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- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants to build a global coalition to counter what he calls the threat the Chinese Communist Party poses. Pompeo told reporters that China ahs exploited the coronavirus outbreak to further its own interests. Rather than helping the world, Pompeo said, the country has been bullying its neighbors and pushing its claims for maritime regions that it has no lawful claim to.
- The Japanese government’s travel incentive program has started to promote domestic tourism hit hard by the coronavirus. The “Go To Travel” campaign involves discounts for travel costs, and issuing coupons that can be used at tourist facilities and souvenir shops. Discounts became available on Wednesday.
- Data released in the United States i3.ndicates that the number of coronavirus infections could be more than 10 times the reported figure in parts of the country. The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention analyzed blood samples from 10 areas for coronavirus antibodies. The samples were collected and tested by commercial labs from March to June.