CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/30/2020 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/30/2020 Mon.)

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06:06, March 30, 2020


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China boosts air freight capacity to ensure global medical supply


China has increased its international air freight capacity to ensure the smooth operation of global medical supply chains amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Thursday, China had carried out 23 international medical supply shipments totaling 406 tons, Zhang Qing, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said at a press conference Sunday.

Domestic- and-foreign-owned international cargo flights total 930 per week, which is close to levels recorded before the outbreak, Zhang noted. (Xinhua)

New York state nears 1,000 coronavirus deaths


New York state’s coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000. Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The state accounts for over 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths nationwide.

The number of disease-related deaths in the state jumped to 965 on Sunday, from 728 the day before, Cuomo also said, with the majority in New York City.

Meanwhile, new data revealed that almost a quarter of the people who’ve died of COVID-19 were nursing home residents. (AP)

Detroit auto show canceled, center to be used as hospital


The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) said it would cancel its Detroit show because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the center where it is held will likely be repurposed into a hospital.

The Detroit Auto Show, as it is more commonly known, is one of the largest auto shows in North America. It was scheduled to be held in June. Prior to this year, the auto show was traditionally held in January.

NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said in a recent statement the annual auto show would be held in June 2021. (AP)

More venues to be closed, public gathering limited to two persons in Australia


More venues in Australia are to be closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country, while more stringent restrictions are placed on public gatherings, said Australian Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison.

In addition to the institutions and businesses already closed last week, more public areas are expected to follow suit, including public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks, which will close on Monday.

Public gatherings are limited to two people, although it is up to states and territories to enforce the limit. (Xinhua)

Burger King apologizes after using racist term to name COVID-19, sparking fury


Burger King China, the Chinese mainland operator of the multinational fast food restaurant chain, issued a public apology on Weibo on behalf of the US brand's Taiwan branch for using "Wuhan pneumonia" to refer to COVID-19 in a post on Facebook.

According to a screenshot of the post made by @BurgerkingTW, allegedly the official account of the Burger King operator in Taiwan, made a racist reference to COVID-19 in a post to promote its non-contact delivery services.

The post could not be found on its Facebook page, and no explanation has been given for its removal. (Global Times)

Two female Chinese national ice hockey players confirmed with COVID-19


Two ice hockey players with China women's national team have tested positive of COVID-19 with minor symptoms, the Chinese Ice Hockey Association said on Sunday. 

This is the second Chinese national team to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Three Chinese fencers tested positive after returning from an Olympic qualifier in Hungary in early March. (CGTN)

Dogs being trained to sniff out COVID-19


A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 with their sense of smell.

It follows previous research into dogs' ability to sniff out malaria and is based on a belief that each disease triggers a distinct odor.

The charity has previously trained dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's, and bacterial infections by sniffing samples taken from patients. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which Williams sister has won more Grand Slam titles?

(Answer: Serena.)

Today’s quote is from English writer John Ruskin (1819-1900).

"To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education."

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

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