China shuts down transport in eight cities around virus epicentre
Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:46 AM
China has now shut down bridges, halted public transport and closed a major airport to restrict the movement of some 26-million people around the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak. Huangshi, with a population of 2.4-million, became the latest city in Hubei province to shut transport routes Friday as it closed a ferry terminal and bridge over the Yangtze River, and suspended public transport.
Shiv Sena questions Centre on democracy ranking drop, economic woes
Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:27 AM
The Shiv Sena on Friday said there have been attempts to muzzle dissenting voices and this is one of the reasons for India slipping in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" said a slowdown in the economy gives rise to unrest and instability, and this was getting reflected in the prevailing situation in the country.
New Chinese Virus Not Yet Global Health Emergency: WHO
Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:08 AM
A deadly virus outbreak in China and beyond does not yet constitute a global emergency, the World Health Organization said, urging China to keep its lockdown of some 20 million people "short". "I am not declaring a public health emergency of international concern today," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters after a two-day emergency meeting in Geneva on the virus.