CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/2/2020 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/2/2020 Mon.)

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07:06, March 02, 2020


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Govt asks Chinese in virus-hit countries to consider coming back


The Chinese government attaches great importance to the health of Chinese citizens currently in countries seriously impacted by the novel coronavirus epidemic, such as South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran, said Cui Aimin, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs.

These people can directly fly back to China or come via a third country, as these nations have not yet shut down public transport, Cui said at a news conference held by the State Council's joint prevention and control mechanism on Sunday.

If the situation in those countries worsens, the Chinese government will take further actions to help bring them back to China, Cui said. (China Daily)

Over 50 pct coronavirus patients didn't have fever, paper says


More than half of all coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals did not have a fever, and many did not have abnormal radiologic findings, a recent study has found.

The study, published Friday on the New England Journal of Medicine’s website, said only 43.8 percent of patients had a fever during admittance, and the ratio grew to 88.7 percent during hospitalization.

Coughing was reported in 67.8 percent of the patients, making that the most common symptom alongside fever, while diarrhea was uncommon (3.8 percent), according to the research team led by Zhong Nanshan, a prominent scientist who heads a government-appointed panel of experts to help control the coronavirus outbreak.

The research found the median incubation period was four days, though in one case, the virus was found to have incubated for 24 days. (China Daily)

Last crew members leave cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo


The final group of about 130 crew members left the Diamond Princess on Sunday.

Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said at a news conference the ship is now empty and ready for sterilization and safety checks to prepare for its next voyage. He did not give a timeline.

The US-operated Diamond Princess had carried an infected passenger before returning to its homeport in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on February 3. Of the 3,711 passengers and crew members, 705 were infected on the ship, triggering international criticism of the quarantine and Japan's disease control capability. (AP)

Turkish forces shoot down two Syrian planes


Turkish forces shot down two Syrian planes in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.  The pilots from both aircraft ejected and activated their parachutes and landed safely, Syrian state media reported Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the two SU-24 planes fell in the regime-held territory, likely after being targeted by Turkish F-16 warplanes.  

Turkey's defense ministry confirmed it struck the Syrian warplanes on Sunday but did not confirm who was responsible. (CGTN)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson engaged with girlfriend


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are engaged and expecting a baby in early summer.

This will be Johnson's sixth child, however, it will be the first child born to his 31-year-old partner.

It is believed that Johnson has been dating Symonds for nearly two years. (CGTN)

China's Potala Palace holds first-ever livestream tour


The Potala Palace, a landmark in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, held a live stream tour on Sunday, marking a first-ever in its over 1,300-year history.

The online tour was live-streamed on China's e-commerce platform Taobao, according to the palace's management. A tour guide from the management bureau introduced the palace's history at the foot of the mountain where it was built.

During the one-hour online tour, the guide led viewers through a classic route while explaining the craftsmanship of the palace’s architecture and cultural relics.

The Potala Palace, built in the seventh century, is a model of ancient architecture and home to over 100,000 cultural relics. (Xinhua)

Golden State star Curry not quite ready to return Sunday


Stephen Curry had hoped to play for the Warriors on Sunday at home against the Washington Wizards after being sidelined for four months, but he won't return from a broken left hand quite that soon.

Golden State said Saturday that Curry is participating in full scrimmages during practice and "continues to make good progress in his recovery." He is scheduled to practice with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday and is still expected to play in March, the Warriors said.

Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand on October 30 against the Suns. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many breaths does the average person take each day?

(Answer: An average person takes about 25,000 breaths every day.)

Today’s quote is from English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).

"Better not be at all than not be noble."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)



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