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On March 26, Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui held an online meeting with Chinese student representatives. Zhang said the embassy will work with local government departments to solve difficulties students may have with daily living, studying, and security.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson File Photo: AFP
A spokesperson at 10 Downing Street said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved from intensive care back to the ward Thursday evening, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery. 鈥淗e is in extremely good spirits,鈥 said the spokesperson.The International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva Thursday said the global growth will turn sharply negative in 2020, noting that "we anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression."Countries around the world have taken fiscal actions amounting to about 8 trillion U.S. dollars in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Georgieva, who noted that there has been "significant coordination."
She added that if the COVID-19 pandemic fades in the second half of the year, the multilateral lender's baseline assumption is for a "partial recovery" in 2021.The multilateral lender now projects that over 170 countries will experience negative per capita income growth this year, Georgieva said, adding that "the bleak outlook applies to advanced and developing economies alike."
Slanders and accusations on others will not drive viruses away, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
The remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said in an interview that the novel coronavirus began in China's Wuhan.To curtail the rise in the number of imported coronavirus cases, China is limiting the number of international flights in and out of the country.
Starting from March 29, Chinese airlines were only allowed to run one route to each country, with no more than one flight per week for each route, according to a statement published on March 26 by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.The ticket is only the first step of a long journey back home, as there are several checks to go through and documents to fill in after the flight lands in China. Inbound passengers also have to go through a standard 14-day quarantine in designated hotels to ensure it is safe for them to go home.
The pandemic has not only dealt a blow to international students, but also affected a large number of prospective students, with many English proficiency tests such as IELTS and TOEFL in China canceled.Zhou Chenggang, CEO of Beijing New Oriental Education Technology Group, told the BBC that based on the company's current data, the number of people applying to study in the UK has dropped by at least 50 percent compared with the same period in 2019.