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Iran Records 147 Coronavirus Deaths in a Single Day

Iran reported a total of 147 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, the country’s biggest over a 24-hour period. This puts the overall death toll at 1,135 — a 15 percent spike from Tuesday’s numbers.

But even with this uptick, Iranians are still acting like they aren’t in the middle of an epidemic: Food markets are still packed with shoppers, highways are still full of cars, and families are still traveling around the country in preparation of Nowruz, or the Persian New Year.

Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi has urged the Iranian public to avoid traveling and joining together in large crowds. He also said that Iran had two “golden weeks” ahead of them to try and curb the virus before it gets even worse. He further criticized people for not listening to government instructions to stay at home.  (Related: Iran’s coronavirus crisis is so bad they’re excavating mass graves so large they can be SEEN FROM SPACE.)

“This is not a good situation at all,” said Raisi.

Officials have been constantly lambasted for its poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, with some even saying that authorities may be covering up the real number of infections and deaths.

President Hassan Rouhani defended his government’s response. In a cabinet meeting, he said that the government was being “straightforward” and that it did, in fact, announce the arrival of COVID-19 as soon as they learned about it on February 19. This is in response to a member of parliament who claimed that people have been dying from the coronavirus as early as February 13.

“We spoke to people in an honest way,” said Rouhani. “We had no delay.”

As of press time, the country has reported 17,361 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Head of the Medical Council of #Iran:
– Real #COVID19 figures are definitely more than Health Ministry figures.
– We have still not reached the “peak” of the outbreak.
– If current conditions continue, the outbreak will go on until after May.

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Study: Iran still has a chance to avert total disaster

On Monday night, state TV journalist Dr. Afruz Eslami gave a grim warning on Iranian TV, saying that the coronavirus could kill millions of people if they keep ignoring government advice. Eslami cited a study conducted by the Sharif University of Technology, which suggested three scenarios for how the outbreak ends in the country.

Firstly, if people fully cooperate with government directives right now, the country will only see 120,000 infections and 12,000 deaths by the end of the outbreak. Next, if they only offered limited cooperation, the number of cases could rise to around 300,000 with 110,000 deaths. Finally, if they fail to follow any issued guideline, this could further strain the country’s medical system and cause it to collapse.

“If the medical facilities are not sufficient, there will be four million cases and 3.5 million people will die,” said Eslami.

The dire warning represents a major change in the narrative, given that the state television has tried to downplay the severity of the crisis for weeks. In fact, the public has continued to ignore government pleas for obedience — which led to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to issue a fatwa, a nonbinding but still very influential legal opinion, which prohibited “unnecessary” travel. The Khamenei issuing fatwas and intervening in state affairs is very rare.

The government slowly enacts coronavirus measures, people continue to resist

As of press time, around 17 high ranking officials in the Iranian government that have tested positive for COVID-19. The government has also recorded 12 officials dying from the disease, which include members of parliament, diplomats, influential clerics, senior commanders in the Iranian military and ministers in Rouhani’s cabinet.

In fact, people in close proximity to the president have even been infected, such as First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and Vice President for Women’s Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, the highest-ranking woman in the Iranian government.

Given the looming threat that the coronavirus brings to the people and his authority, Rouhani and his cabinet have started enacting measures to take the coronavirus seriously.

On March 9, Iran “temporarily released” around 70,000 prisoners, ostensibly to limit the spread of COVID-19 within prisons. On Tuesday, they released another 85,000. According to Al Jazeera reporters, many of the prisoners released this week were arrested during anti-government protests in November.

Rouhani also released political prisoners, such as Mohammad Hossein Karroubi, son of reformist opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who is also under house arrest, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian journalist arrested on charges of supposedly attempting to topple the regime.

On March 13, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that they will be enforcing coronavirus controls, which include clearing out streets, shops and public spaces. They will also be in charge of setting up 1,000 fixed and mobile COVID-19 detection clinics. Army factories will also be repurposed to produce face masks and gloves, and over 6,000 army beds are being made available for coronavirus patients.

On March 16, religious authorities finally closed down three of Iran’s holiest shrines, Fatima Masumeh Shrine and Jamkaran Mosque on Qom and the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad. The country has also pledged to shutter mosques for Friday prayers. The prayers are communal gatherings for Iran’s Shia Muslim population and pose a potential health risk.

For weeks, government officials have been arguing with clerics, who wield significant political power in the country, on shutting down shrines and other popular religious sites, where pilgrims and devotees alike gather in crowds and possibly spread the virus.

“It was difficult, of course, to shut down mosques and holy sites, but we did it,” said Rouhani, after clerics finally agreed to close down the shrines. “It was a religious duty to do it.”

However, people have reacted violently to the closure. After state media reported the closures on Monday, mobs tried to storm Imam Reza and Fatima Masumeh shrines.

“We are here to say that Tehran is damn wrong to do that!” one Shiite cleric shouted in the Imam Reza shrine, in a video posted online.

Other members of the mob joined him in chanting: “The health minister is damn wrong to do that! The president is damn wrong to do that!”

Police officers later dispersed the crowds and made arrests, while the caretakers of the shrines were able to close them again. A prominent seminary in Qom called the mob’s demonstration an “insult” to the shrine.

Iran’s shrines draw in Shia Muslim pilgrims from all over the Islamic world. Iran’s status as a popular pilgrimage site may have even contributed to the coronavirus’ regional spread. Still, despite the closures, Rouhani said that “our soul is closer to the saints more than at any time.”

If Iran does fight back strongly against the coronavirus, it may stand a chance at beating it. As of press time, trackers report that 5,389 people have recovered, or nearly a third of all patients, out of 17,631 confirmed cases.

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Up-Date: Italy Locks Down 50,000 People Across 10 Towns as Coronavirus Outbreak Leapfrogs Across Europe

As the coronavirus outbreak explodes across Asia, spreading to the Middle East and Europe, a rash of new infections in Italy has caused the Italian government to order 50,000 people into lockdown status while closing schools, bars and public spaces across 10 towns.

“Five doctors and 10 other people tested positive for the virus in Lombardy, after apparently frequenting the same bar and group of friends, with two other cases in Veneto, authorities said at a press conference,” reports the IB Times. “…[A]ll public activities such as carnival celebrations, church masses, and sporting events have been banned for up to a week.”

In addition, IB Times reports that 250 additional people have been placed in quarantine after having close contact with those who already tested positive. The local railway is now skipping three stations, underscoring how quickly this pandemic can collapse local infrastructure.

Italian officials are now attempting to create a “sanitary ring” around the village of Vo’ Euganeo, much in the same way China tried to lock down Wuhan (but ultimately failed). We wonder, will Italy weld shut the steel doors of entire apartment complexes as China did? Or will we see a less draconian approach in Europe?

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Summary:

  • West Virginia Gov. Justice orders bars & restaurants closed after reporting 1st case of coronavirus
  • Fed reportedly plans to throw vital lifeline to Commercial Paper market
  • NYPD officer tests positive
  • 30 NYPD officers test positive
  • US death toll hits 100
  • Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US pass 5k
  • EU leaders close borders to non-EU citizens
  • Saudi Arabia orders private sector workers to stay home for 15 days
  • Trump admin promises to stop all migrants attempting to illegally cross US border
  • Merkel says ‘joint debt options’ discussed by EU leaders
  • NJ Gov says “Shelter In Place” order “certainly an option”
  • WH planning $850 billion economic rescue package
  • 2nd rescue package still stalled over Senates’ ‘minor’ changes
  • Cuomo reports 432 new cases, bringing state total over 1,000 and retaking No. 1 spot
  • Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis closes all bars and nightclubs
  • Trump doubles down on “Chinese virus” phrasing after Beijing complains
  • Several students at Vanderbilt University have tested positive
  • Kentucky Derby postponed until September
  • UK announces £330 billion rescue package, strengthens police powers
  • Goldman says “world is in a recession”
  • Luxembourg declares ‘state of emergency’
  • Army will provide 5 million respirator masks & other equipment to states
  • Mick Mulvaney self-isolating in SC after niece had contact with Brazilian official
  • EU eases rules, allows some state aid to companies
  • Gov Pritzker confirms 1st death in Illinois, confirmed cases hit 22
  • Italy extends short-selling ban for 90 days
  • France says deficit will blow out to 3.9%
  • Lindsey Graham opposes “$1,000 per person” plan
  • Esper says 2 Navy hospitals can help with response, but building ad hoc hospitals ‘probably best left up to the states’
  • NYC Mayor says “absolutely considering” shelter-in-place order
  • Kevin Durant one of 4 Nets players to test positive: Other might be Kyrie Irving
  • De Blasio says ‘no clusters in New York’
  • Amazon stops shipments of “non-essential” goods to warehouses
  • Moscow denies reports of citywide quarantine
  • Turkey jails 19 over ‘provocative’ social media posts
  • Spain turns away 500 cars after setting up border checkpoints
  • Pakistan reports first death
  • S&P warns “sudden economic stop” will trigger deep recession
  • Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson leave quarantine
  • Poland says minister has caught the virus
  • 8 US banks access discount window
  • Trump slams Michigan’s Democratic Gov.

Update (2050ET): The New York Post reports that an NYPD officer from the city’s 1st Precinct (located on the East Side of Lower Manhattan) has tested positive for the virus, and another 30 officers have called out sick (17 of whom have displayed flu-like symptoms).

Rumors on Twitter claimed that all 31 officers had tested positive.

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Update (1900ET):  The novel coronavirus has finally made it to all 50 states.

West Virginia reported its first confirmed case of the virus Tuesday evening, shortly after the death toll in the US climbed to 101, passing 100 in a grim new milestone. All of the deaths caused by the virus in the US have happened over the past three weeks.

“Our health officials came to me and said we do have our first positive in the Eastern panhandle,” said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during a news conference, announcing that he is closing bars and restaurants in the Mountain State. “We knew it was coming, we’ve prepared for this and we shouldn’t panic.”

Alabama, Idaho, Montana, and West Virginia were the last three states to report cases of the virus.

This news came as the total cases in the US passed 5,600 on Tuesday as testing capabilities expand rapidly nationwide.

In other news, the Trump administration plans to immediately turn back all asylum seekers and other foreigners attempting to enter the US from Mexico illegally, saying the nation cannot risk allowing the coronavirus to spread through detention facilities and infecting border patrol agents.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia took perhaps the most drastic step among its neighbors in the Middle East and ordered all private-sector workers to stay home for 15 days. The kingdom has already barred foreigners and canceled Muslim pilgrimages.

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Either way, it doesn’t seem to matter. The virus escaped the strict quarantine measures in China, killing so many people there that the Chinese government had to bring in 40 mobile incineration ovens just to deal with all the corpses.

The number of coronavirus infections outside China has doubled in less than a week, now exceeding 1,150 people (and growing exponentially).

Meanwhile, coronavirus infections have exploded in South Korea, literally doubling overnight as a “super spreader” was believed to have infected hundreds of other attendees at her local church.

The CDC is now warning U.S. hospitals to prepare for a “surge” in coronavirus patients in the United States.

Read more coronavirus pandemic news at our new site Pandemic.news.

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This Virus Is Ready to Break in the USA, the Latest Piece of Evidence That The Demon Virus Isn’t Simply “Another Flu”.

As President Xi balances the risks to tens of thousands of lives on one hand and keeping his promise to double the size of China’s economy by 2020 on the other, it seems the leadership in Beijing is beginning to believe their own propaganda. Premier Li Keqiang, Xi’s No. 2 who is in charge of the committee managing the crisis, local governments should seek to increase the rate of resumed production and work, according to China Central Television.

Put another way: Come on in, the water’s fine, and if you get the virus and die, we’ll cremate your body and tell your family you died of “pneumonia.”

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in South Korea linked to a church in the central city of Daegu has surged, with one patient believed to have infected dozens of people, officials said on Feb. 20.

South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement Thursday that it had confirmed a total of 31 new cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases in the country to 82.

Of the new cases, the agency said that 23 cases were traced to church services that a 61-year-old woman, who had earlier this week been confirmed as ‘Patient 31’ in the country, had attended in Daegu, 300 kilometers (186 miles) southeast of Seoul. At least five of the cases have an “epidemiological link“ to that same patient, the KCDC said.

The patient, the country’s first potential “super spreader,” attended the same service—the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, formerly known as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus—as the patients testing positive for the virus on Thursday.

“We believe that there were many contacts at the church and we are planning to conduct kit tests for the entire church,” said KCDC chief Jung Eun-kyeong in a briefing, according to The Korea Times.

The 61-year-old woman had no recent record of overseas travel but had attended church services and sought care at a Daegu hospital from Feb. 7-17 before testing positive for the virus, the agency said.

Some 1,000 people are thought to have attended the same church service as the infected woman, a pastor told local media. Of these, around 90 are currently showing symptoms, reported AFP.

Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told AFP that those who have symptoms “will be tested as soon as possible.”

One other person who came into contact with ‘Patient 31’ at the hospital has also tested positive for the virus.

The church on Tuesday urged its members to stay home and encouraged those who attended services on Feb. 9 and 16 to be tested and self-quarantined. The KCDC confirmed on Thursday that all 166 people that patients came into contact with are now quarantined.

“We have closed down our Daegu church as of the 18th morning and are continuing to investigate, disinfect, and take preventive measures,” the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony said in a statement. “We have also ordered our 12 regional branch churches and its assembly premises to block entrances, and to replace services and meetings to online or family services instead.”

“We are deeply sorry that because of one of our members, who thought of her condition like a cold because she had not traveled abroad, led to many in our church being infected and thereby caused concern to the local community,” it said.

Of the new cases, 30 are in Daegu and one was confirmed in Seoul.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in warned on Tuesday that the country’s economy was in an emergency situation as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, adding that the impacts could be far greater than the 2015 MERS epidemic that killed 38 in the country.

The government of Japan confirmed on Thursday that two people infected with the Chinese coronavirus died onboard the Diamond Princess, a quarantined cruise ship in which over 600 people have tested positive for the virus.

If you’re wondering just how quickly the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is actually spreading these days, look no further than a new study published in the journal medRxiv that estimates cases are now doubling every 2.4 days.

Even more serious than the 3.5-day estimate of Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, this 2.4-day doubling rate means exactly what it says: every 2.4 days, the number of new Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) cases is doubling.

This doesn’t mean that health authorities are detecting them all right away, of course. Many of them are still relying on communist China’s bogus numbers to reassure the world that everything is under control when the truth is that it’s more than likely not.

Based on an extensive assessment of individual case reports and estimated key epidemiology parameters, including the incubation period for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), now said to be upwards of 24 days, researchers determined that this outbreak, at least in its early days, was spreading extremely rapidly.

Further, they estimate that the R0, or reproductive rate, for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is somewhere between 4.7 and 6.6, which is pretty close to the range put forth by other studies.

“We further show that quarantine and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals alone may not be effective and early, strong control measures are needed to stop transmission of the virus,” they wrote in their abstract.

This pandemic is shaping up to be a black swan event that could take down the global economy

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A shocking new study says coronavirus infections double every 2.4 days

If you’re wondering just how quickly the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is actually spreading these days, look no further than a new study published in the journal medRxiv that estimates cases are now doubling every 2.4 days.

Even more serious than the 3.5-day estimate of Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, this 2.4-day doubling rate means exactly what it says: every 2.4 days, the number of new Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) cases is doubling.

This doesn’t mean that health authorities are detecting them all right away, of course. Many of them are still relying on communist China’s bogus numbers to reassure the world that everything is under control when the truth is that it’s more than likely not.

Based on an extensive assessment of individual case reports and estimated key epidemiology parameters, including the incubation period for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), now said to be upwards of 24 days, researchers determined that this outbreak, at least in its early days, was spreading extremely rapidly.

Further, they estimate that the R0, or reproductive rate, for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is somewhere between 4.7 and 6.6, which is pretty close to the range put forth by other studies.

“We further show that quarantine and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals alone may not be effective and early, strong control measures are needed to stop transmission of the virus,” they wrote in their abstract.

Listen below as the Health Ranger talks about how this pandemic is shaping up to be a black swan event that could take down the global economy:

China now destroying its own cash to reign in the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19)

Part of the problem is that the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) has something of an affinity for surfaces as well as bodies. This may be a strange way of putting it, but suffice it to say that the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is still infectious even on inanimate objects, and for an unknown period of time, oddly enough.

While some reports suggested five days, followed by nine days, it seems as though nobody truly knows just how long this apparently lab-escaped novel coronavirus can persist on surfaces, which is why drastic measures are now being taken to try to eradicate its potential presence.

“Based on the currently available data, I would primarily rely on the data from SARS coronavirus, which is the closest relative to the novel coronavirus – with 80% sequence similarity – among the coronaviruses tested,” says Dr. Charles Chiu, an infectious disease professor at the University of California, San Francisco. “For SARS coronavirus, the range of persistence on surfaces was less than five minutes to nine days.”

At the same time, we’re dealing with a whole different animal here, as the Wuhan coronavirus is of a type and variety that hasn’t been observed in nature, especially with what appears to be artificially spliced genes that were synthetically engineered into its structure.

“It is very difficult to extrapolate these findings to the novel coronavirus due to the different strains, viral titers and environmental conditions that were tested in the various studies and the lack of data on the novel coronavirus itself,” Dr. Chiu is further quoted as saying.

“More research using cultures of the novel coronavirus is needed to establish the duration that it can survive on surfaces.”

In the meantime, communist China is taking its own drastic measures to try to obliterate it, including by disinfecting large areas where it might have lodged itself, as well as destroying paper cash and coins of its own currency because these items pass through many people’s hands every day.

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The government of Japan confirmed on Thursday that two people infected with the Chinese coronavirus died onboard the Diamond Princess

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reports the two patients were a man and women in their 80s, both of whom had been relocated out of the ship to a medical facility after falling ill. The newly discovered coronavirus, which has infected upwards of 70,000 people since mid-December, causes respiratory failure and symptoms like fever, body aches, and difficulty breathing. Of those on board the cruise ship, 29 are reportedly in serious condition.

Health officials confirmed that the male patient was a coronavirus carrier on February 12, a little over a week before he died. The couple is the first two passengers on the cruise ship to die.

The cruise ship had been traveling around east Asia when authorities in Hong Kong confirmed that a man who had disembarked in Hong Kong was a coronavirus carrier, according to Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun. At the time, on February 2, Japan responded by docking the ship but isolating all those on board. Yokohama was the Diamond Princess’s initial point of departure.

Japan docked the cruise ship at the port of Yokohama and has forbidden passengers from leaving, transferring confirmed coronavirus patients to hospitals and monitoring the others for potential infection. The ship was carrying over 3,000 people when the government instituted the isolation measure, which it insists has kept the virus from spreading within Japan itself.

Japan has currently documented over 90 cases nationwide and one death, also a woman in her 80s, not counting the 621 cases on the Diamond Princess. Japanese officials reportedly insisted that the World Health Organization (WHO) not count the Diamond Princess cases as cases within Japan, as it gives the impression that the virus is spreading more rapidly on the island nation than the numbers for just Japan would indicate.

The cruise ship has confirmed more coronavirus cases on its own than any other country in the world except for China, which has confirmed 74,579 cases at press time.

In addition to the two deaths, Japan also confirmed seven new coronavirus cases on Thursday outside of the ship. One of the individuals was identified as having received care at a hospital where the woman who died of coronavirus in Japan had also been, suggesting potential issues with protective measures in health facilities nationwide. Adding to the concern was the nature of the new cases on the cruise ship, as well, including government officials who were helping manage to isolate the ship and fell ill.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: Police officers wearing protective suites and masks are seen on a vehicle as they leave the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier on February 20, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been disembarking the cruise ship since Wednesday, as at least 634 passengers and crew onboard have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Including cases onboard the ship, 718 people in Japan have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, making it the worst affected country outside of China. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Police officers wearing protective suits and masks are seen as they leave the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier on February 20, 2020, in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been disembarking the cruise ship since Wednesday, as at least 634 passengers and crew onboard have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Including cases on board the ship, 718 people in Japan have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, making it the worst affected country outside of China. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The rapidly increasing number of cases on the ship has led to sharp criticism of both the government and the cruise line responsible for the ship. Speaking to Asahi, an unnamed man trapped on the ship complained that it took days for the ship’s crew to begin wearing protective gear like gloves and face masks.

“I got the impression that the passengers and the crew did not take seriously the risks of infection for a while after the ship’s arrival at Yokohama,” he told the newspaper. “I am afraid that precautions against the infection were not thorough in some respects.”

Citing eyewitness accounts, Asahi described a chaotic situation for the crew on the ship.

“Some of the employees could not stop coughing, and other crew members had to be taken to hospitals by ambulance. Crew members share cabins and eat together in a dining hall,” the newspaper detailed.

The man added that those with symptoms had to wait on long lines to see medical staff, as there were not enough doctors and other medical professionals to care for the hundreds who fell ill. This caused a delay in treatment that likely exacerbated the spread of the virus, he posited.

He also noted that there was no indication of officials separating individuals carrying the virus from those still feeling healthy or shutting down parts of the ship where infected people may have been. The virus is believed to spread through aerosol droplets in the air, making it highly contagious.

Mainichi relayed the concerns within the government that handling of the cruise ship outbreak will hurt popular sentiment towards Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s administration.

“Just the return of 100-odd people per chartered flight [from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak] created chaos. There’s no facility that can accommodate 30 times as many people,” an unnamed Abe official told the newspaper.

The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, central China, and is believed to have been triggered by the consumption of wild game at a meat market in the city. After China alerted the world to the existence of a new, highly contagious virus – 20 days after officially shutting down the market and privately informing WHO officials – many of the world’s nations began evacuating citizens from the region. Japan, the official in the Mainichi article contended, was too occupied trying to save its citizens in Wuhan and overextended itself, leaving the Diamond Princess situation understaffed.

Even while admitting this, anonymous officials speaking to the newspaper appeared frustrated over the criticism.

“Could other countries have dealt with the situation any better?” one exasperated “senior prime minister’s office figure” reportedly said.

Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) published a study this week rating Abe’s response to the outbreak positively, finding that preventing Diamond Princess passengers from landing in Japan likely prevented infections.

“The decline in the number of confirmed cases, based on reported onset dates, implies that the quarantine intervention was effective in reducing transmission among passengers,” the report said.


Update (1010ET): 
CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports that Beijing has warned Hubei not to allow people back to work before March 10.

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Local leaders said yesterday that they would launch a special financing vehicle to help struggling companies in the province survive the outbreak.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A bus carrying passengers who will take a government charter flight from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship drive at the Daikoku Pier on February 20, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been disembarking the cruise ship …

Hours after Japanese press reports claimed that two passengers who contracted COVID-19 aboard the ‘Diamond Princess’ died yesterday – news that was later confirmed by Japanese authorities – South Korea reported its first fatality while one of its major cities asked citizens to stay inside and avoid venturing outdoors, according to the Washington Post.

According to Japanese government officials, both of the virus-related fatalities were Japanese citizens in their 80s who had been moved off the ship more than a week ago for treatment in a Japanese hospital, though the government has so far declined to release names.

The latest reports Thursday morning confirmed another 13 cases aboard the DP bringing the total to 634. The odds that individuals being released from the 2-week quarantine on Thursday and Friday might have contracted the virus, but have yet to show symptoms, remains high. The death in South Korea raised the death toll ex-China to 10.

The speed is hardly a surprise for those who have been paying attention to all of the new research, instead of dismissing it for being ‘alarmist’ and ‘not peer-reviewed’.

Finally, earlier this week, researchers published the largest study yet of the outbreak, which confirmed that COVID-19 is more contagious than SARS and MERS, leaving it on par with seasonal influenza.

Still, experts insist that the virus’s fatality rate is probably around 2%, meaning that it’s less deadly than SARS, but the wider spread will result in more deaths, CNN reports.

“My sense and the sense of many of my colleagues, is that the ultimate case fatality rate … is less than 2%,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “New Day” Tuesday. “What is likely not getting counted is a large number of people who are either asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic, so the denominator of your equation is likely much much larger.”

“So I would think at tops it’s 2% and it likely will go down when all the counting gets done to 1% or less. That’s still considerable if you look at the possibility that you’re dealing with a global pandemic,” he added.

Even as President Xi does everything in his power to present an image of success to the Chinese people – in his speeches, he claims the Chinese government’s strict quarantines have been an unmitigated success – global experts, including the WHO, have warned that the disease will continue to spread globally and that the end of this crisis is still far from certain.

And as new confirmed cases dropped substantially on Wednesday in Hubei, everywhere else, the rate of new infections is accelerating.

In South Korea, the number of cases soared by almost two-thirds to 104 overnight, further emphasizing our observation that the number of cases ex-China has started to accelerate notably as the curve starts to resemble an exponential progression.

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One WHO health expert told a Japanese TV station on Thursday that the virus is “a moving target” making it difficult to collect information and treat people: “Nobody has ever had to deal with this situation before, this is a new virus on a ship with 4,000 people, there are no guidelines for that.” He added that he suspects there was a substantial amount of transmission before it arrived in Yokohama, adding that it was “not possible” to isolate everybody individually.

The WHO senior epidemiologist was responding to claims made by another expert in infectious disease that the Japanese had failed to observe proper quarantine protocols.

Back in Korea, the mayor of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million where 10 South Koreans contracted the disease from a church service, asked residents to stay indoors. Iran also reported two infected that then died.

Experts suspect that one woman in Daegu may have infected at least 40 others by going to her Christian church, according to Yonhap. The alleged ‘superspreader’ is the reason for the huge jump in new cases on Thursday. Experts say the city is now facing an “unprecedented crisis” following the spike in cases.

Cases are also surging in Singapore, where Deutsche Bank confirmed that an employee in its Singapore office had contracted the virus.

Adding to its woes, Iran reported three new cases on Thursday a day after it confirmed two virus-related deaths in the city of Qoms.

Warnings about the virus’s economic blowback are increasing, as Goldman said Thursday that stocks aren’t completely pricing in the risks from the virus.

Meanwhile, Air France-KLM, Qantas, and the global container shipping giant Maersk became the latest companies to warn about the financial impact of the continued spread of the coronavirus.

As President Xi balances the risks to tens of thousands of lives on one hand and keeping his promise to double the size of China’s economy by 2020 on the other, it seems the leadership in Beijing is beginning to believe their own propaganda. Premier Li Keqiang, Xi’s No. 2 who is in charge of the committee managing the crisis, local governments should seek to increase the rate of resumed production and work, according to China Central Television.

Put another way: Come on in, the water’s fine, and if you get the virus and die, we’ll cremate your body and tell your family you died of “pneumonia.”

China’s smartphone shipment declined 50%-60% during the 2020 Spring Festival holidays due to the coronavirus outbreak. About 60 million smartphones remain unsold.

Chinese officials are pulling out all the fiscal and monetary steps to protect China’s damaged economy, and on Thursday local officials from Hubei announced a new lending scheme – a “special financing vehicle” – worth 50 billion yuan (more than $7 billion) to stabilize financing for local companies.

To be sure, the drop in new cases last night was largely caused by health officials reversing their decision to include “clinically diagnosed” patients – i.e. those who haven’t yet tested positive due to a shortage of effective tests – in the case totals.

The spate of deaths rattled investors overnight, and US equity futures are pointing to a lower open on Thursday, and a rush of risk-off trading in Asia has pushed the BBG dollar index to a 4-month high following the latest piece of evidence that the coronavirus isn’t simply “another flu”.

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Google, No More Electronic Prison: You will see many changes on HNewsWire, one of those changes will be to eliminate Google Ads, the other difference, HNewsWire will NOT post videos on YouTube, it is no longer a question about overreach by the un-godly big tech tyrants. There is no question Big Tech can and will persecute any opposing opinion, they will demoralize, sideline truth seekers and those that speak the truth. The People’s Blood is on big tech and mainstream media’s hands. Censorship has NOT worked for thousands of years, their evil tactics will not work now, history proves me right, so we watch the drama play out between good (GOD) and evil ( Big Tech MSM ), God has never failed his people, and God will not fail this time…
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The Un-Godly — Those That Suppress the Truth, the social media giants built multi-billion dollar empires by giving everyone a voice, but now that they have such a dominant position on the Internet they have decided that many prominent conservative voices should be completely silenced.

In order for sin to work, there has to be a “suppression of the truth.”

The World leaders Are Having Trouble With The Truth, and The World Has been “Quarantined” Tribulation Is Here…

Question — Why Are These High-Tech Conglomerates Afraid of the Truth? The answer, Because They Know the American People Have Become Lazy, Like Sheep They Need a Leader and They Chose High-Tech, It Will Be the Downfall of This Country Unless the People Change Course or the Mindset of These High-Tech Elitists stop suppressing the truth. If the people don’t wake-up, they will begin to live in the worst nightmare of their lives, “Lost Social Media Reality”…

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Asked about the virus while traveling abroad last week, Trump said: “We have it totally under control”. In a separate Twitter posting, he offered reassurance but scant detail for his confidence. By Associated Press Updated On: 05:53 PST, Jan 31, 2020

Yes, are we seeing a slowdown in new virus cases reported this morning. We now have 31,481, which does show a day-to-day decline away from an exponential rate of growth if accurate. Yet for those market participants merrily saying this is “just the flu” (there are some) we also have 4,824, 15% of the total, in critical condition and 638 deaths. Further, one arguably cannot measure the death-rate of any virus against the number of currently sick people: you surely measure it against those who eventually recover vs. those who don’t. Given we have 1,563 who have recovered vs. 638 dead (and 4,824 critical) that is a worrying ratio of 29% dead as an end-outcome, which is right up there with the MERS virus from a few years ago – although, yes, there is real reason for us all to hope that number will decline sharply as milder cases will be fully curable. But the simple flu this is not.

WASHINGTON: Wuhan coronavirus: Donald Trump says deadly outbreak ‘very well under control’ as WHO declares a global emergency. President Donald Trump regaled a friendly New Jersey campaign crowd with his thoughts about impeachment, the economy, the border wall, local politics and much more.

But he was conspicuously quiet on January 28 about one big issue keeping much of the globe on pins and needles: the spread of a deadly new type of coronavirus. It has killed more than 170 people in China, sickened thousands more there and led to a handful of confirmed cases in the US, including the first US case of person-to-person transmission reported on by health officials. The State Department on January 30 advised all US citizens against traveling to China.

Trump, a self-described germaphobe, generally has discussed the virus in broad terms, but he offered some of his most extensive comments on the issue to date during an appearance on Janaury 30 at a Michigan manufacturing plant. “Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as some people think it could be, but we’re working very closely with them (Chinese) and with a lot of other people and a lot of other countries, he said. “We think we have it very well under control.”

The Birth Pains Are Growing Stronger….

One of the signs of ruling class collapse is when they can no longer enforce the rules that maintain them as a ruling class. When the Romans started making exceptions to republican governance, it was a matter of time before someone simply decided the rules no longer applied to them. Perhaps the robot historians will consider Obama our Marius or Sulla. Maybe that person is in the near future. Either way, the rule of law is over and what comes next is the rule of men.

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” as in Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran-feces)

Our government has been overthrown. As evidenced by Trump’s capitulation on the border, his recent servitude to the GMO industry and his acquiescence to the warmongers, our President has been compromised. Our liberties are being eliminated one by one. Gun confiscation is next. The Constitution is gasping its last breaths. Our borders are destroyed and our culture has been turned upside down by every perversion known to man.

The watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The Watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and this means a power that actually seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.

Everything is right on schedule and, now, the time is come to remove one of the final obstacles standing in the way of a New World Order: The United States Constitution – even if, over the course of many decades, it has already been greatly diminished by the B.E.A.S.T. system; or, more specifically, Bullshit Emerging As Strategic Totalitarianism (B.E.A.S.T.).

They are tolerant of everything except dissenting values and opinions — meaning, of course, they are tolerant of nothing that matters, only themselves.”

The Watchman does not confuse truth with consensus. The watchman does not confuse God’s word with the word of those who happen to hold power at present, or with the opinion of the majority. This is because powerholders and the majority can fall victim to a lying spirit-and; this means a power that seizes the majority of experts, the political leadership, and the public.StevieRay Hansen

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