In other news, new coronavirus infections increased by 5 percent last week after declining for nine straight weeks.
In related news, CDC director Rochelle Walensky is warning that we might see another avoidable surge because states are lifting their restrictions too soon.
Finally, the European Union, UK and US have imposed sanctions on China in response to their treatment of Muslim minorities.
The EU targeted four senior officials in Xinjiang. The sanctions involve a freeze on the officials’ assets and a ban on them traveling in the bloc. European citizens and companies are not permitted to provide them with financial assistance.
The 27-nation bloc also froze the assets of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Public Security Bureau, which it describes as a “state-owned economic and paramilitary organization” that runs Xinjiang and controls its economy. [...]
China responded immediately to the EU’s move, slapping sanctions on 10 European individuals and four institutions that it said had damaged China’s interests and “maliciously spread lies and disinformation.”