SINGAPORE, Nov 19: The first known COVID-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose case contributed to speculation the virus could have leaked from a lab, according to a U.S. study.

USA, May 24: Three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) sought hospital care in November 2019, months before China disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.

WUHAN, Feb 11: A World Health Organization team has left China after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 2.3 million people — but with the major questions still unanswered.

WUHAN, Feb 3: World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 31: A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan was expected to visit Huanan market later on Sunday, a wholesale seafood centre where the new coronavirus was initially detected.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 30: The World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of COVID-19 during a mission that has been tightly controlled by its Chinese hosts visited a hospital on Saturday in the central city of Wuhan that treated early coronavirus patients.

BEIJING, Jan 29: After a two-week quarantine, the real work can begin. Maybe.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 28: A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic left a quarantine hotel in Wuhan on Thursday to begin field work, two weeks after arriving in the Chinese city where the virus emerged in late 2019.

WUHAN, Jan 15: The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WUHAN, Jan 14: A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

In a converted factory building in downtown Wuhan, 22-year-old Xiong Feng, who goes by the name Daiki, struts and spins in a black sequined full-body suit and stiletto boots.

BEIJING, Sept 13: Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say.

WUHAN, CHINA, May 15: Authorities in Wuhan have tested over 3 million residents for the coronavirus in April and May and aim to test all of the rest, state media said, as the city at the epicentre of the original outbreak faces the threat of a second wave of infections.

WUHAN, China, April 8: The central Chinese city of Wuhan began allowing people to leave on Wednesday for the first time since it was locked down 76 days ago to contain the novel coronavirus, despite fears of a second wave of infection if such restrictions are eased too soon.

WUHAN, China, March 27: The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown on Saturday by restarting some metro services and reopening borders, allowing some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite.

BEIJING, March 19: Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day. But in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities said Thursday that the city and its surrounding province had no new cases to report.

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, March 11: Some key industries in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, were told they can resume work on Wednesday, a day after President Xi Jinping visited the city for the first time since the outbreak began.

China’s COVID-19 Moment

March 4, 2020 08:47 am

HONG KONG – Last October, the 2019 Global Health Security Report included a stark warning: “National health security is fundamentally weak around the world. No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.” Just a couple of months later, a new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China—and quickly demonstrated the accuracy of the report’s assessment.

Step up alert

February 19, 2020 09:48 am

There have been a lot of misperceptions about coronavirus, now called COVID 19: That every infected succumbs to death, that every person coming from China is necessarily a carrier of disease, that eating garlic, smearing the body with some oil or spraying alcohol around the house can help prevent infection, so on and so forth.  It is some such misperceptions which led the people of Kharipati area in Bhatkapur, where quarantine facilities were set up by the government to keep the students brought to Kathmandu from Wuhan of China, to oppose the government’s decision.

BEIJING, Feb 14: China on Friday reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new virus, as the death toll neared 1,400.

BEIJING/SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA, Feb 14: The daily death toll in the Chinese province at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak halved on Friday, officials said, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countries due to virus fears finally disembarked in Cambodia.

BEIJING, Feb 14: After the Chinese side assured to provide flight clearance for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) evacuation flight to land in Wuhan, the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing has asked all Nepali students awaiting repatriation to stay ready to fly home on Saturday.

BEIJING, feb 12: China’s ruling Communist Party needs to make a politically fraught decision: Admit a viral outbreak isn’t under control and cancel this year’s highest-profile official event. Or bring 3,000 legislators to Beijing next month and risk fueling public anger at the government’s handling of the disease.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: The government is planning to send a Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) aircraft to Wuhan – the center of coronavirus outbreak – to evacuate Nepali students on February 15.

Bring them back

February 10, 2020 09:18 am

In an open letter to the Prime Minister published on Sunday, chief editor of Naya Patrika Krishna Jwala Devkota has written about the distress his sister, brother-in-law and their young child are facing in the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. According to him, his sister and some other Nepali citizens from China call him time and again asking for help because they believe that he could communicate their concerns to authorities in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Sunday urged the government to evacuate Nepali students stranded in Wuhan of China without any further delay.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: The National Human Rights Commission has directed the government to immediately evacuate 185 Nepali nationals and students from Wuhan city of China's Hubei province, the epicenter of coronavirus epidemic.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The government has said that it will start evacuating Nepali nationals from Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak of coronavirus—in China only after developing necessary quarantine facilities in Nepal.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic which started from Wuhan city of Hubei Province in China, people from different walks of life have expressed concern over its possible spread in Nepal. Republica’s Shamila Lamichhane and Looniva Rajbhandari talked to youths from Kathmandu to learn what they think about this epidemic, what precautions they are observing to keep themselves safe and what they think the government should do to tackle this menace.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed the concerned authorities to quarantine the Nepali students, returning from Wuhan, China, in various locations of the Kathmandu valley.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The government has said that it is sensitive to the health condition of Nepali living in Wuhan of China, where the novel coronavirus has taken epidemic proportions.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Nepali students wishing to return from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak — are frustrated and angry because of delays by the Nepal government in evacuating them. The students are on the verge of mental breakdowns. They are confined to their rooms and are desperately awaiting help from the authorities in Kathmandu.

MALE, Feb 3: The Maldives has banned travellers arriving from China as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of coronavirus, the tourism minister of the Indian Ocean islands said on Monday.

BEIJING, Feb 3: Five Nepali students who were returning home to Nepal have been held at Beijing airports Friday on suspicion of coronavirus infection. The students were flying to Nepal from two airports in Beijing. Amid alarming coronavirus updates, this is the second time Nepalis were barred from flying out of China. Earlier, Chinese authorities had barred one Nepali student from returning home from Wuhan, the epicenter if coronavirus, on suspicion of being infected.

DUBAI, Feb 2: Saudi Arabia has evacuated 10 students from the Chinese city of Wuhan where the new coronavirus outbreak began, Saudi state television reported on Sunday citing a Saudi diplomat.

SEOUL, Feb 2: Kim Min-jun’s elation at news that South Korea would evacuate its citizens from the epicentre of a virus epidemic in China quickly faded when he learned his Chinese wife would be unable to accompany him.

Time for extreme caution

February 2, 2020 09:20 am

Outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has sent the whole world in near panic mood. The virus that originated in Wuhan of China, where it has claimed at least 259 lives and affected nearly 12 thousands, has now spread to as many as 25 countries. More than 6,000 cases have been reported with majority in China. The figure is increasing every other day. As you are reading this, many more countries and many more people may be affected.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: The government is planning to quarantine Nepali students studying in Wuhan in case they are evacuated from the epicenter of coronavirus, a senior government official said.

SYDNEY, Jan 30: Australia’s conservative government on Thursday defended its decision to use a detention center thousands of kilometers from the mainland to quarantine locals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Re-Engineering China’s Economy

January 29, 2020 11:48 am

HONG KONG – On January 15, US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a “phase one” agreement aimed at containing the two countries’ long-running bilateral trade war. But no sooner had the deal been concluded than China was confronted with an emergency in the form of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

SHANGHAI, Jan 28: The United States warned against travel to China on Monday and Canada issued a more narrow travel warning as the death toll from the spreading coronavirus passed 100, with tens of millions stranded during the biggest holiday of the year and global markets rattled.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Nepali students in Wuhan —the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in China— say they are very concerned about getting infected even as the entire city is in lockdown and mobility of people is heavily restricted.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Concerned over the possible impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on human health and the Nepali tourism industry, the government has asked tourism entrepreneurs and the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) authorities to adopt all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

SHANGHAI, Jan 27: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will “inspect and direct” efforts to control a virus outbreak in the central city of Wuhan and promised reinforcements, as provincial authorities faced accusations from the public of a failure to respond in time.

SHANGHAI, Jan 26: Hong Kong’s popular amusement parks Disneyland and Ocean Park are closed from Jan. 26 to help prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus that broke out in the Chinese city Wuhan, state media CCTV reported on Sunday.

BEIJING, Jan 25: The death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak jumped on Saturday to 41 from 26 a day earlier as the Lunar New Year got off to a gloomy start, with authorities curbing travel and cancelling public gatherings.

BEIJING, Jan 18: Health authorities are concerned that a virus originating in central China could spread when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during next week’s lunar new year festival, but residents said there were was little anxiety in the city at the epicentre.

WUHAN, China, Oct 18: The 7th World Military Sports Championship is to kick off in Wuhan of China from Friday. High-level defense officials, military and athletes representing 105 countries across the globe have arrived here to take part in the championship.

TEHRAN, Sept 18: India will not lower its guard along the border with China while maintaining border peace in sync with the “Wuhan” spirit, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, according to reports.