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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-03-26 18:15


>Man runs marathon on balcony

One runner didn't let the French government's order to remain indoors prevent him from training for a marathon amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old furloughed restaurant worker, ran the length of a marathon — on his 23-foot long balcony.

And he did it in six hours and 48 minutes, a personal record nearly double that of his previous finish time.

Although Nochomovitz has run 36 marathons, he said his balcony marathon was the most challenging.

Due to the short length of the balcony, Nochomovitz was unable to gain any momentum or speed as he had to constantly turn back and forth.

He said he ran about 3,000 laps.


A man boards a bus on Wednesday at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province-the city hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak in the nation. Transport services in Wuhan have begun gradually reopening to the public as the city has achieved significant results in the battle against the virus. ZHU XINGXIN/CHINA DAILY

>China lifts lockdown in Hubei

Hubei province announced on Tuesday it will reopen Wuhan's transportation connections to areas outside the city on April 8 and lift traffic controls in other parts of the province starting on Wednesday.

People in Hubei will be allowed to leave the province if they hold a green health code, meaning no contact with any infected or suspected COVID-19 cases, according to a circular issued by the provincial COVID-19 control headquarters.

Migrant workers who hold green codes and negative nucleic acid test results will be sent out of the province to their workplace directly.

The announcement said Wuhan will gradually resume production based on risk evaluation.

The reopening of schools, colleges, kindergartens and vocational institutions remains postponed and will be set at a later date.


A man wears a mask to prevent exposure to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while walking past the New York Stock Exchange in New York, March 17, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>New epicenter of COVID-19

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said that the US had the potential to become the global epicenter of the pandemic, citing a "very large acceleration" in coronavirus infections.

Nationwide, COVID-19 has infected more than 50,000 people and killed nearly 700, with more than a quarter of the deaths in New York state.

The rate of infection is now doubling every three days in New York and the worst of the outbreak, known as the apex, could arrive in 14 to 21 days, putting huge pressure on health services, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

The expected need for hospital beds in the state at the peak of the outbreak has spiraled to 140,000, Cuomo said, compared with 110,000 previously projected.

Only 53,000 beds are said to be available now.


Women wearing protective face masks following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk past the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympics Museum, a day after the announcement of the games' postponement to 2021, in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Naoki Ogura

>Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed

The International Olympic Committee and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed, and held no later than the summer of 2021, the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers said on Tuesday.

While a definite new date has not been set, the IOC said that the games "must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."

It is the first time in the Olympics' 124-year history the games have been postponed during peacetime.

The IOC, however, said they will remain known as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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