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Boris Johnson accuses Chinese of Covid causing a pandemic caused by "demented" traditional medicine


Boris Johnson launched a violent attack on China, blaming its "insane" traditional medical practices for the coronavirus pandemic.

In a speech to world leaders yesterday, he attacked people who “grind the scales of a pangolin” to become “more potent”.

He made the remarks that could risk a furious diplomatic argument in a speech at the One Planet Summit moderated by French President Macron.

Pangolins are heavily trafficked scaly anteater-like creatures that are accused of transmitting the virus from bats to humans.

The first documented cases of the Covid-19 were in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with a wet market trade in exotic animals being considered a likely source.

In comments likely to risk anger from Beijing, Mr Johnson said, “Of course it is right to focus on climate change, obviously it is right to cut CO2 emissions, but we are not going to achieve any real balance with our planet, if we don't protect nature good.

'One final thought, don't forget that the coronavirus pandemic was the result of an imbalance in man's relationship with the natural world.

“Like the original plague that plagued the Greeks, which I seem to remember in Book 1 of the Iliad, it is a zoonotic disease.

"It comes from bats or pangolins, from the insane belief that if you grind the scales of a pangolin you somehow get stronger or whatever people believe, it comes from this collision between humanity and the natural world and us must stop doing that. & # 39;

But China has warned claims against the country will not be tolerated, Bloomberg reported. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said today, “We have often said that tracing origins is a scientific matter.

"There is no room, no place for people to speculate and get upset – otherwise it will only disrupt international cooperation."

In a speech to world leaders yesterday, Mr Johnson (pictured) attacked people who "grind the scales of a pangolin" to become "more potent".

Pangolins are heavily trafficked scaly anteater-like creatures accused of transmitting the virus from bats to humans

Pangolins are heavily trafficked scaly anteaters that have been accused of transmitting the virus from bats to humans

Is Covid-19 a bat disease that was spread through game food markets or a laboratory accident?

The debate over the source of the Covid-19 outbreak, which rocked the world and resulted in the deaths of two million people – including 80,000 British people – has been fierce.

The majority of scientists believe that it came from the Chinese city of Wuhan, most likely from the "wet market".

These are open-air food markets that often include meat from animals slaughtered on site. "Wet" means fresh produce is being sold, as opposed to "dry" goods, which can range from long-life foods to electronics.

Some – some – sell captured wild animals and their meat, and it is believed that this was how the disease could be transmitted from bats to humans.

Research by scientists has shown that pangolins – a valuable illegal commodity in China – could be immune to Covid 19.

This would allow them to act as an intact vector transporting the virus from bats deep in the wild where they live to public markets where the scaly creatures are illegally traded.

Black market trafficking in the creature had also previously been linked to bird flu oubreaks.

World Health Organization experts will visit the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first discovered in late 2019, on Thursday to begin their investigation into the causes of the pandemic.

China has denied that the market – or psoriasis – is involved in spreading the virus, and its authoritarian regime has blamed other countries like India for the outbreak.

Another theory is that the virus was developed in a Chinese laboratory.

One of America's top government officials claimed last week that this was the "most believable" origin theory.

Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump, told politicians around the world that even China's leaders are now openly admitting that their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market were false.

Mr Pottinger said the latest evidence points to the virus leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, saying, "There's growing evidence that the lab is possibly the most credible source of the Virus is. & # 39;

In a Zoom appeal with UK MPs, he claimed the pathogen may have escaped through "a leak or accident," adding, "Even the Beijing branch numbers have openly denied the wet market story."

Like the wet markets, China has denied the laboratory anything to do with the outbreak.

The WHO team's visit to Wuhan is already controversial after it released a mandate stating that the Wuhan Institute – the only laboratory in China with the highest international biosafety rating – is a possible source of Covid-19 is not examined.

Pangolins live in tropical forests in India, China, Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa.

Of the eight existing subspecies, three are critically endangered and all are protected by an international treaty.

General hunting and trading in pangolins has been banned in China since the late 1980s, but the exotic mammals are still traded in the thousands for their perceived nutritional value.

Her scales are considered a previous ingredient by believers in traditional Chinese medicine, and their over 123 tons were sold on the black market in 2019.

Humans also eat their meat for the purported health benefits, and the animals' blood is considered a healing tonic.

China has previously denied that they are a vector for transmitting the virus from bats to humans.

Last year, researchers in the communist state found that while the animals are natural hosts for various coronaviruses, they do not appear to be the direct source of Covid-19.

In November, another team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences claimed the virus likely originated in India in the summer of 2019 and jumped from animals to humans over contaminated water before traveling unnoticed to Wuhan, where it was first discovered.

Mr Johnson previously called for better protection for pangolins.

In 2018 he wrote a newspaper article calling for greater efforts to track down the hunting and smuggling of mammals.

He wrote: “As we get older, we humans are capable of all kinds of self-deception. We go under the knife hoping to look younger. We take pills and potions of dubious effectiveness.

“But there is certainly nothing more delusional in the annals of human folly than the still prevalent belief in much of Asia that a man can somehow correct his dwindling masculinity by grinding and eating the scales of a pangolin.

& # 39; And yet that's what they do. The tragedy is that all eight species of pangolin are now critically endangered, two of them critical.

“We are losing them to poachers at the rate of 100,000 a year. They are smuggled, slaughtered, and cooked – all for their mythical medicinal properties. & # 39;

Mr Johnson rallied cabinet today amid fears the lockdown could be tightened within a few days if the coronavirus count doesn't subside.

The prime minister held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country.

Ministers have desperately asked the British to restrict their contacts as the NHS struggles to cope with the volume of Covid patients as police press ahead with enforcing brutal restrictions.

However, the government has made it clear that it is ready to go even tougher. SAGE leaders are pushing for a three-meter rule to distance themselves from social rules, threatening to close the void so people can exercise with a friend from another household.

Other options that have been considered include clicking and collecting all purchases, as well as closing additional jobs.

Matt Hancock hinted that he had trained hard against someone at a briefing on Downing Street last night and said the exception was being used to socialize.

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

However, in one round of interviews, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be considered "stay local" under lockdown rules.

The UK recorded an additional 529 Covid deaths yesterday - a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported the same day last week. It's also the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives

The UK recorded an additional 529 Covid deaths yesterday – a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported the same day last week. It's also the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives

Pictured: A map showing the nine countries that China blamed for the Covid-19 outbreak

Pictured: A map showing the nine countries that China blamed for the Covid-19 outbreak

Boris Johnson in a Protect The Pangolin T-shirt in 2018 while jogging with then Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Boris Johnson in a Protect The Pangolin T-shirt in 2018 while jogging with then Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Boris Johnson rallies the cabinet because it is feared that the lockdown could get tighter in DAYS if the Covid numbers don't change – with options like a three-meter rule and a ban on people from different households doing sports together

Boris Johnson rallied cabinet today amid fears the lockdown could be tightened within days if the coronavirus numbers don't let up.

The prime minister held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country.

Ministers have desperately asked the British to restrict their contacts as the NHS struggles to cope with the volume of Covid patients as police press ahead with enforcing brutal restrictions.

However, the government has made it clear that it is ready to go even tougher. SAGE leaders are pushing for a three-meter rule to distance themselves from social rules, threatening to close the void so people can exercise with a friend from another household.

Other options that have been considered include clicking and collecting all purchases, as well as closing additional jobs.

Matt Hancock hinted that he had trained hard against someone at a briefing on Downing Street last night and said the exception was being used to socialize.

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

However, in one round of interviews, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be considered "stay local" under lockdown rules.

The comments came after Mr Johnson had a backlash over cycling over the weekend with his security detail in Olympic Park – seven miles from Downing Street.

There is also new confusion after sources from # 10 insisted that it is not against the rules to sit on park benches, but only for a "short break" during exercise.

The scale of the problem facing the UK was made clear again last night. Another 529 Covid deaths were recorded. That's a 30 percent increase from the 407 reported on the same day last week.

It was the deadliest Monday since April 20, when 570 people lost their lives, and it was the worst week of death in the UK since the pandemic began.

An average of 931 people lost their lives in each of the last seven days, compared to the highest 7-day average of 920 in the first wave in April.

In a glimmer of hope that the UK's rising case load may decrease, 46,169 people tested positive for the virus – a 20 percent decrease in one week.

The impact of the widespread Tier 4 lockdown that went into effect on Boxing Day and last week's national lockdown are likely to have an impact on daily infection numbers.

Another day of chaos for Britons battling the worst crisis of a generation:

  • Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned about vacation masks unemployment, and the actual rate could be 6.5 percent, not 4.9 percent.
  • The government is facing increased pressure to run the vaccination program around the clock and put more staff on the front lines.
  • Seven vaccination centers have been opened, including London's ExCeL and Birmingham Millennium Point.
  • Derbyshire Police have canceled a £ 200 fine for two women fined for driving five miles to go for a walk.
  • Almost a quarter of nursing home residents have received their first shot of a Covid vaccine. Almost 2.7 million doses are now administered across the UK.
  • Hospitals began rationing oxygen when it was found that every fourth coronavirus patient is under 55 years old.
Mr Johnson held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country

Mr Johnson held a virtual meeting with his senior team to reflect on the next step in the crisis that is devastating the country

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two. Now experts want the public to stay within the distance of public transport, on supermarket lines and on the go

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two. Now experts want the public to stay within the distance of public transport, on supermarket lines and on the go

Almost 2.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the UK, according to the government last night

Almost 2.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the UK, according to the government last night

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

In another ominous sign, Mr. Johnson tweeted this morning saying that "meeting with others from outside your household or the support bubble puts you and others at risk of serious illness".

The PM is announced by Tory lockdown skeptics for March

Boris Johnson was given the target by Tory lockdown skeptics to ease the curbs for coronavirus.

Former Whip Chief Mark Harper, chairman of Tory Backbench's Covid Recovery Group, said the restrictions shouldn't stay "a second longer" once the vaccine has protected priority groups.

Around 15 million people are expected to be vaccinated by mid-February, including nursing home residents, those over 70, those at high clinical risk, and frontline health and care workers.

These groups were responsible for 88% of deaths in the first wave, and the government is in a race against time to protect them with a first dose of vaccine.

Mr Harper suggested that there should be no excuse for maintaining England's national lockdown once they received their push – and time was given to take effect.

More than 2.3 million people have been stabbed to date, and Mr Harper said reaching the mid-February target must remain the "central, overarching focus" for ministers.

He said that "like the disease, locks and restrictions do immense damage".

“In order for today's progress to really mean something to the millions of people across the country who do the right thing and obey the law, it is imperative that the government pinpoint how today's progress will lead and show us all a return to normal life You have a clear exit strategy – a way back to freedom. & # 39;

With a three-week delay between the vaccine being administered and its full protection, Harper said, "If we hit the critical February 15th deadline, the four at-risk groups will have immunity by March 8th."

"At this point – if all key groups have become immune to Covid – what possible reason could there be for maintaining strict restrictions for a second longer?

Mr Johnson warned yesterday that "complacency" among the public could plunge the country into deeper crisis at an already "very dangerous moment".

The warnings came amid growing government concerns that the third lockdown may not bring the recent surge in coronavirus infections under control.

Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, said the UK was "now at the worst point in this epidemic" and urged people not to see friends and family, even under the circumstances. Any "unnecessary" contact risks spreading the virus.

The only assurances offered so far are that the support bladders will stay in place and the kindergartens can stay open.

Mr Johnson was given the March 8 target by Tory lockdown skeptics to begin easing coronavirus curbs.

Former Whip Chief Mark Harper, chairman of Tory Backbench's Covid Recovery Group, said the restrictions shouldn't stay "a second longer" once the vaccine has protected priority groups.

Around 15 million people are expected to be vaccinated by mid-February, including nursing home residents, those over 70, those at high clinical risk, and frontline health and care workers.

These groups were responsible for 88% of deaths in the first wave, and the government is in a race against time to protect them with a first dose of vaccine.

Mr Harper suggested that there should be no excuse for maintaining England's national lockdown once they received their push – and time was given to take effect.

More than 2.3 million people have been stabbed to date, and Mr Harper said reaching the mid-February target must remain the "central, overarching focus" for ministers.

He said that "like the disease, locks and restrictions do immense damage".

“In order for today's progress to really mean something to the millions of people across the country who do the right thing and obey the law, it is imperative that the government pinpoint how today's progress will lead and show us all a return to normal life You have a clear exit strategy – a way back to freedom. & # 39;

With a three-week delay between the vaccine being administered and its full protection, Harper said, "If we hit the critical February 15th deadline, the four at-risk groups will have immunity by March 8th."

"At this point – if all key groups have become immune to Covid – what possible reason could there be for maintaining strict restrictions for a second longer?

Mr Johnson is facing increasing pressure to start vaccinations around the clock as ministers race against time to get nudged in the arms.

Labor has called for the government to "sort out" a 24/7 operation, despite No. 10 claiming there is no "shouting" for appointments after 8pm.

Tory MPs are urging ministers to carefully consider whether working hours can be extended, while some said there is no excuse why it shouldn't be around the clock.

Armed police were on duty at Waterloo Station today as the government is considering tightening lockdown rules again

Armed police were on duty at Waterloo Station today as the government is considering tightening lockdown rules again

The hall at Waterloo was as good as deserted as the public got used to the draconian restrictions in force

The hall at Waterloo was as good as deserted as the public got used to the draconian restrictions in force

The Prime Minister has promised that around 13 million of the most vulnerable Britons will be vaccinated by mid-February.

The aim is for everyone over 50 to be offered a Covid sting by the end of April.

However, doubts have been expressed about the target of around 2.7 million since yesterday, and calls for frontline workers such as teachers and police officers to be placed on the priority list.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today her officers should be "properly recognized" on the vaccine priority list as she warned her colleagues that they are "not immune to the virus".

The pressure increases for 24-hour vaccinations

Boris Johnson faces mounting pressure to start vaccinations around the clock as ministers race against time to get nudged in the arms.

Labor has called for the government to "sort out" a 24/7 operation, despite No. 10 claiming there is no "shouting" for appointments after 8pm.

Tory MPs are urging ministers to carefully consider whether working hours can be extended, while some said there is no excuse why it shouldn't be around the clock.

The Prime Minister has promised that around 13 million of the most vulnerable Britons will be vaccinated by mid-February.

The aim is for everyone over 50 to be offered a Covid sting by the end of April.

However, doubts have been expressed about the target of around 2.7 million since yesterday, and calls for frontline workers such as teachers and police officers to be placed on the priority list.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said today her officers should be "properly recognized" on the vaccine priority list as she warned her colleagues that they are "not immune to the virus".

The latest ambitious schedule is to vaccinate 32 million Britons – six in ten adults – within 16 weeks. The "greatest logistical challenge of our time" requires two million shocks to be delivered every week.

A 47-page master plan released last night says the nation's remaining adults – another 21 million – will be vaccinated by fall.

The latest ambitious schedule is to vaccinate 32 million Britons – six in ten adults – within 16 weeks. The "greatest logistical challenge of our time" requires two million shocks to be delivered every week.

A 47-page master plan released last night says the nation's remaining adults – another 21 million – will be vaccinated by fall.

The Daily Mail has been told that senior members of Sage's Scientific Advisory Board would like to upgrade the one-meter-plus rule to two-meter-plus.

In practice, this would change the limit to ten feet – nearly ten feet. The drastic suggestion came about when an angry Matt Hancock denounced people who violated social distancing rules.

At a press conference on Downing Street, the Health Secretary said he would "not rule out further action if necessary."

Aided by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, who sits on top of Sage, he said it was time to double the curbs from Covid – including outdoor contact.

When asked if a ten-foot rule would be introduced in England, a Downing Street spokesman said last night: "There are currently no plans to change the social distancing rules. However, everything is checked. & # 39;

Several members of Sage say the lockdown has to be tougher than the first one back in March last year.

The idea of ​​a Chinese-style ban on residents leaving their homes was raised at a meeting.

Ministers are angry that some people are using their right to exercise every day as an excuse to meet friends in the park for coffee.

A source said, “If it means limiting people to a single hour-long walk once a week, that's what we have to do. We can't let a few selfish idiots put the whole country in danger. & # 39;

It is feared that failure to comply with restrictions will increase the number of deaths and risk overwhelming hospitals.

Increasing the social distancing rule to ten feet is seen as a way to stop the spread of the new variant of the virus, which is easier to pass on.

In a round of interviews this morning, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be "kept local" under lockdown rules

In a round of interviews this morning, Police Minister Kit Malthouse risked confusing the news by saying a 70-mile bike ride would be "kept local" under lockdown rules

What are the government rules for exercising?

You should minimize the amount of time away from your home, but you can leave home to exercise.

This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.

You can exercise outdoors in a public place:

  • of yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to create one)
  • in a childcare bubble where childcare is offered
  • or, if you are alone, with someone from another household

This includes running, biking, hiking, and swimming, among others.

Personal training can be continued individually, unless everyone is in the same household or in the same support bubble.

Public outdoor spaces are:

  • Parks, beaches, publicly accessible landscape, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter)
  • the site of a cultural heritage
  • playgrounds

Opponents of the move say it will have little impact, create more confusion, and be a logistical nightmare.

Two-meter signs have been painted on sidewalks across the country, with similar notices in tens of thousands of shops, factories, offices and public spaces.

A change would increase the cost of fighting the pandemic.

Supporters claim the benefit of saving lives and protecting the NHS means the move is worth it. They argue that it is an answer to the new variant that is said to be up to 70 percent more transferable.

If it continues, it would be the government's third social distancing policy.

The distance was set at two meters in March after experts said the coronavirus was up to ten times more transmittable at one meter than at two.

After the first lockdown, it was reduced to “one meter plus” in July – mainly to make it easier for restaurants and cafes to reopen.

A two-meter-plus rule in practice would mean staying three meters apart – nearly 10 feet – unless measures were taken to limit the risk of transmission, such as a traffic jam. B. Screens.

Social distancing gaps vary across the world.

In China, Hong Kong and Singapore, which successfully battled the pandemic, the distance was one meter.

However, they imposed other, far stricter rules, including curfews. Spain and Canada followed the two-meter rule.

The other three home countries have different versions of the two-meter rule.

In Scotland, people are advised to stay two meters apart and in Wales they are advised to stay two meters apart, unless this is impractical, with the exception of young children.

The gap in Northern Ireland has narrowed to one meter but is now two again.

Professor Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia said, “The further you are from someone, the less risk you risk.

“Three meters reduces the risk a little compared to two meters – but it's hard to say how much and if that would make a big difference. I suspect the main problem is with people who don't stick to the two-meter rule. & # 39;

Cautioned against trying to push the limits while exercising, Mr. Hancock added, “If too many people break this rule, we'll look at it. Don't say you're exercising if you're really just socializing. & # 39;

He said the two-meter rule should be followed, not as a "limit to be challenged".

Shortly after Mr Hancock's press conference on Downing Street on Monday, the Prime Minister posted a short video that was filmed during his visit to the Ashton Gate vaccination center in Bristol.

Mr Johnson faced a bicycling backlash over the weekend with his safety detail in Olympic Park - seven miles from Downing Street

Mr Johnson faced a bicycling backlash over the weekend with his safety detail in Olympic Park – seven miles from Downing Street

In it, he urged the British to "follow instructions to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives" as Covid continues to spread rapidly in several parts of the country.

The British shouldn't lose focus on the pandemic as the coronavirus "is still causing big problems for our NHS," Johnson added.

Mr Hancock also used the briefing to defend the Prime Minister after he was seen cycling in the Olympic Park, seven miles from Downing Street, in an apparent violation of government advice.

The health minister said it is allowed to drive this distance from where you live to do sports, although he also insists that people must "stay".

But he also warned that the rules for two people from different households to exercise outdoors together could be lifted if people continued to abuse them.

"If too many people break this rule, we have to look at them, but I don't want to," Hancock said of a 10 briefing last night.

The Prime Minister was seen wearing a hat and face mask on his bike at the venue, seven miles from Downing Street, yesterday afternoon.

A source told the Evening Standard that Mr. Johnson was training along with his security detail.

Exceptionally, the Prime Minister is said to have "noticed how busy" the park was and later pointed this out at a meeting.

According to official government guidelines, movement should be limited to once a day and "you should not travel outside your area".

Two women were fined £ 200 each by Derbyshire Police for walking five miles from their home while officials in Whitby beat people for sledging.

One witness said: “He was leisurely driving with another man in a cap and chatting while about four security guards, possibly more, cycled behind them.

Realizing the person looked like Boris, I drove past them to hear his voice and be sure it was him. It was definitely Boris.

"Given the current situation with Covid, I was shocked to see him driving around so carelessly," added the woman, who asked not to be named.

Even though he advises everyone to stay home and not leave their area, shouldn't they stay in Westminster and not travel to other districts? & # 39;

The Prime Minister's spokesman yesterday was unable to provide any information on why Mr Johnson had gone to Stratford and why it was within the rules.

It is also not clear whether Mr Johnson was ridden to the park on his bike or rode all the way there and back.

Tim Farron, MP for Lib Dem, said, “The government's guidelines for travel to sport are as clear as mud.

“People travel hundreds of miles to the Lake District while others are scared to drive 5 minutes to the local park.

"I wrote to the prime minister asking him to give clear instructions once and for all."

In a video posted on the Prime Minister's official Twitter account last night, which includes footage of Mr Johnson's visit to Bristol on Monday, the Prime Minister praised the government's vaccination program.

But he warned the British that this shouldn't lead to complacency as the new variant of Covid is still spreading rapidly.

Mr. Johnson said, “Hi guys. I'm here at this amazing mass vaccination center in Bristol in a football stadium and it's one of the 50 we'll be rolling out by the end of the month to help all of the over 1,000 GP surgeries across the 233 hospital locations. plus the 200 pharmacies.

“And of course that's just the beginning when we deliver the vaccine.

“When I speak to you this morning, we've done about 2.4 million thrusts, 2 million people in the country who have already been vaccinated, and we're going to increase that massively over the next few weeks as soon as we get it, we hope by the middle February up to 15 million.

“And that is a very ambitious program. We are confident that we can do it.

"But if we bring people to their knees, it is incredibly important that we don't lose focus on the pandemic, which unfortunately is still happening in so many parts of the country and is still filling our hospitals with Covid patients, and still is has big causes, big problems for our NHS.

“So everyone has to follow the instructions. Stay home protect the NHS and save lives. & # 39;

Along with his video, the Prime Minister tweeted, “If we get bumped in the arms, we must not lose sight of the state of the pandemic – which is putting enormous pressure on our NHS.

"So please follow the rules and stay home to protect the NHS and save lives."

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