CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/13/2020 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/13/2020 Mon.)

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06:49, April 13, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Over 22,000 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19: WHO

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit over 22,000 healthcare workers across 52 countries and regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday.

According to its daily situation report, 22,073 COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers have been reported to the WHO as of Wednesday, April 8.

The report said the number is probably under-represented as there is so far no systematic reporting of infections among healthcare workers to the WHO. (Xinhua)

New deaths in Italy reach lowest mark in three weeks

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Italy recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths in three weeks, saying 431 people died in the past day to bring the total to 19,899.

It was the lowest daily death toll since March 19.

For the ninth day running, intensive care admissions were down, and hospitalizations overall were down, relieving pressure on Italy’s over-stressed health care system.

More than 4,000 people tested positive as Italy began its fifth week under nationwide lockdown, continuing a general flattening in its infection curve. (AP)

British PM Johnson discharged from hospital

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "it could have gone either way" for him while he was in the hospital being treated for COVID-19.

"It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS (National Health Service) for saving my life," he said in a video message posted on Twitter on Sunday, shortly after it was announced he had been discharged from St Thomas' hospital in London.

"On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work," a Downing Street spokesman said. (CGTN)

More than 10 percent of US carrier's crew test positive for virus: Navy

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More than 10 percent of the 4,800 crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Navy said Saturday.

"92 percent of the TR crew have been tested. As of today, 550 were positive, 3,673 were negative," a US Navy spokesman said.

The spokesman said 3,696 have been moved to hotels and barracks available on Guam, where the ship has been docked. (AFP)

Disney World furloughing 43,000 more employees due to COVID-19

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Walt Disney World plans to stop paying 43,000 employees in about a week while allowing them to keep their benefits for up to a year in what is the largest wave of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Employees will be able to keep their medical, dental, and life insurance benefits for the length of the furlough period, or up to a year, according to a statement from the coalition of unions representing the Disney World employees.

About 200 employees will remain on the job performing "essential duties" during the closure, and they will be offered positions based on seniority, the union said.(CGTN)

Taliban set to release 20 prisoners: insurgent spokesman

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The Taliban on Sunday said it was set to release 20 prisoners in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, in a potential breakthrough after the insurgents walked out of talks with the government last week.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter the group would be handed over to Red Cross representatives.

A small Taliban team met with government officials to discuss a comprehensive prisoner swap last week, but walked out of the talks soon after officials offered a piecemeal release deal for the prisoners. (AFP)

China unveils final nominees for national top archaeological discoveries in 2019

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China has unveiled 20 candidates for the final selection of its top 10 archaeological discoveries in 2019, according to the official website of the National Cultural Heritage Administration.

The selection office received 215 valid votes, with the top 10 in the nominee ranks all winning over 135 votes, according to the newspaper.

More introductive files are required to be submitted before April 19 for the final round of selection, it added. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In what year was the very first iPhone model released?

(Answer: 2007.)

Today’s quote is from French novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944).       

"When you give yourself, you receive more than you give."

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

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