每日新闻播报(February 4)

Australian Open champion Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, on Feb 3, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Djokovic wins Aussie Open

Novak Djokovic claimed his eighth Australian Open championship on Sunday evening, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in a thrilling men's final.

During the heated match, Djokovic dropped six games in a row after an exchange with the umpire, and appeared to be on the ropes, requiring a medical time out, before bouncing back from sets down to retain his crown.

The Serbian master fought from two sets down to cement his place as king of Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, remaining undefeated in a final there, and taking his total number of Grand Slam titles to 17.


A man looks at the painting 'Self Portrait with a Japanese print' from 1887 by late Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) during a media preview at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel April 23, 2009.[Agencies]

>Van Gogh self-portrait real

A gloomy self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh was declared genuine after decades of uncertainty, experts identifying it as the only work painted by the Dutch master while he suffered from psychosis.

The "Self Portrait (1889)" - which shows the artist giving a haunted sideways glance against a swirling blue and yellow background - was confirmed as authentic by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Questions were first raised about whether the painting - owned by the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway - was genuine as far back as 1970 but the Norwegian museum finally decided to end the doubts only in 2014, sending it to Dutch experts.

Using X-ray analysis of the canvas, studies of the brushwork and references to letters to his brother Theo, experts established it was painted while Van Gogh was in an asylum in Saint-Remy in France in the late summer of 1889.

Louis van Tilborgh, senior researcher at the Van Gogh Museum, said that unlike two other famous self-portraits, the Oslo painting "firmly depicts someone who is mentally ill".


An aerial view of Huoshenshan, a makeshift hospital specializing in novel coronavirus treatment, in Wuhan, Feb 2, 2020. [Photo by Shi Yi/China Daily]

>Superfast hospital ready

Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital, a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, began receiving highly contagiouspneumonia patients on Monday, only 10 days after construction began.

The new facility will ease the shortage of beds in the city resulting from an increasing number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus.

A total of 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces are tasked with treating patients in Huoshenshan Hospital starting from Monday.


Due to limited medical supplies, a 120 First Aid Team driver surnamed Hu asks his colleague to sterilize his goggles with medical alcohol so that he could reuse them on Jan 26, 2020. [Photo by Yuan Zheng and Gao Xing / for China Daily]

>Supply shortage addressed

China is working to ramp up production of medical supplies and promote international purchasing to address a supply shortage as part of its broader drive to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, the country's top industry regulator said on Sunday.

Huang Libin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said 20,000 protective suits are now being produced daily, and he emphasized that the ministry is urging more companies to start production soon and to expand international cooperation by purchasing more supplies from abroad.

"About 60% of the mask manufacturers have restored production, with more than 10 million masks being made per day, and production of N95 masks for medical protective purposes has reached 600,000 a day," said Cao Xuejun, deputy director of the ministry's consumer products industry department.

Cao said production capacity has been limited because many companies are still on Spring Festival holiday, but he believed the imbalance between supply and demand of medical supplies would ease as more enterprises resume production.


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