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Turkey’s COVID-19 cases rise to 135,569; Iran’s tally hits 104,691

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Cairo, May 9 : Turkey confirmed 1,848 new COVID-19 cases, bring the total number to 135,569, while Iran’s total number of infections increased to 104,691.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Turkey surged to 3,689 after 48 new fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday, adding 86,396 patients have recovered in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Iranian health ministry on Friday reported 1,556 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 104,691 in the country.

In addition, 55 new death cases were registered overnight in Iran, bringing the total number of the deaths from COVID-19 to 6,541, said Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

Jahanpur said 83,837 patients have recovered and left hospitals, with 2,711 still in critical condition.

In Saudi Arabia, 1,701 new cases of coronavirus and 10 new deaths were announced, raising the total number of the confirmed cases to 35,432 and the death toll to 229.

The kingdom also reported 1,322 more recovered patients, taking the recoveries to 9,120.

The Qatari health ministry on Friday announced 1,311 new infections of the novel coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 20,201.

In Israel, the total number of COVID-19 cases increased to 16,436, with 55 new ones added since Thursday evening.

The Israeli health ministry said the active coronavirus cases in the country dropped by 306 on Friday to 4,962.

This is the first time that the number of active cases in Israel has dropped below 5,000 since March 30, during which the highest number of active cases hit 9,808 on April 15.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday announced 553 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 16,793.

A total of 265 more patients have fully recovered from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE’s recoveries to 3,837.

Kuwait on Friday reported 641 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, bringing the total infections in the country to 7,208 and the death toll to 47, the health ministry said in a statement.

Egypt on Friday confirmed a record 495 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of infections in the North African country to 8,476.

Meanwhile, 21 fatalities were recorded, bringing the death toll in the country to 503.

In Morocco, three more people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 186 since the start of the outbreak on March 2.

Mohamed El Youbi, director of epidemiology at the ministry, also reported 163 new infections, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases to 5,711.

An Algerian health official said the country’s COVID-19 cases surged to 5,369 after 187 new ones were added in the past 24 hours.

The Omani health ministry announced on Friday 154 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 3,112.

The Iraqi health ministry said on Friday that 2,603 COVID-19 cases and 104 deaths recorded in the country.

The Iraqi authorities have taken measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. In April, the Iraqi authorities decided to partially lift the curfew from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between April 21 and May 22 except for Friday and Saturday, which covers most of the holy month of Ramadan starting April 24.

In Sudan, 180 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the tally to 1,111, while the deaths increased by seven to 59.

Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased by 12 to 796 on Friday, while the death toll remained at 25.

Yemeni pro-government health authorities on Friday reported nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the war-ravaged Arab country to 35.

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Hold Xi Jinping accountable for genocide: Uyghurs to United Nations

The Campaign for Uyghurs Executive Director, Rushan Abbas, pointed out that this situation has led to ”government sponsored mass rapes”.

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New York July 8 : The Uyghur Turks and other Muslim communities in China have asked the United Nations and other international organisations to put pressure on China and investigate the acts of genocide perpetrated against the Uyghurs.

A report titled “Genocide in East Turkistan” holds China responsible and says that despite the Covid 19 pandemic, the Chinese government continues its oppression and persecution of Uyghur Turks and other Muslim communities for its own political and economic interests.

The report says that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) systematically continues to pressure and torture Uyghurs to force them to assimilate and then destroys them.

“The Beijing Administration breached the “Prevention of Genocide” contract which was signed and approved by them before the international community,” the report said.

“As such, the President of the People”s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Secretary, Chen Quanguo, and other executives are all responsible and accountable for these crimes,” the report said.

The report has been prepared by the Campaign for Uyghurs, which works to promote and advocate the human rights and democratic freedom of the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan (referred to in China as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).

It demanded that in order to monitor China”s policies in the region, it is necessary to create an international commission which would take the necessary measures to effectively observe China”s actions in the region.

The genocide committed against the Arakanese Muslims who fled Myanmar was moved to the International Court of Justice by Gambia. This case was filed by Gambia (a Muslim majority nation) on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

“The Organization of Islamic Cooperation should act on the crimes of genocide committed in East Turkistan,” it demanded.

The report has demanded that China should be held accountable for all the human rights violations they committed, especially in the concentration camps.

The coronavirus gives a crucial insight into how China manipulates the world, and many countries are beginning to question the acts by the Beijing administration.

“Unfortunately, on our watch, Uyghurs share a similar fate with the occupied people of Palestine. This is an international case. All countries, especially the Islamic world, should act before it is too late,” the report demanded.

“It is important that the United Nations and other international organisations take the necessary measures to put pressure on China and take actions to investigate the acts of genocide perpetrated against the Uyghurs. These crimes must be brought forward by an international commission and their perpetrators must be prosecuted in the International Court of Justice,” the report said.

East Turkistan, officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by China, has in recent years become a place with the most widespread human rights violations.

The Chinese Communist Party is exerting increasing pressure and tyranny towards the Muslim communities, especially Uyghur Turks, as a result of economic, political and geopolitical interests in those regions.

Since 2014 in particular, Uyghurs have been forced to systematically assimilate with the objective of eradicating their ethnic identity and the population. In recent years, the events taking place in East Turkistan have met the definition of genocide listed in the ”Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” signed in 1948, the report said.

The Chinese government sent 1.1 million Han Chinese cadres to East Turkistan to control the daily lives of the Uyghurs. Their job is to stay in Uyghur homes, share the same bed with them if necessary, and control all aspects of their daily lives.

With the ”Double Relative Programme” initiated by the Beijing government, Han Chinese cadres make visits at least once every two months and stay for about a week.

During the stay, while constantly spreading the Chinese Communist Party propaganda, they also spy on them. During these visits, they encourage drinking alcohol and eat pork, which are forbidden in Islam. If a Uyghur requests ”halal meat” from the market and if they do not drink, they are declared a suspect and sent to the camps.

“The most dangerous aspect of this double relative programme is that women, whose husbands are in the camps, have to share the same bed with the Chinese cadres,” the report noted.

The Campaign for Uyghurs Executive Director, Rushan Abbas, pointed out that this situation has led to ”government sponsored mass rapes”.

Forcing young Uyghur girls to marry Han Chinese men is a step towards changing the demographics in East Turkistan, in particular, as a result of the Chinese who come to stay in Uyghur houses as permanent guests and marry the young girls living there.

Parents are unable to object to the marriage because if they do, they are sent to the camps. In order to disrupt the Uyghur family structure, the Beijing administration offers the Han Chinese money, jobs and free homes for these arranged marriages.

The Communist Party successfully spreads propaganda through films and advertisements and other broadcasting organs in order to recruit candidates for the forced marriages, the report found.

Another crime committed by the Chinese Communist Party is the forced transfer of people from East Turkistan into proper China to work in forced labour facilities. Just as the Nazis forced Jews to work, Uyghurs are sent to work in factories with uniforms similar to prisoners.

The ”Uyghurs for Sale” report prepared by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute contains striking information. In the report, it was revealed that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were taken from the camps and sent to the factories to produce goods for globally renowned Wester companies, such as Nike, GAP and Apple.

The unconfirmed statistics put that number to over 500 companies.

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Airborne Covid-19 transmission can’t be ruled out, says WHO

Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said that evidence emerging of airborne transmission of the virus in “crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings… cannot be ruled out”.

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The World Health Organization has acknowledged evidence that coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air.

An official says airborne transmission can’t be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings.

If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces.

Up until now the WHO has said that the virus is spread in droplets when people cough and sneeze.

WHO officials have urged caution, saying the evidence discovered by scientists at the University of Colorado is preliminary and requires further assessment.

Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said that evidence emerging of airborne transmission of the virus in “crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings… cannot be ruled out”.

Yesterday the president of the Royal Society criticised UK policy on the use of face masks, saying the country was going against widely adopted guidance around the world.

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan said not wearing a mask should be considered an act of anti-social behaviour similar to not wearing a seatbelt.

He said: “It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seat belts.

“Today both of those would be considered anti-social, and not wearing face coverings in public should be regarded in the same way.”If all of us wear one, we protect each other and thereby ourselves, reducing transmission.”

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States.

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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, local media reported.

On Monday night, he said he went to the hospital for a lung scan and would take a new test for the virus, after he developed symptoms, including a fever. It was later revealed that the separate medical exam had shown his lungs were “clean”.

Bolsonaro has reportedly canceled all his official activities until he gets the results of his test. “The president, at this time, is in good health and remains at his residence”, his office said on Monday.

In recent months, several of Bolsonaro’s aides have become infected with Covid-19. However, the president has often been seen defying restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, saying it was just a “little flu” and condemning governors for imposing lockdowns that are causing job losses.

Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States.

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