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After COVID-19, China moves to kick its exotic meat habit

Ou Yang is having a hard time finding snake to eat.

“A very famous restaurant specialized in cooking snakes in my city already stopped providing such dishes,” Ou told NBC News from Foshan, in southern China, where snake has long been regarded as a delicacy. “They are all banned now.”

As the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, China is clamping down on the sale of wildlife for human consumption amid concerns about another outbreak of a zoonotic disease. What began as a temporary ban to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is making legislative leaps to a broader ban on the practice — a move international public health and wildlife experts have been urging for years.

While it means Ou will have to forgo his dinners of snakes, crocodiles, boars and bamboo rats, he understands the reasoning.

“I think the ban is helpful to maintain public health safety,” he said.

But experts warn it’s just the first step in preventing another pandemic.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, was first detected in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in the province of Hubeiin central China with the initialcases said to be linked to a wildlife market. Researchers later linked this strain of the novel coronavirus to pangolins, a type of anteater found in Asia and Africa that is poached and sold for consumption as food or traditional Chinese medicine.

Since then, another outbreak of the virus occurred in Beijing last month— also linked to a wholesale food market.

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Fauci says new cases could hit 100,000 daily; new ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; vaccine on track

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home the nation’s leading infectious disease expert warned that new cases could reach 100,000 per day if the trend isn’t averted.

“I think it is important to tell you and the American public that I’m very concerned because it could get very bad,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

More states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down the alarming boom in coronavirus cases. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut doubled the number of states on its quarantine list, to 16. Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

In China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.” Fauci, however, said the strain was not an immediate threat to Americans.

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials testified before Congress Tuesday on the state of the pandemic. 

  • Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir that is shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill patients, said Monday that it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the U.S. and other developed countries. 

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sticking to the July 15 deadline to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax-filing deadline from

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Fauci says new cases could hit 100k daily; new ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays school openings

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home the nation’s leading infectious disease expert warned that new cases could reach 100,000 per day if the trend isn’t av

For now, though, more states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down an alarming boom in coronavirus cases. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut doubled the number of states on its quarantine list, to 16. Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

In China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.” At least one U.S. health official said the strain was not an immediate threat to Americans.

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials testified before Congress Tuesday on the state of the pandemic. 

  • Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir that is shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill patients, said Monday that it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the U.S. and other developed countries. 

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sticking to the July 15 deadline to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax-filing deadline from April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a webcast Monday the surge

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; Arizona delays opening of schools; kids sports march on

A new pandemic threat could be simmering in China while at home more states are tightening restrictions aimed at tamping down an alarming boom in coronavirus cases.

Arizona delayed the start for in-class learning for the 2020-21 school year. Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.”

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced late Monday that the state would pause its planned reopening for indoor dining and banned smoking and drinking at Atlantic City casinos set to reopen this week.

And in China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.”

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials will testify before Congress today on the state of the pandemic. 

  • Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir that is shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill patients, said Monday it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the U.S. and other developed countries. 

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sticking to its July 15 deadline to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax-filing

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New ‘pandemic potential’ found in China; New Jersey bans smoking, drinking at casinos

As COVID-19 cases surge across the nation, more states are moving to combat the spread of the virus: Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to require face masks in public.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.”

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced late Monday that the state would pause its planned reopening for indoor dining and banned smoking and drinking at Atlantic City casinos set to reopen this week.

And in China, researchers are concerned about a new swine flu strain in pigs that could have “pandemic potential.”

Here are some major developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials will testify before Congress today on the state of the pandemic. 

  • Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir that is shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill patients, said Monday it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the U.S. and other developed countries. 

  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sticking to its July 15 deadline to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax-filing deadline from April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease

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