CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/23/2020 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/23/2020 Mon.)

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05:16, March 23, 2020

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Shanghai requires international arrivals to undergo nucleic acid testing

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Shanghai has ordered foreign arrivals to undergo nucleic acid testing (NAT) to screen for coronavirus beginning Monday, local authorities said.

The new measure will expand a program that only applied to those arriving from 24 heavy-hit countries, regardless of nationality, according to officials at the municipal government's press conference on Sunday.

On Monday, inbound passengers from non-key countries will need to undergo NAT, temperature checks, epidemiological investigation, and verification of health declaration forms. (Xinhua)

Coronavirus outbreak hits Rikers prison

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New York City was hit by the nation’s largest coronavirus jail outbreak this week, with at least 38 people testing positive at Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities, with over half of them incarcerated, jail officials said Saturday.  

One inmate became the first in the country to test positive in a federal jail.

In a letter to New York’s criminal justice leaders, Board of Correction interim chairwoman Jacqueline Sherman described a jail system in crisis. (AP)

Rand Paul becomes 1st US senator to test positive for coronavirus

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US Senator Rand Paul, Republican from the state of Kentucky, confirmed Sunday that he tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to be infected by the virus.

"Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," read a tweet on the senator's official Twitter account.

Paul, the tweet continued, "is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person." (Xinhua)

Russia to restrict all international air traffic

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Russia will temporarily restrict all flights to and from foreign nations from Monday, except for those between foreign capitals or necessary for evacuation, according to the order of the Russian government.

An exception is made for regular flights connecting the Russian capital with 146 foreign capitals and charter flights that are necessary to carry repatriated individuals to their home nations, including Russia. (CGTN)

Africa lockdowns begin as coronavirus cases surpass 1,000

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Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.

Meanwhile, Uganda, Eritrea, and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected. Congo and Ghana reported their first death; Burkina Faso reported two new ones; Tunisia earlier imposed a lockdown as well. (AP)

Croatia quake injures 17 amid partial coronavirus lockdown

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An earthquake in Croatia on Sunday caused panic, the evacuation of hospitals, and widespread damage, including to the capital's iconic cathedral — all amid a partial coronavirus lockdown.

A 15-year-old was reported to be in critical condition, and 16 others were injured, authorities said.

The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake measured 5.3 and struck a wide area north of the capital, Zagreb, on Sunday morning. (AP)

China's national football team to return home

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The Chinese national football team has announced that it is expected to return to China in a few days' time, scotching rumors that Beijing had rejected its request to come home amid coronavirus containment measures.

The Chinese squad, which has been training in Dubai since March 4, issued a statement on Sunday on its official Weibo account, dismissing the allegations.

The statement also said other teams would also be returning.  (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many teeth can a shark lose in its lifetime?

(Answer: 30,000.) 

Today’s quote is from French philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662).    

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts."

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

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