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McDonald's corporate headquarters took swift action after a McDonald's restaurant in China banned Black people due to fears over the coronavirus.

The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China in December, causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and smokers.

One McDonald's restaurant in the city of Guangzhou posted a sign in English that reads: "We've been informed that from now on Black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant."

Tensions have been rising in the city, which is a hub for African traders and home to China's largest African community.

McDonald's issued a statement after the BBC broke the news about the racist ban.

"Immediately upon learning of an unauthorized communication to our guests at a restaurant in Guangzhou, we immediately removed the communication and temporarily closed the restaurant."

McDonald's added that they are conducting "diversity and inclusion" training at the location.

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Chinese researchers who analyzed over 72,000 patient records found that the Wuhan coronavirus has been more fatal in men than women.

Covid-19 primarily targets men, elderly, smokers and those with preexisting respiratory or cardiac conditions.

According to SCMP, doctors in central Wuhan are planning to conduct a study of the effects of Covid-19 on the male reproductive system after a smaller study of 81 men found that Covid-19 patients had roughly half the normal levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.

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Researchers analyzed blood samples from 81 men ages 20 to 54 who tested positive for the coronavirus and were hospitalized in January.

Previous studies show that the virus binds to ACE2 receptor cells which are found in the lungs, kidneys and testicles.

Researchers plan a long-term study which may include the collection and analysis of sperm samples as well as interviews with coronavirus patients.

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The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has asked scientists to investigate whether the deadly 2019 Coronavirus was bio-engineered in a laboratory.

ABC News reports that the OSTP sent a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, asking that scientific experts "rapidly" look into the origins of the virus.

The news comes amid reports that the virus was developed in the only level 4 biohazard lab in China.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab is located near the Wuhan fish and wildlife market where Chinese authorities claim the virus jumped from animal to human.

ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton asked the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease about concerns that the coronavirus could have been engineered or deliberately released into the population in Wuhan, China.

"There's always that concern," Dr. Anthony Fauci said. "And one of the things that people are doing right now is very carefully looking at [gene] sequences to see if there's even any possibility much less likelihood that that's going on."

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The White House has good reason to be concerned that the 2019 Coronavirus may have been developed inside a laboratory.

Zerohedge.com was immediately banned from Twitter.com after publishing a detailed article describing the work of one of China's top virologists and immunology experts, Dr. Peng Zhou.

For over a decade, Peng studied the immune system of Chinese horseshoe bats, which carry some of the world's deadliest pathogens such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Ebola, Marburg virus, and Lassa Virus.

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Peng studied bats to understand why they carried such dangerous pathogens inside them but never get sick.

Normally, SARS-like Coronavirus found in bats can not infect humans. Bat virus would have to be genetically engineered in a lab or evolve naturally in nature to infect humans.

The theory is that Peng and his team of researchers - after discovering they couldn't make the bats sick - began experimenting with bat Coronavirus to modify it to bind to human ACE2 receptor cells in the lungs to infect humans.

Zerohdege.com reports that Peng studied the STING pathway immune defenses in bats and injected the bats with genetically altered virus to overcome their pathways in order to make the bats sick. But the virus did not enter the bat cells.

Peng discovered that the combined SARS-like Coronavirus and HIV superbug could not attach to bat ACE2 receptor cells.

But the superbug was able to enter human cells via human ACE2 receptor cells.

Peng justified his research by claiming he modified the bat virus in order to develop a vaccine before the bat virus could naturally evolve to infect humans in nature.

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A prominent Chinese doctor who tried to warn fellow doctors about the deadly coronavirus has died, the hospital treating him confirmed.

Dr. Li Wenliang died after he contracted the virus from a single coronavirus patient he treated in a Wuhan hospital. He was 34.

Wuhan Central Hospital, where Li was treated in ICU, confirmed his death on Friday, Feb. 7, after initially denying reports that he died on Thursday.

On Dec. 30, Li sent a chat group message to fellow doctors warning them about seven patients who had been quarantined in a Wuhan hospital with a mysterious illness that resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Within hours, the message went viral on social media, and Li was summoned to the Public Security Bureau, the BBC News reported.

"When I saw [the message] circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," Li told CNN from his hospital bed in Wuhan.

The police demanded Li sign a document denying his claims about a new virus. Meanwhile, thousands of people contracted the illness and hundreds died before Chinese officials announced the epidemic on Jan. 8.

The Chinese government is accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic. The death toll has doubled in just 24 hours to 630 with over 28,000 infections worldwide. But critics say the true numbers are probably much higher.

There are 12 confirmed coronavirus cases so far in the United States.

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A Chinese tech company may have accidentally released the true numbers of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China.

The official death toll stands at 492 worldwide with over 24,000 confirmed infections globally. But according to statistics briefly posted online by Internet firm Tencent, the true statistics are astronomically higher.

On Saturday evening, Tencent published the shocking stats on its webpage titled "Epidemic Situation Tracker".

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Tencent noted that 24,000 people died from the coronavirus outbreak since late December, and 154,000 cases have been confirmed in China alone. That means the death rate is 16% - significantly higher than the death rate for the SARS virus which killed over 700 people in 2002-03.

Moments later, Tencent updated the numbers to reflect the Chinese government's official numbers for that day.

The news comes amid reports that crematoriums are operating 24 hours a day in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.

Crematorium workers are reportedly working around the clock to burn bodies from hospitals. In one video a woman in seen crying for her mother who was cremated within minutes of her death in a hospital. The woman did not get to see her mother's body before it was taken to the crematorium.

The Chinese government has been accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic.

There are 11 confirmed cases so far in the United States.

The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and diarrhea. There is no cure, but Thailand doctors successfully treated a 70-year-old woman with AIDS and flu drugs.

The best prevention against the coronavirus and flu virus is frequent hand washing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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A doctor who was silenced by the Chinese government when he tried to warn other doctors about the newly discovered coronavirus has been hospitalized with the disease.

On Dec. 30, Dr. Li Wenliang sent a chat group message to fellow doctors warning them about seven patients who had been quarantined in a Wuhan hospital with a mysterious illness that resembled SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Screenshots of his warning message went viral on social media and Li was summoned to the Public Security Bureau just four days later, the BBC News reported.

"When I saw [the message] circulating online, I realized that it was out of my control and I would probably be punished," Li told CNN from his hospital bed in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.

Li, 34, was confirmed positive for the coronavirus and hospitalized in intensive care over the weekend, despite wearing a hazmat suit and face mask while treating patients.

Li was one of several doctors targeted by police as Chinese authorities tried to suppress information related to the virus in the early days of the outbreak.

The Chinese government has been accused of suppressing the true scale of the epidemic. The death toll is 380 with over 20,000 infections in 20 countries. But critics say the true numbers are probably much higher.

There are 11 confirmed cases so far in the United States.

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China admits it was slow to react to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The death toll has climbed to at least 213 amid claims that officials are hiding the true death toll by cremating bodies.

Crematorium employees are working overtime as it was revealed that bodies are being sent from hospitals without recording the actual numbers of dead in the official record.

More than 50 million people have been quarantined in and around Wuhan, where the first case of the virus was reported. The virus has spread around the world with nearly 10,000 people infected.

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The first cases were confirmed in Britain and six confirmed cases in the United States includes the first person-to-person transmission in Chicago.

President Trump announced the U.S. is ready to cope with the killer virus. But CDC officials worry that the official figures are "way too low."

The confirmed cases of infection exceeds 8,096 cases from SARS, a similar virus outbreak that killed 774 people in more than two dozen countries in 2002-03.

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A Florida pastor sparked outrage when he claimed the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was sent by God to punish unbelievers and parents who transgender their minor children.

The death toll in China jumped to 132 with more than 6,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 18 countries.

Pastor Rick Wiles founded the non-denominational Flowing Streams Church and he is the creator of the TruNews streaming channel, Newsweek reports.

According to Right Wing Watch, Wiles made the controversial comments during a podcast on January 27.

"Look at the scriptural rebellion that is in this country, the hatred of God," Wiles said. "Just vile, disgusting people in this country now, transgendering little children, perverting them. Look at the rapes, and the sexual immorality, and the filth on our TVs and our movies."

Wiles continued: "Folks, the Death Angel may be moving right now across the planet. This is the time to get right with God."

Wiles previously called former President Obama a "demon from Hell" and he warned that "there's gonna be violence" if President Donald Trump is removed from office.

The United States chartered a jet to fly 201 Americans from Wuhan to America. The plane landed in California on Wednesday after an emotional stopover in Alaska.

The passengers and crew were screened multiple times for symptoms of the virus during the flight, during the stopover in Anchorage, and when they landed at the March Air Reserve Base in California.

The passengers will be held in quarantine at the base for at least 72 hours before they are allowed to leave.

The flight was chartered by the U.S. State Department. More flights will return to Wuhan to transport up to 1,000 Americans from the coronavirus epicenter.

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The Chinese government forced a TV host to apologize for popularizing the consumption of cooked bats after the wild animals were linked to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Bat soup is a delicacy in some areas of China. Bats were among the wild animals illegally sold at a wholesale fish market in Wuhan, China where the first case of the virus was identified earlier this month.

The new coronavirus has killed 56 people - including a doctor - in China and sickened thousands more. Some figures estimate that up to 90,000 people are infected with the virus in China.

The woman hosted a TV show called Beauty Eats Bats which originally launched in 2016. In video clips from the show, the woman displays a cooked bat to the camera. She tears the bat apart with her fingers and marinates the meat in soy sauce before eating it.

In a new video clip the host apologized profusely to her viewers for encouraging the consumption of bats. She urged her viewers to wash their hands often - the recommended way to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Chinese government has closed 14 cities and canceled air travel and public transportation. The government came under fire for initially lying about the scale of the infection.

Construction workers are rushing to build 2 new hospitals in Wuhan with 2,000 beds to cope with the outbreak. One of the hospitals will open its doors on Feb. 3.

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500 construction workers operating hundreds of heavy machinery are working day and night to build a 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital in just 7 days to cope with the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The six-acres of dirt will be the site of a new 1,000-bed hospital just one week from now. The hospital is expected to open on February 3.

Experts warn that 350,000 people will be infected with the deadly coronavirus in the city of Wuhan alone.

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The hospital will comprise of multiple buildings made out of pre-fabricated components and shipping containers that will be assembled in place on the site.

The facility is of the utmost urgency as coronavirus cases quadruple every day.

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Aerial photos show workers driving dozens of excavators while hundreds of dump trucks line up at the construction site of an emergency field hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 26 people and infected nearly 10,000 more around the world so far this month, dailymail.com reported.

Airport officials are screening arriving travelers for fevers in Los Angeles, Washington state, New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

The virus, which leaped from fish or animals to humans, is linked to a wholesale fish market miles from the Wuhan laboratory.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing inflammation and swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

Symptoms include a fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, headache and sore throat.

China has locked down 14 cities, canceled public transportation and closed roads in and out of cities to stop the spread of the virus.

A woman bragged on social media that she had a fever but she took medication to cheat screeners at an airport in Wuhan so she could leave the city. The woman was tracked down in Paris, France by health officials. She tested negative for the virus.

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Life goes on inside the Quarantined city of Wuhan, China, where the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was first reported.

The city was closed down by Chinese authorities on Wednesday to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Public transportation was shut down and people were warned not to travel to or from Wuhan.

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Still, panic has not yet set in among the populace in Wuhan or the countries surrounding China. Hundreds of travelers wore face masks at Hong Kong's Kowloon rail station.

Wuhan citizens waited patiently to buy groceries, while children wearing face masks splay on swings at a public playground in Wuhan.

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Hairdressers wore black masks as they cut the hair of their customers in Beijing, China.

The mysterious SARS-like pneumonia virus has killed 17 people and sickened over 10,000. The virus reportedly leaped from fish and animals to humans.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met last night but they failed to declare a global emergency.

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Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, under strict quarantine to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The Wuhan coronavirus is named after the city where the first fatal case was reported. The Wuhan virus is now categorized as an epidemic after the death toll quadrupled overnight.

The virus that causes a deadly type of pneumonia has spread around the world from ground zero in Wuhan city. The CDC confirmed America's first case of Wuhan coronavirus in Washington state.

America, Asia and Europe authorities have canceled planes and trains and screened travelers for the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering declaring an international emergency.

Chinese authorities shut down public transportation in Wuhan and urged people not to travel to or from Wuhan. The emergency measures were set to take effect at 10 a.m. local time.

Officials said quarantining the city was necessary to "effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the safety and health of the people."

Officials used television, radio and Twitter.com to spread the word that Wuhan and its population were under quarantine. The hashtag #WuhanLockdown was the top trending topic on Twitter.

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Sales of surgical masks have skyrocketed in Asian countries.

Citizens of Wuhan took to Twitter to express concern about what would happen to them if they are under quarantine and unable to leave the city.

"Who will think of the lives of those of us who are healthy in Wuhan? We are also afraid," wrote one Twitter user.

"Even before the city was closed, we protected ourselves and hid at home. Now we are lambs who will still be slaughtered, and we can only leave our fates to the heavens."

Others wondered how sick residents would get from their homes to hospitals without public transportation.

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s from nasal swabs of people who had the common cold.

But the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. The virus is easily spread via air, replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system.

One critical patient was placed on a heart and lung machine to bypass their lungs until they recovered from the disease.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States.

The CDC announced that a man has been diagnosed with the deadly pneumonia virus in Washington state.

The first cases of the deadly coronavirus were reported in China.

CDC officials said the patient recently traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the respiratory infections began.

At least six people have died and hundreds more are sickened by the mysterious virus. The virus is very contagious and spreads easily from human to human. Sales of disposable masks have skyrocketed.

Human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s in cultures taken from nasal swabs of patients with the common cold.

The CDC and Chinese officials report that the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. Only seven known coronaviruses infect humans, including the well-publicized SARS outbreaks.

The outbreak has spread to three other Asian countries -- Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Major airlines are screening passengers for symptoms of the coronavirus before they board commercial jets.

Planes are delayed and travelers wait in long lines at New York's JFK Airport and airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco to be screened for the virus.

Stocks on Wall Street are trading near session lows on the news that the mystery virus is spreading to other countries.

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The fallout continues for NBA superstar LeBron James who sided with Communist China in the country's ongoing conflict with Hong Kong.

On Monday, LeBron commented about the tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who said he supported Hong Kong.

LeBron chastised Morey, saying he was "not educated" enough to speak on the situation in Hong Kong.

The backlash was swift.

Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills.

Protesters accused LeBron of being a capitalist who chooses money over basic human rights. China has been accused of executing Muslims and anyone who speaks out against the regime.

Among LeBron's critics is Khalilah Ali, a Muslim who was married to the late boxing champ Muhammad Ali from 1967-1976.

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In an interview with TMZ, Ali expressed her disappointment in LeBron, saying LeBron is no Muhammad Ali.

Khalilah Ali said her late husband would have handled the NBA-China situation differently. She also believes that LeBron should support people "who are standing up for their rights."

Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and sentenced to prison rather than be inducted into the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam.

He famously said, "I ain't got no quarrel with them VietCong. No VietCong ever called me nigger."

Referring to Hong Kong protesters burning LeBron's jerseys in the streets, Khalilah Ali said of her ex-husband: "They would not take Muhammad Ali's shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen."
 

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You either love LeBron James or you hate him. The NBA superstar has a habit of infuriating fans with his opinions on everything from politics to tacos.

The latest drama began last week when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took sides in the ongoing conflict between China and Hong Kong. In a now deleted tweet, Morey angered the Chinese by saying he stands with Hong Kong.

LeBron uncharacteristically remained silent despite the prodding by the news media to say something.

On Tuesday, the 34-year-old father of three broke his silence by saying Morey wasn't "educated" enough to speak on Hong Kong.

The backlash was swift. LeBron is the only active NBA player to have his jerseys burned on 2 continents.

Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills. Other protesters torched and walked all over LeBron's jerseys in a sign of disrespect.

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Critics say LeBron sided with the Chinese to protect his financial interests over there.

According to the Daily Caller, LeBron pressured NBA commissioner Adam Silver to punish Morey.

The news media went on the attack, accusing LeBron of choosing money over basic human rights.

LeBron James Looks Like a Fraud The National Review.

LeBron James' only concern is LeBron James - The NY Daily News.

LeBron James's Big Miss on China - The Wall Street Journal.

Most Disgraceful Moment of Career - USA Today.

LeBron Bows to Communists - DrudgeReport.

The superstar also faced major backlash on social media platforms Twitter.com and Instagram.com.