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

Tyson Fury mocks Anthony Joshua

first_imgTyson Fury launched an astonishing rant on Anthony Joshua during lockdown when asked about the pair potentially trading punches in the future.“The Gypsy King” was on top form when discussing the bout with Jamie and Harry Redknapp on their new Sky series: “Home Fixture.” Fury, 31, blasted AJ’s technical ability and defence, before completely shutting down any notion of a victory for the unified champion if they meet.As WBC title-holder, Fury has the opportunity to take him every single belt on offer, which many believe he will do if Joshua agrees to the fight.Outlining what happens if they ever lock horns, Fury was certainly adamant Joshua would hit the canvas.“AJ’s style is tailor-made for mine,” Fury told both Redknapps alongside comedian Tom Davis. “He’s an upright fighter, walking forward with a classic defence.“He’s strong and powerful, but he’s got no footwork. (He’s got) hardly any resilience and he’s a bit gutless when it comes down to getting clipped. “I think I’ll knock him out around two or three rounds.“The first time I connect on him his legs will do a dance. I’ll just jump on him like that fat kid (Andy Ruiz Jr.) did before. Easy, not a bother.”As confident as ever, Fury even picked out the finishing punch, by concluding: “I’ll tell you what shot it’s gonna be as well, should I?“It’s gonna be a left hook to the temple. You’re gonna see him do a Bambi dance all over the ring.”As things stand, AJ is yet to fully follow through with previous promises to face Fury in the next 12 months. A lot of talking has played out in the media.Fury and Joshua have tried to find a solution due to both having mandatories.Kubrat Pulev is lined up for Joshua, whilst Fury has to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time.Up to now, it’s a stalemate, which Fury attributes to Hearn and Joshua.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The summer of 2021 would be the perfect time for Fury vs Joshua to finally take place on UK soil.Tags: Anthony JoshuaBOXINGTyson Furylast_img read more

Alderwood in hat for Kerry National

first_img “He ran a cracker on the day,” said Mullins. “To be beaten half a length and a head for second in a Galway Plate was a great effort. “He looked to be coming back to himself when he ran in the Irish Grand National and he showed that again at Galway. “I think we’ll probably aim towards the Kerry National now and hopefully he stays in the same form. “I think there might be one more big pot in him.” Press Association Alderwood’s focus is likely to be shifted towards the Guinness Kerry National in September after his fine run in the Galway Plate.center_img Tom Mullins’ dual Cheltenham Festival winner turned in a typically stout display to take fourth spot in the Ballybrit feature. Alderwood occupied the same position in the Kerry National 12 months ago and is again likely to head to Listowel. last_img read more

Jonathan Hagman steps up as leading scorer in junior year

first_img Published on October 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Entering the season, Syracuse needed to replace 64 percent of its offensive production after losing three of its top four scorers. Kenny Lassiter, a forward expected to expand his role, transferred to La Salle.The Orange looked toward midfielder Jonathan Hagman. In a season filled with slow offensive starts and just one clean sheet defensively, Hagman has been a bright spot for a Syracuse (5-5-2, 0-3-1 Atlantic Coast) team that looks to win its first ACC game on Friday night against North Carolina State. The junior has already tied his goal total from a season ago with five, and in eight fewer games. Hagman’s often found offensive success with his ability to find open space in the penalty area and finish near the net.“We always know he’s going to be at the right place at the right moment,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said. “… He’s not a creative player and people won’t talk about him a lot. He does a lot of work behind the scene.”Unlike most players, Hagman’s goals have not come shooting off the dribble. He “outsmarts” opposing defenders, junior defender Kamal Miller said, finding open space and wriggling away from defenders with his off-ball. That intelligence off-ball is the main reason for his increase in productivity, Miller added.Down a goal against Virginia, Delhommelle took possession and pushed upfield. He passed to Johannes Pieles, who after a few touches fired a through ball that split two UVA defenders and found Hagman in stride inside the penalty area. With a defender draped over his back, Hagman one-touched and fired past the goalkeeper. Hagman’s 83rd-minute goal gave SU a tie, its only point in conference play to date.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJosh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerHagman’s knack for finding open space provides his teammates with extra time to settle the ball and look toward the penalty area. When players try to cross the ball in front of the net, normally a forward is the lone player in the box, sophomore defender John Austin-Ricks said. But the team can count on Hagman to push upfield, find a spot and be on the receiving end on those crosses. All five of Hagman’s goals have been assisted.“You know (Hagman’s) going to be around no matter what,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “It’s just his ability to read the game and get into those areas to get easy tap ins.“His awareness of the game is world class.”Hagman’s goals often come in big-time moments for Syracuse. In the team’s season opener, he tied the game in the 80th minute before a Tajon Buchanan game winner. He added the second and third goals against Northwestern in what became a 3-1 win. He’s the only player with more than three goals and is tied for the team lead with 10 points.“From a productivity perspective,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said, “he’s scored some important goals for us. … It becomes a natural habit of finding your way into the box at the right time.”In Hagman’s freshman season, he went scoreless in 11 games. The following year he scored four games in, but after back-to-back goals midway through the year, he was held scoreless in 11 of Syracuse’s last 12. This year, his longest goal-scoring drought has been three games.Syracuse’s offensive productivity is 0.15 goals per game less than the year prior. That’s without three of the top goal scorers from last season. A large factor in SU maintaining a similar mark comes from Hagman’s offensive prowess and ability to find the ball in front of the goal.“If you’re not fast,” Hagman said, “you have to figure out something else to do well on the pitch.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more