China’s imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

first_imgChina reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.In recent weeks China’s tally of infections has dwindled dramatically, with only a handful of domestic patients each day. But just as the country appears to bring the outbreak under control, nations around the globe have been battling to control soaring numbers of infections in new hotspots.There were another 55 new infections in China Friday, the National Health Commission said, with one local infection and 54 imported cases from overseas. Topics : Beijing has been racing to control the number of infections being brought into the country — mostly Chinese nationals returning home from overseas, including large numbers of students abroad.On Thursday Beijing announced dramatic measures to curb arrivals into the country, including reducing the number of international flights, limiting the capacity on board to 75 percent, and imposing a ban on foreigners entering China.Non-nationals living in China with valid visas and resident permits will be blocked from returning to the country after midnight on Friday night, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The ministry said it was a “temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation.”center_img Diplomats and the crew of international airlines and vessels will still be permitted to enter.Flights in and out of China will also be capped at just one route a week to each country, including for international airlines.The tally of cases brought into China from abroad climbed to 595 on Friday, health officials said.A series of strict measures had already been put in place to try and stem the wave of infections coming in.All Beijing-bound international flights have been diverted to other urban centers, where passengers will first be screened for the virus.Many Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai have also imposed a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from abroad. There were nearly 1,100 return international passenger flights scheduled to come to China this week.There were another five deaths on Friday, according to the National Health Commission — all in the province of Hubei where the virus first emerged late last year.In total 81,340 people have been infected in China, and the outbreak has claimed 3,292 lives.last_img read more

Tony Pulis challenges Saido Berahino to earn England recall

first_imgBoss Tony Pulis has challenged Saido Berahino to earn an England recall after his West Brom redemption. The striker scored his first goal of the season to clinch a 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday to complete his Baggies recovery. He returned to the starting line-up for the first time since threatening to strike after Albion rejected two deadline day bids from Tottenham. They host rivals Birmingham in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday following two defeats to the Baggies and Leicester. Villa were jeered off after a poor display where Carles Gil and Rudy Gestede missed their best chances. But boss Tim Sherwood is eager for the chance to face Blues and end their derby woes following Saturday’s loss. He said: “I relish it, its an opportunity to send our fans home happy, they haven’t felt that for a period of time now. “I think anyone who knows me knows I’m at my strongest when I’m under pressure. Some go under and some come out fighting, I think you know the answer to which one I’ll be. “It’s not all doom and gloom, we are making progress and we know it would take time. “I scrutinise myself more than I do the players. You are a manager to make decisions and everyone can do this job in hindsight.” Berahino had been left out of three squads by Pulis during the transfer saga before making a second-half substitute appearance in last week’s 0-0 draw with Southampton. The England Under-21 international, who scored 20 goals last term, earned a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad last year but is yet to make a senior appearance and Pulis believes he can bag a Three Lions return ahead of Euro 2016. He said: “I don’t see any reason why not. He’s got that special talent for scoring goals and he’s shown it again today, with his reaction. It’s a clever goal, and he meant it. “I think he’s got to get back in our team first and do well before we start pushing him. “We’ve got to support him and make sure we get him back to where he was at the end of last season when he was scoring goals.” But Pulis admitted another transfer battle could happen again in January after the Baggies rejected four bids from Tottenham and turned down a transfer request from Berahino over the summer. He said: “Let’s see how we go in the next 15 games. I don’t know what’s going to happen in January. What I do know is we’ve got him concentrating and level-headed again having lost him for six weeks.” Villa are still searching for their first home Barclays Premier League victory of the season and are winless in the league since the opening day. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brittney Sykes’ double-double leads Syracuse in 95-63 blowout of Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer On Central Connecticut’s second possession of the game, the ball was in the corner in front of the Syracuse bench. Briana Day had to step out from the center of the zone to guard the player there after that side of the court had been overloaded.As the Blue Devils’ Giocelis Reynoso tried to swing the ball down to the paint, Sykes rotated over from the weak side and knocked the ball away. She started running out in transition, finding Alexis Peterson ahead of her. Peterson kicked it right back to Sykes, who stepped into a pull-up jumper.It was indicative of just a small portion of what Sykes would do the rest of the way, as she spent the entire game stuffing the stat sheet for the Orange. When she wasn’t stealing passes (five) or scoring points (26) she was flying in for rebounds (14), on both ends of the court. She shined in No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) 95-63 blowout victory over Central Connecticut (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.“It’s great when she can have an all-around complete game, you want that kind of balance from your players,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s doing a good job of maintaining her aggressiveness in these games but she’s playing under control.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSykes wreaked havoc on the offensive glass, and managed to create after that. On multiple occasions, she went right back up after a rebound to create points for herself. She sprinkled in four assists on the night, and two of those came on kick outs to Peterson for a 3-pointer after an offensive board.One thing that worked well for the Orange all game was executing on baseline out-of-bounds sets. In the second half, Sykes started leaving her fingerprints out of those sets. The first two times SU ran one of them in the third quarter, the ball was lobbed to Sykes, who skied through the middle of the court and laid in an alley-oop. The third time, Syracuse tried the same play. Sykes missed the shot, got her own rebound and put it back in for an and-1.“She’s a great player and has the ability to do so many things on the floor,” Central Connecticut head coach Beryl Piper said. “A couple of times on out of bounds plays, just her athleticism jumping over the top of us and her scoring easy baskets on that … it’s tough for us.”“It’s always fun catching those teams (by surprise),” Sykes said. “You think they’d catch on by now but it never happens.”Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerWhen the Blue Devils crashed the paint, Sykes was ready to hit from outside. Late in the second quarter she spotted up on the left wing. The Orange and Blue Devils were overloaded on the right side. Desiree Elmore got the ball on the high post, with her back to Sykes. Sykes was crouching, hands in motion calling for the pass. When she got it she rose up and drained a 3-pointer. It was one of two 3s she added to her line.There were some off moments for Sykes, as she had five turnovers in the game, sometimes coming off a rebound or steal in which she tried to throw a lead pass through traffic.But the good vastly outweighed the bad for her on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, one of those turnovers came when she was called for traveling. She pressured the ensuing play, stealing the ball from Central Connecticut’s Aleah Epps right under the basket. She passed it to Chelayne Bailey, who missed a layup. Sykes got the rebound and put it back in.By the end of the third quarter, she had already scored 23 points and racked up a double-double. She didn’t play too much in the fourth quarter, but her multi-faceted performance had already secured a win for her team.“My biggest thing is to just be efficient,” Sykes said. “… It’s never just for me, it’s always something bigger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

We must dig deep – Dottin … Windies Women in must-win for automatic qualification to World Cup

first_img PUSHING MYSELF The team’s head coach Vasbert Drakes says players have been working hard on reversing their poor form. “I felt pretty good. I had to build back some confidence from having not getting scores in the last games I felt I was pushing myself but I felt I have not been producing enough for my team in terms of the batting,” said Dottin whose 63 in the second ODI included six fours and a six. “I have been putting down my head and staying there and occupy the crease to help my team to get a decent total on the board to help to defend”. Windies women’s current ODI series against India follow closely on the heels of their last series against England in the Caribbean which they lost 3-2. Dottin says her side has had little time to adjust to the new conditions in India. “It has been pretty tough having come off a series from England and coming straight to India having little time to acclimatize in terms of the days and having to adjust quickly to the time difference and then the conditions as well ,” said Dottin, a key allrounder in the side. “It’s been a little tough but I think the girls have been fighting although we lost the first two ODIs”. A victory in today’s ODI – their final in the ICC Women’s Championship series – would give them automatic qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted by the England & Wales Cricket Board next year. VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): The hero of West Indies Women’s losing effort against the Indian Women in the second One-Day International on Sunday, Deandra Dottin, says the team intends to “dig deep” in their must-win third and final encounter today. Dottin, who top scored with 63, despite West Indies five wicket loss to India, has expressed confidence her side can rebound to secure the two points needed to gain automatic qualification for next year’s 50-overs ICC World Cup in England. The Caribbean side has cast a shadow of doubt over their chances of qualifying after losing the first two matches against the Indians. “It is a definite must win last match to qualify for the world Cup. I think it is a lot of pressure but I think we play better under these kinds of situations,” said Dottin, whose 63 was the only score above 25 for West Indies in Sunday’s second ODI. “Whenever we get ourselves in these situations we always pull ourselves out. But it is a must win situation so we have to dig deep and I know the girls will come back and win this last ODI to qualify for world cup”. Poor batting has plagued the Windies Women during their series against India, including low scores from leading players who are yet to deliver.last_img read more