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CGTN America 14 Feb 2020

Coronavirus fears are hurting Manhattan's Chinatown businesses


The Coronavirus is hitting Manhattan's Chinatown hard.
Some restaurants are reporting a drop of 50 to 70 percent in business over the past two weeks.
Fears of the virus and the halt in tourism from China is to blame.
Local leaders are concerned. They've launched a campaign called "Show Some Love Here" to encourage people to return.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown, calling fears of the coronavirus epidemic "psychosis" and suggesting vodka or a sauna would help.

So as football leagues across Europe have shut down for safety, teams in Belarus are playing on. The country's little-known league is now surging in popularity worldwide as match-hungry football fans tune in for live coverage.

But local supporters are increasingly abandoning stadiums, worried for their health.

Video produced by Sarah Rainsford and Elizaveta Vereykina. Filmed by Tatsiana Yanutsevich.

Photo: Dynamo Brest fans. Credit: We Love You Dynamo Brest fan club
Serious concerns have been raised that tens of thousands of seriously ill people in England may not be seeking help because of fears that they might catch the coronavirus in hospital, or be a burden on the NHS.

The number of visits to Accident and Emergency departments has fallen by more than half since the outbreak began. Doctors worry that serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes are being overlooked. There are also concerns that other treatments have had to be delayed while the NHS focuses on tackling the coronavirus

Meanwhile a new blood test which can detect whether someone has been infected with coronavirus has been given the go-ahead for use in England. The antibody test has been developed by the Swiss drugs company Roche. Frontline workers will be the first to be tested.

Scientists have called the move a very positive development. But it's not clear yet whether having been infected with coronavirus and developing antibodies actually protect against a new infection.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports by Health Editor Hugh Pym and Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh.
New Zealand has eased its coronavirus restrictions after moving to Level 2, described as a "safer new normal".

The country has reported no new cases of the virus in the past three days and thousands of businesses have reopened.

People are allowed to start seeing their friends and families again, with a limit of 10 people.

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Amazon warehouse employees and Instacart employees threaten to walkout over fears of contracting coronavirus while on the job.

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