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The complete list of Oscar winners – The Washington Post

February 9th, 2020

While the list of nominees contains few surprises, there were the usual snubs, which included Greta Gerwig in the best director category for “Little Women.”

Which movies were nominated for best picture?1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite.”

What films to watch: We put together the full list of movies you need to check out and the must-see performances, which include Renée Zellweger in “Judy,” Adam Driver in “Marriage Story” and Joe Pesci in “The Irishman.” If you’ve procrastinated on catching up with the nominees, we also have a last-minute guide.

Wait, what’s the difference between sound mixing and sound editing again? Here are the answers to all your most pressing questions about the Oscars (you’re welcome).

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The Oscars nominated ‘Parasite’ but looked right past its all-Asian cast. It’s part of a pattern.

The Oscar category that best reflects the state of film isn’t best picture. It’s visual effects.

America has a collective weakness, and his name is Brad Pitt.

An Oscars ballot to predict and share your picks and compare them with chief film critic Ann Hornaday. Here’s Ann’s reflection on why she’s “strangely indifferent’ about this year’s slate of best picture nominees.

Nominee for best original screenplay Rian Johnson on how the star-studded whodunit “Knives Out” came together.

How ‘Hair Love’ went from a beloved Kickstarter project to an Oscar-nominated animated short.

The recipe for an Oscars’ best picture nod includes an infusion of Hollywood love.

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Parasite wins Oscar for Best Picture, making history – The Verge

February 9th, 2020

Parasite ended its award show sweep this season by taking home Best Picture, making it the first non-English speaking film to win the Academy’s most prestigious award.

Bong Joon-ho’s movie about a lower-income family who infiltrates a wealthy household, only to learn a much darker secret, has led the awards season. The movie scored multiple awards for writer and director Bong during the evening including Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best International Feature Film. Although the cast wasn’t recognized individually, they were awarded the SAG award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a film.

Parasite is also the first film from a South Korean director to win the Best Picture, and the first with a primarily Asian cast. Parasite beat out Joker, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Little Women, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Jojo Rabbit in the process.

“I’m ready to drink tonight,” he joked on stage.

Only 11 other non-English speaking movies were previously nominated for Best Picture, including including Roma, Amour, Babel, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Roma was also the first non-English speaking film from a streamer to earn the top nomination. Although it lost in that category, it did win in the Best Foreign Film category, which has since been renamed to Best International Feature Film.

It’s been a wild ride for Bong, who has reiterated in multiple interviews that he didn’t expect the level of fandom around Parasite that has sprouted up. His collective of fans — referred to as the “BongHive” — have championed his movie throughout the award show season, designing t-shirts and hosting special screenings. For Bong, the awards are a reminder to audiences that international films are important to discover and devour.

“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” he said at the Golden Globes after winning the award for best foreign-language film.

Parasite made Oscar history tonight with its win, but if Bong Joon-ho gets what he wants, it’ll be the first of many non-English speaking films to earn the Academy’s biggest prize.

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More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home – CTV News

February 9th, 2020

BEIJING — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home.

Public health authorities are watching closely to see whether the return to business worsens the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people globally and killed over 900, with the vast majority of cases in China.

Even before the slow and cautious reopening, China on Monday reported a rise in new cases, dimming optimism that the near-quarantine of some 60 million people and other disease-control measures might be working.

Britain, meanwhile, declared the virus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and said it would forcibly detain infected people if necessary. France tested scores of children and their parents after five British tourists contracted the virus at a ski resort.

The director-general of the World Health Organization said that the agency is still unable to predict where the outbreak is heading but that he believes there is still an opportunity to contain it.

“In recent days, we have seen some concerning instances of onward transmission from people with no travel history to China, like the cases reported in France yesterday and the U.K. today,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The detection of the small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire, but for now, it’s only a spark.”

The latest developments:

CHINESE OFFICES, MARKETS START TO REOPEN

Zhang Peng, who works for a livestreaming company in Beijing, went to the office for the first time since the holiday, which was supposed to end on Jan. 30. The company checked employees for fever and handed out masks.

“I thought the situation is fairly good now,” Zhang said. “I went to work by subway today and underwent various checks in the station. And my company did a good job of prevention and control.”

Iris Ke, who works for an advertising company, said she plans to wait until next week to go back to the office.

“We just need to have a little more sense of self-protection,” said Ke. “Life goes on anyway. How come we stop going outside or stop working simply because of fear of disease? We can’t do that.”

There were few signs of activity on the streets of Beijing. The capital’s broad avenues were largely free of traffic, and thousands of rental bikes stood in long ranks with hardly a customer. Tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City remained closed, as did schools, and many people worked from home, hoping to avoid crowds.

Those shops and restaurants that did open found few customers.

At the Sanyuanli market in Beijing, the stalls were stocked with pork, mutton, seafood and vegetables and shoppers wore face masks.

“The number of customers here is down a lot, maybe by more than half,” said Liu Ying, who sells walnuts, cashews and other specialties. “But you can see a lot of people calling in orders, so we’re slowly getting busy again.”

The Beijing city government told residential compounds in the capital to close their gates, check visitors for fever and record their identities. The government also warned people to strictly abide by regulations requiring wearing of masks in public and to avoid group activities.

CHINA’S DEATH TOLL RISES

The mainland death toll rose by 97 to 908 in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday, and 3,062 new cases were reported, government authorities said. That was up 15% from Saturday and broke a string of daily declines that the government had said showed that containment measures were succeeeding.

More than 440 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, including two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, wearing a mask, visited a community health centre in Beijing. He had his temperature taken and expressed thanks to the health workers on behalf of the Communist Party and government.

“We will most definitely win this people’s war,” he said.

MORE CASES ABOARD CRUISE SHIP

Japan said an additional 65 cases were found aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo, raising the total to 135.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the Japanese government was considering testing all 3,700 or so passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, which would require them to remain aboard until results were available. Health authorities are scrambling to deliver medicine requested by more than 600 passengers.

“We are doing the utmost to keep everyone in good health,” Kato said.

BRITAIN AND FRANCE ACT

Britain issued its “imminent threat” declaration after a British man who caught the virus in Singapore in January appeared linked to several other confirmed cases in Europe. Five Britons, including a 9-year-old boy, contracted the virus in the French Alpine ski town of Contamines-Montjoie after staying in the same chalet as the British man.

Jerome Salomon, head of France’s national health agency, said that in the wake of the episode, 61 people, including many children who went to school with the boy, were tested and proved negative for the virus.

CHINESE INFLATION RISES

Consumer inflation spiked to an eight-year high of 5.4% in January over a year earlier, driven by a 4.4% rise in food costs, the government reported.

“It appears that supply disruptions and hoarding due to the coronavirus outbreak helped to keep food prices elevated during the week after Chinese New Year, when they would normally drop back,” Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report.

China’s central bank announced a 300 billion yuan (US$43 billion) fund to make low-interest loans to producers of medicine and medical supplies or other companies involved in fighting the virus.

Over the weekend, the government promised tax cuts and subsidies to farmers, supermarkets, producers of medical supplies and companies that contribute to anti-disease work.

HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELED

The Hong Kong Arts Festival cancelled all of its more than 120 music, dance and drama performances, including two concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The festival was due to start this week and run through mid-March.

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AP video journalist Liu Zheng and Associated Press Writers Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.

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Luke Perry, Sid Haig and Cameron Boyce Not Included in 2020 Oscars In Memoriam (Video) – TheWrap

February 9th, 2020

The Academy Awards paid tribute to many famous faces who passed on over the last year with its In Memoriam segment on Sunday night, but at least three notable names were omitted from the list: Luke Perry, Sid Haig, Tim Conway and Cameron Boyce.

Recently deceased legends Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26, and Kirk Douglas, who passed on Feb. 5, did make it into the 2020 Oscars’ slideshow honoring the deceased, which was accompanied by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s performance of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” at the Dolby Theater.

Other noteworthy stars in the 92nd Annual Academy Awards In Memoriam segment included Doris Day, John Singleton, Peter Mayhew, Agnes Varda, D. A. Pennebaker, Peter Fonda, Diahann Caroll, Rip Torn, Robert Forster and John Witherspoon, among many more. You can watch the tribute via the video above.

The Academy did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the exclusions of Perry, Haig and Boyce from the segment. The three are included in the Oscars’ online gallery, which you can view here.

Best known as Dylan McKay from “Beverly Hills, 90210” and Archie Andrews’ father, Fred Andrews, from The CW’s “Riverdale,” Perry died on March 5, 2019 after suffering a stroke. His final film role was Quentin Tarantino’s Best Picture contender “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” He was 52.

Boyce, a star of the Disney Channel’s “Descendants” films, died July 6, 2019 at the age of 20 after suffering an epileptic seizure.

Haig, who was a cult favorite actor for playing the part of Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” trilogy, died Sept. 21, 2019. He was 80.

Conway, who died last May at the age of 85, was best known for his comedic work on TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show” but also starred in a string of Disney movies like 1973’s “The World’s Greatest Athlete,” 1975’s “The Apple Dumpling Gang” and its 1979 sequel. He co-starred with Don Knotts in 1979’s “The Prize Fighter” and 1980’s “The Private Eyes.”

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Oscars 2020: the complete list of winners – The Verge

February 9th, 2020

Netflix headed into the 92nd Oscars with 24 nominations — the most of any studio — expecting to dominate award season’s biggest night the same way it’s dominated the entertainment industry. Instead, Netflix walked away with practically zilch.

The streamer made out with just two awards: Best Documentary for American Factory (produced by President Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company) and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern. Its biggest films — The Irishman and The Two Popes — all went home empty handed.

Only just a week prior, Netflix’s studio chief Ted Sarandos rebuked claims that its lack of awards are previous award shows is part of a “backlash to a tech giant that is upending entertainment-industry business practices and threatening Hollywood power hierarchies,” as the New York Times wrote.

“A pushback? Nobody can say that with a straight face,” Sarandos said. “We got 24 nominations, the most of any studio. Our films have been honored across the board.”

Netflix’s Oscar push has been aggressive. Some industry competitors have estimated that Netflix spent approximately $70 million on its Oscars campaign — much higher than what most studios spend. Netflix hasn’t shied away from its Oscar ambitions, but the company is trying to increase its film output and become a full fledged studio in 2020.

Award show prestige is important to the company — especially when it comes to drawing in the best talent, like Martin Scorsese. Netflix has proven over the last few years that can secure the nominations, and even win from time-to-time, but getting the big wins are still a struggle. It’s clear that while Netflix moved from the kids table to sit with the adults, it’s still the odd one out right now.

Netflix’s night may not have gone as planned, but Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s did. The director and his team walked away with a number of major awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director. Bong used his time on stage to praise his fellow director nominees, including Martin Scorsese, who received a standing ovation during Bong’s speech. How’s he planning on celebrating his historic win?

“I’m ready to drink tonight,” he joked on stage.

It was a beautiful moment during an otherwise pretty standard show. Not even CEO Bob Iger could hide his boredom whenever the camera panned to him! Brad Pitt, Taika Waititi, Renee Zellweger, and Dern continued their season of award winnings, taking home respective prizes for Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. 1917 and Ford v Ferrari both took home multiple awards for achieving excellence in technical categories like Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Elton John won the prize for Best Original Song for his work on Rocketman.

Perhaps the biggest upset? Joker, which earned the most nominations for any individual movie, only secured two awards — Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. Although, depending on who you ask, maybe it’s not a total upset after all.

The full list of Oscar winners can be read below.

Best Picture:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Director:

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Animated Short:

Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva

Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry

Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan

Memorable, Bruno Collet

Sister, Siqi Song

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi

Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Little Women, Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out, Rian Johnson

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach

1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Cinematography:

The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto

Joker, Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke

1917, Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

Best Documentary Feature:

American Factory, Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

The Cave, Feras Fayyad

The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa

For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Best Documentary Short Subject:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film:

Brotherhood, Meryam Joobeur

Nefta Football Club, Yves Piat

The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry

Saria, Bryan Buckley

A Sister, Delphine Girard

Best Foreign Language Film:

Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Les Miserables, Ladj Ly

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles

Joker, Jeff Groth

Parasite, Jinmo Yang

Sound Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester

Joker, Alan Robert Murray

1917, Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker, Matthew Wood, David Acord

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Production Design:

The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova

1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

Original Score:

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

1917, Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

Original Song:

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough

“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” Harriet

Makeup and Hair:

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

Costume Design:

The Irishman, Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson

Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo

Joker, Mark Bridges

Little Women, Jacqueline Durran

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

Visual Effects:

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

1917

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Oscars 2020 pays touching tribute to Kobe Bryant – New York Post

February 9th, 2020

Oscars 2020 honored Kobe Bryant with a fitting tribute Sunday night.

After director Spike Lee walked the red carpet in a suit inspired by the Lakers legend, the Academy Awards telecast — which aired live Sunday, February 9, 2020 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles — celebrated the Lakers legend toward the end of the show as part of the annual “In Memoriam” segment.

As Billie Eilish sang “Yesterday” by the Beatles, the montage of those who died in the past year began with a picture of Bryant beside a written quote of his: “Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going.”

Although Bryant is best known for his feats on the basketball court, he has recent history with Hollywood. In 2018, Bryant won an Oscar in the category of Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball.”

Oscars producer Stephanie Allain revealed at a press conference last week that Bryant would be included for that accomplishment.

“I think what’s really appropriate is that Kobe was part of the film community, and as such, he will be embraced within the ‘In Memoriam’ segment,” she said.

Bryant wrote, produced and narrated “Dear Basketball,” which was based on a poem he wrote announcing his retirement from the NBA. The emotively drawn film explores what the game meant to Bryant and his journey to titan status, starting as a young boy. The piece was scored by legendary “Star Wars” composer John Williams.

Bryant shared the award with the short’s director — animation icon Glen Keane, known for his work on Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said in the pair’s acceptance speech. “But I’m glad we’re doing a little bit more than that.”

That same year, Bryant was recommended to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch. However, his inclusion was rejected by the general membership committee.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash on January 26 at the age of 41 alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others. A public memorial service will be held February 24 at the Staples Center, the Lakers’ home.

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UNEXPECTED Moments From The Oscars Red Carpet! – Clevver News

February 9th, 2020

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Tonight’s the night! The biggest night of the year in Hollywood — the Oscars. And while sometimes the awards can be predictable the red carpet always manages to serve up several surprises and tonight was no exception.

What’s up everyone? Happy Oscars Sunday! It’s Sussan Mourad here with Clevver News and we all know that The Academy Awards are a celebration of film, but we also have to celebrate the red carpet because that’s where half the fun goes down.

And there were so many unexpected moments on this year’s red carpet that we have to talk about.

Starting with Billie Eilish fangirling over Mindy Kaling.

If you’re a big Billie Eilish fan you know that she is a die hard fan of the show “The Office”, so much so that she even sampled some of the show in “my strange addiction.”

And while Billie is one of the biggest stars at tonight’s show and I’m sure tons of celebs are fangirling over her, she fangirled over Mindy because Mindy was in The Office.

The sweet moment was caught on camera as Billie was heading up for her interview with E! News.

And fans are loving this moment.

One fan wrote quote, “Billie Eilish and Mindy Kahling just met at the Oscars and the office fan in me is NOT OK RIGHT NOW!”

Another wrote quote, “She’s so cute” with a crying face.

And another wrote quote, “@billieeilish fangirling over @mindykaling is a moment ALL of us #TheOffice fans can relate to”

And we loved this moment too!

Another unexpected and sweet moment was Spike Lee honoring Kobe Bryant with his suit.

He rocked a full purple and yellow suit with Kobe’s number, 24, both on the front and back of his suit and the look was intentional all the way down to his basketball shoes.

And fans were super here for this look.

They have been tweeting love to Spike for paying respect to Kobe.

But Spike wasn’t the only one making a statement with his outfit.

Natalie Portman called out the Academy for not nominating any female directors in the Best Director category this year.

She subtly rocked the names of all of the female directors who were not nominated at the Oscars embroidered onto her Dior cape.

But there were also some OMG moments on the red carpet.

Billy Porter, who was one of the red carpet hosts tonight, had a couple slip ups when introducing Hollywood’s elite!

Fans caught that he pronounced Michael Strahan’s name incorrectly and called him “Michael Strayhorn,” but thankfully he was able to save himself.

Not before Twitter was able to get to it though.

One person wrote quote, “According to Billy Porter, @michaelstrahan is actually Michael StraHORN… lol”

Another wrote quote, “billy porter just who’d michael strahan on the #Oscars red carpet and i am in heaven @whoweekly”

And another said quote, “Sorry @michaelstrahan. Your name is now officially Michael Strahorn.”

And as surprising as fans found this moment, nothing was as surprising on the red carpet as Blac Chyna’s attendance.

Chyna is not set to present at the Academy Awards and she was not in any of the nominated films, so the entire internet was shook over her walking the red carpet.

One person said quote, “So since Blac Chyna at the #Oscars, I guess I can too”

And another wrote quote, “Who knows why she is invited, but girl is SERVING LOOKS and anybody that says otherwise is just hating.”

And regardless of why Chyna attended the Oscars, we were here for her big moment.

But I want to know what you guys think.

What red carpet moment was the most unexpected to you? Was it one of these moments or was there another big surprise?

Let me know down in the comments below.

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Thanks for hanging out with me here on Clevver News, I’m Sussan Mourad and have a great day.

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China reports rise in coronavirus cases, bringing death toll to 908 – Global News

February 9th, 2020

Mainland China has reported another rise in cases of the new virus after a sharp decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grew by 97 to 908, with at least two more outside the country.

China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising the Chinese mainland’s total to 40,171. Monday’s rise was a turnaround from a significant reduction in new cases reported Sunday, less than 2,700, that briefly prompted optimism prevention methods such as a strict quarantines may be working.

READ MORE: Canadian Armed Forces medics on Wuhan flight permitted to leave coronavirus quarantine

“Dramatic reductions” in the pace of the disease’s spread should begin this month if containment works, Dr. Ian Lipkin, director of Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, said in an online news conference on Sunday. He assisted the World Health Organization and Chinese authorities during the outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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Warmer weather will reduce the new virus’s ability to spread and bring people out of enclosed spaces where it is transmitted more easily, Lipkin said. However, he said, if new cases spike as people return to work after the Lunar New Year holiday, which was extended to try to reduce the spread of the virus, then “we’ll know we’re in trouble.”

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Coronavirus outbreak: Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton seen getting fresh air

Deaths from the new virus have passed the 774 people believed to have died of SARS, and the number of cases vastly exceeds the 8,098 identified in that 2002-03 outbreak. SARS and the new virus both are part of the coronavirus family, which includes the common cold but also viruses that come from animals and have caused serious illness.

China has built hospitals and converted public buildings to treat the thousands of patients in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, which has been under a strict quarantine for more than two weeks. It’s trying to keep food flowing into the region, and state media reported the Hubei provincial government will pay subsidies to farmers, other food producers and supermarkets because of the crisis.

READ MORE: U.K., Spain confirm new coronavirus virus cases as French focus on containment

Elsewhere in China, the industrial metropolis of Chongqing in the southwest told residential communities to close their gates and check visitors for fever. The government said the spread of the virus through “family gatherings” had been reported in Chongqing but gave no details.

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Earlier, France closed two schools and medical authorities there are testing hundreds of children and their families for the virus after a 9-year-old British boy who goes to school in the French Alps contracted it.

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Novel coronavirus outbreak: Confusion remains for Canadian evacuation from Wuhan

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn visited a ski resort where five Britons were found to have the virus, Contamines-Montjoie, and tried to reassure residents and tourists that they can “live normally.” She said there’s a “very weak risk” for the population at large, at least so far.

France also stepped up its travel alert, recommending against all visits to China except for “imperative reasons.” Several countries have made similar recommendations and are restricting Chinese visits as a containment measure.

READ MORE: Where did they go? Millions fled Wuhan, China, before coronavirus lockdown

More than 360 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, most associated with Chinese travel or close contact with those travellers.

Hong Kong reported seven more cases, raising its total to 36. The new cases were people who attended large family gathering for the Lunar New Year that included mainland Chinese visitors.

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Trudeau headed to Kuwait amid questions about Teck Frontier mine, coronavirus spread

Hong Kong has shut all but two of its land and sea border points to the mainland and on Saturday began enforcing a 14-day quarantine on arrivals from mainland China to try to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Meanwhile, the mother of a physician who died last week in the hardest-hit city of Wuhan said she wants an explanation from authorities who reprimanded her son for warning about the virus early in the outbreak.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: Trudeau says Canada will offer more help to China if needed

The death of Li Wenliang, 34, prompted an outpouring of public anger at Wuhan officials. Some postings left on his microblog account said officials should face consequences for mistreating Li.

“My child was summoned by the Wuhan Police Bureau at midnight. He was asked to sign an admonishment notice,” Lu Shuyun said in a video distributed by Pear Video, an online broadcast platform. “We won’t give up if they don’t give us an explanation.”

The video released Sunday shows flowers in her home with a note that says, “Hero is immortal. Thank you.”

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China virus cases rise again, 66 more on ship in Japan – CTV News

February 9th, 2020

BEIJING — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home.

Public health authorities are watching closely to see whether the return to business worsens the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people globally and killed over 900, with the vast majority of cases in China.

Even before the slow and cautious reopening, China on Monday reported a rise in new cases, dimming optimism that the near-quarantine of some 60 million people and other disease-control measures might be working.

Britain, meanwhile, declared the virus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and said it would forcibly detain infected people if necessary. France tested scores of children and their parents after five British tourists contracted the virus at a ski resort.

The director-general of the World Health Organization said that the agency is still unable to predict where the outbreak is heading but that he believes there is still an opportunity to contain it.

“In recent days, we have seen some concerning instances of onward transmission from people with no travel history to China, like the cases reported in France yesterday and the U.K. today,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The detection of the small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire, but for now, it’s only a spark.”

The latest developments:

CHINESE OFFICES, MARKETS START TO REOPEN

Zhang Peng, who works for a livestreaming company in Beijing, went to the office for the first time since the holiday, which was supposed to end on Jan. 30. The company checked employees for fever and handed out masks.

“I thought the situation is fairly good now,” Zhang said. “I went to work by subway today and underwent various checks in the station. And my company did a good job of prevention and control.”

Iris Ke, who works for an advertising company, said she plans to wait until next week to go back to the office.

“We just need to have a little more sense of self-protection,” said Ke. “Life goes on anyway. How come we stop going outside or stop working simply because of fear of disease? We can’t do that.”

There were few signs of activity on the streets of Beijing. The capital’s broad avenues were largely free of traffic, and thousands of rental bikes stood in long ranks with hardly a customer. Tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City remained closed, as did schools, and many people worked from home, hoping to avoid crowds.

Those shops and restaurants that did open found few customers.

At the Sanyuanli market in Beijing, the stalls were stocked with pork, mutton, seafood and vegetables and shoppers wore face masks.

“The number of customers here is down a lot, maybe by more than half,” said Liu Ying, who sells walnuts, cashews and other specialties. “But you can see a lot of people calling in orders, so we’re slowly getting busy again.”

The Beijing city government told residential compounds in the capital to close their gates, check visitors for fever and record their identities. The government also warned people to strictly abide by regulations requiring wearing of masks in public and to avoid group activities.

CHINA’S DEATH TOLL RISES

The mainland death toll rose by 97 to 908 in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday, and 3,062 new cases were reported, government authorities said. That was up 15% from Saturday and broke a string of daily declines that the government had said showed that containment measures were succeeeding.

More than 440 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, including two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, wearing a mask, visited a community health centre in Beijing. He had his temperature taken and expressed thanks to the health workers on behalf of the Communist Party and government.

“We will most definitely win this people’s war,” he said.

MORE CASES ABOARD CRUISE SHIP

Japan said an additional 65 cases were found aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo, raising the total to 135.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the Japanese government was considering testing all 3,700 or so passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, which would require them to remain aboard until results were available. Health authorities are scrambling to deliver medicine requested by more than 600 passengers.

“We are doing the utmost to keep everyone in good health,” Kato said.

BRITAIN AND FRANCE ACT

Britain issued its “imminent threat” declaration after a British man who caught the virus in Singapore in January appeared linked to several other confirmed cases in Europe. Five Britons, including a 9-year-old boy, contracted the virus in the French Alpine ski town of Contamines-Montjoie after staying in the same chalet as the British man.

Jerome Salomon, head of France’s national health agency, said that in the wake of the episode, 61 people, including many children who went to school with the boy, were tested and proved negative for the virus.

CHINESE INFLATION RISES

Consumer inflation spiked to an eight-year high of 5.4% in January over a year earlier, driven by a 4.4% rise in food costs, the government reported.

“It appears that supply disruptions and hoarding due to the coronavirus outbreak helped to keep food prices elevated during the week after Chinese New Year, when they would normally drop back,” Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics said in a report.

China’s central bank announced a 300 billion yuan (US$43 billion) fund to make low-interest loans to producers of medicine and medical supplies or other companies involved in fighting the virus.

Over the weekend, the government promised tax cuts and subsidies to farmers, supermarkets, producers of medical supplies and companies that contribute to anti-disease work.

HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL CANCELED

The Hong Kong Arts Festival cancelled all of its more than 120 music, dance and drama performances, including two concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The festival was due to start this week and run through mid-March.

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AP video journalist Liu Zheng and Associated Press Writers Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.

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Search underway for girl, 4, and father missing at Rattlesnake Point – CBC.ca

February 9th, 2020

A search is underway at Point for a man and his four-year-old daughter who didn’t return from a hike, Halton police say.

Sgt. Rick Dodds told CBC News the pair was reported missing by the man’s wife around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police have deployed search and rescue teams as well as the canine units to the scene. 

“While we appreciate offers to assist with the search, given the terrain and conditions, we are asking the public to stay out of the area so our officers can conduct their search methodically and strategically,” the force tweeted.

The search is expected to continue through the night.

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