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China issues terrifying new warning about coronavirus amid lockdown ease

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The chief epidemiologist at the Chinese CDC, Wu Zunyou, said that the pathogen would shift the way we live and work forever. He added that the disease would “co-exist with humans for a long time”.

In China, a new coronavirus outbreak found in a Beijing seafood market raised concerns of a second wave of the virus.

Half a million citizens on Saturday were put into a stringent lockdown in Anxin County as a result.

The move was triggered by concerns that the pathogen could spread to the region, which is about 90 miles from Beijing.

Over 2,000 Anxin citizens are thought to work in Beijing’s Xinfadi market, where the new cluster of cases was found.

Mr Wu rebutted theories that Beijing’s current cluster of cases indicated a second wave.

He told state media that virus was still in the middle of the fist coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking on China News on Monday, Mr Wu said: “The first epidemic wave is not over at all.

“The global epidemic has been escalating since January and has stayed at a high-risk level.”

He suggested the “vigorous growth” in the number of global daily infections were connected to the United States, Brazil and India.

“We are very worried about the rapid growth,” he said.

He insisted the Covid-19 pandemic would probably not “end all of a sudden” like the SARS outbreak in 2003.

“It is highly likely that [the virus] would co-exist with humans for a long time and change mankind’s lifestyle and workstyle from now on,” he added.

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Mr Wu’s warning came as the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is “not even close to being over”.

The WHO’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “We all want this to be over.

“We all want to get on with our lives.”

“But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over,” he said.

Mr Ghebreyesus added that “although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up”.

The pathogen was first identified at least six months ago in China, where a WHO investigative team will look into its origin next week, according to Mr Ghebreyesus.

China’s health authorities on Tuesday announced there were 19 new Covid-19 infections in the mainland for June 29.

Seven of the new cases were found in Beijing the National Health Commission said in a statement.

As of Monday, 324 patients were hospitalised in Beijing with coronavirus, Beijing officials said.

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Earthquake warning: How New Zealand earthquakes could trigger tsunamis

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Some experts have claimed the series of earthquakes are not concerning considering how often they happen in the area. Speaking to, Professor David Tappin of the British Geological Survey explained how last week’s 5.5 magnitude earthquake off Milford Sound did not raise tsunami concerns because it was not big enough.

“[The earthquake off Milford Sound] at 5.5 was too small to directly generate a tsunami, usually tsunamis need an earthquake greater than 7.0 to trigger a tsunami, but this would be small,” Prof Tappin said.

“Something of 8 would be needed to trigger a significant tsunami and Magnitude 9, such as Japan, 2011 and the Indian Ocean, 2004.

“It is possible however, that an earthquake could trigger a submarine landslide, that if close to the coast, could cause a hazardous tsunami. But it appears from the news I have seen that this did not happen.

Prof Tappin said the country’s greatest tsunami risk exists almost exclusively in specific regions.

“In New Zealand the greatest tsunami hazard is in the east coast, mainly in North Island from earthquake tsunamis, and from submarine landslide tsunamis in South Island,” he said.

“There was tsunami on South Island in November 2016, with the earthquake destroying a lot of Christchurch.

“The Kaikoura earthquake, had magnitude (Mw) of 7.8,and the tsunami was up to 7m high.

“The tsunami could have been partly caused by a submarine landslide.”

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Tsunamis originate under the sea as the seabed is moved, creating a ‘step’ which falls rapidly.

“To cause a tsunami, the earthquake would have to move the seabed vertically.

“As water is incompressible, and earthquakes travel very fast, 3-4km/second, the seabed movement would travel almost instantaneously to the sea surface and create a ‘step’, which would rapidly collapse, causing the tsunami, which would travel outward at great speed, which would be dependent on the water depth.

“The deeper the water, the faster the tsunami. If the earthquake was close to land, the tsunami would strike the adjacent coast, very quickly, within minutes.

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“Fortunately New Zealand has a tsunami warning system, which is triggered by earthquakes.

“So there would be a warning, but as you can see from the above, it might be short. It is likely that people on the coast would have some training on what to do.

“In fact their warning system is mainly for tsunamis that are generated from the east off South America. So for these, there would be a lot of warning.”

But, according to Prof Tappin, the scale of a tsunami “depends on the earthquake size and the landslide size too”.

“New Zealand has tsunamis, but magnitude 9 earthquakes are very rare, not sure if there has ever been one.”

However, the country had protocols in place to ensure tsunamis are monitored and detected in order to act accordingly and timely.

“New Zealand is prepared for tsunamis. in fact they have recently been upgrading their warning system,” Prof Tappin added.

GNS seismologist John Ristau added the recent earthquakes are just “part and parcel” of the country.

He said: “There’s nothing unusual going on in New Zealand that doesn’t happen all the time.

“New Zealand just gets earthquakes all the time and that’s just part and parcel of New Zealand sitting directly over top of the boundary between two huge tectonic plates that are crashing together and moving side-by-side past each other.”

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Australian Prime Minister to ease restrictions despite coronavirus outbreak in Victoria

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The news come despite a rise in infections in Victoria, the second most populous state in the country. The new wave of coronavirus cases in Victoria prompted a response involving ambulances and mobile testing sites in order to conduct mass testing.

On Friday, the state announced its tenth day in a row of new infection figures set in double digits.

“There will be outbreaks and what matters is that we continue to build our capability to deal with those outbreaks,” Mr Morrison told a media conference in Canberra.

The cabinet concurred in keeping the 14-day quarantine rule for returning Australians and permanent residents from overseas.

Mr Morrison said forthcoming priorities included devising a “roadmap” for the entertainment industry to reopen, and the return of university students to the classrooms.

On other measures, Mr Morrison said premiers and chief ministers would continue to follow the “three-step plan”.

“They will continue to make announcements easing into next month,” Mr Morrison said.

The prime minister admitted there was much “uncertainty” regarding the Australia could reopen its borders following the pandemic.

But he added that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s estimations that they would reopen next year at the earliest was not plausible.

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Mr Morrison said that Australia could be striking agreements with New Zealand and other Pacific countries sooner.

“We hope we can come to an arrangement with New Zealand before that (the next 12 months), whether it’s with other nations, a number of other countries expressed an interest given our health success in Australia,” Mr Morrison said.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be invitations we take up.

“You look around the world and you see the intensity of the virus escalating, not decelerating, then I think it is not unreasonable for Alan Joyce to form the view he has.

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“No one really knows and that’s the problem.”

He also cited the Northern Territory’s move to have all incoming travellers complete a form stating their countries of origin and of transit.

The Territory’s will reopen to the rest of the country on July 17, as planned, but those who come from a coronavirus hotspot will not be allowed in.

“If your suburb or local government area has been declared a hotspot by your state or territory government, or by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, then you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in a regional centre and at your own cost, before you can enjoy the NT,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“I commend the chief minister, Michael Gunner, for that approach,” he said.

“If you’ve come from a hotspot, well, you’ll have to go into quarantine and that’s entirely reasonable.

“What that does is reinforces that this is about where the hotspot is and these are localised outbreaks.

“If you live in Wangaratta as I said yesterday, or Wagga, you’re just as affected by what’s happening in the hotspots of Melbourne.

“And so, to have those sort of broadbrush-type restrictions really, I don’t think, makes an enormous amount of sense.”

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