Lockdown lifted, but exodus from Chinese city hindered by new coronavirus test rule

first_imgResidents of China’s Xianning city eager to travel after a two-month lockdown faced an unexpected hurdle only hours after the borders were opened — they needed to pass a new rapid detection test to show they didn’t have the coronavirus.Dozens rushed to the city’s largest hospital but were told the hospital was no longer doing the nucleic acid tests and were advised to try hospitals in nearby villages or towns.The test uses genetic material from throat swabs and normally takes a few hours for a result. “If we can’t get the nucleic acid test how can we leave? I can’t get on the train, I’ve bought my ticket but I can’t leave,” Shen Jianning, 51, said on Thursday morning.Shen, who wants to return to his job on a metro construction project in Shanghai, rushed to Xianning Central Hospital at around 4 a.m. on Thursday in hopes of getting a nucleic acid test, but was told by doctors there that they no longer were doing the tests and he had to find an alternative.Signs pasted on glass doors of the hospital, the city’s largest, said people should go to village or town hospitals to get the tests done.Xianning announced the test requirement on its official WeChat account on Wednesday, the day Hubei province, epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak and home to 60 million people, removed much of its lockdown transport measures. Topics :center_img The lifting of the Hubei lockdown is a major milestone in the fight against the coronavirus in China. More than 80% of COVID-19 cases and 96% of deaths in mainland China have been in Hubei.The provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared late last year and which has had 54% of cases, remains under lockdown until April 8.The order to use the rapid-detection test came after news that a man who had travelled from the city last week had later tested positive when he returned to work in Guangdong province.The lifting of the lockdown has been accompanied by both relief and worry, with several people in Xianning telling Reuters they were unnerved by the case of the man who had travelled to Guangdong.”My Shanghai boss has called me a few times asking me to get out as soon as possible. He even prepared the proof of work resumption for me. He told me what processes you need to do we will help you, just think of a way to get out,” Shen said.Shen, from the eastern province of Jiangsu, had been trapped in Xianning after travelling to the city to see a house he had bought there.Stuck, inside or out Millions of people were caught in Hubei or stuck outside it as China imposed draconian measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, an approach that has proven effective, with reported new domestically transmitted cases falling to zero on most recent days, even as imported cases persist.On Thursday morning, about 30 people queued outside Xianning Central Hospital, all of them required to complete a form declaring whether they had recently come back from overseas or been in any high risk areas.Some in the queue said they were lining up for a nucleic test, but were unclear where they could get it done. A number were trying to get back to Guangdong province to work.”I saw on Douyin that a few hundred people came here yesterday, there were lots of people,” said He Ting, referring to the Chinese version of TikTok.She has been stuck in Xianning since Lunar New Year in January and was trying to get back to her job in the southwestern city of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, and was also unable to get the test at the hospital “I’m trying to figure out another way,” she said.At the Xianning Yongan Health Service Centre, a community health centre, more than a hundred people milled in and outside its gates. A long queue snaked with people clutching paper slips with numbers on them. Some said they were told that results would take a day or two.”I came here to queue but they told me I needed to register and then wait for a call on when it’s my turn,” said a man as he got on his electric scooter to leave.”I need to get back to my job in Dongguan. But now I don’t know when I can leave.” last_img read more

Stage was set for Ki to strike

first_img Press Association Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng revealed his first Liberty Stadium goal against QPR was even more special as his actress wife was in the crowd. “It happens sometimes in games that you can’t, but I’ve tried to improve myself and I wanted to score more. “Normally I stay at the back but I got the chance to push on and my first goal in front of the home fans was very meaningful.” Swansea travel to West Ham next on Sunday with Sam Allardyce’s side two points better off than the Welsh club a fter their 2-1 win at West Brom, and Ki said he is expecting a tough physical examination in east London. “It’s not always easy away from home, especially at West Ham,” Ki said. “We have to be physically ready. “I’m sure we will have chances so we know we have to concentrate on our defensive work and give us possibility to win. “I am not sure if we are better than when I first came here but we are getting better results. “We are sixth after this amount of games for the first time and all the boys are mentally prepared to achieve. It is different.” The 25-year-old scored his first Swansea goal in a 2-1 win at Manchester United on the opening day of the season but he had to wait until Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over QPR to register in front of Liberty Stadium fans who included his wife Han Hye-jin. Ki celebrated his goal by making a heart sign with his hands, and said: “It was for my wife who was in the crowd. “She comes to every game so she’s been waiting a while. “Normally I’m not a player who scores – it happens once every three months – but it was nice to score in front of her.” Monk said after Swansea’s victory that he had told Ki “it was about time he scored” – and his late effort was perfectly timed as it finally broke QPR’s resistance before Wayne Routledge added gloss with a second against his former club. But Ki said there was no extra pressure on him to score, even if the return of midfield anchorman Leon Britton a fter long-term injury allowed him to play in a more advanced role. “He (Monk) doesn’t want to put us under pressure to score, he just gives us more encouragement and is patient with us,” Ki said. “We have great attacking players in front of me who are always making great chances, so we are not worried about scoring. The South Korean midfielder joined Swansea for a then club record £5.5million fee in August 2012 but was sent out on loan to Sunderland last season where he was influential in helping the Black Cats win their battle for top-flight survival. Ki returned to south Wales last summer and the former Celtic playmaker has repaid manager Garry Monk’s faith in him by playing in every Barclays Premier League game as Swansea have climbed into the top six. last_img read more

bettingexpert – Monaco’s win in Dortmund tops the bill for April

first_img StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share The Champions League tie between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco came out as the top match in April on bettingexpert, with Unibet the top bookmaker for the match at the Westfalenstadion.Statistics from the bettingexpert community showed 238 tips on the quarter final first leg, with 52 of those placed on Unibet (21%), 33 on bet365 (13.9%) and 19 on William Hill (8%).The second most popular match was the first leg of the quarter-final between Juventus and Barcelona, which saw the home side take the spoils and bet365 attract the most tips (22.4%).For a month of high-profile matches, it was no surprise to see football emerge as the number one sport, although Over/Under edging out 1×2 as the most popular market was slightly unexpected. 29.5% of the football tips were attributed to that market, with 21.5% of those on bet365.Basketball came in ahead of tennis as the second most popular sport, with Over/Under accounting for 41.6% of the tips. 19.8% of those Over/Under tips were made on Unibet, who also led the way with the highest share of tips on Asian Handicap, the second most popular market for the sport.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City on 5 April was declared as the month’s most profitable single match with a total stake payout of 668.06. The match at Stamford Bridge was especially punter-friendly as it produced a home win, over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring.By contrast, the top match between Dortmund and Monaco was also the biggest losing match for tipsters. Monaco’s odds-defying away win on 12 April led to a total stake payout of -1,467.25.Finally, bettingexpert revealed that Serbia accounted for 7.05% of the total Champions League tips in April, the highest figure for a country not represented by a team in the UEFA competition. Sharelast_img read more