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A waiter is standing outside the restaurant in a shopping district on April 01, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China.(Representational Image) | Photo by Getty Images | Bloomberg

China rejects US intelligence claim that it hid coronavirus numbers

Beijing defended as ‘open and transparent’ China’s response to the virus first identified in Wuhan and accused Washington of trying to shift blame.
Airport employees wear full body protective suits at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on 28 March. | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China has concealed extent of its coronavirus outbreak, US intelligence report says

China’s public reporting on Covid-19 cases & deaths is intentionally incomplete and its numbers are fake, US intelligence report says.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China hasn’t just won its war on coronavirus. It’s also beating US in global diplomacy

Donald Trump, who faces a re-election in eight months, has considerably piped down from two weeks ago when he described Covid-19 as the ‘China virus’.
Passengers wearing masks walk outside the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China

Covid-19 conspiracy theories and what China did wrong and what it didn’t

In episode 428 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta elaborates on how China hid the coronavirus till is was out of control.
Oil tanker trucks sit parked beside storage silos at the Erik Walther GmbH oil terminal on the River Rhine in Schweinfurt, Germany. | Photographer: Alex Kraus | Bloomberg

The world is on the brink of running out of places to store oil

With only 1.6 billion barrels of storage capacity available, producers will be forced to cut output soon as there’ll be no place left to put unwanted crude.
Copies of various newspapers including Financial Times (left) and International New York Times (right). | Photographer: May Tse | South China Morning Post via Getty Images | Bloomberg

3 rival US newspapers publish joint open letter urging China not to expel their journalists

Letter urges China to reverse its decision to expel US journalists. China had justified move saying it responded to 'unreasonable oppression' of Chinese journalists in US.
A ventilator stands at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, U.S., on Monday. | Photographer: Angus Mordant | Bloomberg

Now, Chinese factories are working 24×7 to make ventilators for Italy, US

As the global death toll from coronavirus crosses 15,000, doctors from Milan to New York are desperately seeking ventilators.
Abdullah Abudullah (L) and Ashraf Ghani (R) | Bloomberg

Ghani Vs Abdullah: US meddling in Afghanistan election has given us two presidents

The US intervention in Afghanistan elections has led to the formation of parallel governments which will only deepen the crisis in the country.
People stand in line outside the Martin B. Retting, Inc. guns store on March 15, 2020 in Culver City, California. The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted some Americans to line up for supplies in a variety of stores. | Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images | Bloomberg

Coronavirus fear is leading to panic buying of guns in the US

Much like those buying food and toilet paper in bulk, there are a section of people who believe there will be a break down in public order very soon.
Narendra Modi at a BJP rally in Karkardooma, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt taking Hindu nationalist agenda to ‘new level’, US group says

A series of moves by Modi govt have hurt the rights of India’s Muslim minority population, latest global report by Freedom House says.

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.

Defence

The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.