China has deployed at least 40 industrial incinerators to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Conflicting reports said the machines, which can reportedly handle about five tons of material per day, are either being used to dispose of animal carcasses or medical waste.
A top Trump administration official recently shot down rumors suggesting the coronavirus is a Chinese bioweapon. While speaking to reporters at an event in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, the assistant secretary for health said they currently have no information to prove it is a manufactured virus.
Chartered flights carrying Americans who were stuck on a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan touched down in California and Texas. The flights landed at Travis Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base late Sunday night.
White House officials appeared to have suspicions about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. According to a report Saturday, the U.S. did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.
In the meantime, another large group of people aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The country’s health minister stated Saturday that another 67 passengers on Diamond Princess have been affected bringing the total to nearly 300 cases.
U.S. officials and lawmakers are looking into reports that accused the Chinese government of using the coronavirus outbreak to crack down on internal dissent. One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.
Officials from the French Health Ministry reported an 80-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first virus-related death in Europe since the outbreak began. Up to this point, the only deaths outside of China have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines.
The number of coronavirus cases in China has skyrocketed over the last 24 hours. On Friday, the Chinese government reported 5,000 new cases and 121 new deaths.
White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is criticizing China over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Kudlow said Beijing has not been telling the whole truth about the scale and likely economic effects of the virus.