>CFA confirms kickoff date
After a near six-month hiatus, the 2020 Chinese Super League (CSL) season will finally kick off on July 25.
This year's campaign was originally scheduled to begin on Feb 22 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced its postponement.
"As the COVID-19 epidemic is gradually under control across the nation, and to meet the expectation of people, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) has decided to start the 2020 Chinese Super League season on July 25 in Suzhou and Dalian," read a CFA statement. "The CFA will try its best to make comprehensive preparations. And we will strictly follow the epidemic prevention regulations to ensure matches are well organized and well managed. We will guarantee the safety and quality of this CSL season."
>Airbus announces layoff plan
Airbus announced its largest layoff plan in history in response to the COVID-19 crisis, according to the company's official website.
The company, co-established by Germany, France, the UK and Spain, announced on Tuesday it would cut approximately 15,000 positions across Airbus' global workforce no later than summer 2021.
From this autumn to next summer, Airbus will cut 11% of the company's total employees, with 5,100 in Germany, 5,000 in France, 1,700 in the UK, 900 in Spain and 1,300 in the rest of the world.
Airbus’s commercial activity has dropped by close to 40% in recent months, and commercial aircraft production rates have been adapted accordingly, the company said.
Airbus' measure to reduce its workforce globally is in response to the prediction global air traffic is not expected to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels before 2023 and potentially as late as 2025.
>US buys up COVID-19 drug?
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday voiced concerns over news reports that the US government has bought almost all the stocks of key COVID-19 drug remdesivir.
US President Donald Trump's administration has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against COVID-19, causing alarm among experts and campaigners, the Guardian reported.
Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said the WHO is aware of media reports about procurement of the remdesivir stock and is working with colleagues and partners in the COVID-19 Tools Accelerator program to verify the reports.
He said that "we are fully committed as an organization with our partners to equitable access to lifesaving interventions".
COVID-19 cases in the US are spiraling out of control.
>EU opens borders to safe countries
The EU on Tuesday agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from where travelers can reach Europem which started Wednesday, with the US, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded.
Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.
China made it to the list, but under the condition that Beijing do the same for Europeans, a statement said.
EU border controls have been lifted earlier for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc.
The European Commission insists that it's not trying to target any country or that the list might be politicized as tourism-reliant countries around Europe push to get their borders back open again, adding that its decisions are "based on health criteria".
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