A video grab shows doctors and patients practising Tai Chi.
Gulf Today Report
It’s a sight you don’t get to see every day. In the midst of the gloom and doom over coronavirus cases that have rocked not just China but other countries also, one gets to see some unusual happenings.
In a makeshift hospital in Wuhan, patients and doctors are seen making strange movements with their arms and legs, in slow motion of course.
They are practising the martial arts therapy of Tai Chi. A video has been circulated to this effect.
The hands of the doctors and patients sway gracefully, even as they strike martial arts poses, shifting focus from the right leg to the left and vice versa.
The therapy is believed to be beneficial to health. It helps check anxiety levels and increases energy.
China's National Health Commission said it had recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new coronavirus cases on the mainland on Feb.13, taking the accumulated total infected to 63,851 people.
The latest case is a 37 years old Chinese who was diagnosed during a routine check-up which was conducted as per the World Health Organisation standards.
Hospital staff in the Chinese city where the coronavirus originated removed their masks ceremoniously as the country’s last emergency hospital, built to handle the crisis, was closed.
China has stated that dogs should be treated as pets, not livestock, for the first time – a move campaigners hope could signal an end to the country’s brutal cat and dog meat trade.
Guterres, who called for a cease-fire for all global conflicts on March 23, said the crisis has "hindered international, regional and national conflict resolution efforts, exactly when they are needed most.”
With the death toll passing 94,000, there remained plenty of grim news, with the IMF warning that the world was dipping into a new Great Depression and new data showing the United States has shed a massive 17 million jobs in a matter of weeks.