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China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Conspiracy rumors that the biosafety lab was involved in the outbreak swirled online for months before Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the theory into the mainstream

An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. - The P4 epidemiological laboratory was built in co-operation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) - dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More than 9.8 million people are tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials say, adding the 300 positive results were among asymptomatic patients

MORE TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. File photo by AFP

Wuhan doctor at whistleblower's hospital dies from coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, dies on Friday, May 29, after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than 4 months

NURSES IN WUHAN. Nurses listen to speeches during a ceremony marking International Nurses Day, at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP

FALSE: Video of Wuhan, China in ‘2nd wave’ of coronavirus infections

May 26, 2020 - 6:46 PM

The footage is old and appeared as early as February 2020. Reports said the bodies in the video died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

'Wuhan Diary': Fighting and writing about the beautiful battle

May 25, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'We could have learned from the Wuhan experience but we never did and instead magnified the problems with our own stupidity and negligence.'

EPICENTER. A woman wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 1, 2020.  Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Wuhan lab had 3 live bat coronaviruses – Chinese state media

May 24, 2020 - 11:48 AM

But Wuhan Institute of Virology director Wang Yanyi says the highest similarity to COVID-19 of the 3 strains of live coronaviruses from bats 'only reaches 79.8%'

WUHAN LAB. An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Fresh test for Wuhan as cluster sparks mass virus screening

May 14, 2020 - 11:24 PM

Lines of socially distanced people form at makeshift testing sites set up under tents in parking lots, parks, and residential communities in the metropolis of 11 million people

TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for COVID-19 at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

Wuhan to test entire population after new virus cluster – state media

May 12, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The planned tests come after Wuhan reported the first cluster of new COVID-19 infections since the city reopened after a 76-day lockdown on April 8

CHECK. A worker wearing a face mask checks passengers body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China's ground zero reports coronavirus infections

May 11, 2020 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) The cases add to fears China could be facing a new wave of infections, even as restrictions continue to ease in some other parts of the country

ESCAPE. People wearing protective clothing and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China's Wuhan reports first coronavirus infection in over a month

May 10, 2020 - 9:17 PM

China's National Health Commission also reports the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

The Wuhan lab at the heart of the U.S.-China virus spat

May 06, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Here are some key questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology

WUHAN LAB. An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

WHO says has no proof from U.S. on 'speculative' Wuhan lab claims

May 05, 2020 - 9:02 AM

'We have not received any data or specific evidence from the United States government relating to the purported origin of the virus,' WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan says

REOPENED. This photo taken on April 15, 2020 shows a vendor wearing a face mask while sitting next to a pool with fish at the Wuhan Baishazhou Market in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Flickers of joy in China's virus ground zero mask deep fears

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:28 PM

While new infections have dwindled as Wuhan recovers, fear of asymptomatic carriers and cases re-imported from overseas has stopped the city from fully letting down its guard

WUHAN BRIDE. A bride, poses for a wedding photographer next to East Lake in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on April 19, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Wuhan football team makes emotional return to virus ground zero

Apr 19, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Players of Wuhan Zall return home after more than 3 months of being away from their families

WARM WELCOME. Wuhan Zall fans welcome the team members home at the railway station in Wuhan. Photo from STR/AFP


Director of Wuhan lab denies virus link

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:56 AM

'There's no way this virus came from us,' says Wuhan Institute of Virology director Yuan Zhiming

WUHAN LAB. An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China revises up Wuhan death toll as U.S. plots reopening

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Wuhan government adds 1,290 deaths to its COVID-19 tally. This brings the total number of deaths in the city to 3,869.

SWAB TEST. Medical workers are seen as they take swab samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on April 16, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Wuhan's 'wet markets' struggle after coronavirus lockdown

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:59 AM

'There's no question, we're doomed this year,' says spice seller Yang

REOPENED. This photo taken on April 15, 2020 shows a vendor wearing a face mask while sitting next to a pool with fish at the Wuhan Baishazhou Market in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Wuhan virus lockdown over, but lingering fears slow recovery

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:54 PM

Residents need to show they have a "healthy" rating on a mandatory phone app to leave their homes, use public transport, or enter most public spaces

REOPENED. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Exodus begins as virus-hit Wuhan lifts ban on outbound travel

Apr 08, 2020 - 8:29 AM

Some travelers can barely contain their happiness. 'I've been stuck for 77 days! I've been stuck for 77 days!' shouts one man.

ESCAPE. People wearing protective clothing and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China's coronavirus epicenter pivots to stem imported cases

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Underlining the risks to Wuhan, huge numbers of passengers have crowded onto trains and buses to return home, threatening to swamp the traumatized city's containment measures

WUHAN. A general view of a road in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on March 28, 2020, after travel restrictions into the city were eased following two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China virus epicenter eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Mar 28, 2020 - 1:26 PM

People are now allowed to enter Wuhan, China but not leave, and many trains arriving Saturday had been fully booked days in advance

WUHAN. Mask-clad passengrs wait in a line after arriving at the railway station in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on March 28, 2020, after travel restrictions into the city were eased following two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China virus epicenter to open up as world locks down

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Hubei province, where the novel coronavirus emerged late last year, will allow healthy residents to travel from midnight, officials say, two months after they were ordered to stay indoors

LIFTING CURBS. A resident (unseen) uses a belt to get vegetables in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Wuhan recovery gives rest of world hope – WHO

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:57 PM

'Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around,' says World Health Organization

Medical staff wave goodbye to a recovered COVID-19 coronavirus patient at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 16, 2020. China reported 12 more imported cases of the novel coronavirus on March 16 as the capital tightened quarantine measures for international arrivals to prevent a new wave of infections. STR / AFP

Virus whistleblower doctor punished 'inappropriately' – Chinese probe

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:09 PM

A central government investigation initiated after Li Wenliang's death finds that Wuhan police 'acted inappropriately by issuing a disciplinary letter' and took 'irregular law enforcement procedures'

PORTRAIT. This photo taken on February 7, 2020 shows a sketch of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. File photo by STR/AFP

Wuhan football club back in China after being stranded in Spain

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Wuhan Zall goes straight into quarantine, but it cannot go back to its home city due to the lockdown

QUARANTINED. Wuhan Zall goes under quarantine in Shenzhen as its home city continues to be on lockdown. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

China allows some firms to resume work at virus epicenter

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Wuhan businesses involved in providing daily necessities, prevention and control of the epidemic, or in the operations of public utilities are among those that can resume work immediately

This aerial photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows an empty street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - China said on March 10 the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak Hubei would relax travel restrictions to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China to ease travel curbs within locked-down province

Mar 10, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Hubei has been under lockdown since January with some 56 million people under quarantine, but the number of cases has declined in recent weeks

Wuhan scraps easing of quarantine hours after announcing it

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The city government says the previous announcement had been made by a traffic prevention and control group 'without the consent' of the local leadership

A WUHAN HOSPITAL. This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows medical staff working at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

Locked-in Wuhan residents adapt to find food

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Residents in Wuhan face tightening controls over daily life as the death toll from the coronavirus reaches over 2,500 in China alone

WUHAN'S FOOD SITUATION. This photo taken on February 18, 2020 shows community staff members sorting food and daily necessities as they prepare to deliver for residents in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

China reports another 97 virus deaths, nearly 650 new cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:02 PM

China's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic rises to 2,442

COVID-19 RESPONSE. This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo from AFP

Young Chinese doctor dies of novel coronavirus

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Peng Yinhua, a respiratory and critical illness doctor, had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients

EMPTY. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive spotted in virus-hit Chinese city

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Low Taek Jho – commonly known as Jho Low – is accused of playing a major role in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, dies after 'all-out rescue efforts failed,' state broadcaster CCTV reports

This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,868 in China on February 18 after 98 more people died, according to the National Health Commission. STR / AFP

'Exhausted': Doctors at China's virus epicenter overworked and unprotected

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Tired and understaffed, medical workers have had to deal with thousands of new cases per week in Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak that first emerged late last year

FRONTLINE. This photo taken on January 25, 2020 shows medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly COVID-2019 coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

New coronavirus found in Japan evacuees who initially tested negative

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:27 PM

A man in his 50s who returned from Wuhan on the first Japanese evacuation flight on January 29, previously twice tested negative for the virus

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

8 days in Wuhan, cut off from the world

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:09 PM

An Agence France-Presse team arrived in Wuhan the day the city was placed under lockdown, and over the next week captures remarkable images of shock and resignation, despair and bravery

EPICENTER. A staff member wearing a protective mask and suit works at a supermarket in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a novel coronavirus, in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The refusal of airline crews to work forces the government to scrap the evacuation plan

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

LOOK: DFA delivers relief goods to Filipinos in Wuhan

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:43 PM

(UPDATED) China's Wuhan City is currently on lockdown in an effort to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

RELIEF. As Wuhan City remains on lockdown, Filipino residents face travel restrictions limiting their movement. All photos from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Death of Chinese doctor fuels anger, demands for change

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was among a group of people who sounded the alarm about the novel coronavirus in late December, only to be reprimanded and censored by the authorities in central Hubei province

HERO. A photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang is seen with flower bouquets at the Houhu Branch of Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 7, 2020. AFP photo

'Big problems' in China response to virus – HRW

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth points in particular to what he says is the 'suppression' of reports on the virus in China during the early days of the outbreak

EPICENTER. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows the first batch of patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus as they arrive at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

China declines Cambodia PM's request to visit virus epicenter

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:08 PM

While many countries have sent aircraft to evacuate their citizens, veteran strongman and staunch Beijing ally Hun Sen has been criticized for insisting Cambodians should stay put in Wuhan

HUN SEN. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a statement to journalists on the government measures against the SARS-like virus in Phnom Penh on January 30, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Baby in China tests positive for novel coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth. The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. This photo taken on February 3, 2020, shows medical staff members on their rounds at a quarantine zone in Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, in China's central Hubei province. AFP file photo

China's virus death toll spikes, now more than SARS

Feb 03, 2020 - 7:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 57 confirmed new deaths are the single-biggest increase since the virus was detected late last year

MASKED. People wear protective masks as they walk outside a shopping mall in Beijing on January 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Beyond coronavirus: Things to know about China's Wuhan City

Feb 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Wuhan City, the biggest in Hubei province, is the most populous in Central China. A major transportation hub, it is also where about 150 Filipinos live.

Chinese army to oversee virus hospital

Feb 02, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Chinese state media says some 1,400 military medics will treat patients at the 1000-bed hospital just 10 days after construction began

Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:43 PM

The 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines is from Wuhan, the city that has been ground zero for the epidemic

SCANNERS. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid reports of a new strain of coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Hong Kong braces for spread of coronavirus

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

So far, Hong Kong still lags behind China, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan in the number of infections

China flies citizens home to virus-hit Wuhan

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:58 PM

The move comes after more than 30 airlines worldwide announced they were halting or reducing flights to China amid the spread of the epidemic

A police officers and security guards stand outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where the coronavirus was detected in Wuhan on January 24, 2020 - The death toll in China's viral outbreak has risen to 25, with the number of confirmed cases also leaping to 830, the national health commission said. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

DOH eyes Caballo Island, Fort Magsaysay as quarantine for OFWs from Wuhan, Hubei

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Some 300 Filipinos in Wuhan and other parts of Hubei province in China are the priority in the Philippine government's repatriation plan

QUARANTINE ISLAND? The government is considering using the naval station on Caballo Island in Manila Bay as a quarantine area for Filipinos returning from China amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. File photo

[OPINION] Hate and xenophobia have no place in the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'It is unfortunate to see that people from my country are spreading racist ideology'