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China fury: Beijing prosecutes thousands of people for COVID-19 crimes in major crackdown


China’s state prosecutor’s office said the crimes involved concealing travel history, which caused high risks of transmitting the virus. The crimes also included selling faulty medical equipment and assaulting other people over public health arguments.

One of the cases included a shopper who had beaten another customer to death for not wearing a face covering in the supermarket.

In China, wearing a face mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas and on public transport.

Another case involved a person who ran over medical workers with a car.

One person was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a knife when they were monitoring their temperature.

Violence towards medical staff members from furious family members is reportedly common in China.

Some Chinese people have also been accused of embezzling money collected from charity fundraisers aimed to help COVID-19 patients.

A Statement from the Supreme People’s Procurator read: “As of July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted, in efforts to maintain medical, market-oriented and social order.”

The news comes as China reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

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China has a total number of 85,022 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 death toll has reached 4,634.

But in terms of coronavirus figures, China is not the worst in the world compared to other countries such as Brazil.

Brazil has the second largest number of coronavirus cases in the world after the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

The country has recorded a total of 3,804,803 COVID-19 cases.

It has also registered 119,504 deaths from coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.

The governor of the country’s state of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, has been suspended from office for 180 days by the Superior Court of Justice.

He allegedly committed fraud when purchasing medical supplies and services to fight the pandemic.

Mr Witzel’s lawyers were surprised by the court’s decision and are waiting for documents which detail the accusations.

According to the persecutors, the governor’s scheme was using aid organisations hired to fight diseases to embezzle money for politicians.


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