Covid-19... promising numbers, new accusations to China

The Coronavirus continues to spread around the world despite the promising figures from China and America, and at a time when many countries around the world are trying to ease isolation restrictions, other countries accuse China of preventing the issuance of an international report indicating that China published false information about the Corona outbreak.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of infections in the world reached 2,831,860, and those recovering 807,037, while the number of deaths per year due to the deadly virus was 197,354.

The United States of America remains the most affected country to date, although the number of deaths has decreased significantly. There have been 1,258 additional deaths from the new Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, in a daily toll that is the lowest in about 3 weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University. For a total of 51,017 deaths, according to official figures.

In China, the epicenter of the pandemic, the National Health Commission of China, on Saturday, recorded 12 new cases of the new coronavirus on April 24, compared to 6 new cases the previous day.

The total number of confirmed cases on mainland China is now 82,816, while the number of deaths remains constant at the same level, which is 4,632.

To this, accusations continue between China and many countries of the year, and 4 diplomatic sources and correspondence reviewed by Reuters said that Beijing sought to prevent the publication of a European Union report accusing China of publishing false information about the spread of the Coronavirus.

The report was finally published, albeit just before the start of the weekend in European time, with some criticism of the Chinese government being rearranged or deleted, in a sign of the balance process that Brussels seeks to achieve with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in international relations.

China categorically denies any failure to deal with the developments of Corona that appeared on its territory last December, or even to hide information about it.

According to European Union diplomatic correspondence, reviewed by Reuters, a senior Chinese official contacted European officials in Beijing on the same day to inform them that "if the report is as described, and it will be published today, it will be very bad for cooperation."

The correspondents quoted a senior official of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Yang Xiaoguang, as saying that publishing the report would make Beijing "very angry" and accused European officials of trying to please "someone else", something the European Union diplomats understood as a signal to Washington.

In a related context, where the race to find a vaccine and treatment for the deadly virus, Britain, which has reached 144,635 infections and 19,635 deaths, has announced the start of experiments to determine whether the blood plasma obtained from donors recovered from the Covid-19 virus could be effective treatment for patients who are in serious condition with this disease.

The Ministry of Health said, on Saturday, that up to 5,000 patients who are in a serious condition can be treated with blood plasma every week as part of a new method to treat the virus.

She added that the so-called "convalescence plasma" was used as an effective treatment during the outbreak of SARS between 2002 and 2004.

Plasma collection will be increased during April and May to deliver up to 10,000 plasma units to the public health system per week enough to treat 5,000 patients with Covid-19 per week.

"I hope this treatment will be a major milestone in our fight against this disease," said Health Minister Matt Hancock.



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