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Cyclone Harold ripped through Vanuatu and Fiji as a deadly top-strength storm this week, causing injuries and damage to property, and severing communications.Before that, it left 27 people missing and presumed dead in the Solomon Islands after they were swept off a ferry in rough seas.
The storm is now headed toward Tonga and expected to land there on Thursday or Friday, emergency officials said.The cyclone forced Vanuatu, which has yet to report a case of the COVID-19 infection, to suspend social distancing rules intended to combat the virus, Red Cross officials said.The island state's leaders also are rethinking new border restrictions imposed to head off a virus outbreak, they said.
"It's an incredibly challenging time right across the globe, and it's hard to imagine a worse time for a mega-storm like this to hit," Luke Ebbs, Vanuatu director for charity Save the Children, said in a statement.Tonga has just "a handful" of intensive care beds for a popu卢lation of 100,000, to treat both storm injuries and potential cases of COVID-19.
Photo taken on April 6, 2020 shows a social distancing sign on the ground in a shopping mall in Canberra, Australia.
A police officer salutes as he dances encouraging people to follow him from their balconies and windows as the force visits the neighborhood to cheer people up during the lockdown imposed as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday. Photo: AFPSlanders and accusations on others will not drive viruses away, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
The remarks came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said in an interview that the novel coronavirus began in China's Wuhan."China was the first country to report the outbreak of COVID-19 to the World Health Organization (WHO), but it does not mean that COVID-19 originated from Wuhan," spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a press briefing, adding that pandemics can break out first in any region, country or city in the world, but where they originate is a serious scientific question that should be left to scientists and medical experts.
Wuhan on Wednesday reopened after a 76-day lockdown, which enhanced the resolve of all countries to fight the virus. More and more people have found China's response effective, and China's experience is worth learning from. Any responsible country will firmly oppose the irrational practice of labeling the virus, Zhao said."There is no basis for accusing China's cover-up and lack of transparency," Zhao noted, adding that since COVID-19 broke out, China notified the WHO of the epidemic, shared the genome sequencing of the virus and carried out international cooperation, all at the earliest time possible, which had won positive comments from the international community.