Xi warns of new difficulties and challenges amid risk of a second wave

China's Xi warns of new difficulties and challenges amid rising risk of a second wave
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Daily US Times: China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported that President Xi Jinping has warned against the risk of a second wave of infections in the country as the global pandemic continues to spread.

He made these remarks on Wednesday in a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee.

Xi said that amid growing downward pressures on the global economy, “unstable and uncertain factors” were increasing.

China’s outbreak of the coronavirus is apparently under control, though lots of suspicions over the country’s actual cases and deaths remain.

The new infections have been dramatically falling in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Wuhan, the epicenter of the original outbreak, officially ended its months-long lockdown. But the country is in risk of second wave.

“New difficulties and challenges have emerged for China’s work resumption and economic and social development,” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.

He urged Chinese authorities to carefully watch for imported cases from abroad and prevent a resurgence of the outbreak at home.

Meanwhile, Europe’s worst-hit countries are trying to stop a second wave, while they are passing the peak.

Tokyo hits another record high in new cases

On Wednesday, at least 1,338 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Japan’s capital, after a rise of 144 new infections – the largest increase yet in a single day.

With four more fatalities recorded on Wednesday, the death toll currently stands at 96.

Large parts of Japan are currently under a state of emergency as the government tries to control the spread of the virus.

Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, announced the move on Tuesday, saying it would last for one month and apply to seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka.

Abe said public transport and supermarkets would stay open during the state of emergency.

Chinese workers in the US are losing their visas with their jobs

Many Chinese who were working in the United States lost their jobs and visas as well. Their main tensions are how to stay in the US.

Tang Chen is one of them. She was laid off last month, and one question at the front of her mind: would she be able to stay in the United States?

Tang comes from eastern China’s Zhejiang province, but has worked in the US since 2014. Her H1-B work visa is due to expire later this year, so the travel firm where Tang worked as a software developer in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, had begun the arduous process of applying for a green card, which would allow her to live and work in the US permanently.

The 33-year-old was so confident about building a life in America, she even bought an apartment in the US.

But everything became uncertain now. She is now desperately applying to university to get a student visa that will allow her to remain in the US legally.

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