China doctors seek tougher discharge criteria after positive COVID-19 tests

BEIJING: Worrying cases of recovered coronavirus patients in China testing positive again for the infection have raised questions among doctors about the criteria being used for discharging people from hospital. China has seen 80,000 cases of the coronavirus – known as COVID-19 – since it was believed to have […]

World Health Organization raises China-originated coronavirus global risk assessment to ‘very high’

(, 29 Feb 2020) – As the China-originated Covid-19 infections crossed the borders of more than 50 countries encompassing all continents except Antarctica, the World Health Organization (WHO) Feb28 raised its risk assessment of the epidemic from “high” to “very high” at global level, but […]

Measures to help firms affected by COVID-19 must recognise differences from SARS: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE: While 2003’s severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic can serve as a guide on what to prescribe for businesses affected by the new COVID-19 outbreak, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said “each crisis is different” and the Government’s support measures will have […]

More than 1,700 health workers infected by coronavirus in China

The World Health Organization is seeking more information from China about the large numbers of health workers falling sick because of the coronavirus after it was revealed 1,760 of them have tested positive and six have died. This is the first time China has included the specific numbers for […]

Covid-19 infections, deaths in China continue to be high despite falling numbers outside Hubei Province

(, 14 Feb 2020) – China reported a sharp increase in number of confirmed Covit-19 infections on Feb 13 as a result of what was stated to be the use of a “broader definition” of cases. The number of newly confirmed cases on Feb 13 […]