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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-03-25 17:27


>Fed announces unlimited QE

The US Federal Reserve announced on Monday it will purchase US treasuries and agency mortgage-backed securities with no limit to help markets function more efficiently amid coronavirus uncertainty.

For the first time, the Fed will back purchases of corporate bonds, backstop direct loans to companies and "soon" will roll out a program to get credit to small and medium-sized business.

It also said it will expand asset purchases by as much as needed to stabilize financial markets.

Earlier this month, the Fed pledged to buy at least $500 billion in US treasuries and at least $200 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities over the coming months.


People on their balconies by the River Thames near the Thames Barrier as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 24, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>British told to stay at home

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new curbs on movement in the United Kingdom to halt the spread of novel coronavirus, urging people to simply stay at home.

From Monday night, people are only allowed to leave their homes for very limited purposes.

"Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible. One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person," Johnson said.

But he restricted travel only to and from essential work, such as NHS, where this cannot be done from home.

Johnson said police will have the power to enforce rules when people do not comply.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

All public assemblies of more than two people, excluding people who live together, will be banned, the prime minister said.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a migration summit at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Merkel in self-quarantine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made the decision to self-quarantine in her home after having contact with a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, her spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday.

Merkel will be tested regularly over the coming days and will continue to conduct her duties as chancellor from home, Seibert said.

Earlier Sunday, Merkel announced Germany was banning meetings of more than two people in public for the next two weeks to contain the virus. Exceptions to the rules are being made for people who live together and for work-related gatherings.


Pharmacists dispense medicines according to Lung Cleansing and Detoxifying Decoction prescriptions at Anhui University of Chinese Medicine on Feb 21, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>TCM treatment effective

A total of 74,187 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia, which account for 91.5 percent of total infections on the Chinese mainland, have been administered traditional Chinese medicine as part of their treatment, and over 90 percent of them have shown improvement, according to Yu Yanhong, Party secretary and top official of the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

TCM has effectively relieved symptoms, prevented deterioration, reduced the mortality rate, raised the recovery rate and boosted patients' recovery, Yu said on Monday at a news conference organized by the State Council Information Office in Wuhan, Hubei province.

About 13 percent of the medical staff that has sustained medical care in Hubei, or more than 4,900, are TCM workers, she said, adding the size and strength of TCM assistance teams were unprecedented.


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