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Covid-19: latest global developments – Asia Times


There have been 2,382,064 reported Covid-19 infections around the world, from which 165,636 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has the most deaths of any country with 40,585 fatalities.

Italy is the second hardest-hit country, with 23,660 dead. Spain follows with 20,453, then France with 19,718 and Britain with 16,060.

With 103,255 deaths, Europe is the hardest-hit continent.

Click on the above graphic to see a live version. Source: Johns Hopkins University

Wuhan lab rejects blame

The director of a maximum-security laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan rejects US theories that it spawned the pandemic, calling it “impossible.”

Chinese scientists say the virus was probably first transmitted to humans at a Wuhan market that sold wildlife, but conspiracy theories that it came from a virology lab have been brought into the mainstream by US government officials.

“There’s no way this virus came from us,” Yuan Zhiming, the head of the P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, says in an interview with Chinese state media.

Star-studded online concert

Top musicians – including Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and teen superstar Billie Eilish – join forces for a virtual mega-concert on Saturday in a bid to forge a sense of community during the pandemic and celebrate healthcare workers. 


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