Preliminary lab results showed a new-type coronavirus had caused the viral pneumonia in central China's Wuhan, according to Xu Jianguo, a Chinese expert who led a team to evaluate the pathogen test results. The newly detected coronavirus is different from known human coronavirus species, including the viruses that had caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), said Xu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
A total of 59 viral pneumonia cases were reported by late Sunday, with seven patients in serious condition. Eight patients have been cured of the disease and were discharged from hospital Wednesday, local health authorities said.
coronavirus /kə,rəunə'vaiərəs/ n. 冠状病毒；日冕形病毒
viral pneumonia /nuːˈmoʊniə/ 病毒性肺炎
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) 严重急性呼吸综合征
MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) 中东呼吸综合征
discharge v. 准许（某人）离开；释放；排出；放电；履行（职责）；开火；卸货；（法官）撤销（法院命令） n. 出院，免职；释放；（液体、气体等的）排出；排出物；放电；开枪；下客；履行责任；（债务的）清偿
Ukrainian plane crash
On Wednesday, a Boeing 737 aircraft, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, en route to Kiev with 176 people onboard, crashed hours after Iran fired missiles at bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq. All people onboard the plane were killed.
Iran's Minister of Road and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami rejected the speculations that the crash of a Ukrainian airplane in Tehran has anything to do with the launch of Iran's missiles at a U.S. base in Iraq, Press TV reported on Thursday.
"There are rumors that a terrorist attack, explosion or shooting at the plane may have caused the incident, but they are not true. Technical failure has been the cause of the incident," Eslami was quoted as saying.
The United Nations' aviation agency expects a full investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Thursday.
en route /ɔŋ'ru:t/ （法）在途中
Kiev /'ki:jef/ n. 基辅（乌克兰共和国首都）
missile n.导弹；投射物 adj.导弹的；可投掷的；用以发射导弹的
aviation n. 航空；飞行术；飞机制造业
Harry and Meghan say they're 'stepping back' from the royal family
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, say they are stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family and plan to work towards becoming "financially independent," the couple announced on Wednesday.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year" they wrote on Instagram, explaining that they hope to "carve out a progressive new role within this institution."
"We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," they said.
Harry and Meghan did not consult any other members of the royal family about their decision, CNN has learned.
There is said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement; senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.
duchess n. 公爵夫人；女公爵；雍容华贵的妇女；小老板娘 vt. （澳）盛情款待；讨好 vi. 热情款待；讨好
step back 后退，退后；无意义
carve vt. 雕刻；切开；开创 vi. 切开；做雕刻体育
majesty n. 威严；最高权威，王权；雄伟；权威
Golden Globes 2020
The 77th annual Golden Globes kicked off Sunday with comedian Ricky Gervais hosting for his fifth time.
Netflix led the award show's nominations with 34 across the film and TV categories, but it was Sam Mendes' WWI tale "1917" that won best picture (drama) and Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" that won best film (comedy or musical).
Netflix's divorce drama "Marriage Story" had six nods (Laura Dern took home best supporting actress) and its film "The Irishman" had five. Both were up against eventual winner "1917," along with "Joker" and "The Two Popes" in the best drama category.
One of the noteworthy achievements of the night went to Awkwafina, star of the drama "The Farewell." She became the first woman of Asian descent to win best actress in a comedy or musical.
kick off [足球]中线开球；[口]（使）开始；[美，口]死；踢开
nomination /ˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃn/ n. 任命，提名；提名权
get the nod [美国口语]得到认可；被选中
mobster n. 匪徒；暴徒
eventual /ɪˈventʃuəl/ adj. 最终的；有条件的
noteworthy adj. 值得注意的；显著的
Asian descent 亚裔
musical adj.音乐的；悦耳的 n.音乐片