Coronavirus ‘Didn’t Cause’ Crash, BTC Recovery ‘Will Take Months’: Hodler’s Digest, Mar. 16–22

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link.

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Bitcoin price did not crash 60% due to coronavirus,

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Coronavirus Plagues US Crypto Conferences

There has been a rapid escalation of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak worldwide. Two major crypto conferences in the US have been affected by the epidemic so far.

“Bitcoin 2020”, originally scheduled for March 27 and 28 in San Francisco, has moved to Q3 of 2020. The Chamber of Digital Commerce also postponed next week’s “DC Blockchain Summit 2020” conference.

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Huobi Thailand Launches Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

The advance of coronavirus in the region hasn’t precluded the launch of Huobi Thailand, which allows for a fiat gateway to BTC, ETH, HT, and USDT from the start, and plans to expand the offering in the near future according to the company’s press release Cointelegraph received today, March 5.

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Blockchain as a Tool to Combat Coronavirus

COVID-19 — more commonly known as the coronavirus — has unleashed massive shock waves among the worldwide health, science, government and business communities as societies are trying to contain the virus. At the moment, the scale and velocity at which the coronavirus is spreading are proving difficult to manage because the regional clustering of the outbreak has moved beyond the initial Hubei province of China to South Korea,

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China Tracks Victims of Coronavirus with WeChat and Alipay

The government of Hubei, the Chinese province at the epicenter of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, issued a report on Feb. 18 detailing measures taken against the disease. The officials revealed that they tracked both offline and online purchases of fever medicine to organize relief efforts.

As the emergency situation shows no signs of slowing down,

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Chinese Insurance Firms Use Blockchain to Process Coronavirus Claims

Insurance firms in China use blockchain to manage coronavirus-related claims amid the outbreak. English-language local news outlet South China Morning Post reported on Feb. 9 that this month Chinese online mutual aid platform Xiang Hu Bao added the coronavirus to the illnesses eligible for the maximum one-time payout of around $14,300 (100,000 yuan).

Blockchain used for insurance claim processing

Xiang Hu Bao is not an insurance policy,

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Chinese Startup Donates $14K to Fight Coronavirus While Launching a Blockchain Data Platform

Chinese startup FUZAMEI has rolled out a philanthropy-focused blockchain-based platform for tracking and managing data.

Dubbed “33 Charity,” the platform is designed to boost the transparency and efficiency of businesses’ internal processes, including charitable organizations, according to a press release published on Feb. 7. The platform appears to be a shared network where organizations can register,

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Bitspark Shuts Down Amid Restructuring, Coronavirus and Protests

Hong Kong-based blockchain remittance startup Bitspark has abruptly announced its closure, citing internal restructuring issues.

On Feb. 3, Bitspark co-founder and CEO George Harrap officially announced the platform’s plans to shut down its services on March 4, 2020.

According to the statement, Bitspark users will be able to withdraw their cryptocurrencies from Feb.

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