China publishes virus genome data from Beijing outbreak


China has published the genome data for the coronavirus in the latest market-linked outbreak in Beijing. The capital city continues to battle a cluster of cases linked to a wholesale food market, though a Chinese health expert said Thursday that the outbreak is now under control.

The news comes as other regions around the world report their own upticks in cases. In the U.S., California, Arizona and Florida all reported their largest single-day increases in cases since the outbreak began. 

While many countries are allowing businesses and borders to reopen with safety measures in place, global economies continue to feel the effects of coronavirus shutdowns.

Another 1.5 million Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, according to data released Thursday. The Bank of England also announced an additional £100 billion ($124.5 billion) for its bond-buying effort to shore up the U.K. economy.

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  • Global cases: More than 8.46 million
  • Global deaths: At least 453,216
  • U.S. cases: More than 2.18 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 118,386

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

China publishes virus genome data from Beijing outbreak

9:45 a.m. Singapore time — China has published the genome data for the coronavirus in the latest market-linked outbreak in capital city Beijing.

The data was published on the website of the state-backed National Microbiology Data Center and has been submitted to the World Health Organization, Reuters reported, citing local media.

Beijing is battling a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a wholesale food market.

As of the end of Thursday, Beijing reported 25 new cases of the coronavirus, according to China’s National Health Commission. That compares with the 21 cases reported in the city a day earlier.

Overall, mainland China reported 32 cases as of Thursday, the NHC said.

Stricter movement restrictions have been put in place in Beijing to contain the current outbreak. —Huileng Tan

A Chinese man wears a protective mask as he sits in front of a fish tank at his printing shop on June 18, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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