A Chinese official tasked with promoting ties of “friendship” between Beijing and Brazil was arrested this weekend on suspicion of stealing 15,000 test kits and millions of sets of protective gear, Brazil’s Estadão newspaper reported.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Monday reported China’s underground churches used digital resources to commemorate the Easter holiday during a time of coronavirus emergency and heightened government repression.
North Korea boosted its public health spending by 7.4 percent and published assurances of hygiene protocol at government facilities in state media on Monday, once again giving no indication it had identified any coronavirus cases.
The Philippine government will publicly disclose the personal information of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus to strengthen “contact tracing efforts,” in an effort deemed “mandatory” by the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Rappler reported on Sunday.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its media organs lashed out Monday against African leaders for complaining about rampant racial discrimination against Africans living in Chinese cities, dismissing their complaints as a few “isolated incidents” and “misunderstandings.”
The Kremlin claimed Russia had no serious problem with the Wuhan coronavirus just a few weeks ago, but on Saturday it admitted a “huge influx” of patients is flooding into Moscow hospitals and the situation in Russia’s big cities is “quite tense because the number of sick people is growing.”
Christians in Sri Lanka were forced to celebrate Easter on Sunday at home, leaving churches empty the first year after a series of jihadist suicide bombings killed and dismembered 253 people in six different locations.
African residents of Guangzhou, southern China, reportedly found themselves sleeping on the street this week as renters arbitrarily evicted them, hotels banned them, and restaurants refused to serve them food.
One of the more hawkish voices with regards to Mainland China throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Cotton has insisted the Chinese communist government has not been an honest broker throughout the ordeal and could have prevented some of the hardship with more transparency.
Police say the problem of sexual abuse of children by clerics is pervasive and the scores of police reports they have received are just the tip of the iceberg.