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China exonerates coronavirus whistleblower

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/20, 11:58 am

China has vindicated Li Wenliang, a physician who spoke up about the burgeoning pandemic in the city of Wuhan and later died of COVID-19. The Chinese police force on Friday revoked its admonishment of Li, and the Communist Party’s disciplinary body issued a “solemn apology” to his family. Officials said they punished the two police officers involved.

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East Asia reports coronavirus progress

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/20, 12:02 pm

A Japanese drug used to treat new strains of influenza helped to speed the recovery of 340 COVID-19 patients in China. Avigan improved lung conditions and shortened patients’ recovery to an average of four days from 11 days for those who did not receive it. On Thursday, China reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the Hubei province for the first time since the outbreak began. The Chinese government said, without independent confirmation, that all 34 cases recorded on Wednesday came from people who contracted the disease in other countries.

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China expels U.S. journalists

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/18/20, 11:36 am

At least 13 journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal have 10 days to leave China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday ordered them to return their press passes and restricted them from semi-autonomous regions such as Macau and Hong Kong. The government also demanded written reports from the news outlets on staffing, finances, and property holdings.

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