The CCP virus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason. Each new infection gives the virus a chance to mutate as it makes copies of itself, threatening to undo the progress made so far to control the pandemic.
California Becomes First State to Top 3 Million InfectionsCalifornia on Monday became the first state to record more than 3 million confirmed infections by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
The grim milestone, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, was hit with stunning speed, as California reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24. The first CCP virus case in California was confirmed last Jan. 25. It then took 292 days to get to 1 million infections on Nov. 11 and 44 days to top 2 million. It took 25 days to reach 3 million.
Sri Lanka to Open for Tourists as Cases WaneSri Lankan authorities say they will fully reopen the country for tourists beginning Thursday, in a bid to revive the island nation’s lucrative tourism industry that has been badly hit by the pandemic.
Companies Dangle Incentives to Spur Employees to Get VaccineWorkers at several companies are being offered money if they get vaccinated against the CCP virus, amid reluctance from some to get one of the vaccines.
China Blames Third-Party Lab for Falsifying DataChinese authorities punished a CCP virus testing agency employee who allegedly falsified virus data in the virus-embattled Hebei Province.
The employee, only identified by his surname Di, works for Jinan Huaxi Medical Laboratory Co., the laboratory outsourced to process virus tests in Longyao county of Hebei. Di allegedly provided false virus figures from the second round of nucleic acid testing between Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 before the full lab results came out. On Jan. 14, he told authorities that the company handled testing for around 314,000 people. They all tested negative, Di said, but he revised his claims two days later upon identifying a positive case, county officials said at a Jan. 17 news conference.
More Cases Linked to Australian Open ArrivalsTwo players are among the three latest CCP virus cases that have emerged from testing conducted on passengers who arrived on charter flights bringing people to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Swiss Hunts Down VariantSwiss authorities have started mass testing residents and visitors in St. Moritz after a new variant of the CCP virus was detected in the upscale skiing resort. People were asked to register online and come in for free tests to a local gym and a beverage store on Tuesday, after two luxury hotels were put under quarantine Monday. All schools, kindergartens, and skiing schools were closed.
Officials said at least two dozen cases were detected in the two hotels, which local media identified as the Palace and the Kempinski hotel. The hotel announced late Monday that health authorities had confirmed cases of the mutated CCP virus among the hotel’s employees.