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China beefs up measures to prevent second surge of infections

China beefs up measures to prevent second surge of infections

World
April 9 (UPI) -- China has beefed up measures to prevent a second surge in coronavirus infections fueled by asymptomatic cases and those entering the country from abroad. The Asian nation at the center of the global pandemic has seen a drastic decline in new cases from its peak of nearly 4,000 infections a day in early February to reporting single-digit local infections since the middle of March. However, the country has been recording a growing number of imported cases for the past few weeks and on Thursday, Beijing's National Health Commission said of its 63 new cases over the day prior, 61 came from abroad for a total of 1,103 such cases since the outbreak began in its central city of Wuhan in December. In response, China has closed all land border checkpoints with Russia. The Chine...
Chinese unemployment worries are growing as Beijing beefs up stimulus

Chinese unemployment worries are growing as Beijing beefs up stimulus

Finance
Beijing is working hard to stop a slowing Chinese economy from hitting its workforce. In the last several weeks authorities have made a flurry of announcements, including tax cuts, monetary policy loosening and plans to support public spending. The push comes as economic data points to sagging domestic growth and the U.S. looks set to keep up the pressure on trade. Amid that environment, worries of widespread job losses won't help the already gloomy sentiment that's giving consumers a second thought on spending. The overarching worry for China's leaders is that unemployment could lead to social unrest, and deeper questioning ...