Coronavirus News: Thursday, August 20 – Wuhan Officials Hid Early Coronavirus Data from Beijing

By Anna Breuer on 20 August 2020
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The worldwide number of virus cases c currently stands at 22.65 million.  Over 792,000 people have died thus far and 15.36 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, with 5.7 million as of Tuesday.  The coronavirus death toll there is over 176,000. Officials reported 43,006 new infections on Thursday and 1,295 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

At this point, many people have been working from home for well over six months and there is no end in sight. Google and IBM have extended telecommuting programs while other companies are doing more to support the needs of parents who may be working at home while their children are attending school at home.

Airbnb announced a global ban on parties as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  In announcing the move, the company said some people have taken “bar and club behavior to homes” available on its platform.

Meanwhile, officials in Los Angeles cut off gas and electric utilities to a so-called “influencer house” occupied by several TikTok stars.  “Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. “The city has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community.”

A new U.S. intelligence report says that local officials in Wuhan and Hubei Province kept the country’s officials in the dark about the true dangers of the then newly-discovered coronavirus, thereby delaying action on a national basis.

Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, named “Sputnik V,” will be tested on 40,000 volunteers after world health officials expressed dismay at the speed at which it received regulatory approval and the lack of available data on its efficacy.

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