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Coronavirus round-up

Employees eat their lunch while staying two metres away from each other at a car plant in Wuhan, Hubei province, China PICTURE: GETTY

Cause for hope as China eases travel restrictions

THE easing of a lockdown in the region at the epicentre of the pandemic is cause for hope but not complacency, experts say. Residents of China’s Hubei province will be able to resume travel from today except in Wuhan, where restrictions are due to be lifted on April 8. Prof Andrew Tatem, from the University of Southampton, said: ‘The easing of lockdown restrictions offers hope for much of the rest of the world.’ But he said that as ‘the vast majority of people in China did not contract the disease’ the ‘risk of further outbreaks remains very high’. China has reported no new domestic infections for several days of Covid-19, which first broke out in Wuhan before Christmas. But some critics question these figures and the country is still seeing some cases among people returning from overseas.

Doctor dies after falling sick screening pilgrims

A DOCTOR who caught coronavirus while screening pilgrims returning to northern Pakistan from Iran has died. Dr Osama Riaz (pictured) was taken off a ventilator after two days with the consent of his family. He had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition after passing out on Friday. Dr Riaz, part of a ten-member team treating suspected Covid-19 cases in Gilgit-Baltistan, was said to have been wearing proper safety gear. He joined the territory’s main hospital as medical officer after passing the first stage of his fellowship. His death means at least six people have died from coronavirus in Pakistan, with more than 800 infected.

Argentina offers aid to Falkland islanders

ARGENTINA’S government has offered to help residents on the Falkland Islands who need help during the coronavirus crisis. The country’s Falklands secretary Daniel Filmus (pictured) said he had made the offer to Britain’s ambassador Mark Kent. Help could include providing fresh food, medicine and Covid-19 tests if required along with humanitarian flights or medical care for islanders. The offer comes almost 32 years after the ten-week war between Britain and Argentina. War veteran Jed Stone called it a ‘great gesture’ but sea cadet instructor John Bennett tweeted: ‘It’s a trap.’ Argentinian German Coduras said: ‘We should unite against the only enemy, which is Covid-19.’