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Coronavirus: China reports Zero Covid-19 Deaths For First Time

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China has reported no coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the first time since it started publishing daily figures in January.

The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on Monday.

It comes as the government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures.

The government says more than 3,331 people have died and 81,740 have been confirmed as infected. All of the confirmed cases on Tuesday had arrived from overseas.

China is concerned a second wave of infections could be brought in by foreign arrivals. It has already shut its border to foreigners including those with visas or residence permits.

International flights have been reduced with both Chinese and foreign airlines only allowed to operate one international flight a week. Flights must not be more than 75% full.

On Wednesday, Wuhan is set to allow people to leave the city for the first time since the lockdown began in January. Officials say anyone who has a “green” code on a widely used smartphone health app will be allowed to leave the city.

Some people in “epidemic-free” residential compounds have already been allowed to leave their homes for two hours.

But Wuhan officials revoked the “epidemic-free” status in 45 compounds because of the emergence of asymptomatic cases and for other unspecified reasons.

Asymptomatic refers to someone who is carrying the virus but experiencing no symptoms.

China began reporting asymptomatic cases at the beginning of April and more than 1,033 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation.

Hitting back at claims China was too slow to raise the alarm, the country’s state media have published what they describe as a detailed timeline of its response and information sharing.

The first day with zero new reported coronavirus deaths since the National Health Commission started publishing daily figures is no doubt a cause for hope in China and even across the world. In a way it doesn’t matter if the figure is real.

There has been much debate about the veracity of this country’s coronavirus statistics but, even if the overall number of infections and deaths is under-reported, the trend seems instructive. Why? Because the trend matches reality in so many ways.

Interestingly, China’s Communist Party-controlled media is not reporting the first 24 hours without fatalities with any great fanfare. The subject isn’t even a key trending subject on Chinese social media platforms. It was the same when we had the first day with no new home-grown infections.

This either means Chinese media outlets know too well that there are flaws in the accounting here or, more likely, that the Party knows there are flaws in its accounting so it’s ordered a cautious presentation. Either way, in the end, it’s probably neither here nor there. Look at the trend. In the trend there is good news.

What’s Happening Elsewhere

*UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in intensive care. He has been suffering from coronavirus symptoms for 10 days.

*Late on Monday, the US recorded 1,150 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours. It now has the world’s highest number of confirmed cases with more than 366,000.

*More than 1.3 million cases have now been confirmed worldwide with nearly 75,000 deaths.

*Japan is preparing for a state of emergency to go into effect. The measure, announced on Monday, could go into effect as early as Tuesday evening.

*France has recorded its highest daily death toll of 833.

Source: BBC

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President Trump Terminates US Ties With World Health Organization (Video)

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President Trump announced Friday that he’s “terminating” the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization, claiming China has total control over it. As he listed a litany of grievances with China, the president announced he’s suspending the entry of certain Chinese nationals and sanctioning Chinese officials who have eroded Hong Kong’s freedom.

 

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Donald Trump reacts to the death of George Floyd

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Donald Trump reacts to the death of George Floyd caused by a police officer.

US President Donald Trump has reacted to the death of George Floyd who was murdered by some American police officers.

Four police officers caused the death of George Floyd after one person pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck while the other 3 were supporting him.

Reacting to the death of an innocent black man, Donald Trump called for an independent investigation and justice into the case.

He tweeted:

“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd….

….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

Four white officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, but Mayor Jacob Frey says that one of the officers should be arrested for pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck.

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Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

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The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months.

It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confirmed infections account for about 30% of the worldwide total.

The first US infection was reported in Washington state on 21 January.

Globally there have been 5.6 million people recorded as infected and 354,983 deaths since the virus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

The US death toll stands at 100,276, according to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, which has been tracking the pandemic.

It means that around as many Americans have died from Covid-19 than from the Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

But on a per capita basis the US ranks ninth in its mortality rate behind the likes of Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland, according to the university.

The US death toll is still climbing, and health officials say the actual number is likely higher than the recorded count.

 

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