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Coronavirus in Suifenhe: Remote border town locks down as China opens up

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Image caption Suifenhe, where around 100,000 people live, has a road and rail crossing with Russia

A Chinese city on the Russian border is entering a “lockdown” due to an increase in coronavirus cases – even as the rest of China cautiously opens up.

In Suifenhe, 1,000 miles from Beijing, people have been ordered to stay indoors, with some exceptions.

The border is closed to people, although not goods, and a 600-bed isolation hospital is being built.

One business owner told the BBC she was “very scared” – but another local said he had confidence in the government.

What is the virus situation in Suifenhe?

On Wednesday, China reported 59 imported cases of Covid-19 across the whole country.

According to state media, 25 of them entered the country via Suifenhe – making the remote north-east crossing something of a hotspot.

The patients were all returning Chinese citizens who had flown from Moscow to Vladivostok, a Russian city around 100 miles south.

All the new patients were taken to hospital, with two in a serious condition.

In addition, another 86 people in Suifenhe – who came via the same route – were classed as “asymptomatic” but positive for the virus, which China counts separately.

What has Suifenhe done?

The border was closed to people on Tuesday, the local government said, although cargo can continue. Russia closed its border with China in February.

People in the city have been told to stay at home, although the lockdown isn’t as severe as Hubei province experienced. One person per house can shop for essentials every three days.

At the same time, the new hospital – in an existing building – is due to open this weekend, intended for patients with mild symptoms.

“Of course I’m very scared,” one woman who runs a bakery shop told the BBC.

“We don’t leave the house now. Many people already left the city. But we can’t do that, because we have a shop need to take care of.”

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Image caption This picture from 2005 showed the extent of Russian timber exports passing through Suifenhe railway station

Meanwhile, a member of staff at a restaurant in the city said it was normally their high season, with around 1,000 customers a day.

Instead, they were told to close earlier this week, with “no idea” when they can open again.

But the staff member was not critical of the government. He said the lockdown made him feel “secure” – and that he was “very confident” the government would look after the situation.

What is the situation in the rest of China?

China’s recorded rate of Covid-19 infections has slowed dramatically in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, it reported no new deaths for the first time since publishing daily figures in January.

On Thursday, it reported 63 cases – 61 imported from overseas – and just two new deaths.

The “flattening of the curve” has allowed restrictions to be lifted, and some normality to return.

On Wednesday, people were allowed to leave Wuhan – where the outbreak emerged – for the first time in 11 weeks if they were deemed virus-free.

There were 221 inbound and outbound flights, with more than 7,000 people leaving and 4,500 arriving. More than half a million used public transport, state media reported.

But although people from Wuhan can leave, they still face restrictions in other cities. In Beijing, for example, they will be tested upon arrival, according to local media.

Even if they pass, they will then be quarantined for 14 days – and tested again – before being released.

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Media captionMessage from Wuhan: “Learn from our mistakes”

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Brazil President Bolsonaro thanks Modi and people of India with Hanuman Reference

Brazil President Bolsonaro while addressing the nation extended is gratitude to two Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people of India for helping Brazil and other South American countries in the war to fight against novel coronavirus pandemic. This comes after India lift the ban on export of hydroxychloroquine.

We have more good news come of direct conversation with Prime Minister of India. We will receive raw materials for the production of hydroxychloroquine so that we can treat patients after 19 as well as lupus, malaria and Arthritis. Bank Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the people of India part as timely help to help the people of Brazil

Brazil President Bolsonaro

Hanuman Reference in Brazil request

Brazil president wrote a letter 2 Prime Minister of India requesting the raw materials for the production of hydroxychloroquine along with he mentioned the ancient Indian Ramayana mentioning the story of how Hanuman brought the holy medicine from Himalayas to treat Rama’s brother Lakshmanan who was injured during the fight with Ravanan and in Sri Lanka. He also mentioned Jesus Christ who healed dost where sick and restore the sight to Bartimeu. India and Brazil by joining their forces and sharing blessings of each Nations will overcome the Global crisis.

On 25th of March India Bans the export of hydroxychloroquine and other all raw materials used for the manufacture of any type of medicine to any foreign countries. On 2nd of April president of United States Donald Trump requested Prime Minister Modi in a special call to supply hydroxychloroquine Modi also issued that India will supply adequate hydroxychloroquine to United States. During a press conference held in White House press journalist ask the question of India’s ban on hydroxychloroquine export.

Donald Trump mentioned that he is not aware of India’s export ban on hydroxychloroquine but Prime Minister Modi I should that he will supply enough hydroxychloroquine India also receiving shoes number of thread benefits from India if it fails to supply it will face retaliation from United States and what is wrong on retaliation if it.

Few minutes after the retaliation statement, India I should to supply I hydroxychloroquine to United States with humanity

Inna feat Indian Ministry of External Affairs assured to supply raw materials required for the production of hydroxychloroquine 2 Spain government as per their requirement in a tweet

After America India now supplies Hydroxychloroquine to Spain

India has now approved the order of supply hydroxychloroquine to Spain placed by Spanish government. The European country place orders for hydroxychloroquine which is being used to treat covid 19 patient and this medicine is game changer of coronavirus and it is being used in India to treat the patient and showing some positive responses even though it’s not the complete cure.

Earlier in the day, had a telephonic conversation with Spanish FM Arancha González.

A tweet on the talks by EAM said, “We agreed that effective COVID response requires global cooperation” and ‘India has responded positively to the urgent pharmaceutical requirement of Spain.” – External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

It’s been confirmed in social media tweet but official notification is still to be given by India, it has looked at the Spanish order positively.

India has announced that it will supply licenced HCQ to countries which are worst impacted by Coronavirus. The focus will also be on the neighbourhood countries and fulfilling prior contractual obligations for there is enough supply.

Spain recorded around 1.5 lakh cases of coronavirus with around 14,000 deaths and is one of the worst impacted countries in not only Europe but around the world.

India received requests from about 30 countries for hydroxychloroquine – from the US to Brazil, countries in Europe, Gulf and ASEAN.

US has also ordered HCQ from India. The matter was discussed between PM Modi and US President during their talks on April 4. Letter in a press meet President Donald Trump mentioned that India will face retaliation if it fails to supply hydroxychloroquine to United States.

Coronavirus: WHO chief urges end to ‘politicisation’ of virus

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Media captionWorld Health Organization head: ‘Do not politicise this virus’

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged unity, as the agency comes under continued fire from US President Donald Trump.

Speaking on Wednesday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19.

Mr Trump said he would consider ending US funding for the UN agency.

The president accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” and said they “really blew” their pandemic response.

Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”

After first atacking the WHO on Tuesday, President Trump renewed his criticism at his press briefing on Wednesday, saying the organization must “get its priorities right”. He said the US would conduct a study to decide whether the US would continue paying contributions,

Also answering questions at the briefing on Wednesday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the administration was “reevaluating our funding with respect to the World Health Organization.

“Organisations have to work. They have to deliver the outcomes for which they were intended,” Mr Pompeo said.

Covid-19 first emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has just ended an 11-week lockdown.

An advisor to the WHO chief earlier said that their close work with China had been “absolutely essential” in understanding the disease in its early stages.

Mr Trump’s attacks on the WHO come in the context of criticism of his own administration’s handling of the pandemic.

What did the WHO chief say?

“Please, unity at national level, no using Covid or political points,” Dr Tedros said on Wednesday. “Second, honest solidarity at the global level. And honest leadership from the US and China.”

“The most powerful should lead the way and please quarantine Covid politics,” he appealed, in comments seen as a response to Mr Trump.

On Tuesday, President Trump had said the WHO appeared to be “very biased toward China”.

“They called it wrong. They really – they missed the call,” he said. “And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it, and we’re going to see.”

The US is one of the agency’s largest voluntary funders, with WHO data suggesting they contribute 15% to its overall budget.

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Media captionTrump offers ventilators to countries “desperate” for them

On Wednesday Dr Tedros played down that financial threat, saying he believed that US funding would continue.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres had earlier added his voice to the defence of the organisation.

He described the coronavirus outbreak as “unprecedented” and said any assessment of how it was handled should be an issue for the future.

“Now is the time for unity, for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences,” he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron also reportedly offered his support to the World Health Organization in a call to Dr Tedros on Wednesday.

“He reaffirmed his trust, his support for the institution and refuses to see it locked into a war between China and the USA,” a French presidency official told the Reuters news agency.

What else happened on Wednesday?

  • The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, suggests there are now almost 1.5m coronavirus cases and 90,000 related deaths around the world
  • The UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, remains in intensive care in London but his condition is said to be improving
  • The total number of fatalities in the UK went above 7,000 – after a record 938 new deaths were confirmed on Wednesday
  • Deaths in Spain have risen for a second consecutive day, after hope earlier in the week that the country’s daily toll was declining

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Coronavirus: Wuhan emerges from the harshest of lockdowns

This aerial photo taken early on April 8, 2020 shows cars driving through a highway toll station in Wuhan in China's centralImage copyright STR

For the first time in months, people have been allowed to leave the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged before spreading across the world. The authorities have hailed this moment as a success – but residents had markedly different experiences of what is arguably the largest lockdown in human history.

It took 76 days, but Wuhan’s lockdown is now at an end. The highway tolls have reopened, and flights and train services are once again leaving the city.

Residents – provided they’re deemed virus free – can finally travel to other parts of China.

“During the past two months, almost no-one was on the streets,” delivery driver Jia Shengzhi tells me.

“It made me feel sad.”

Wuhan has endured one of the most extensive and toughest set of quarantine restrictions on the planet. To begin with, people were allowed out to shop for food but by mid-February, nobody was allowed to leave their residential compounds.

Delivery drivers became a vital lifeline.

“We sometimes received phone calls from customers asking for help such as sending medicines to their ageing parents,” Mr Jia says.

As the head courier at one of e-commerce company JD.com’s Wuhan delivery stations, he worried that such an order wouldn’t reach the customer on time if sent via the normal method.

“So, I rode on scooter, went to the pharmacy, picked up the medicine and took it to his father. “

It’s a story of pulling together in a crisis that would be music to the ears of the Chinese authorities.

Anger as criticism muted

But you don’t have to look hard in Wuhan to find voices that are not quite so on message.

“The cover-up by small group of Wuhan officials led to my father’s death. I need an apology,” Zhang Hai tells me, before adding: “And I need compensation.”

His 76-year-old father, Zhang Lifa, died of Covid-19 on 1 February, having contracted the virus in a Wuhan hospital during routine surgery for a broken leg.

“I feel very angry about it,” Mr Zhang says, “and I believe other victims’ families are angry too.”

In the early days of the outbreak, officials silenced doctors in the city who voiced concerns about the spread of the virus.

But Mr Zhang is particularly angry that, even today, the authorities still appear to be trying to mute criticism of their actions.

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Before he could pick up his father’s ashes, he says he was told that officials had to accompany him throughout the whole procedure.

“If we were allowed to go unaccompanied then the families would be able meet, discuss it together and ask for an official explanation,” he says.

“We also used to have a WeChat group for victims’ families, but the police disbanded the group and the organiser was taken to the police station.”

Mr Zhang has refused to collect his father’s ashes and says he’ll do it, alone, at a later date.

“Collecting his ashes is a very private thing, it’s a family thing, I don’t want other people to be with me,” he says.

‘Do not blame our government’

Mr Jia, the delivery driver, says none of his family or friends became infected by the virus.

It’s a testament to the effectiveness of the lockdown which, despite doubts over the accuracy of the official figures, has undoubtedly slowed the infection rate dramatically.

Over the past few weeks, some of the restrictions inside Wuhan have been slowly relaxed with some people being allowed out of their residential compounds and businesses beginning to reopen.

Now the final step has been taken and Wuhan’s transport links to China have been restored.

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But although there’s evidence that there may be other ways to contain the spread of infection other than harsh lockdowns, both men believe China is on the right path.

“Generally speaking we have won, but we can’t become complacent,” Mr Jia says.

“All citizens should continue to protect themselves by wearing masks, taking their temperatures, scanning the mobile health code apps, always washing hands and avoiding gatherings.”

In the balance between containing the epidemic and restarting the economy, the risk of another spike in infections remains.

Mr Zhang, who blames local officials for his father’s death, insists he has no axe to grind with the national government.

Foreign governments though, he insists, are not free from blame.

“Westerners cannot blame our government for their severe death toll,” he says.

“They didn’t want to wear masks at the beginning dues to their habits… they have a different set of beliefs and a different ideology from us.”

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21 ISKCON temple devotees tested positive for Coronavirus symptoms, 5 dead

5 people dead and 16 other hospitalized who are devotees of the Iskcon Temple. Rameshwar Das one of the deceased person among the five, an elderly disciple of Bhakti Charu Swami while the name of other members who passed away due to Coronavirus outbreak remains unknown. Dhananjay Das one of the 16 other members who is undergoing treatment currently is one of the first to join Iskcon temple in UK.

This Iskcon temple in United Kingdom as over 15000 members there were around 1000 members gathered for the funeral of a another devotee on 12th of March. The chairperson of ISKCON governing body Commission United Kingdom said that no restrictions were in place in United Kingdom at the time and 15th of March 2020 when the Memorial was held. Pradosha das the chairperson also mentioned that all ISKCON temples Where are closed from 16th March week before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the complete lockdown.

It is expected that more than 100 devotees would be for possible infected in them coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also affected by coronavirus yesterday he was shifted to intensive can after the symptoms have gone worse.

Iskcon temple in United Kingdom community is similar to tabligi jamaat event held in Delhi Nizamuddin which was attended by around hey 1800 people out of them 1445 people were attended the meat tested positive for Coronavirus.

Coronavirus: ‘Please learn from Wuhan’s mistakes’

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, is finally lifting its 11-week quarantine as infections and deaths have tailed off.

As they emerge from their long lockdown, residents share the lessons they’ve learned from the outbreak, and offer encouraging words to the rest of the world.

Video by Meiqing Guan from BBC Chinese, and Grace Tsoi.

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Coronavirus: Why China’s claims of success raise eyebrows

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Image caption As Covid-19 cases increase in the rest of the world, China claims new cases within its borders have practically stopped

China has reported no new deaths from coronavirus anywhere in the country, for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. But as the BBC’s Robin Brant writes, there are lingering questions over how far these figures, and therefore China’s narrative on the outbreak, can be trusted.

For months now, every morning at 03:00, officials in China have put together the latest figures on the spread of the virus to share with the world. As of 7 April, it had recorded 81,740 cases and 3,331 deaths.

The country where the virus emerged has received praise for its handling of the crisis. World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed China for the “speed with which [it] detected the outbreak” and its “commitment to transparency”.

But despite those warm words from the WHO, there is considerable and persistent doubt about the official statistics and claims of success.

Last week, senior British government minister Michael Gove told the BBC “some of the reporting from China was not clear about the scale, the nature, the infectiousness of the virus”.

US President Donald Trump also said last week that the reported death toll and infections seemed “a little bit on the light side”. And for some time US lawmakers have accused China of under-reporting the scale of the outbreak.

As cases rise across the world – the US has already far outstripped reported Chinese cases and deaths – some appear to be looking to China for answers on how to “flatten the curve”.

But there is growing concern that China is not being entirely honest about the extent of its infections and deaths.

This mistrust is partly about history – and partly about a lack of clarity that inevitably breeds mistrust.

A history of secretive data

China has a bad reputation when it comes to providing official numbers that the world believes.

This is particularly true of data on its economy – the key gauge of progress for the country and the ruling Communist Party.

Unlike most countries, China’s quarterly GDP figures have long been regarded as more of a guide than an accurate reflection of its actual economic performance.

Before this pandemic, the government was aiming for around 6% growth in 2020. For years the forecast has almost always been achieved, with virtually no margin of error.

But there are few economists outside China who take that as read. No comparable economy has numbers that deliver on this suspiciously consistent level.

Communist Party dominance sometimes depends on living up to forecasts or targets – even if they aren’t actually met – and, conversely, hiding the reality when it doesn’t fit the party’s stated aim.

Some provincial level officials have been publicly punished for filing faked GDP numbers.

Some estimates put China’s actual economic growth at half of the stated number. In the past, some independent analysis using provincial electricity-generating figures suggests a lower GDP than official figures.

If China can face constant accusations that it is opaque about something as significant as GDP, it is not a big step to think it would behave the same way with something as significant as Covid-19.

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Image caption President Xi in Wuhan in March, as shown on a public screen in Beijing

An early cover-up

In recent days, the most senior Communist Party official in Hubei, Ying Yong, urged officials in the province where it all began to “prevent omissions and concealment”.

We know this virus began circulating in Wuhan at the latest by December 2019. But it’s no secret that China did indeed conceal its existence, its extent and its severity in the early stages.

The mayor of Wuhan long ago admitted there was a lack of action between the start of January – when around 100 cases had been confirmed – and 23 January, when city-wide restrictions were enacted.

China reported the virus to the WHO on 31 December. But we also know that, around that time, a doctor who tried to warn his colleagues about an outbreak of a Sars-like virus was among a group visited by the police.

Dr Li Wenliang and other “whistleblowers” were silenced. Dr Li later died from Covid-19.

A few weeks ago – around the time President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Wuhan since the outbreak – there were no new confirmed cases of the virus in all of mainland China, except Hubei province.

Prof Ben Cowling of Hong Kong University’s School of Public Health told me he believes the numbers reported around that time were “an accurate representation of reports at the local level’.

But critics say the key word there is “reports”.

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Media captionStephen McDonell met people in Beijing heading out after the lockdown

Around the time of President Xi’s visit, the Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported the concerns of an unnamed doctor in the city, who said officials were instructing him and others to leave new cases out of the official numbers.

Some in the US government have gone further, according to recent reports from Bloomberg.

It said an official intelligence report to the White House concluded that China’s reporting was “intentionally incomplete” and the numbers were “fake”.

The reason for covering up the outbreak? They could be multiple: to hide from the public another impending public health crisis, to prevent panic or perhaps to manage the news in the hope it wouldn’t escalate and would never fully be revealed.

Changing the goalposts on case numbers

Even if the actual figures reported are considered valid, the empirical integrity of China’s numbers has been repeatedly questioned.

From January through to early March, seven different versions of the definition for Covid-19 were issued by the National Health Commission.

Prof Cowling told me that initial testing focused very specifically on only severe pneumonia cases associated with the wet market in Wuhan where the outbreak began.

He now estimates there would be around 232,000 confirmed cases if the latter definitions were used from the beginning. That’s about three times as many as has been reported.

“We think the degree of underestimation was greater at the early stage of the outbreak,” he says. Then there are asymptomatic cases – those that don’t show any symptoms.

Up until last week, China did not include these cases in its tally, even after they had been identified and confirmed.

Prof Cowling said the outbreak on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan suggested the proportion of asymptomatic cases among those infected could be around 20%.

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Media captionCoronavirus: Shanghai’s deserted streets and metro, filmed in February

President Xi Jinping, and the circle around him, have already started trying to repair their reputation and China’s standing.

Last week China’s Premier Li Keqiang – the number two in Chinese politics – said “all localities must insist on the open and transparent release of information”.

Dr Li and the other whistleblower doctors who were initially punished and have since died from the virus were declared official national martyrs.

Weeks after the lockdown of Wuhan, state media reported claims that the president had personally led meetings about it in the first week of January, although this wasn’t reported at the time.

China has sent aid and medics to countries most in need, like Italy, but also others, like Serbia, that are needy allies.

And the Chinese government claims the first stage of human trials of a possible vaccine have been completed, in just weeks.

Whether or not the data it’s providing is accurate, it does look like China is starting to emerge from the worst of this crisis, and it’s clear that the country that gave birth to this global outbreak now wants to be seen as the country that can end it.

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Ajith Kumar donates 1.25 crores for Coronavirus pandemic

South Indian Super Star Ajith donated 1.25 to fight against coronavirus pandemic in India.

Ajith Kumar is now currently working for his upcoming movie Valimai under the promising director H Vinoth under Boney Kapoor production. Team currently postponed the shoot due to the nationwide lockdown in India. The last know location of the shooting spot was Ramoji Film Visit. Ajith Kumar was locked in Hyderabad due to the lockdown. He recently reached Chennai in a dedicated special flight.

Announcement today surprised everyone yes Ajith Kumar donated a huge some amount of ₹ 1,25,00,000 to fight against coronavirus Outbreak in India. He donated a 50 lac to PM CARES and 50 lac to CM Welfare fund and 25 lac to FEFSI unit. Ajith made the highest donation amount in Tamilnadu.

Ajit Kumar completed 4 consecutive films with director Shiva. After sign in with Boney Kapoor bayview productions h Vinoth Rog into the movie and made a Bollywood remake of blockbuster movie Pink. Though director Vinod is not satisfied in making a remake film for Ajith Kumar Boney Kapoor don’t want to make any compromise in story since Neer Konda Paarvai was his first movie in Tamil. Director and Ajith officially signed the second movie also for bayview production. Second movie name d as Valimai is now under shooting.

Ajith expected to play cop roll once again in the movie. Several shooting spot stills for already leaked. No official working stills for posters released yet for the movie.

Coronavirus: China reports no Covid-19 deaths for first time

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Image caption The country’s Health Commission confirmed there had been no deaths and 32 confirmed cases

China 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.

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Media captionA day of remembrance is held in China to honour those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak

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.

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

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