CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/16/2020 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/16/2020 Sat.)

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05:28, May 16, 2020



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

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A Chinese health official on Friday called for implementing COVID-19 containment measures in detail to forestall a virus resurgence.

Song Shuli, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC), made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing.

Noting that the number of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment had dropped to 91 on the Chinese mainland by Thursday, Song underscored the number of domestic infections had risen for three consecutive days, and arduous work remains to prevent a resurgence. 

Song also called for targeted efforts to tighten virus prevention and control measures in major regions and at venues, and further efforts to find and plug containment loopholes. (Xinhua)

UK govt in £1.6bn bailout of London transport system

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The British government will pump £1.6 billion into London's public transport system to restore services and help prevent overcrowding as people return to work, Transport for London (TfL) said Friday.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to restore full bus and train services, after warning they would be cut further without emergency state support, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding package is based on the assumption that the funding shortfall will be £1.6 billion to cover the period from April 1 to October 17, 2020. (AFP)

Free movement across Italy to be allowed from June 3: draft decree


Italy is set to allow free travel across the country from June 3, according to a draft decree seen by Reuters on Friday.

Rigid restrictions were imposed on Italy in March to halt the disease, and with the death rate now falling, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is rolling back the curbs. 

The draft decree could still be modified before it is approved. (CGTN)

US retail sales plunged a record 16 pct in April as virus hit


US retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country, and further weighed down a sinking economy.

The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail purchases showed a sector that has collapsed so fast that sales over the past 12 months are down a crippling 21.6%. The severity of the decline is unrivaled for retail figures that date back to 1992. (AP)

Chinese researchers develop prediction model for critical illness in COVID-19 patients


Chinese researchers have developed a prediction model to help identify COVID-19 patients' risk of developing critical illnesses, according to the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health.

Researchers developed the model based on clinical data of 1,590 COVID-19 patients. They screened 72 clinical factors and identified 10 key risk factors that could be combined to help predict the development of critical illnesses, including chest radiography abnormality, age, hemoptysis, dyspnea, unconsciousness, and comorbidities.

They validated the prediction model on 710 patients, and results showed that the accuracy rate reached more than 88 percent. (Xinhua)

FBI: Missouri man planning to bomb hospital killed himself


A Missouri man who was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital killed himself in March as FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant, the FBI said Friday.

Investigators said Timothy Wilson,36, was distressed by the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and motivated by racial and religious animus. 

Wilson considered attacking the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, before settling on a plan to park a vehicle loaded with explosives and detonate it in the parking lot of the Belton Regional Medical Center in Cass County, investigators state in court documents. (AP)

Zhu Ting named to Women's Volleyball Team of The Decade: 2010-2020

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Zhu Ting was named in the Women's Volleyball Team Of The Decade: 2010-2020 by famed volleyball website Volleyverse.

As the only Chinese player on this list, Zhu was selected in the 'outside' position, one of the major scoring positions on a volleyball team.

Fellow Serbs, Tijana Boskovic, and Maja Ognjenovic claimed the positions of opposite and setter, respectively. Italy's Monica de Gennaro was selected as the best Libero of the past decade. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, what is the name of the King of the Fairies?

(Answer: Oberon.)

Today's quote is from English poet John Gay (1685-1732).   

"The brave love mercy, and delight to save."

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

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