California on Sunday reported another 481 CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus deaths, a day after the statewide death toll topped 40,000 even as the rates of new infections and hospitalizations continue to fall.
The state said that the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 slipped below 14,850—a drop of more than 25 percent in two weeks.
Deaths remain staggeringly high, however, with more than 3,800 in the last week.
South African Virus Variant Detected in Greece
Greek authorities have confirmed the first detection of the South African variant of the CCP virus in the country.
The minister leading the government response to the pandemic and the head of the country’s public health body met with doctors and the local bishop in the northern city of Thessaloniki. The variant was detected in a 36-year-old deacon in a suburb of the city.
Gyms, Movie Theaters Can Resume With Limits in Boston
Businesses like gyms, movie theaters, museums, and sight-seeing harbor cruises can resume Monday in Boston under its pandemic reopening plan.
The businesses can reopen, following a 25 percent capacity limit, given the improvement in the number of cases and in the city’s positivity rate.
AstraZeneca to Supply 9 Million More Vaccine Doses to EU
AstraZeneca will deliver nine million more doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union in the first quarter of this year, making a total of 40 million for the period, and will start deliveries one week earlier than expected, the president of the European Commission said on Sunday.
Captain Tom Hospitalized After Positive Test
Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran who captivated the British public in the early days of the pandemic with his fundraising efforts, has been hospitalized with the CCP virus, his daughter said Sunday.
Hannah Ingram-Moore revealed in a statement posted on Twitter that her father, widely known as Captain Tom, has been admitted to Bedford Hospital because he needed “additional help” with his breathing.
Canada’s Death Toll Surpasses 20,000
Canada’s official virus death toll surpassed 20,000 Sunday after dozens of deaths were reported in Quebec and Ontario.
The new numbers were reported as new limits on travel were coming into effect. As of Sunday, four of Canada’s major airlines suspended service to Mexico and the Caribbean.
WHO Team Visits Infamous Wuhan Food Market
A World Health Organization (WHO) team looking into the origins of the pandemic on Sunday visited the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was reported to be linked to many early infections.
The team arrived at Huanan amid heavy security, with additional barricades set up outside a high blue fence surrounding the market, and left in a convoy after about one hour. The experts did not take questions from journalists.
Fake News About Moderna Vaccines Trending in China
A negative news report on Moderna vaccines recently set off a debate on China’s social media.
On Jan. 27, an article titled “WHO Does Not Recommend MODERNA COVID-19 Vaccines” appeared on a host of Chinese state media outlets, including the Global Times, Guancha, iFeng Tech, and official accounts of local governments. This topic became so heated that it rocketed to fourth place on the list of the most searched hashtags on China’s social media Weibo.
But the news reports turned out to be misrepresentations of information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
CCP Blames Imported Food for Virus Surges
Faced with an increasingly severe domestic situation, as the pandemic worsens in various Chinese provinces, the CCP and its media mouthpieces in recent months have continued publishing reports claiming that the CCP virus originated in other countries, in an attempt to shift attention away from the cover up in Wuhan at the early stages of the pandemic.
State-controlled media have also frequently reported that China has had “cases imported from overseas.”
Frank Yue, Alex Wu, The Associated Press, The Canadian Press and Reuters contributed to this report
From The Epoch Times