frontlines to fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic in Central China's Hubei Province are guaranteed, and the supplies of living materials are basically abundant.

Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, announced at a video press briefing Thursday in Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic.

On Wednesday, 336,000 N95 masks and 133,000 protective suits were collected across the country and supplied to Hubei, said Lian. (Xinhua)

German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 

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A 43-year-old German who posted a rant calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst” shot and killed nine people of foreign descent, most of them Turkish citizens, in an attack at a hookah bar and other locations in a Frankfurt suburb, authorities said Thursday.

The alleged gunman was later found dead at his home along with his mother, and authorities said they were treating the rampage as an act of domestic terrorism.

The alleged gunman attacked a hookah bar and a neighboring cafe in Hanau on Wednesday, killing several people, then traveled 2.5 kilometers and opened fire again, first on a car, and then at a sports bar, claiming more victims. (AP)

S. Korea reports first coronavirus death as case number hits 104

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South Korea on Thursday confirmed 53 more cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the total number of infections to 104.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), 51 of the new patients were residents in Daegu, and its surrounding North Gyeongsang Province.

One of the infected patients died of pneumonia on Wednesday. Health authorities have launched an investigation to determine the exact cause of death. (China Plus)

US researchers map 3D structure of novel coronavirus' key protein

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US researchers mapped the first 3D atomic-scale structure of a key 2019 novel coronavirus protein, making a breakthrough toward developing vaccines, therapeutic antibodies and diagnostics, according to a study published online in the journal Science on Wednesday.

The study found the 2019 novel coronavirus shared the same functional host-cell receptor called ACE2 with SARS virus, but ACE2 binds to the novel coronavirus with affinity about 10 or 20-fold higher than its binding to SARS virus. 

The findings may provide a potential explanation for the apparent easy human-to-human transmission demonstrated by the novel coronavirus, said researchers. (Xinhua)

Man arrested after stabbing inside mosque in London: police

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A man has been arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder after reports of a stabbing in a mosque in London, the Metropolitan Police confirmed Thursday.

Police were called to the mosque near Regents Park in London following reports of the stabbing, said the Metropolitan Police on Twitter.

London ambulance drivers rushed to the scene, where they found an injured man in his 70s, and treated him before taking him to a hospital. His condition has been assessed as non-life-threatening.

According to local media, the attacker regularly visited the mosque. The victim was stabbed in the neck  during afternoon prayers inside the mosque. (Xinhua)

India says locust swarms under control after ravaging crops

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The Indian government said it has gained control over swarms of desert locusts that encroached upon the western region of the country, ravaging crops and damaging the nation’s agricultural industry.

A total of 350,000 hectares in West India were destroyed by locusts due to their destructive force.

Based on past locust disasters in the region, the locust swarms are unlikely to fly further east to spread across the rest of India or threaten neighboring countries. (CGTN)

Bank of England releases new 20 pound note

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Deemed as "the most secure ever" note issued by the Bank of England, the latest 20 pound note was released into circulation Thursday.

The new polymer note features the famous English watercolor artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. A new polymer 50 pound featuring code breaker Alan Turing will be issued next year.

Launched at Tate Britain, the new 20 pound note includes two see-through windows and a two-color foil, making it very difficult to counterfeit. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What animal is the wombat's closest relative?

(Answer: Koala.) 

Today’s quote is from American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887).     

"Books are not men and yet they stay alive."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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