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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/30/20 6:06 AM 
To: Leah (muppetmel1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 3729) 
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January 30, 2020

        "Over 90 percent of Chinese provinces have documented cases of the new virus, including Xinjiang, the far west province home to the nation’s Muslim concentration camp system."


Wuhan Mayor Admits: Five Million Left Before Virus Lockdown

The mayor of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a viral outbreak that has killed over 80 people so far, told Chinese state television on Sunday that five million people left the metropolis before he imposed a travel lockdown last week.

Scientists studying the new virus, believed to be part of the same family of coronaviruses as the one causing the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003, believe it is highly contagious even before carriers show symptoms. The symptoms are similar to traditional signs of the flu, including cough, difficulty breathing, and fever.

Reports indicate that Chinese authorities had reason to believe a viral outbreak had begun as early as a month ago, but they only made public the revelation that the outbreak was caused by a previously undetected virus last Monday. Zhou confirmed that the government indeed had information that should have triggered preventative public health measures earlier than his administration took them, lamenting the unsatisfactory government response to the outbreak.


Zhou called the decision to impose a full lockdown on the city unprecedented but necessary to contain the spread of the virus to elsewhere in China. The lockdown canceled all flights into and out of Wuhan’s airport, shut down all public transportation, and placed roadblocks on major roads out of the city to ensure a halt in the free flow of traffic.


Zhou’s comments follow the latest estimates on the outbreak tallying nearly 3,000 patients infected by the virus worldwide, nearly all of them in China. Over 1,400 people carrying the virus are located in Hubei province, for which Wuhan serves as a regional capital; authorities have identified six cases in North America and 33 elsewhere in Asia. All deaths have occurred in China; health officials have identified 81 people dying from coronavirus-related pneumonia.

Over 90 percent of Chinese provinces have documented cases of the new virus, including Xinjiang, the far west province home to the nation’s Muslim concentration camp system.

Scientists suspect that the official numbers as tallied by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is relying on China to be honest about its documented cases, are significantly deflated. Wuhan officials failed to take necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus like isolating suspected patients in hospitals, as Chinese officials told local doctors, falsely, that the virus could not spread from person to person. Wuhan also hosted a banquet for 130,000 people, an annual tradition during Lunar New Year, in an attempt to break world records.

Reports have also surfaced of pneumonia deaths that the government refused to document as related to the virus. One particularly suspicious death was that of environmental activist Xu Dapeng, who died in Wuhan of pneumonia last week. His wife also died of pneumonia ten days before officials announced his passing. Sources close to the family told Radio Free Asia that the couple’s daughter attempted to get tested for coronavirus at a Wuhan hospital and doctors turned her away, stating only those patients hospital officials approve can get testing. Doctors also reportedly did not test the dead couple for carrying the virus despite symptoms similar to those of people carrying it.

The Chinese Communist Party has attempted to save face by deploying the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to Wuhan to help contain potential patients. Premier Li Keqiang, dictator Xi Jinping’s deputy, also visited Wuhan on Monday to help boost the morale of health workers there.

Chinese officials also announced that the Lunar New Year holiday would be extended to February 2, allowing people the chance to not have to leave the house and potentially spread the disease. The extension adds only two days to the holiday.

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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/30/20 7:03 AM 
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January 30, 2020

        "Mayor of #Wuhan explained why #coronavirus was not disclosed to public until 1/20 (note: first case identified on 12/8) Because it was “not authorized by central government" of the CCP"


BIG CHINA UPDATE: Airlines Cancel More Flights, Borders Closing – Mayor of Wuhan Says Government Was Warned in December But They Kept it Secret

China is devastated by coronavirus.  The government is shutting down most of the country.  Major cities look like ghost towns.

Cathay Pacific, the major airline in Hong Kong, announced a few days ago that it would allow its flight attendants to wear protective masks in flight.  Now there are rumors that more severe actions on flights to the mainland are soon to be announced.  The airline reportedly has up to half its fleet already grounded due to lack of transportation in and out of China.

British Airways announced the cancellation of all direct flights in and out of China.  Other airlines have instituted similar actions.

The border with Mongolia is now closed and the border with Hong Kong is expected to be totally closed soon.  Currently travel between Hong Kong and China is limited.

As much as the localities have tried to create barriers for individuals to leave or enter certain areas, we can report that there are gaps in these actions.  For example, all flights, buses and trains were cancelled in and out of Wuhan a week ago.  But this hasn’t stopped the more energetic.

We know of an individual with a car who found an entry onto a major new highway in Hubei and drove onto the highway and is now in a major city in southern China.

This large land mass is nearly impossible to control.

A video shows the mayor of Wuhan in an interview stating that the city of Wuhan was prevented from sharing concerns about the virus early on (it was first identified in December 8) due to the central government not allowing them to disclose it:

The situation in China is getting worse.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/30/20 3:23 PM 
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January 30, 2020

        "The declaration of a global emergency triggers recommendations to all countries aimed at preventing or reducing cross-border spread of disease, while avoiding unnecessary interference with trade and travel."


Coronavirus live updates: World Health Organization declares global health emergency

The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency with the viral novel coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, due to weak health care systems of other countries — not for China’s handling of the outbreak.

“Let me be clear, this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China,” Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO director, said in Geneva Thursday.

The outbreak is unprecendented, Ghebreyesus added, but it has been met with an unprecedented response. The WHO director praised China for its efforts in containing the outbreak and the country’s transparency the last few weeks.

The WHO stopped short of recommending travel restrictions and trade bans. “(The WHO) could question any country over travel restrictions like visa refusal, border closure, quarantine of travellers in good conditions,” said Didier Houssin, chair of the WHO emergency committee.

The declaration of a global emergency triggers recommendations to all countries aimed at preventing or reducing cross-border spread of disease, while avoiding unnecessary interference with trade and travel.

It covers temporary recommendations for national health authorities worldwide, which include stepping up their monitoring, preparedness and containment measures.

Although the WHO has no legal authority to sanction countries, it could ask governments to provide scientific justification for any travel or trade restrictions that they impose in the event of an international emergency.

The first U.S. incident of person-to-person spread of the new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has been identified in Illinois, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 6:26 AM 
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January 31, 2020

        Note: While regular medical face masks might help a little, if there is really a potential of the Corona Virus, they are not good enough. It takes an N95 or better. They cost around $50, they need to be specially fitted, and I am told they have pretty much been sold out everywhere. No one was expecting this kind of demand.


Stores Across U.S. Sell Out of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer as Coronavirus Spreads

Brooklyn, New York–Stores are running out of personal care products consumers are buying in an attempt to ward off the Wuhan coronavirus.

At least three pharmacies visited by Breitbart News in Brooklyn, N.Y. were sold out of individual-sized hand sanitizer this weekend. A Target store located at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal was also sold out. Target’s website reported none were available for delivery in Brooklyn.

Disposable surgical face masks were also unavailable on Sunday at those stores.

Amazon said that it could deliver hand sanitizer by Wednesday. An Amazon page for ‘flu masks’ showed many of the most popular versions of surgical masks and personal anti-dust masks were unavailable.

The unavailability of these items is likely tied to heightened purchases by consumers due to fears of the Wuhan coronavirus. It is not yet clear how widespread such shortages are.

“Everyone was buying those pocket bottles because of the China flu,” an employee at one Brooklyn seller told Breitbart. The employee asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to news media.

Masks and sanitizer shortages are reportedly widespread in Asia, with some sellers significantly increasing prices in reaction to intense demand.

Update: Shortages of face masks have been reported in Chicago. From the Chicago Tribune:

On the eve of Lunar New Year, a time meant for celebration with family and arguably the most important Chinese holiday, many Chinatown residents found themselves instead standing in line to buy bright blue boxes of face masks, seeking to protect themselves from the coronavirus after the first case was confirmed in Chicago.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:41 AM 
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January 31, 2020

          "The virus, which originated in Wuhan, has sickened more than 7,700 people and has been linked to at least 170 deaths. The number of cases in mainland China has now surpassed that of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, but the death toll remains significantly lower."


Person-to-person transmission of coronavirus reported in US, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the first case of person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in the United States. In a telebriefing on Thursday, officials said the patient is the husband of a Chicago woman who was diagnosed with the illness after returning from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.

The case marks the sixth coronavirus illness confirmed in the U.S., and the second in Illinois.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC director, said the health agency had expected to identify "some" person-to-person spread in the U.S., and insisted that the risk to the American public "remains low." Officials stressed that the husband, who did not travel to China and is in his 60s with underlying health issues, and his wife had continued close contact while she was symptomatic, exposing him to the virus.

Both patients remain hospitalized and the man is stable. The woman, who is also in her 60s and was the first travel-related case confirmed in Illinois, is said to be "doing well." Illinois officials declined to identify which hospital is treating the patients.

Officials said an investigative team is continuing to look into potential contacts of the couple.

Health officials in Canada previously reported a similar instance in a couple who were diagnosed with the coronavirus after they returned from a trip to Wuhan. The Ontario Ministry of Health said the man, who is in his 50s, reported fever and respiratory symptoms and was placed in isolation. Days later, the wife also tested positive for the virus.

At this time, the CDC said it does not recommend the general public wear masks, but that those who have recently traveled to China be vigilant about reporting possible symptoms.

The virus, which originated in Wuhan, has sickened more than 7,700 people and has been linked to at least 170 deaths. The number of cases in mainland China has now surpassed that of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, but the death toll remains significantly lower.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:50 AM 
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January 31, 2020 - President Trump Forms Coronavirus Task Force


Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the President’s Coronavirus Task Force

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force.  Members of the Task Force have been meeting on a daily basis since Monday.  At today’s meeting, which the President chaired, he charged the Task Force with leading the United States Government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments.

The Task Force is led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and is coordinated through the National Security Council.  It is composed of subject matter experts from the White House and several United States Government agencies, and it includes some of the Nation’s foremost experts on infectious diseases.

The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.

The President’s top priority is the health and welfare of the American people.  That is why, in 2018, President Trump signed the National Biodefense Strategy, which improves speed of action in situations such as this.  The Administration, led by the President’s Task Force, will continue to work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The risk of infection for Americans remains low, and all agencies are working aggressively to monitor this continuously evolving situation and to keep the public informed.  For more information, please visit CDC.gov.

Members of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force:

Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services

Robert O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health

Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun, Department of State

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Joel Szabat, Acting Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation

Matthew Pottinger, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

Rob Blair, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff

Joseph Grogan, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

Derek Kan, Executive Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon1/31/20 8:53 AM 
To: Leah (muppetmel1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (11 of 3729) 
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You should keep track of this thread as it progresses.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/1/20 7:11 PM 
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February 2, 2020


Boston Man Becomes 8th U.S. Coronavirus Diagnosis

Massachusetts health officials say a man who traveled to Boston from Wuhan, China, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, making him the first Massachusetts resident with the virus and the eighth confirmed case in the United States.

According to a news release issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the man, who is in his 20s and lives in Boston, has been isolated since his diagnosis and will remain isolated until cleared by public health officials.

The man’s close contacts are also being monitored for any signs of symptoms, health officials said.

“We are grateful that this young man is recovering and sought medical attention immediately,” said Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel. “Massachusetts has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly. Again, the risk to the public from the 2019 novel coronavirus remains low in Massachusetts.”

More than 250 people have died of the novel strain of coronavirus, which has infected 12,000 people worldwide.

The United States has declared coronavirus a public health emergency, and the United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to non-citizens who have recently visited China.

Several U.S. airlines have temporarily suspended flights to China.

China has also restricted international travel as it attempts to contain the virus.

Massachusetts officials said they are not asking residents to do anything differently, as the risk of infection from the virus remains low and the flu has infected and killed far more people this winter.

Public health officials recommend taking the same steps to prevent colds and flu, including frequent and thorough hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick. They also encourage patients with respiratory difficulties who have visited China recently, especially Hubei province, to seek treatment as soon as possible.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/3/20 1:27 PM 
To: Leah (muppetmel1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (13 of 3729) 
 10301.13 in reply to 10301.12 

February 3, 2020

         "The first wave of cases must have occurred in December or earlier because by Jan. 2, 41 cases admitted to a hospital in Wuhan had a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV. But Wuhan was not placed under quarantine until 5 million people had left to celebrate the New Year, carrying the virus all across China."

Can coronavirus info from China be trusted?

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has reached 9,776, with 213 deaths. But is it plausible that China, the source of the outbreak, has locked down 17 cities because of 213 deaths?

A Jan. 28 directive issued by China's Ministry of Public Security ordered all police departments throughout the country to make "wartime preparations." The police are to help "control the disease" by enforcing quarantine orders and helping to speed the distribution of medical supplies, while at the same time "maintaining social stability" by "severely" punishing any public or online reporting about the spread of the epidemic.

A tweet read: "The [Wuhan] city government and Hubei Provincial Civil Affairs Ministry have dispatched vehicles, staff, and protective gear to each funeral house [in Wuhan]." The post went on to offer "free cremation for the corpses of coronavirus victims" who died on Jan. 26 or later. The reason the city was deploying these new resources, it said, was "to improve the capacity of transporting and dealing with corpses."

The tweet obviously didn't please the censors, writes Steven Mosher. An hour later the above sentences were deleted from the text.

Crematorium workers in the city of Wuhan claim that bodies are being sent from hospitals without being added to the official record. The first wave of cases must have occurred in December or earlier because by Jan. 2, 41 cases admitted to a hospital in Wuhan had a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV. But Wuhan was not placed under quarantine until 5 million people had left to celebrate the New Year, carrying the virus all across China.

Before the 1918 influenza epidemic, a solo, horse-and-buggy physician in Kansas, Dr. Loring Miner, made the correct diagnosis of an unusually lethal outbreak of influenza and did all he could to sound the alarm. The U.S. Public Health Service ignored him, writes John M. Barry in his 2004 book, "The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History." Might social media have stopped that epidemic in its tracks?

China's "Great Firewall" is the most sophisticated internet censorship operation in the world. Google's secret Project Nightingale to facilitate the Chinese dictatorship's censorship has apparently been stymied for now. However, U.S. providers of online services have yielded to pressure from Rep. Adam Schiff to suppress material he deems inappropriate for the public access. At the moment, this is restricted to information on adverse reactions to vaccines. The suppression of free speech and public access to government-disfavored views is the subject of a lawsuit by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

The 2019-nCoV may be unstoppable in China by now. Protecting the rest of the world requires vigilance and free communication.

For further information, with links to information on protecting yourself and your family, see Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, September 2019.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/4/20 1:08 AM 
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February 4, 2020

         "Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have gone on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading...Chinese health officials are treating the Wuhan coronavirus using HIV medications."


China Update: Hong Kong Closes Nearly All Border Crossings with China – Chinese Using HIV Drug to Combat Coronavirus

Due to the Wuhan coronavirus most of Hong Kong citizens again worked from home today after a couple weeks of holidays and avoiding crowds.  The concern over the virus continues to grow.

Hong Kong medical workers went on strike in an effort to encourage the Hong Kong government to shut down the borders with China.  The BBC reported:

Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have gone on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

Hong Kong has suspended cross-border rail and ferry services, but health workers want a total border closure.

Late Monday night in Hong Kong it was announced that more border crossings with China will be closed.  Only the airport and one border crossing are still open.

A strange video was shared on Twitter of what look to be three doctors in Wuhan wearing surgical masks and carrying guns.

Another video shows a woman who apparently dropped waiting in line at a pharmacy for some Chinese medicine that reportedly suppresses the virus.

It’s also being reported that China is using HIV medications to fight the virus:

The crisis continues.


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