According to media reports, neighbors with nuclear weapons, China and India, could be embroiled in a deadly border dispute with potentially serious consequences for the world community. Both countries are struggling with an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, according to media reports.
Yesterday, Chinese officials tightened restrictions in Beijing, as over 150 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in the city over the past week. On Tuesday, all residential complexes were placed under partial blocking conditions. Since Saturday, Beijing has already tested more than 350 thousand people. In order to test a large part of the population of the city – about 20 million people.
In accordance with Al Jazeera EnglishOne of the few English-language news organizations whose reporters are still in Beijing, many locals were taken by surprise as the local government raised the alert level to “II”, closed schools and markets, and began to impose travel restrictions, especially on those who lives in “high risk” areas (that is, in areas near the Xinfadi wholesale food market where officials believe the outbreak has occurred).
Some of the baggers were not aware that their residential areas were “partially blocked” and no one was allowed in or out until all residents were checked. AJ says that there are currently at least 27 communities under these conditions.
Nelson Kuan had no idea that he was locked in his complex in the Yuquan district in Beijing until he reached the front gate and saw a barricade.
Four days earlier, on June 11, Beijing announced its first case of COVID-19 in almost two months. Now, the Kwan community and at least 27 others are forced to stay home while they wait for the results of their virus tests for nucleic acids. No one can enter or exit.
“Two months of things weakened, and life felt that everything would be fine, and suddenly we returned to where we were in February,” Kuan said on the phone.
Since Beijing stopped transportation, including bus and rail services, 70% of flights were canceled. Last night, we reported that 44 new cases were confirmed in China, with 11 of them imported, health officials said. This is a total of 1255 flights.
One official said on Wednesday that Beijing cannot rule out the possibility that the number of cases in the city will remain at the current level for some time. Pang Sinhuo, a senior official at the Beijing Disease Control Authority, says the epidemic is still growing in the city. On a lighter note, Chinese and Norwegian authorities confirmed that Norwegian salmon was likely not the source of the new coronavirus, which was discovered on cutting boards in the Xinfadi market, the alleged “epicenter” of the outbreak in Beijing, which has now reportedly spread to several surrounding provinces, while the city of Guangzhou is struggling with its own outbreak.
According to media reports, more than 1,250 flights that were supposed to depart from Beijing on Tuesday were canceled, accounting for about 70% of the total number of scheduled flights.
Even more terrible figures came from India on Wednesday, where for the first time in a day 2000 deaths were recorded, which is a record high, as a result of which the death toll in India reached 11 903 people. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed infections has risen to 354,000 as Mumbai and Delhi feel the brunt of the outbreak.
One analyst shared several diagrams illustrating how the latest outbreaks in China are “training” examples of the “second wave” model.
– Jim Bianco (@biancoresearch) June 17, 2020
Worldwide, the outbreak has exceeded 8.1 million cases, while mortality has approached 444,000, according to compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In the US, the most cases and deaths are followed by Brazil.
Finally, WHO welcomes the news that dexamethasone a cheap and widely available steroid that has helped save the lives of people with severe chronic chronic cardiovascular disease. One representative described this as “great news.”