Asian outbreaks soar, 333 new cases in Taiwan, 17 at-risk areas in mainland China

The epidemic in many Asian countries rose sharply in Taiwan on Monday, a surge of 333 cases

The picture shows the Taiwan Port Corporation raising the epidemic prevention quasi-3 level alert, port and ship-side operations, should be implemented in separate shifts, handover personnel to avoid overlapping operating hours, and should take temperature measurements and wear a mask before going to work. (Provided by Taiwan Port Services Corporation)

The epidemic is heating up in some Asian countries and regions that are internationally considered to be in a good position to prevent the epidemic, with confirmed cases in Taiwan soaring rapidly. On Monday, there were 333 new local cases and 2 imported cases.

The situation in many stable Southeast Asian countries has taken a turn for the worse recently. Vietnam reported 187 confirmed cases on May 16, the second time in the past week that the record has been set. Singapore is also facing a crisis, with 38 local cases reported on May 16, reaching the highest number of new local cases in a single day since April 14 last year. In mainland China, 17 areas have been upgraded to “medium risk zone”.

In the past month, the number of confirmed cases in Malaysia has reached more than three times the previous number; while the number of confirmed cases in Thailand was only 50 on a single day in early April, but exceeded 2,000 a month later, with 9,635 new cases recorded in Thailand on May 17, a single-day high.

Due to the rising epidemic, Japan’s Tokyo stock market today opened higher and closed lower, mainly due to some Asian countries 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak again rising doubts, affecting the market atmosphere.

Liaoning and Anhui outbreaks escalate to 17 medium risk areas nationwide

There are local confirmed cases in Hefei and Liuan City, Anhui Province. The picture shows a long line of people in Lu’an city for nucleic acid testing and vaccination. (Courtesy of the interviewee)

The outbreak of CCP virus (New Coronavirus) in Liaoning and Anhui has escalated, and the number of confirmed indigenous cases continues to increase. on May 17, there were 17 existing medium-risk areas for the outbreak on the mainland, including four new ones in Liuan, Anhui. At the same time, a number of officials in Liaoning and Anhui were dealt with for “ineffective epidemic prevention”.

As of 10:00 on May 17, there are 17 medium-risk areas on the mainland, involving Liaoning Province (10) and Anhui Province (7). Anhui Lu’an (6): Jin’an District, Zhedong Trade City, Jin’an District, Wutong Jiayuan District, Jin’an District, Qingshui Riverside District, Phase 1, Yu’an District, Baichuan Mingting District, Yu’an District, Evergrande Royal View Bay District, Phase 3, Yu’an District, Guzhen Town, Wealth Street, Dagengtou District.

According to the CPC National Health Committee on May 17, there were 5 new local cases (3 in Liaoning and 2 in Anhui) from 0-24 on May 16. So far, Anhui and Liaoning provinces have reported a total of 16 confirmed local cases in 4 days (0:00 on May 13 to 24:00 on May 16). The Golden Childhood Photography Base in Yingkou, Liaoning Province has been the hardest hit by the outbreak. As of 12:00 pm on May 16, 29 people were infected, including 14 confirmed cases and 15 asymptomatic infections.

As the Chinese Communist Party has been concealing the epidemic, the official figures are widely believed to be untrue. As the epidemic intensifies in the two provinces, local officials are being dealt with for “ineffective epidemic prevention”.

Britain to open restaurants to indoor dining on Monday with massive easing of restrictions

Many British pubs and restaurants will be open on Monday. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Restrictions will be further eased in most parts of England, Wales and Scotland in the United Kingdom on Monday. Northern Ireland will review its blockade on Thursday (20) with a view to lifting more restrictions on May 24. This is after a full four-month-long blockade in the United Kingdom, the preventive measures will begin to loosen, people can not only indoor dinner, but also go to the movies.

From Monday, the UK allows outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people and indoor gatherings of up to 2 groups of families, although cafes, bars and restaurants are open for indoor dining and nursing homes have resumed visits from family and friends.

Despite the first detection of the spread of the Indian variant of the Chinese Communist virus, the next stage of relaxation is still underway, with Prime Minister Johnson warning on Friday (14) that the spread of the Indian variant could make it “more difficult” to achieve the final step of the UK’s reopening roadmap in June.

Japan’s Tokyo and Osaka Mass Vaccination Centers Open Appointments

Vaccination appointments for the elderly have begun in Japan. (Alessandra Tarantino/Canada News Agency)

Reservations for mass vaccination centers operated by the Self-Defense Forces for four prefectures in the Japanese metropolitan area and three prefectures in Kansai began Monday. The centers will be opened in Tokyo and Osaka on the 24th to provide vaccinations for the elderly.

The average number of people who can be vaccinated daily will be limited to 5,000 in Tokyo and 2,500 in Osaka because of the need to get used to the workflow at the beginning of the opening. The maximum number is expected to be 10,000 in Tokyo and 5,000 in Osaka.

According to Japanese media reports, the Osaka vaccination site is scheduled to administer the Mushi lung vaccine from the 24th to the 31st, and the window is now closed as soon as registration is opened and all the doses are ordered within 25 minutes.

In order to avoid the chaos of the appointment, the Ministry of Defense of Japan introduced that it has ensured the server capacity and taken countermeasures against network attacks. Vice-Minister of Defense of Japan Taishu Nakayama, who is the General Minister of Mass Vaccination Countermeasures, appealed, “Sufficient amount of vaccine has been secured, so I hope not to panic and make appointments calmly.”

New York State confirmation rate drops to new low since Oct. 10 last year

A mobile vaccination site is set up in the Bronx in New York City on the afternoon of May 7, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York Governor Cuomo’s office said on May 16 that the statewide confirmation rate fell to a new low of just 1.00 percent on the 15th since October 10 of last year, with the confirmation rate dropping for 41 consecutive days.

According to the state government’s outbreak data, the state’s 7-day average diagnosis rate dropped to 1.13%, the lowest since Oct. 14 last year; the number of hospitalizations in the state fell to 1,583, the number of intensive care units (ICU) fell to 392 and the number of intubation fell to 225.

In terms of statewide vaccination rates, as of the morning of the 16th, 51.9% of New York State residents over the age of 18 had completed the required doses of vaccine (one dose from Johnson & Johnson and two doses from Pfizer and Moderna), representing over 8 million people.

Anti-blockade protests held over the weekend in many parts of Ontario, Canada

Massive anti-blockade order protests broke out in Toronto, Canada. (Epoch Times Photo Gallery)

“You can’t use a blockade against a virus!” A Toronto anti-blockade protester said in an interview over the weekend. In addition to Toronto, rallies calling for the lifting of the blockade were held in several areas of Ontario.

The streets of downtown Toronto, Canada, were flooded with thousands of protesters on Saturday afternoon, May 15. Protesters denounced Canada’s Trudeau government for blockading the city and restricting people’s freedom to live by forbidding them to buy any goods except food.

The crowd grew as protesters chanted slogans against the blockade in Toronto’s Queen’s Park. There was also a group from the Police On Guard For Thee police department. The group is suing the government because the lockdown was deemed unconstitutional. Police Officer Rob Stocky told the rally that we were right, the blockade was wrong and that in the future of history people will see that we are on the side of justice. “We stand with you, we stand shoulder to shoulder against tyranny.”

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Ottawa on Saturday afternoon, shouting slogans and waving signs with slogans against the ongoing blockade. Participants in the march and rally chanted slogans such as “No more blockades!” and “Freedom!” and “Freedom over Fear” while waving placards such as “We are all essential” and “Freedom over Fear. Hundreds of people also participated in anti-blockade rallies in London, Ontario, and elsewhere that day.

Australia’s leading expert: zero cases of the epidemic unrealistic goal

A leading doctor has warned that Australia needs to abandon the unrealistic goal of zero cases if it wants to move forward.

Dr. Nick Coatsworth, Australia’s former deputy medical director, told Channel Nine’s Weekend Today program, “I think we’ve had incredible success [with outbreak control], but with that success comes a risk that we’re setting the goal (of zero cases) is essentially unattainable.”

Cotesworth has urged doctors to convince the Australian community to accept this reality, rather than feeling that the emergence of new cases means “going backwards. “We should allow some cases to emerge in the vaccinated population, and we’ve seen what happens around the world when you get good vaccination rates.”

The Australian government has said it will not open its borders until the middle of next year. Three million people have already been vaccinated in Australia, but the government has been criticized for slow progress. Cotesworth said dozens of the 9,500 Australians trying to get home from India were denied boarding after contracting the virus, and he wants the government to allow those people to board and then send them to Howard Springs in Darwin for quarantine.

“I can imagine how painful it must be when you think you could have boarded and you end up not being able to get on a plane, so my sympathies go out to those Australians who are still stranded in India.” He said.

U.S. lawmakers urge Biden to order investigation into origin of Chinese Communist virus

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, urged President Biden on May 16 to order a government-wide investigation into the origin of the Chinese Communist virus (New Crown virus, COVID-19).

In his letter, Nunes told President Biden that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are concerned about circumstantial evidence that the virus may have been leaked from a Wuhan laboratory that received millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. government.

Nunes wrote, “During the course of our investigation, substantial circumstantial evidence has been uncovered that supports the theory that the lab leak may have been the origin of COVID-19.” “A thorough review of this possibility is critical, particularly in light of the Chinese government’s obstruction of multilateral bio-forensic investigations (bio-forensic investigations) and the destruction of important evidence.”

Nunes also sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines pointing out the shortcomings of U.S. intelligence on the Chinese Communist virus. Nunes said he was aware of allegations that the intelligence community suppressed dissenting views on the source of the CCP virus “and that the intelligence community relied on outside experts whose interests have not been disclosed.”

More than 2/3 of Californians Have Antibodies to CCP Virus Herd Immunity May Be Coming

The outbreak heats up in Liaoning Province, with confirmed cases increasing in Shenyang City and related areas being sealed off. The photo shows the area near Lu Yuan, a square-type plaza in Shenyang’s Heping District, being sealed off. (Video screenshot)

A new study concludes that more than two-thirds of California’s population now has antibodies to the Chinese communist virus (Wuhan pneumonia, COVID-19), indicating that Californians are on the verge of achieving so-called “herd immunity,” and is considered a sign that the epidemic may be coming to an end.

According to data analyzed by California epidemiologist Erica Pan last week, the percentage of Californians with antibodies to the CCP virus has risen from 47 percent to 67 percent in one month, and may be higher still. Those who have antibodies have achieved them partly naturally as a result of previous infection with the CCP virus, but more recently from March to April, mainly as a result of the full rollout of the vaccine.

Steven Goodman, a professor of epidemiology and population health at Stanford University, said that the vaccine has been used to treat the disease. Steven Goodman, a professor of infectious diseases and population health at Stanford University, said this is a very significant improvement in the indicator, and although it has not yet met expectations, it will be very good if the increase continues next month.

But the percentage of the population with antibodies also shows a geographically diverse distribution: only 48 percent of people in the more northern parts of California have antibodies; 68.7 percent of people in the San Francisco Bay Area have antibodies; and up to 76 percent in southern California near the border.

Rare syndrome in Canadian residents after AZ vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon, a 43-year-old resident of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, turned out to be in good health, but after an injection of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, his body developed a large blood clot and, after surgery, he lost 2 meters of his small intestine.

Muldoon shared his experience on social media that he began experiencing stomach pains about 10 days after the AstraZeneca vaccine, and after several days of pain and a second visit to his family doctor, he underwent a second emergency surgery in the hospital.

He said that 17 days after he received the vaccine, he went to the hospital for surgery to remove 6 feet of his small intestine. Two days later, more small intestine was removed in another surgery. Muldoon’s advice to the public is that if you feel uncomfortable after an AstraZeneca vaccine, it’s best to see an emergency room right away.

Mulldoon and his wife, Tara Mulldoon, said doctors confirmed to them that Mulldoon was a victim of a rare but dangerous syndrome related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, CBC reported. The removal of 2 meters of small intestine will have an impact on his future life.

Shenyang Outbreak Escalates in Yingkou Testing CCP Health Committee into Liaoning

The outbreak in Liaoning province heats up with an increase in confirmed cases in Shenyang and related areas being sealed off. The photo shows the area near Lu Yuan, a square-type square in Shenyang’s Heping District, being sealed off. (Video screenshot)

The outbreak of New Crown Pneumonia (CCP virus) on the mainland is escalating, with the latest news that the CCP’s Health Care Commission is stationed in Liaoning Province, and relevant areas in Yingkou, Shenyang and Gaizhou City in Liaoning Province are once again in a state of closure. People in the areas concerned have recently been asked to undergo nucleic acid testing, but officials have yet to provide an official account of the results of the large-scale tests.

According to official data only, as of May 15, there were a total of 18 new confirmed cases in Liaoning Province, four of which were local cases, from Yingkou Mackerel Circle District, Gaizhou City, and Heping District, Shenyang City.

While the CCP’s Health Care Commission was in Liaoning Province, people in Yingkou City and other areas that were upgraded to medium risk were asked to undergo overnight nucleic acid testing. Officials in Shenyang said that all seven routes of China Southern Airlines Northern Branch out of Shenyang were required to provide proof of negative nucleic acid testing ranging from 72 hours to seven days.

The mainland media are currently focusing on the travel routes of confirmed patients, close contacts, and the administration of vaccines to close contacts. However, the actual number of infected people on the mainland is not yet known, as the authorities have seriously concealed the outbreak since late 2019.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of 4:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday (May 17), there were more than 163 million (163,084,128) total cases of CCHS (Wuhan pneumonia, COVID-19) and more than 3.37 million (3,379,534) deaths worldwide.

New confirmed cases and deaths in a single day on Sunday, May 16: (some data or from worldometer)

16,796 confirmed cases and 262 deaths in the United States

1,926 confirmed cases and 4 deaths in the United Kingdom

7,067 confirmed cases and 66 deaths in Germany

13,948 confirmed cases and 81 deaths in France

281,386 confirmed cases and 4,106 deaths in India

40,709 confirmed cases and 1,036 deaths in Brazil

8,426 confirmed cases and 386 deaths in Russia

5,265 confirmed cases and 47 deaths in Japan

619 confirmed cases and 3 deaths in South Korea.