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1. Wuhan temporarily shuts down local transportation to curb virus

The local government of Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus, announced that all public transportation in the city —local buses, long-distanced buses, subway and ferry —will be temporarily closed starting at 10 am on Thursday.

All flights and trains scheduled to depart from Wuhan also will be temporarily canceled to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus, the government said.

Residents in Wuhan were encouraged not to leave the city if there is no particular reason, according to the announcement.

444 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were confirmed in Central China’s Hubei province, resulting in 17 deaths, as of 8 pm Wednesday, local officials announced at a news conference. (China Daily)




2. Snake might be animal reservoir of novel coronavirus: study

A study published on Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Virology showed that snake is the most probable wildlife animal reservoir for the novel coronavirus that caused Wuhan pneumonia.

Snake was one of the animals being sold in Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market before its closure. The market is believed to be related to most of the infected cases.

Results obtained from the analyses suggested that the new virus (2019-nCoV) appeared to be a recombinant virus between the bat coronavirus and an origin-unknown coronavirus, according to the study. (Xinhua)





3. UK says to proceed with digital tax despite US threat

Britain’s planned digital tax on tech giants will proceed as planned from April, UK finance minister Sajid Javid insisted Wednesday despite US threats of retaliatory tariffs.

Javid described Britain’s tax, seen as targeting especially US giants such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as “proportionate” and “temporary.”

Addressing the annual World Economic Forum, he added: “It will fall away once there is an international solution.” (AFP)




4. Boeing says 737 MAX return delayed until mid-2020

Boeing officially pushed back the time frame for the 737 MAX to return to the skies on Tuesday, sending shares plunging and overshadowing an earlier announcement of a first flight of the delayed 777X plane.

Boeing said it is now targeting the return of the grounded MAX “during mid-2020,” the latest delay in the schedule for the troubled jet, which has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes.

On late Monday, Boeing confirmed that it has temporarily stopped building the 737 MAX. (China Plus)

波音737 MAX复飞时间将再延迟至2020年中旬

据波音1月21日发布声明表示,波音737 MAX复飞时间将再次延迟到2020年中旬,波音当天股价跌超5%。该声明也让此前成功首飞的波音777X客机的市场前景蒙上了一层阴影。

此前,印尼狮航和埃塞俄比亚航空公司的两架波音737 MAX客机先后坠毁。两起事故让波音737 MAX客机在多国遭遇禁飞。


5. Wreck of Titanic to be protected under UK-US agreement

The wreck of the Titanic is to be better protected under a new treaty between Britain and the United States, Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) said Tuesday.

The signing of the treaty, which allows the British and US governments to grant or deny licenses authorizing entry of the wreck or removal of artefacts, will help ensure the resting site of more than 1,500 people is preserved and respected, the DfT said.

On April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg, the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean during its maiden voyage from Southampton. (Xinhua)





6. NASA identifies oldest known meteor crater on Earth

An international team led by a NASA scientist identified the oldest known meteor crater in Australia, which lends more clues to the formation of the Earth.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, showed that the Yarrabubba meteor crater in a remote part of western Australia was 2.229 billion years old.

The original size of the crater is believed to have been 70 kilometers across, though its remnant today is only 20 kilometers. (Xinhua)




7. World’s oldest captive giant panda celebrates Spring Festival

The world’s oldest captive giant panda Xinxing and her four “great-grandchildren” celebrated the upcoming Spring Festival at a zoo in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality Tuesday.

The 37-year-old celebrity “granny panda,” her age equivalent to more than 100 human years, was treated with carrots, apples, bamboo shoots and leaves in the panda house decorated with lanterns and streamers.

Xinxing, born in Sichuan province in 1982, is the world’s oldest captive giant panda. (China Daily)





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And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the bright glow around the “head” of a comet called?

(Answer: Coma.)

Today’s quote is from French writer Madame de Stael (1766-1817).

“Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”

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