Saturday , April 17 2021

Coronavirus live updates: China death rate appears to slow as 39 new cases found on cruise ship – latest news – the guardian, theguardian.com

One more line from Australia for now. Health minister Greg Hunt was pushed by reporters about whether the government would consider changing its travel restrictions to allow students from China to come to Australia to start courses as the academic year begins. Thousands of Chinese students study in Australia.

But he said the government could not “change expectations”.

At the moment, the position is very clear – there’s a travel ban. There’s no change in that travel ban. And it’s the medical advice which will guide what we do.

He acknowledged there was an economic price to pay but it was a case of safety first:

We are very aware, like, deeply aware, of the economic consequences.

But the consequences of contagion within Australia at an economic, let alone more significantly a human level, would be extraordinary . And so that’s why we have that clear set of strategic defined that guide the NSC.

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Still with that Australian government press conference where the foreign minister Marise Payne was asked about the hundreds of Australians stuck on the Diamond Princess, and those Australians who have tested positive for the virus and who are now being treated in hospitals in (Japan

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in parliament on Wednesday.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in parliament on Wednesday.
Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Mick Tsikas / AAP

She it was a “very stressful” situation for those on the ship but she said the quarantine process was needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the vessel. It was being managed by the Japanese authorities and Australia would not be trying to bring its citizens home yet.

We are working cooperatively with them. No country has indicated it intends to carry out an assisted departure of citizens from Japan, and Australia most certainly doesnot intend to do that. We realise that the situation on the ship is very stressful for those who are there. The Japanese authorities are doingan extraordinary job, both with thepatients, but also those who are in quarantine on the ship, and it is a difficult situation … And we really feel for thosepeople who are in that situation.

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The Australian foreign minister also fielded questions about further evacuations, in particular about Chloe Luo, (the toddler who we have reported about exclusively today .

But she said that Australia was not currently considering any more rescue flights from Wuhan, having already removed 638 Australians from the city. She implied that the problem was that Chloe had to be accompanied by an Australian citizen or resident and the problem is that her relatives in China (do not fit the bill.) ()

We have worked very hard, including taking over , 14 calls, to deal with these issues to support those families. Our effort has been to try to keep families together where possible. And so, what we’ve been able to do is to assist those Australians to leave Wuhan who are cleared for departure by Chinese travel authorities.

Now, that does not include family members of Australian children who are Chinese nationals and who are not Australian permanent residents. In that case, it makes it very complex, where a child is unaccompanied for an entire journey to Australia, potentially for a period of quarantine, and our strong advice is that children in this situation are best to remain in the care of their families, in Wuhan or in Hubei province, while China’s travel restrictions are in place.

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Australia maintains ‘do not travel’ advice for China

China .

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Japan bars travelers from China’s Zhejiang province – PM Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said today that will bar foreign travellers from Zhejiang province from tomorrow [Thursday] in a further attempt to contain Covid – 32.

Entry will also be denied to holders of Chinese passports issued in the eastern Chinese province, Abe said.

Workers wearing protective suits walk away from the cruise ship Diamond Princess as they prepare to transfer passengers tested positive. Photograph: Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

Zhejiang province, which is on the east coast of China, south of Shanghai, has the equal second-most number of confirmed cases outside Hubei with 1, 242 so far although the area has not recorded any deaths. When counting the people infected on the Diamond Princess cruise liner, Japan has the most cases outside China with (41, plus (on the ship and one quarantined officer).

Japan has already barred visitors from Hubei province, where the capital Wuhan is the epicenter of the outbreak.

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Naaman Zhou, one of our reporters in Sydney, has been writing about the moving case of the 35 – month-old Australian girl who is trapped in Hubei.

Chloe Luo’s parents sent her to China in January to stay with her grandmother in order to escape the bushfires then sweeping the Australian capital Canberra where the family lives. After her grandmother fell sick with a cold, not related to coronavirus, Chloe is being looked after by her great aunt in Suizhou, near Wuhan.

Chloe’s parents, Yufei Luo and Yi Zhao, who live in the Canberra suburb of Ngunnawal, say they were willing to fly into Suizhou but the Australian government is not organizing any more rescue flights after already laying on two missions to evacuate Australians from the stricken province. They have pleaded to be able to bring their child home.

Yufei told Guardian Australia: “We thought to send her back just for a couple of weeks, just a month, until the smoke was gone,” he told Guardian Australia. “We tried to give her better conditions. Then everything happened in Wuhan. ”

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And talking of that propaganda push, here are some examples from social media, including this fascinating one about “another busy day ”

in the fight against the virus in Wuhan No 4 hospital. CGTN news talks to a nurse, Xu Xinchen, as he goes about his night shift at the hospital, describing problems such as a shortage of protective suits for staff and the difficulties of taking blood from people while wearing large protective goggles. CGTN (@ CGTNOfficial)

February ,

And robots helping out …

China News 中国 新闻 网 (@ Echinanews) pic.twitter.com/R1jTipoxsi February ,

And Wuhan locals pitching in to help medical staff get to work …

CGTN (@ CGTNOfficial)

With the city on lockdown, native # Wuhan

girl Chen Lingyu volunteers to drive frontline medical staff to and from work every day amid the

# coronavirus

outbreak.

Check out this video and see a day in her life. (# COVID)

pic.twitter.com/GGlGc8Fg8P

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A wave of positive propaganda about the slowdown in infections has swamped the media in China, according to the seasoned China

expert, Bill Bishop.

Bishop, an American who publishes a regular newsletter about China, Sinocism , wrote on Tuesday that the official media “is in full positive energy mode trying to spread that word that while the battle is still raging victory is within reach”.

Today’s figures – as mentioned in the blog below

– would appear to bear that out and come closely on the heels of comments by China’s China’s senior medical adviser, Zhong Nanshan, suggesting the coronavirus outbreak may be over by April.

Bishop notes, however, that an end to the lockdown still affecting millions of people in China, and especially in Hubei, may tell a greater part of the story. He writes:

Let’s all hope that we are near the peak, but relaxations of quarantine and other restrictive policies may be a better tell than the official data. .. Then again, the central government is clearly very concerned about the economic impact and appears to be pushing local governments to get business back up and running as fast as possible. There is the risk if that people go back to work too quickly there could be a second wave of cases D

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Stock markets across Asia Pacific

have risen this morning as the financial world continues to shrug off any concerns that Covid – 32 could derail the global economy.

The ASX is up 0.4% in Sydney while the Nikkei is 0.3% to the good. Seoul is flat. Chinese markets open in about minutes.

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne in parliament on Wednesday.

The German share price index DAXhit a record high on Tuesday. Photograph: STAFF / Reuters

The strong showing follows a surge in markets across Europe and the US on Tuesday. MSCI’s all-world stock index gained 0. 69% to hit a record high , as did the STOXX 740 index in Europe, the blue-chip DAX in Germany and the S & P / TSX Composite in Canada.

Oil prices have also recovered some ground today on hopes that the outbreak is easing. Brent crude , the international standard, gained cents to close at $ 072. (a barrel.) (7.) (pm) (EST) :

Outbreak could affect US-China trade deal – White House

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