China reports zero new domestic virus cases for first time

first_imgThe global number has shot past 200,000, with more than 8,700 deaths.Read also: China reports imported COVID-19 case from IndonesiaOn March 10, President Xi Jinping visited Wuhan for the first time since the outbreak began and declared that the spread of the disease was “basically curbed”.On the same day, Hubei officials allowed people to travel within the province for the first time since January, excluding Wuhan.On Wednesday, Hubei authorities announced they were partially opening its borders to allow healthy people from low-risk areas to leave the province if they have jobs or residences elsewhere. This also excludes Wuhan.Life has slowly started to return to normal in the rest of the country, with people back at work, factories up and running, and schools in some regions resuming or preparing to go back to class.Second wave But there is concern about a second wave of infections due to an influx of cases from abroad, with an average of 20,000 people flying into China every day.Beijing and other regions are now requiring most international arrivals to go into 14-day quarantine in designated hotels.The National Health Commission said there were 34 more cases brought in from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, with 189 in total now.”We should never allow the hard-won and continuous positive trend to be reversed,” Xi said at a Communist Party leadership meeting on Wednesday. The disease is believed to have jumped from an animal to humans at a market that illegally sold wild game in Wuhan late last year.There have also been questions about China’s official figures, as authorities changed its methodology to count infections, and the government has endured rare public criticism of its handling of the health emergency.Local officials initially attempted to cover up the outbreak, with police silencing doctors who had raised the alarm about the emergence of the new virus as early as December.One of the whistleblowers, Wuhan ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, died from the virus himself in February, sparking an outpouring of grief and anger on social media.The first case emerged in Wuhan on December 1, according to Chinese researchers, but it was not until January 9 the country confirmed a “new type of coronavirus”.Between January 5 and 17, China reported no new cases of the virus, even as Japan and Thailand declared first infections — a period that coincided with annual political meetings in Wuhan and Hubei province.Topics : China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic as it recorded zero domestic infections for the first time since the outbreak emerged, but a spike in imported cases threatened its progress.The stark reversal comes as nations across the world have shut down in a desperate effort to contain the pandemic, with more people now infected and having died abroad than in China.There were no new cases in Wuhan — the central city where the virus first emerged in December — for the first time since authorities started publishing figures in January, according to the National Health Commission. Wuhan and its 11 million people were placed under strict quarantine on January 23, with more than 40 million other people in the rest of Hubei province entering lockdown in the following days.The rest of China also enacted tough measures to limit public gatherings.There were eight more deaths in China — all in Hubei — raising the nationwide total to 3,245, according to the commission.There have been nearly 81,000 infections in China but only 7,263 people remain sick with the COVID-19 disease.last_img read more

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit blasts Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele

first_imgArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit blasts Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele Jose Mourinho has been left frustrated by the Spurs midfielder (Picture: Getty)‘When he is very motivated, fit and ready, with his mind and body, and when he has the ambition to perform well, he becomes a top player.’Gunners hero Petit added to The Sun: ‘This is a new country, a new culture and new football for him. A new way of playing with new physical and mental demands.‘He used to play with huge pressure at Lyon but he was protected. He has a lot of qualities right for French football but sometimes he used to rest on those types of things.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You cannot do that in England. If he wants to be a top player he needs to perform well every game.‘Every player has the right to a bad game now and then. But you don’t have the right not to give 100 per cent.’Like Mourinho, Petit has also questioned Ndombele’s physical condition and said: ‘Is he overweight? He looks a little bit. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link279Shares Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele has struggled in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has blasted Tottenham record signing Tanguy Ndombele.French midfielder Ndombele joined Spurs from Lyon last summer in a club-record deal worth more than £50million.But the 23-year-old has struggled to live up to his price-tag, failing to impress Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, who publicly criticised him before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.Mourinho questioned Ndombele’s fitness and attitude and Arsenal hero Petit said: ‘He received the same criticisms at Lyon.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘We all know the potential of Ndombele. I like this type of player and I used to watch him in France.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was not regularly a top player. Sometimes he could play a beautiful game — then three days later be average.‘He is not consistent enough. He doesn’t play well with any regularity. He has quality but I agree with Mourinho in that Ndombele could do much more. Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit (Picture: Getty)‘But his body language does not help him. He needs to improve physically. When I see him I think “Come on, you can do more than that”.’Despite struggling at Spurs, Ndombele has emerged as a target for Barcelona ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Reacting to the speculation, Petit said: ‘When I saw that I couldn’t believe it.’MORE: Jose Mourinho hijacks Manchester United’s transfer move for Diego GodinMORE: Alan Shearer sees Harry Kane leaving Tottenham next year in a hunt for trophiescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more