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Netherlands recalls 600,000 face masks from China due to low quality

Top-of-the-line N95 masks did not fit well and filters did not function properly, Dutch government says.

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Top-of-the-line N95 masks did not fit well and filters did not function properly, Dutch government says.

Netherlands recalls 600,000 face masks from China due to low quality
Coronavirus: Spain’s foreign minister hopes health crisis can lead to closer ties with Chinese medical equipment suppliers

Arancha González Laya says the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into focus her country’s neglect for its health service.

29 Mar 2020 - 8:51AM

Arancha González Laya says the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into focus her country’s neglect for its health service.

Coronavirus: Spain’s foreign minister hopes health crisis can lead to closer ties with Chinese medical equipment suppliers
Spanish capital ditches ‘unreliable’ Chinese coronavirus test kits

Madrid stops using the kits and health ministry asks for them to be replaced after tests suggest they only have a 30 per cent accuracy level.

29 Mar 2020 - 8:52AM

Madrid stops using the kits and health ministry asks for them to be replaced after tests suggest they only have a 30 per cent accuracy level.

Spanish capital ditches ‘unreliable’ Chinese coronavirus test kits
Xi Jinping urges ‘stronger international cooperation’ and quick action to fight coronavirus pandemic and stave off global recession

The Chinese president pushes for unity and solidarity in a videoconference with other Group of 20 leaders; Trump and Xi to speak on call that the US leader says he expects to be a ‘good conversation’

27 Mar 2020 - 6:38AM

The Chinese president pushes for unity and solidarity in a videoconference with other Group of 20 leaders; Trump and Xi to speak on call that the US leader says he expects to be a ‘good conversation’

Xi Jinping urges ‘stronger international cooperation’ and quick action to fight coronavirus pandemic and stave off global recession
Coronavirus: Spain running short of mortuary space and Britain enters lockdown as Europe’s pandemic battle grows

The World Health Organisation warns that spread of Covid-19 is accelerating and that US could become new centre of pandemic.

25 Mar 2020 - 10:59AM

The World Health Organisation warns that spread of Covid-19 is accelerating and that US could become new centre of pandemic.

Coronavirus: Spain running short of mortuary space and Britain enters lockdown as Europe’s pandemic battle grows
EU fires warning shot at China in coronavirus battle of the narratives

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called on the bloc to be ready for a ‘struggle for influence’ with Beijing.

24 Mar 2020 - 11:56PM

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called on the bloc to be ready for a ‘struggle for influence’ with Beijing.

EU fires warning shot at China in coronavirus battle of the narratives
Coronavirus: PM Boris Johnson places Britain under lockdown

The lockdown, to last at least three weeks, comes as Johnson warns the 66 million Britons that ‘many lives will sadly be lost’.

24 Mar 2020 - 6:48AM

The lockdown, to last at least three weeks, comes as Johnson warns the 66 million Britons that ‘many lives will sadly be lost’.

Coronavirus: PM Boris Johnson places Britain under lockdown
Coronavirus: Italy has a brief glimpse of hope as new cases drop to a five-day low

‘Today is perhaps the first positive day we have had in this hard, very tough month,’ says a top health official, when just 4,789 new cases are confirmed. But Spain’s death toll hits a new daily high of 462, and a deputy prime minister is hospitalised.

24 Mar 2020 - 5:51AM

‘Today is perhaps the first positive day we have had in this hard, very tough month,’ says a top health official, when just 4,789 new cases are confirmed. But Spain’s death toll hits a new daily high of 462, and a deputy prime minister is hospitalised.

Coronavirus: Italy has a brief glimpse of hope as new cases drop to a five-day low
Coronavirus: German leader Angela Merkel enters self-quarantine as death toll passes 5,000 in Italy

Angela Merkel was put in self-quarantine after contact with a doctor who tested positive for the virus; Spain extends state of emergency another 15 days.

23 Mar 2020 - 10:53AM

Angela Merkel was put in self-quarantine after contact with a doctor who tested positive for the virus; Spain extends state of emergency another 15 days.

Coronavirus: German leader Angela Merkel enters self-quarantine as death toll passes 5,000 in Italy
Coronavirus: Xi Jinping calls leaders of France, Spain, Germany and Serbia with offers of support

Chinese president tells heads of state that Beijing is ready to do all it can to help Europe fight Covid-19, as death toll on the continent passes 5,000.

22 Mar 2020 - 1:57AM

Chinese president tells heads of state that Beijing is ready to do all it can to help Europe fight Covid-19, as death toll on the continent passes 5,000.

Coronavirus: Xi Jinping calls leaders of France, Spain, Germany and Serbia with offers of support
Coronavirus deaths gather pace in Europe as world struggles to contain pandemic

The death toll in Italy has passed that in China, while France and Spain have also seen fatalities increase tenfold over the space of about 10 days.

21 Mar 2020 - 4:24AM

The death toll in Italy has passed that in China, while France and Spain have also seen fatalities increase tenfold over the space of about 10 days.

Coronavirus deaths gather pace in Europe as world struggles to contain pandemic
Coronavirus: Grim toll as Italy’s Covid-19 deaths surpass those of China

Italian authorities announce 427 new deaths, pushing the total to 3,405 and exceeding mainland China’s 3,242.

20 Mar 2020 - 7:00AM

Italian authorities announce 427 new deaths, pushing the total to 3,405 and exceeding mainland China’s 3,242.

Coronavirus: Grim toll as Italy’s Covid-19 deaths surpass those of China
Coronavirus: border closures hamper Italy’s fight against Covid-19

Shipments of medical supplies to epicentre of the pandemic are being held up as Schengen area shuts down.

19 Mar 2020 - 11:37PM

Shipments of medical supplies to epicentre of the pandemic are being held up as Schengen area shuts down.

Coronavirus: border closures hamper Italy’s fight against Covid-19
Talks on China-EU investment deal will continue, EC president says

Delayed negotiations will ‘proactively proceed’, Ursula von der Leyen tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in phone call, Xinhua reports.

19 Mar 2020 - 11:39PM

Delayed negotiations will ‘proactively proceed’, Ursula von der Leyen tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in phone call, Xinhua reports.

Talks on China-EU investment deal will continue, EC president says
China steps up support for European countries hardest hit by coronavirus

President Xi Jinping has spoken to the leaders of the two worst affected European countries, Italy and Spain, and promised medical supplies.

19 Mar 2020 - 3:37PM

President Xi Jinping has spoken to the leaders of the two worst affected European countries, Italy and Spain, and promised medical supplies.

China steps up support for European countries hardest hit by coronavirus
Coronavirus: Germany’s Angela Merkel plays down China’s providing medical supplies to hard-hit European countries

‘What we are seeing here is reciprocity,’ the German leader says, referencing the EU’s aiding stricken China earlier this year.

19 Mar 2020 - 1:01AM

‘What we are seeing here is reciprocity,’ the German leader says, referencing the EU’s aiding stricken China earlier this year.

Coronavirus: Germany’s Angela Merkel plays down China’s providing medical supplies to hard-hit European countries
Serbia reaches out for China’s helping hand in coronavirus fight

Serbian president calls for help from ‘the only country that can help us’ as Beijing extends its Covid-19 diplomacy to central and eastern Europe.

19 Mar 2020 - 3:42PM

Serbian president calls for help from ‘the only country that can help us’ as Beijing extends its Covid-19 diplomacy to central and eastern Europe.

Serbia reaches out for China’s helping hand in coronavirus fight
Coronavirus: Europe to shut border for a month as France braces for a 15-day lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic

Under the EU’s proposal, non-citizens would be barred from entering the Schengen border-free travel region for 30 days. French President Emmanuel Macron orders all of the nation’s residents to stay home for 15 days.

17 Mar 2020 - 11:22PM

Under the EU’s proposal, non-citizens would be barred from entering the Schengen border-free travel region for 30 days. French President Emmanuel Macron orders all of the nation’s residents to stay home for 15 days.

Coronavirus: Europe to shut border for a month as France braces for a 15-day lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus: China vows to help Spain amid questions over EU support for its worst-hit countries

Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells counterpart his country is ‘willing to provide necessary support’, as Italy reveals it is buying Chinese supplies.

19 Mar 2020 - 3:42PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells counterpart his country is ‘willing to provide necessary support’, as Italy reveals it is buying Chinese supplies.

Coronavirus: China vows to help Spain amid questions over EU support for its worst-hit countries
Coronavirus: Germany to close borders with France, Austria and Switzerland

Closures are due to take effect at 8am on Monday morning.

16 Mar 2020 - 3:26AM

Closures are due to take effect at 8am on Monday morning.

Coronavirus: Germany to close borders with France, Austria and Switzerland
Coronavirus: ‘empty streets’ as Spain braces for nationwide lockdown

People will be barred from leaving home for the next two weeks unless they need food, medicine or if they have to go to work. It’s the worst-hit country in Europe after Italy, which has imposed similar restrictions.

15 Mar 2020 - 10:00PM

People will be barred from leaving home for the next two weeks unless they need food, medicine or if they have to go to work. It’s the worst-hit country in Europe after Italy, which has imposed similar restrictions.

Coronavirus: ‘empty streets’ as Spain braces for nationwide lockdown
Coronavirus: border closures ‘may show what a full-blown trade war looks like’

International Chamber of Commerce chief says moves to curb the contagion are having same impact on world economy as protectionism.

15 Mar 2020 - 6:11PM

International Chamber of Commerce chief says moves to curb the contagion are having same impact on world economy as protectionism.

Coronavirus: border closures ‘may show what a full-blown trade war looks like’
Coronavirus: WHO urges governments to act and not be ‘paralysed by the fear of failure’

‘Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,’ leader of global health body says.

14 Mar 2020 - 11:28PM

‘Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,’ leader of global health body says.

Coronavirus: WHO urges governments to act and not be ‘paralysed by the fear of failure’
Coronavirus: China joins US, Europe in moves to calm markets as economic anxiety grows

The People’s Bank of China that it would pump 550 billion yuan (US$78 billion) into its banking system to spur additional lending amid the coronavirus.

16 Mar 2020 - 10:16AM

The People’s Bank of China that it would pump 550 billion yuan (US$78 billion) into its banking system to spur additional lending amid the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: China joins US, Europe in moves to calm markets as economic anxiety grows
Coronavirus: French President Emmanuel Macron calls for unity in fighting ‘worst health crisis in a century’

Leader seeks to marshal Europe and the world against deadly coronavirus pandemic after Donald Trump bans most Europeans from visiting US.

13 Mar 2020 - 4:16PM

Leader seeks to marshal Europe and the world against deadly coronavirus pandemic after Donald Trump bans most Europeans from visiting US.

Coronavirus: French President Emmanuel Macron calls for unity in fighting ‘worst health crisis in a century’
Coronavirus: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says up to 70 per cent of Germans may get infected

European leaders say fight against coronavirus is just starting.

12 Mar 2020 - 5:06AM

European leaders say fight against coronavirus is just starting.

Coronavirus: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says up to 70 per cent of Germans may get infected
Italy’s lockdown goes nationwide as Europe sees coronavirus cases rising across continent

Streets empty after nation of 60 million was told to stay at home as country became the second worst hit by the Covid-19 epidemic.

11 Mar 2020 - 2:53AM

Streets empty after nation of 60 million was told to stay at home as country became the second worst hit by the Covid-19 epidemic.

Italy’s lockdown goes nationwide as Europe sees coronavirus cases rising across continent
How Italy’s coronavirus lockdown differs from China’s

The measures announced by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte do not go as far as the steps taken in Wuhan and it remains unclear how they were being enforced.

10 Mar 2020 - 3:53PM

The measures announced by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte do not go as far as the steps taken in Wuhan and it remains unclear how they were being enforced.

How Italy’s coronavirus lockdown differs from China’s
Coronavirus: WHO official says there’s no evidence of ‘reinfected’ patients in China

Global health body also criticises the “tit-for-tat” imposition of travel restrictions between Japan and South Korea.

7 Mar 2020 - 11:15PM

Global health body also criticises the “tit-for-tat” imposition of travel restrictions between Japan and South Korea.

Coronavirus: WHO official says there’s no evidence of ‘reinfected’ patients in China
Stay or go? Tough call for Chinese in Italy as coronavirus crisis hits

Thousands of migrants from China’s eastern seaboard are questioning their future in the euro zone’s third-biggest economy as Covid-19 takes hold.

6 Mar 2020 - 10:44PM

Thousands of migrants from China’s eastern seaboard are questioning their future in the euro zone’s third-biggest economy as Covid-19 takes hold.

Stay or go? Tough call for Chinese in Italy as coronavirus crisis hits