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US most populous county reports highest daily COVID******
US Los Angeles County reported on Thursday 102 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest daily number in a single day since March 2021.。
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department said in a statement that the number of new COVID-related deaths doubled in the past week and 90 percent of the deaths reported Thursday involved people who fell ill from the fatal virus after December 24, "indicating the high likelihood of infection with the Omicron variant."
"As deaths often lag behind surges in cases and hospitalizations, we may see an even higher number of deaths in the coming weeks," the statement warned.。
Of the 102 new deaths reported Thursday, more than 70 percent are elders over 65 years old, the data from the department showed.。
The average daily new case rate in Los Angeles County is now at about 33,000 cases a day, the test positivity rate is approximately 17 percent and the seven-day average daily case rate is about 350 new cases per 100,000 residents, said county public health director Barbara Ferrer.。
The department also found a gap in COVID-19 death rates across races and ethnicities.。
"The rate of deaths for Black residents is 3.5 deaths per 100,000 people and 3 deaths per 100,000 for Latinx residents. This is compared to the lower death rate for White residents at 2.5 deaths per 100,000 residents and Asian residents at 1 death per 100,000 residents," said the statement, adding that a further widening of these gaps could be seen in the weeks to come.。
Experts urge Bangladesh to tap more potential in Chinese market******
DHAKA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Speakers at a webinar have said Bangladesh should target China to expand its market share for a smooth LDC (least developed country) graduation.。
They made this observation at the webinar titled "Prospects of Bangladeshi Products in Chinese Market: How to Realize the Potential of Preferential Treatment" jointly organized by the Bangladesh China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI) and the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) on Saturday in capital Dhaka, national news agency BSS reported.。
"If Bangladesh can achieve a 1 percent share of the Chinese market, export earnings from China alone could be in the range of 20 billion (U.S.) dollars-25 billion dollars," said Abu Eusuf, a Dhaka University professor.。
Nazneen Ahmed, UNDP Bangladesh economist, said Bangladesh should focus on the Chinese investment and export market equally for a smooth graduation from the LDC.。
In his speech, Bangladesh Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman said Bangladesh should focus on diversifying the export basket to materialize the given duty free access from China.。
The government is also working for setting up a permanent exhibition center in Shanghai in eastern China to display Bangladeshi products.。
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Director Mahfuz Kabir said China has granted duty-free access of 97 percent Bangladeshi products effective from July 1, 2020, which is expected to bring a new opportunity for Bangladeshi exporters and businesses. Enditem。
FUSC forward Gu facing five******
BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Power forward Gu Yitong from the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) United Team was hit with a five-match ban for injuring an opponent in a Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) match.。
With 8:54 remaining in the fourth quarter of the match between FUSC and Jiangsu on Sunday, Gu attempted to block Sun Li's shot from the three-point range. Sun's right foot landed on Gu's right foot and the Jiangsu forward screamed in pain.。
Sources said that Sun had suffered an ankle dislocation, fracture and torn ligament.。
The game was brought to an early end after the incident, and FUSC was ruled to have lost the game 20-0 after they decided to withdraw.。
The WCBA announced in a statement on Monday that Gu's action was deemed unsportsmanlike, and levied a five-match suspension and a fine of 5,000 yuan (784 U.S. dollars) on the player.。
The FUSC United Team was also fined 10,000 yuan (1,568 U.S. dollars) by the league's organizers.。
Comprised solely of college basketball players, the FUSC United Team is participating in the WCBA league this season in preparation for next year's Universiade in Chengdu, competing only in the regular season and not being ranked in the overall standings.。
Their 16 players come from six universities, with Beijing Normal University providing 10 players. The others come from Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Sichuan Normal University and China University of Mining and Technology.。
FUSC has a 6-5 win-loss record after 11 rounds of matches. Enditem。
US sanctions Putin, Lavrov over Russian military operation in Ukraine******
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing in the White House on February 25, 2022.
The administration of US President Joe Biden will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over Moscow's ongoing military operation in Ukraine, the White House confirmed on Friday.
"In alignment with the decision by our European allies, the United States will join them in sanctioning President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov and members of the Russian national security team," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing on Friday, adding more specifics will be announced later in the day.
The US move followed that of the European Union and Britain, which announced sanctions targeting the top Russian leadership earlier on Friday.
Biden on Thursday announced additional US sanctions against Russia targeting the country's major financial institutions and an additional number of Russian individuals and their family members with ties to the Kremlin, on top of the so-called "first tranche" of sanctions imposed on Russian state-owned banks, the Russian sovereign debt market as well as individual elites.
Asked about the possibility of his Russian counterpart, Biden didn't commit to that on Thursday, only saying it remained an option on the table.
Psaki said Friday the reason Biden waited until after the EU and Britain announced their sanctions against the Russian president to decide on his own move is that his "strong principle ... has been to take actions and steps in alignment with our European partners."
Also on Friday, a senior administration official said future US sanctions will not target Russian oil and gas industry.
"The sanctions will not target the oil flows as we go forward," Amos Hochstein, the State Department's senior energy security adviser, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television.
Hochstein said doing so won't necessarily reduce Russia's oil and gas revenue, and may instead lead to a scenario where "the United States and our allies would suffer the consequences."
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