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29 April 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese medical team aims to stifle epidemic in Ethiopia, prevent major outbreak Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- "In the past week, there has been a 51 percent increase in the number of reported cases in my own continent, Africa, and a 60 percent increase in the number of reported deaths. With the current challenge of obtaining testing kits, it's likely that the real numbers are higher than reported," World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on April 17 at a media briefing, expressing his concerns over the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.
- Tensions rise between China, Australia over call for coronavirus probe Press TV 29 Apr 2020 -- China has blasted Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison for attempting to blame Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic by pushing for an "independent inquiry" into its origins.
- Australia Says Inquiry Into COVID-19 Origins Is 'Reasonable', 'Not Targeted' at Any State Sputnik 29 Apr 2020 -- The first cases of the new coronavirus were registered in China's Hubei province last December, and more than 3 million people have been infected with the disease, as of now.
- Navarro's coronavirus test kit accusation groundless: Chinese commerce ministry Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- White House adviser Peter Navarro's accusation about coronavirus test kits China sent to the US is groundless and extremely irresponsible, China's commerce ministry said on Tuesday.
- Beijing opens drive-thru testing sites to find more asymptomatic COVID-19 infections Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- Beijing's Haidian district opened a drive-thru testing point for nucleic acid tests of the coronavirus with the whole process taking just two minutes and experts said the move would widen the testing scale in Beijing to find more asymptomatic COVID-19 infections ahead of a massive work resumption.
- China sets for normalcy after Beijing lowers emergency response level, lifts restrictions Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- China's top epidemiologist said China is returning to normal after Beijing Municipality downgraded its emergency response from Level I to Level II from Thursday. Following Beijing's lead, the neighboring Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province announced the same decision.
- Beijing city lowers COVID-19 emergency response level Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- Beijing, China's capital city, will lower its emergency response to the novel coronavirus epidemic from the top level to the second one starting from Thursday.
- Wuhan lab director rejects COVID-19 conspiracy theory: Reuters People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- Claims that the novel coronavirus came from China's National Biosafety Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) were groundless and contradict all available evidence, said lab director Yuan Zhiming in a recent written interview with Reuters.
- China to step up epidemic prevention measures at ports of entry People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- China will continue to strengthen epidemic prevention and control measures at air and land ports, a health official said Wednesday.
- Beijing city lowers COVID-19 emergency response level People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese capital will lower its emergency response to the novel coronavirus epidemic from the top level to the second one starting April 30, a local official announced Wednesday.
- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.
- China's Heilongjiang reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- China's Heilongjiang Province reported no new locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and no new imported confirmed cases Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, of which 21 were imported.
- Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- Here are the latest developments on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China:
- Chinese mainland reports 21 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported 21 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Tuesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,660, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- 23 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- A total of 23 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals Tuesday on the Chinese mainland, according to the National Health Commission.
- PLA donates anti-epidemic supplies to Vietnamese military PLA Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- At the request of the Vietnamese military and with the approval of the Central Military Commission, the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Tuesday sent COVID-19 prevention and control materials to the Vietnamese military.
- COVID-19 not a chronic disease despite long-lasting positives: experts Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- Concerns about 30 "long-lasting positive" patients in hard-hit Wuhan remain even after the city on Tuesday announced zero new confirmed COVID-19 patients and zero existing cases for three consecutive days.
- Two FONOPS in Two Days: U.S. Navy Moves Through South China Sea Radio Free Asia 29 Apr 2020 -- A U.S. guided missile cruiser sailed Wednesday through the Spratly Islands, the U.S. Navy's second freedom of navigation operation in two days amid heightened tension in the South China Sea.
- Beijing slams Washington over trespass by warship People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- China on Tuesday condemned trespassing by a United States warship in China's territorial waters and urged Washington to cease military operations detrimental to regional security, peace and stability.
- China Continues Slow Recovery from Pandemic as Ceremonial Congress Reschedules Meeting VOA 29 Apr 2020 -- China's parliament will hold its annual session in late May, two months later than scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- China's top legislature to open annual session on May 22 People's Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- The 13th National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, will open its third annual session in Beijing on May 22.
- Two sessions to open in late May in Beijing PLA Daily 29 Apr 2020 -- This year's two sessions - China's most important annual political event - will be held in late May in Beijing, according to official releases on Wednesday.
- China may shorten 2020 'two sessions' rescheduled in late May: insider Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- China will hold its most important political events - the plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) - also known as the "two sessions," in late May, which shows that the COVID-19 epidemic in China is fully under control.
- Annual 'two sessions' to focus on post-epidemic policies Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- China's most important annual political meetings, the "two sessions," which have been postponed for more than a month due to the unexpected coronavirus epidemic and now set to convene in late May, will focus on post-pandemic efforts from all walks of life, participants revealed.
- HK, Hubei lawmakers, political advisors await details of travel to Beijing as 'two sessions' dates announced Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- As China announced the widely anticipated opening date of this year's plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) on May 22, several lawmakers and political advisors especially those from the virus hardest-hit Hubei Province and Hong Kong said they are anxiously waiting for more details on how to go to Beijing to attend the country's most important political event, as strict prevention measures are still in place against the COVID-19 epidemic.
- Hong Kong Court Quashes Appeal From Protest Movement's 'Spiritual Leader' Radio Free Asia 29 Apr 2020 -- Hong Kong's Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a jailed Hong Kong politician who advocated "separation" between the former British colony and mainland China, upholding his six-year jail term for "rioting" during the 2016 "fishball revolution" in Mong Kok.
- Xinjiang Islamic cleric calls religious persecution rumormongers delusional Global Times 29 Apr 2020 -- Senior Islamic clerical figures from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday refuted rumors that the Xinjiang regional government "detained and persecuted" unrecognized religious staff, saying that all legal religious activities are protected in the region.
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