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20 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- COVID-19 may continue till mid-2021: China's top epidemiologist Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- The global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to continue until the first half of 2021 even if vaccines become available, predicted Zhang Wenhong, a prominent Chinese infectious disease expert and leader of Shanghai's COVID-19 medical team.
- Virus found in Beijing close to European strains: WHO Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- The WHO confirmed on Friday that the virus sequences from the new outbreak in Beijing is closely related to the European strain, saying the virus was very likely imported to Beijing from strains circulating in Europe.
- 2.29 million samples collected for COVID-19 tests in Beijing Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 22 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, with the youngest infected being a 1-year-old and the oldest a 56-year-old. The city has sampled a total of 2.29 million people for nucleic acid tests during its screening for COVID-19 cases between June 11 and 20, local authorities said at a regular press conference on Saturday to brief on updates regarding the outbreak in Beijing.
- Beijing launches massive COVID-19 testing on couriers, food deliverymen Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Beijing is conducting massive nucleic acid tests on food deliverymen and courtiers to reduce infection risks amid the latest coronavirus outbreak in the capital, the local authority said on Saturday.
- Source of Tianjin coronavirus case still unclear as investigations continue Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Virologists said on Friday night that the source of COVID-19 case revealed on Wednesday in North China's Tianjin Municipality is still unclear after three potential sources of infection were rejected in the current investigation, as further tracing continues.
- COVID-19's ability to survive freezing temperature not yet known, Chinese top epidemiologist clarifies Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Top Chinese epidemiologist Li Lanjuan has refuted media reports, which misquoted her as saying COVID-19 can survive at -20 C for 20 years. She says the novel coronavirus is a new virus and its resistance to low temperatures is not yet known.
- Executives from 4 Beijing hospitals summoned for inadequate COVID-19 prevention work Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Executives at four hospitals in Beijing were summoned by the local authorities for inadequate COVID-19 prevention work on Thursday, the same day a nurse at another Beijing hospital was confirmed for infection.
- China shares virus genome data, closely related to European strain Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has shared genome sequencing data of coronavirus that was newly found in Beijing Xinfadi wholesale food market, and the result indicated it's closely related to virus strain in Europe, said Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for the WHO's Health Emergencies Program.
- WHO expert commends China's response to latest COVID-19 cluster People's Daily 20 Jun 2020 -- A senior World Health Organization (WHO) expert said here on Friday that in light of the recent clusters of COVID-19 cases in China, Beijing has done well to control the spreading.
- Modi Says No Border Intrusion in Wake of Deadly Clash with China VOA 20 Jun 2020 -- Days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a bloody clash with Chinese soldiers along their Himalayan border, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has not lost any territory.
- Update: New central govt commissioner's office to supervise HK to carry out natl security duties Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- China's top legislature has reviewed the draft law on national security for Hong Kong at the three-day meeting of the 19th session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee which concluded on Saturday, paving the way for the next stage of the legislative process of the draft law.
- Central govt to handle special natl security cases while HKSAR to deal with 'normal' ones, showing clear division of authority under draft Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- China's central government assumes fundamental responsibilities for the national security affairs in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) while the SAR has constitutional responsibilities and should perform its duties, according to the newly unveiled draft of the national security law for Hong Kong, which also clearly stipulates case jurisdiction, law application and related procedures.
- HK natl security commission empowers chief exec. to play a more important constitutional role: analysts Global Times 20 Jun 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will set up a commission for safeguarding national security, assuming the main responsibilities of maintaining national security in HKSAR and accepting the supervision of the central government, according to detailed provisions of the draft law on national security for Hong Kong released on Saturday.
- China denounces as 'improper' UN rights chief's remarks on Hong Hong's new security law Press TV 20 Jun 2020 -- China has lambasted as "improper" the remarks made by the United Nations Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet regarding Beijing's national security law proposed for Hong Kong, saying such comments are "gross" interference in China's internal affairs.
- China Unveils Details of Planned National Security Law for Hong Kong VOA 20 Jun 2020 -- China unveiled the details Saturday of a planned national security law for Hong Kong that will allow the Communist Party to markedly expand its power in and tighten its control of the Asian financial hub.
- Hong Kong Media Tycoon Laments Hong Kong's Future Under Looming National Security Law VOA 20 Jun 2020 -- For Jimmy Lai, a prominent pro-democracy figure and the founder of Hong Kong's best-selling newspaper Apple Daily, the prospect of going to jail had never felt so real.
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