Coronavirus: What's REALLY Going On

Coronavirus: What's REALLY Going On

This podcast brings you facts you should know about the novel coronavirus. We'll give you the stories and voices behind the numbers, the opinions and actions, and the concerns and solutions related to the battle against the epidemic. Follow us in this global anti-virus war!... Show More

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July 14, 2020 9 min
The World Health Organization does not expect a return to the 'old normal' for the foreseeable future. Beijing has reported zero cases of new COVID-19 infections for nine consecutive days. However, experts say the city still need to remain alert.
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The 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference came to an end in Shanghai over the weekend. About 3,000 participants attended this year's online summit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The World Health Organization representative in Russia says the novel coronavirus could have existed in an inactive state long before its outbreak. Despite complications with the pandemic and international relations, experts say that the loudest voice across the world is still cooperation.
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As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world, the tourism industry seems to be gradually recovering with some innovative ideas and preventive measures being introduced. Some in the industry are making full use of the internet in order to survive the pandemic.
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Many universities have announced their plans for the fall semester and online education has become a new normal for international education amid the pandemic. But experts say that online education is not simply moving the traditional class onto the internet.
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The United States has officially begun the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization. A U.S. expert believes this action will not only harm the health of the country, but also global efforts against the pandemic.
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is turning into a jobs crisis, far worse than the global financial crisis in 2008. The agency predicts a 9.4% unemployment rate on average in OECD countries at the end of 2020. And the United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the need for decent jobs to boost the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nine new professions have been recognized by Chinese authorities as the country intensifies efforts to create more job opportunities amid its economic recovery.
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Tuesday marks the first day of China's Gaokao, or national college entrance exam. It was delayed one month due to the coronavirus outbreak. Rigorous measures have been taken to ensure the smooth implementation of the make-or-break test for more than ten million students across the country.
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Following the United States and Brazil, India has overtaken Russia to become the world's third-worst affected nation by the pandemic. The coronavirus has infected more than 11 million people around the world and killed over 530, 000.
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With pandemic prevention becoming part of our life, airlines are making efforts to reduce the infection risk and boost their business. Experts shed light on the ways to reduce infections and describe the future of this industry after the pandemic.
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Many farmers in China are turning to e-commerce to sell their produce after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus. However, analysts are concerned that new technology is also forcing farmers to learn marketing skills on top of everything else that they do.
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As the United States prepares to celebrate its Independence Day this weekend, concerns are growing that mass gatherings may trigger another spike in COVID-19 cases.
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Asian countries that saw the outbreak much earlier than the rest of the world are continuing to urge residents to refrain from unnecessary gatherings, maintain distance from others and wear masks. Experts point out that cultural differences among other nations account for the different results in the battle against the virus.
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The International Labour Organization said on Tuesday that the impact of Covid-19 on global employment is worse than previously thought. In its latest report, the UN agency has also outlined three possible scenarios for the second half of 2020, namely the pessimistic, optimistic, and middle road scenario.
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As the World Health Organization warns that the pandemic is not even close to being over, an expert says a second wave is possible. China National Biotech Group, or CNBG, has built the world's largest COVID-19 vaccine production plant, with Phase I and II clinical trials showing positive results.
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Global COVID-19 cases have exceeded ten million and the number of deaths has surpassed half a million. An expert sheds light on prioritizing the tasks necessary for world governments to fight the virus.
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Johns Hopkins University says the number of COVID-19 infections in the United States has topped 2.5 million. An expert gives her insight on the effect of the pandemic on the US campaign season.
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June 26, 2020 10 min
A vaccine research institute in China says its coronavirus vaccine has entered clinical trials. Experts say the world needs to work together to produce coronavirus vaccines before having an answer for "which vaccine works?"
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Some high-end hotels in China are offering down-to-earth services to locals to relieve the impact of COVID-19. Experts suggest hotel giants should make full use of their facilities to explore a range of opportunities at this difficult time.
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