Coronavirus: China lockdown: Beijing shuts all schools as terrifying second wave strikes #COVID19 #coronavirus #Beijing #China #pandemic #quarantine #emergency
BEIJING has announced it is immediately shutting all schools as China desperately attempts to contain a second outbreak of coronavirus.
A further 36 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded ion the capital yesterday, bringing the total of new transmissions since June 12 to 79. After hope that the country had eradicated the virus, China has now been forced the implement urgent measures in a desperate attempt to stop a second wave of coronavirus wreaking havoc across the country. It has been reported that Chinese authorities have raised the pandemic response lebel in the whole of Beijing to level two, this means that people will have to be tested for the virus before being allowed to leave the city.
The decision to close schools and limit people leaving Beijing signals the severity of the growing crisis.
The response by authorities to the latest outbreak can be compared to similar resurgences in Wuhan and in the country’s northeast region.
But in Beijing, the stakes are much higher.
The capital is the powerhouse of the nation’s economy and its political centre.
If the centre doesn’t hold many in the leadership fear that they will not be able to resurrect the country’s economy in the post-pandemic era.
The Chinese Communist Party, CCP, have been at pains to frame the latest outbreak as coming from “imported salmon from Europe”.
The evidence that the virus can survive on cold meat for the long duration of transit from Europe to China is scant.
However, China has started testing all shipments of imported meat from today.
This is because the current outbreak can be traced to a wholesale seafood and meat market in the capital.
After CCP officials reported the known 79 cases over the past four days, the country has seen the biggest concentration of infections since the dark days of February.
The spate of new cases prompted officials in many parts of Beijing to swiftly bring back tough counter-epidemic measures.
At first three districts entering “war-time mode”.
But now the Chinese capital seems to be descending into another full lockdown.
Measures imposed so far have included erecting round-the-clock security checkpoints, closing schools and sports venues, and reinstating temperature checks at malls, supermarkets, and office buildings.
There have been several economic reports that China’s manufacturing economy is contracting because of both a domestic and international fall in demand for materials and goods.
Yesterday Chinese president Xi Jinping celebrated his 67th birthday, he had planned to use the occasion to celebrate his leadership and victory over the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the latest Beijing surge in infections has frustrated these plans.
On the same day as Xi Jinping’s birthday the country’s education commission announced on its WeChat social media account that all schools would resume online teaching only from Wednesday and that universities would also suspend the return of students.
Courtesy of express.co.uk
Katie Hopkins destroyed over Marcus Rashford jibe by Crystal Palace star #MarcusRashford #PatrickVanAanholt #CrystalPalace #CPFC #Katie Hopkins #UK
Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt has slammed Katie Hopkins for her response to Marcus Rashford’s successful campaign to secure free school meals for children into the summer.
Rashford wrote an open letter to MPs on Monday calling for the Government to reverse the decision not to extend the meal scheme.
Despite an initial rejection by the Department of Education, Rashford persevered and a £120million ‘Covid Summer Food Fund’ was announced on Tuesday.
Rashford also raised £20million for food distribution charity FareShare during lockdown and his actions to ensure underprivileged children do not go hungry have been lauded by Twitter users – with the exception of Katie Hopkins.
The former Sun columnist wrote : “Dear Marcus Rashford, do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it?
“I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to. Thank you, Katie Hopkins.”
Van Aanholt was less than impressed with Hopkins’ reaction to Rashford’s work and responded with a tweet of his own.
“He’s done more for this country in 24hours than you have your entire life, bow before a king,” the Palace left-back wrote.
This was not the first time van Aanholt has clashed with Hopkins on Twitter. The pair exchanged heated remarks earlier this month over the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the wake of social media users going quiet on #BlackOutTuesday, Hopkins tweeted: “Today is #whiteoutwednesday I will shortly be posting a picture of my a***. Thank you.”
Van Aanholt responded by writing: “I don’t know who she is but WOW…2020 needs to cancel you,” before Hopkins introduced herself to the Eagles fan favourite.
She wrote: “Dear Patrick van Aanholt, my name is Katie Hopkins. I am a white Christian Conservative. You May kneel and kiss my ring.”
Van Aanholt then made known who he was, saying: “Dear Katie Hopkins, my name is Patrick van Aanholt, I am Dutch Black, I’m also Christian (not that colour or Religion has anything to do with it).
“As for your ring you are welcome to come to Selhurst and kiss my big toe…I’ll wait.”
The 29-year-old then added, “Twitter I’m going bed but I can promise you I’ll make time for this Katie Hopkins” – which he did on Tuesday in light of Rashford’s campaign.
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk
MAGNITUDE 5.4 RED SEA #earthquake #RedSea
Depth: 10 km
Distances:454 km SE of Al Jīzah, Egypt / pop: 2,444,000 / local time: 16:30:27.2 2020-06-16
88 km E of Al Ghardaqah, Egypt / pop: 95,700 / local time: 16:30:27.2 2020-06-16
73 km SE of Sharm ash Shaykh, Egypt / pop: 12,000 / local time: 16:30:27.2 2020-06-16
MAGNITUDE 4.4 EASTERN TURKEY #earthquake #turkey
Depth: 2 km
Distances: 338 km W of Yerevan, Armenia / pop: 1,094,000 / local time: 16:57:41.7 2020-06-16
54 km N of Bingöl, Turkey / pop: 80,600 / local time: 15:57:41.7 2020-06-16
26 km W of Karlıova, Turkey / pop: 8,900 / local time: 15:57:41.7 2020-06-16
18 km SE of Yedisu, Turkey / pop: 1,800 / local time: 15:57:41.7 2020-06-16
MAGNITUDE 3.8 ICELAND REGION #earthquake #Iceland
Depth: 5 km
Distances: 53 km SE of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 07:48:00.0 2020-06-16
35 km SW of Selfoss, Iceland / pop: 6,300 / local time: 07:48:00.0 2020-06-16
18 km S of Þorlákshöfn, Iceland / pop: 1,300 / local time: 07:48:00.0 2020-06-16
MAGNITUDE 5.7 TAJIKISTAN #earthquake #Tajikistan
Depth: 112 km
Distances:324 km E of Dushanbe, Tajikistan / pop: 544,000 / local time: 06:30:46.8 2020-06-16
82 km NE of Khorugh, Tajikistan / pop: 30,000 / local time: 06:30:46.8 2020-06-16