FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are seen with luggage outside Beijing Railway Station, during the holidays of Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, in China October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Mainland China reports first local COVID-19 infections in nearly two months

Beijing, October 13 (Reuters) - Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted COVID-19 infections in nearly two months, as Qingdao launched a city-wide testing drive after discovering new cases linked to a hospital designated to treat imported infections. The National Health Commission said in a statement that a total of 13 COVID-19 infections were reported in mainland China on Oct....

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab sample from a woman for nucleic acid testing following two imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections from neighbouring Myanmar, at a hotel in the border city of Ruili, Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, China September 15, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS

China’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine appears safe – study

October 7 (Reuters) - A Chinese experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by the Institute of Medical Biology under the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences was shown to be safe in an early stage clinical trial, researchers said. In a Phase 1 trial of 191 healthy participants aged between 18 and 59, vaccination with the group’s experimental shot showed no severe...

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Fire kills 13 at Chinese theme park at start of long holiday

Beijing, October 2 (AP) — A fire at a tourist site in China killed 13 people on the first day of an eight-day national holiday, authorities said. The fire engulfed an exhibition hall of ice lantern and snow sculptures Thursday at the Taitaishan theme park on the outskirts of Taiyuan city in Shanxi province, the Ministry of Emergency Management said....

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