A resident wearing mask and suit against the coronavirus cycles in Wuhan. in central China's Hubei province. Picture: Ng Han Guan/AP
A resident wearing mask and suit against the coronavirus cycles in Wuhan. in central China's Hubei province. Picture: Ng Han Guan/AP

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

By Reuters Time of article published Apr 13, 2020

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Here's what you need to know about the

coronavirus right now:

Restarting crucial industries

India is planning to restart some crucial manufacturing to

ease the difficulties of the poor, despite expectations it will

extend a 21-day lockdown beyond April 15, two government sources

said.

Spain lifts restrictions on some businesses on Monday after

shutting down all non-essential operations nearly two weeks ago.

This will allow businesses that cannot operate remotely,

including construction and manufacturing, to reopen. The move

has been criticised by some as risking a resurgence in the

spread of the virus.

A municipal worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after they cremated the body of a man who died due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India. Picture: Amit Dave/Reuters

Patients testing positive again

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it

was looking into reports of COVID-19 patients testing positive

again after clinically recovering from the disease.

South Korean officials had reported on Friday that 91

patients cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive

again. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, told a briefing that the virus

may have been "reactivated" rather than the patients being

re-infected.

The main opposition United Future Party's candidate Hwang Kyo-ahn waves during his campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Seoul, South Korea. Picture: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Russian border becomes China's new frontline

China's northeastern border with Russia has become its new

frontline in the fight against a resurgence in the epidemic, as

new daily cases rose to a six-week high.

Half of the imported cases from the daily tally involved

Chinese nationals returning home from Russia's Far Eastern

Federal District through border crossings in the Heilongjiang

province.

Junior students wait in line as they practice social distancing on the first day of returning to school following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country, at a secondary school in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Picture: cnsphoto via Reuters

Widespread testing needed

The United States needs to ramp up testing for the

coronavirus as the White House considers when and how to lift

stay-at-home restrictions and lockdowns triggered by the

pandemic, US health experts said on Sunday.

Diagnostic testing determines if somebody is infected with

the virus and antibody testing shows who has been infected and

is therefore immune. Both will be important in getting people

back into the workplace and containing the virus as that

happens, the experts said.

'Ghosts' patrol streets to keep Indonesians indoors

An Indonesian village on Java island has summoned up ghosts

to help it persuade locals to stay indoors during the

coronavirus outbreak.

The ghosts are in fact villagers dressed up as "pocong",

ghostly figures wrapped in white shrouds with powdered faces and

kohl-rimmed eyes.

"We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect

because 'pocong' are spooky and scary," said Anjar

Pancaningtyas, head of a village youth group that coordinated

with the police on the unconventional initiative.

In Indonesian folklore, "pocong" represent the trapped souls

of the dead. 

Reuters

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