Most of the new patients were reported near the capital Beijing, but a province in northeast China also saw a rise in new cases, official data showed on Wednesday, amid a resurgence that has seen more than 28 million people under home quarantine.
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GENEVA (REUTERS) - The UN rights office said on Friday that President Donald Trump should disavow "very dangerous" language he and other political leaders have used about the US election result and the storming of the Capitol in Washington this week. "We are deeply troubled by the incitement to violence and hatred by political leaders and we are calling on the President of the United States and other political leaders to disavow, openly disavow, false and dangerous narratives that are being spread...," UN Human Rights Office spokesman Ravina Shamdasani said in response to a question about Trump's personal responsibility for events at the Capitol. "This kind of inciteful language can be very dangerous," she told an online briefing. Her comments follows UN human rights boss Michelle Bachelet's call late on Thursday for a thorough investigation into the events in Washington which left five people dead. Shamdasani also expressed concern about the display of symbols of "white supremacy" outside the Capitol such as the Confederate flag, anti-Semitic symbols and a noose. "We condemn this display of overtly racist symbols."
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A second Republican US senator called for President Donald Trump to resign on Sunday (Jan 10), saying the Republican president could face criminal liability after the deadly storming of the US Capitol by his supporters. The remarks by Senator Pat Toomey, a conservative supporter of Trump until recently, came as Democrats in the US House of Representatives prepared to move forward with impeachment proceedings and amid federal investigations of Wednesday's assault on the seat of government. Trump, who has falsely contested the validity of Democrat Joe Biden's Nov 3 presidential victory, praised and egged on his supporters before they laid siege to the Capitol, where lawmakers were certifying the Electoral College vote for Biden. "I think the best way for our country is for the president to resign and go away as soon as possible," Toomey said on NBC's Meet the Press, calling Trump's behaviour since the election "outrageous." Toomey, appearing on several Sunday television news shows, said he did not think there was time for an impeachment with only 10 days left in Trump's term, and noted there did not appear to be consensus to use the Constitution's 25th Amendment to
PARIS (AFP) - France's health minister said Sunday (Jan 10) that more than 50,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine from US-based Moderna, newly authorised in Europe, would be ready for use this week in hard-hit regions. Olivier Veran told Europe 1 radio that after arriving in France Monday, the vaccine would be sent to towns and cities with the highest virus circulation, from Strasbourg on the German border to Nice on the Mediterranean. Coming on top of ongoing distribution of Pfizer-BioNTech shots, the Moderna doses would reach vaccination centres by Wednesday, Veran added. The health ministry said in a statement that almost eight million doses of Moderna's vaccine would arrive in France by July. Like the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, it takes two injections spaced out over several weeks for Moderna's version to reach maximum effectiveness. It poses fewer logistical challenges however as it requires storage only at -20 Celsius rather than around -80C for Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine. After fierce criticism of the government for a halting start to its campaign, Veran said that by the end of the weekend over 100,000 people would have been vaccinated. Neighbouring Germany has already topped half