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1. Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 200,000
Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 200,000 on Saturday afternoon, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
A total of 200,698 people have died of the disease among 2,865,938 cases worldwide, the CSSE data showed.
The United States suffered the most fatalities at 52,782 as its total cases reached 924,576. (Xinhua)
2. WHO says no evidence that people with coronavirus are immunized
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
In a scientific brief, the United Nations agency warned governments against issuing “immunity passports” or “risk-free certificates” to people who have been infected as their accuracy could not be guaranteed.
The practice could actually increase the risks of continued spread as people who have recovered may ignore advice about taking standard precautions against the virus, it said. (CGTN)
3. China strengthens crackdown on epidemic-related IPR crimes
Chinese prosecutors have intensified a crackdown on epidemic-related crimes of various types, including intellectual property right (IPR) infringement, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) on Saturday.
The SPP said that procuratorial organs gave full play to their procuratorial functions to effectively protect the interests of IPR holders.
More than 85 percent of the epidemic-related IPR infringement cases involve counterfeit and substandard masks, said Zheng Xinjian, a prosecutor with the SPP. (Xinhua)
4. FDA warns of heart risks with Trump-promoted malaria drug
The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned doctors against prescribing a malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus except in hospitals and research studies.
In an alert, regulators flagged reports of sometimes fatal heart side effects among coronavirus patients taking hydroxychloroquine or the related drug chloroquine. The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause a number of side effects, including heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.
The warning comes as doctors at a New York hospital published a report that heart rhythm abnormalities developed in most of 84 coronavirus patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, a combo Trump has promoted. (AP)
5. Nearly 200,000 Italian companies ask to operate
Nearly 200,000 Italian companies have asked authorities for permission to be able to operate during Italy’s lockdown, either because they help essential businesses or because they deem themselves strategic for the national economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
The interior ministry said Saturday that a streamlined procedure is being implemented that “trusts the sense of responsibility of individual business persons” in allowing companies to resume operations.
The ministry’s local authorities can verify that a company respects COVID-19 safety rules, including social distancing. (AP)
6. Russian cargo ship docks with space station
An unmanned Russian cargo capsule docked with the International Space Station, bringing more than 2 tons of supplies to the three-person crew.
The ship carried fuel, water, food, medicine and other supplies.
There are three astronauts aboard the space station: Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and Chris Cassidy of the United States. (AP)
7. US man made bomb threat to avoid work
A Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work, US authorities said on Saturday.
Richard Hamilton, 36, was arrested Thursday and charged with making a bomb threat, the Palm Beach Post reported.
More than 20 people evacuated Wellington’s water treatment plant shortly after the threatening 911 call around 7am Thursday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Hamilton had been working with a construction crew at the facility and later told deputies that he made the threat because he was having a bad day and didn’t want to work. (AP)
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And now for the Question of the Day:
Which fictional city is the home of Batman?
(Answer: Gotham City.)
Today’s quote is from English Mathematician Alan Turing (1912 -1954).
“A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.”
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