CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/17/2020 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/17/2020 Tue.)

People's Daily app

06:45, March 17, 2020



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China advises nationals against traveling abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic


Chinese authorities on Monday suggested that residents on the mainland not travel abroad amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, particularly to countries hit hard by the pandemic.

Officials with the National Health Commission and the National Immigration Administration made the remarks at a press conference.

As of Sunday, over 140 countries and regions worldwide have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Xinhua)

US tells older people to stay home, all ages to avoid crowds


The White House on Monday urged elderly Americans to stay home and for everyone to avoid crowds and eating at restaurants as part of sweeping guidelines meant to combat an expected surge of coronavirus cases.

Other recommendations for the next 15 days include groups with more than 10 people should not meet in public, schooling should be at home, and discretionary travel and social visits should be avoided. 

US President Donald Trump, speaking from the White House briefing room, was asked when the pandemic would subside, said that “if we do a really good job” the crisis could pass by July or August, a far less optimistic take than in his earlier predictions that it could be over within weeks. (AP)

Dow drops nearly 3,000 points on coronavirus fears


US equities plunged on Monday with the Dow closing down about 3,000 points, or 12.9 percent, as panic selling continued amid coronavirus fallout.

US President Donald Trump told reporters he sees a chance of recession and promised help to the struggling airline industry. 

The losses came as huge swaths of the economy are approaching a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak as businesses and travel have shut down. (AP)

Malaysian PM announces nationwide lockdown


Malaysia ’s new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said during a televised national address on Monday that due to the threat of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), a nationwide lockdown would go into effect beginning Wednesday and extend through March 31.

The move indicates a reset on immigration control measures prohibiting nationals from exiting the country and all foreign travelers from entering. Also, returning nationals will have to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine.

Public gatherings, including religious, sports, social, and cultural activities, will be prohibited. (People's Daily app)

Italian FA to ask for Euro 2020 postponement


Italy's football federation will ask for the Euro 2020 tournament to be postponed over the coronavirus outbreak in the hope of being able to complete the Serie A season, its president said on Sunday.

Top-flight football across Europe has ground to a halt as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, with national and continental club competitions suspended or postponed.

Representatives of European clubs and leagues and the players will join national federations on an emergency video-conference call organized by UEFA on Tuesday. Discussions will include Euro 2020 which is due to take place in 12 European countries, including Italy, from June 12 to July 12. (CGTN)

Spanish King renounces inheritance from father amid scandal


Spain’s King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the country’s royal house announced Sunday.

The decision comes amid an ongoing investigation by Swiss prosecutors into an offshore account allegedly operated for Juan Carlos. 

The account allegedly received $100 million from Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah in 2008, which prosecutors believe could be kickback payments, according to a Swiss newspaper. (AP)

Japanese man sentenced to death for murder of 19 at care home


A Japanese man was sentenced to death on Monday for murdering 19 disabled people at a care home, in one of the country's worst mass killings.

Satoshi Uematsu never disputed his involvement in the grisly rampage, but his lawyers entered a plea of not guilty, arguing the 30-year-old was suffering a "mental disorder" linked to his use of marijuana.

Uematsu has reportedly said he wanted to eradicate all disabled people in the horrifying attack that also left 26 people wounded. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In the US, some people eat turducken instead of a traditional turkey for Thanksgiving. What is this dish?

(Answer: The turducken is a nesting doll of dinner dishes.) 

Today’s quote is from Italian poet Cesare Pavese (1909-1950). 

"Lessons are not given, they are taken."

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

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