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The #coronavirus rose to more than 24,000 cases and 494 deaths in #China. The US confirmed a person-to-person transmission of the virus. The #WHO announced it is taking further action to contain the outbreak inside and outside mainland China.


The State Department revised its China travel advisory to Level 3, urging visitors to reconsider traveling, while the epicenter of the Coronavirus epidemic in Hubei province has been raised to level 4 -- do not travel.


Chinese officials confirmed that a new strain of coronavirus has been transmitted human-to-human. Authorities are attempting to quarantine the virus amid the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations where many are expected to travel around China and abroad.


Last night the House of Representatives passed Bill S. 178, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, despite continuous warnings and condemnation from China’s foreign ministry. This comes amid a new report from the New York Times about how China is using DNA collection and facial scanning technology on Uyghurs. This also follows a trove of documents called the Xinjiang papers that shed light on China’s activities in the region.


October 1st was #China National Day, but for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, it was dubbed the national day of mourning. All over #HongKong, people marched against the Hong Kong administration and the Chinese Communist Party. 


September 29th saw some of the most violent clashes between police and protesters in #HongKong so far. Just two days ahead of the National Day of the People's Republic of #China, protesters battled police in the street, throwing bricks, rocks, molotov cocktails, and other projectiles. Police fired tear gas, pepper balls, and water cannons at the protesters, but these were no ordinary water cannons.

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