Even as the number of people infected with coronavirus is increasing rapidly in Spain that reported 64,059 infections and 4,900 deaths and 769 people have died of COVID in the last 24 hours, a company of China sold 6,40,000 test kits of substandard quality to Spain that complained after 9,000 tests, which gave 70% erroneous results.
Earlier, 80% of the Chinese rapid-testing kits sent to the Czech Republic had proved faulty.
Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology (SBB) of China sold these faulty test kits to Spain with the permission of Beijing, which is now trying to wash its hands off the guilt. The Spanish health department is not at all satisfied with the quality and results. It complained to the company and the Chinese government.
The company said in its defence that the results must have been affected because the Spanish medical staff did not collect samples in the prescribed manner!
Now the Xi Jinping government has ordered the withdrawal of the test kits and an investigation against the company. But given its chequered record of claimed investigations, the announcement by the communist government in Beijing has hardly impressed Spain.
The Embassy of China in Spain said the company “does not yet have an official licence” to sell medical products whereas Zhu Hai, manager of SBB, said: “I’m not clear about the situation. I still haven’t seen the report (from Spain), so I’d need to find out more about it.”
China virus wreaks havoc across the world
All 195 member countries of the UN are vulnerable to COVID. More than 5,40,000 people are infected by the virus that originated in Wuhan of China. The biological agent leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology that was preparing means of China’s biological warfare, American have alleged.
As many as 24,594 people have died.
The figures of death, as well as those of infections, may be conservative as the whole world says China suppressed the number of infections and deaths of the proletariat under the communist reign.
More than 1,25,000 patients have recovered from COVID.
China accused US security forces: Infection spreading rapidly
A total of 85,612 cases were reported in the US as of Friday evening. So far, 1,301 victims have died.
In the US warship Theodore Roosevelt, 25 navies reported sick and infected on Friday. Three previous cases were reported on this vessel two days ago. US’s Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B Modly told reporters that the three had been evacuated and all those they had come into contact with on the vessel, which has more than 5,000 personnel on board, had been quarantined.
Despite the infection spreading in the warship, Chief of Naval Operations Mike Gilday said the force’s stand will remain aggressive. “We are ready to deal with any crisis,” he said.
China: Help offered to Americans
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to US President Donald Trump on Friday and reportedly offered help to Americans. The US did not respond to China’s proposal.
Trump reiterated that China had not given timely information. In response, China advised Trump to “desist from politics”.
India faces Muslim rebellion against lockdown
While India has seen an outbreak of COVID-19 — 863 infections and 20 deaths — and the magnitude of the disease has, in the country of 1.3 billion people, still not acquired the proportions of an epidemic, it is facing an issue no other country has so far. Muslim groups and neighbourhoods are not only flouting the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi early this week but also daring the police, a force that is acting in a timid manner, to take action against them.
Over the past week, Amethi saw hundreds of worshippers gather at the district’s Jama Masjid.
Muslims of Patna brought in a Chinese, an Italian and an Iranian and hid them in a mosque situated in Kurji. Some other locals informed the police, and the foreign infiltrators were apprehended, quarantined and sent for treatment.
In Byculla of Mumbai, when the police intercepted a woman loitering around, the whole neighbourhood emerged from their houses and manhandled the cops.
In a market in the city, a police car kept appealing to the crowd to go back home, but none listened.
A group of 37 Muslims went to Umrah and returned to Mumbai via Mecca of Saudi Arabia and erased the quarantine stamp from their hands to escape isolation. The crooks planned their way to the village, escaping detection at every step, by choosing to travel by train and buses back to their six villages in Pilibhit.
The mainstream media is reluctantly taking note of the situation. last week, ABP News questioned why Hindus and Christians were obeying the orders of the authority but Muslims were not.
Eventually, clerics and other Islamic leaders issued appeals to the community to offer namaz from home, which seems to be working in the mosques but not yet in neighbourhoods.
It is suspected that there could be an Islamic hand at play in pushing Bollywood singer and actress Kanika Kapoor with coronavirus infection into India where she jumped the airport screening and mingled with people, including VIPs like former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh, in three different parties.
It is possible that the security establishment of the country is compromised as Kapoor and her Muslim companions at the airport escaped screening together while Raje goes to the extent of risking her government for a Muslim minister.
Furthermore, the first information report (FIR) against her at the police station is Lucknow is ridden with factual inaccuracies, casting doubt on India’s security establishment.
United Kingdom reels under cases of China virus
The United Kingdom today recorded the biggest rise in reported COVID-19 deaths in a day after 181 people died of the virus as per the information the British Department of Health and Social Care has shared with the press.
The total death toll in the UK associated with the global coronavirus pandemic is now 759.
By this morning, 14,579 people tested positive for COVID-19 including Prince Charles, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his health secretary.
Modi gives Johnson pep talk
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on getting the news that his British counterpart Boris Johnson had got infected with coronavirus, tried to motivate the latter, calling him a “fighter” who would “overcome this challenge as well”.
Earlier on Thursday, Prince Charles had tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID). Johnson tweeted on Friday that he was infected. He said he had symptoms of the infection.
The British prime minister said he had isolated himself after testing positive. He said he would keep working, attending important meetings through video conferences.
Some time later, Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock reported he had been infected too. On Twitter, he said, ” Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus. I‘ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating. Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives.”
Prime Minister Modi wished Johnson a speedy recovery. Quoting the British prime minister’s tweet, Modi tweeted, “You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well. Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.”
South Africa: Three-week lockdown
South Africa has been locked down for three weeks from Friday. So far, 927 positive cases of COVID have been reported in this country. It is the highest among African countries. However, no death has occurred.
Italy: 8,215 deaths
In Italy, 41 health workers have died of infection. More than 5,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and ambulance workers are infected.
So far, Italy has reported 80,589 cases of COVID and 8,215 deaths of the pandemic.
In the last 48 hours, 4,492 new cases were confirmed. So far, 10,361 people have recovered completely.
The first case of coronavirus infection in Italy had surfaced on 21 February.
Australia: New rules
Australia has enacted new regulations for coronavirus infection prevention, which include hotel quarantine for all arriving travellers. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, “All arrivals from abroad will self-isolate in hotels and other accommodation for two weeks.”
The government has imposed new restrictions on New South Wales and Victoria to prevent a community outbreak.
Those returning from abroad will be quarantined in hotels for 14 days. The Australian government announced a second phase of lockdown in the country this week.
Turkey: 75 killed
In Turkey, 16 people died on Thursday. A total of 75 people have died here so far. There have been 3,629 cases of infection. The risk of community outbreak in the country has increased.
Russia: 196 new cases in 24 hours
There have been 196 new cases of infection by the virus from China in Russia in the last 24 hours. So far, 1,036 Russians have tested positive. One person has died.
Also, 45 of the infected have recovered.
President Vladimir Putin said, “We will deal with Corona in less than three months.”
Singapore: 6 months in jail for not following social distancing
The government of Singapore has taken strict measures against people who do not follow social distancing. According to the Ministry of Health, any person who does not keep a distance of 1 m from others face a fine of 5,10,000 Singapore dollars (Rs 26,768,112.91) and six months in jail.
Singapore has reported 683 cases of coronavirus infection.
New Zealand: 76 new cases in 24 h
Friday was the second day of lockdown in New Zealand. In the last 24 hours, 76 patients of COVID-19 surfaced in the country.
The number of infected cases in the country has increased to 368. New facilities are being prepared for investigation.