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Thursday, February 27, 2020

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Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:31 PM PST











Picture Of The Day

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:19 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump holds news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Top Photos of the Day (Reuters).

China Moves To Control The Coronavirus Media Message By Expelling Foreign Reporters And Arresting Chinese Journalists

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:15 PM PST

Wall Street Journal Corporate Headquarters, 1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York City (Photo Credit - John Wisniewski via Flickr)

SCMP: China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters over 'racist' commentary as media becomes latest battleground in rivalry with US

* Beijing kicks out journalists hours after US brands state media outlets 'foreign mission' but insists move was prompted by 'sick man of Asia' opinion piece
* US newspaper says two Americans and an Australian, all of whom had covered Xinjiang, have been given five days to leave China

The news media became the latest focus of the escalating tensions between the US and China on Wednesday after Beijing expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters over a commentary it deemed racist.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news conference that China had raised repeated objections to the US newspaper over the opinion piece headlined "China is the real sick man of Asia" and felt "regret" that the Journal had not offered a public apology.

The decision to revoke the reporting credentials was announced hours after the US declared that five Chinese media outlets were "foreign missions", saying they were effectively under government control. Geng said in the same briefing that Beijing "reserved the right to respond" to this move.

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WNU Editor: I am not sure if this is working for Beijing. No one trusts the Chinese government, even more so among the Chinese themselves. Kicking out a few Wall Street Journal journalists is not going to change the situation.

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is A Bigger Threat To The World Than It Is To China

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 10:00 PM PST

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David P. Goldman, PJ Media: Coronavirus is a bigger risk to the rest of the world than it is to China

New cases of coronavirus in China were running at 5,000 a day only a couple of weeks ago. The count of new cases is down to less than 100 a day, if you believe China's numbers. I don't, but the World Health Organization's declaration yesterday that the epidemic had peaked in China probably is accurate.

Just look at the world's stock markets. China's equity indices barely fluttered during the past couple of days while the US and Europe lost 3%-4%. The threat of an epidemic in Italy appears to have pushed markets over the edge.

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WNU Editor: I have trouble seeing most countries in the world closing borders and quarantining cities and large regions in the same manner that the Chinese have done to combat this coronavirus outbreak. This is unfortunate, because these measures do work. The above post is my must read article for today.

My Take On President Trump's Coronavirus Press Conference

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 09:38 PM PST



WNU Editor: This news conference had to be above politics, and for the most part it was. The focus was on the professionals, and I found that they gave an informative update on where we are today with the coronavirus outbreak. Where President Trump did dive into politics was in regards to House Speaker Pelosi. Earlier in the day she was critical of President Trump, and everyone knew that he was going to respond. Ann Althouse sums it up perfectly ....

.... "Most of this press conference is above politics, and his answer to this question is, ultimately, that we need to work together and be above politics, but Trump dives straight into politics at this point, and he's blunt and, I think, very effective. He says Pelosi is 'incompetent' and 'not thinking about the country.' He points to the doctors on stage with him and says they are 'the most talented people in the world' and 'they shouldn't be demeaned.' He says, Nancy Pelosi knows what she is saying is not true, 'she's trying to create a panic,' and she's 'trying to get a political advantage' when what is needed is for everyone to work together."

Will this end the politics behind this outbreak? Probably not. But those who do use this crisis to score political points will, IMHO, pay dearly when the voters go to the polls in November.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 06:00 PM PST



Erin Handley, ABC News Online: As coronavirus COVID-19 spreads, how are Italy, Iran, Korea and others dealing with the outbreak?

The Australian Government says it is "pandemic ready" but warns "no country is immune" as coronavirus hotspots continue to crop up around the globe.

Only two months from the first reported case in China, the death toll now stands at more than 2,700 and there are more than 80,000 recorded cases of the COVID-19 virus around the world — although the vast majority of cases and deaths continue to be concentrated in Hubei province's Wuhan.

Following on the heels of other nations, Australia imposed a travel ban on China with some exemptions despite the World Health Organisation warning such measures would only contribute to "fear and stigma".

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 26, 2020

Coronavirus map: how Covid-19 is spreading across the world -- Pablo GutiƩrrez, The Guardian

How deadly is new coronavirus? It's still too early to tell -- AP

China flies into a 'Black Swan' storm -- Gordon Watts, Asia Times

Coronavirus: How is Iran responding to the outbreak? -- BBC

Coronavirus fears hit Italy's economic hub Milan, shutting schools and selling out supermarkets -- Linton Besser, ABC News Online

What is coronavirus and what are the symptoms? -- James Gallagher, BBC

How Likely Is a Coronavirus Recession? -- Jeff Spross, The Week

Coronavirus Is a Gamechanger for Globalization -- Ruth Sunderland, Daily Mail

The Afghanistan 'peace deal' riddle -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Has Trump surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban? -- Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera

Afghanistan: One district's hope for lasting peace -- Ali M Latifi & Mohsin Khan Mohmand, DW

Taiwan is standing up as an independent nation. But China won't make it easy -- Antony Funnell, ABC News Online

It is time to negotiate with al-Shabab -- Rashid Abdallah, Al Jazeera

Russia may have met its match in Libya -- Neil Hauer, Asia Times

Bernie Sanders Could Be Unstoppable if He Wins South Carolina -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

World News Briefs -- February 26, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 05:00 PM PST



Reuters: Coronavirus spreads faster outside China, stoking global fears

SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus infections inside China - the source of the outbreak - was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy and Iran emerging as new epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness.

Asia reported hundreds of new cases, Brazil confirmed Latin America's first infection and the new disease - COVID-19 - was also detected for the first time in Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria.

U.S. health authorities, managing 59 cases so far - mostly Americans repatriated from a cruise ship in Japan - have said a global pandemic is likely.

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MIDDLE EAST

Bahrain discovers seven new coronavirus cases, raising the number to 33.

Virus-hit Iran slaps curbs on travel, shrine visits.

Fears mount as coronavirus outbreak worsens in sanctions-hit Iran.

Turkey will repel Syrian forces from Idlib posts this week: Erdogan.

Syria: 21 dead as targets including schools and nurseries bombed in Idlib.

United Nations: More than 948K displaced in Syria in last 12 weeks.

'We're the hosts there': Erdogan says Turkey won't pull back from Syria's sovereign territory, gives Assad ultimatum to retreat. Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib.

Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal.

Iraq's Sadr warns to unleash Mehdi Army.

Sanders says may relocate US embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected.

Israel's Netanyahu pulls his punches after Sanders calls him a racist.

ASIA

'Never before': Shock, fear as India's capital reels from deadly riots.

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger.

Coronavirus: South Korea records almost 300 new infections as Hong Kong confirms first child case. South Korea coronavirus cases soar to 1,261 in highest single-day spike.

South Korea president under fire for coronavirus response.

Coronavirus: four more confirmed cases in Hong Kong including Diamond Princess cruise passenger, 16, who is city's youngest Covid-19 patient.

Coronavirus in a war zone: Afghanistan braces for outbreak after first case.

Taliban attacks significantly down as reduction in violence deal appears to hold.

India won't hesitate to cross borders to fight terrorism, defense chief warns 1 year after strikes on Pakistan-based militants.

Former ruling coalition tabs Anwar Ibrahim as next Malaysian PM.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes Indonesia's Tanimbar region.

AFRICA

Candidate in chaotic G.Bissau vote says will take oath Thursday.

Eastern Libya's FM says cannot force end to oil blockade.

East Africa's huge locust outbreak threatens regional food security.

Algeria confirms first case of coronavirus.

Rights group: At least 21 civilians killed in Cameroon.

22 'evil-doers' killed in Burundi clashes: Police.

IMF says members pledged $334 mn in debt relief for Somalia.

Funeral begins 3 days of mourning for former Egyptian leader Mubarak.

EUROPE

Romania confirms first case of coronavirus: health minister.

Norway detects its first case of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Outbreak spreads in Europe from Italy.

France reports first citizen to die from coronavirus as three new cases confirmed.

Three Russians from Diamond Princess test positive for coronavirus. Watchdog highlights growing risks of coronavirus spread in Russia.

Coronavirus: Germany's contingency plans for tackling a possible pandemic.

UK must accept 'common' standards for deal with EU: Barnier.

EU reports significant increase in asylum applications.

Madrid talks with Catalan leaders 'a very big step forward'.

Just call me Harry: prince drops titles at Edinburgh conference.

AMERICAS

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B.

Trump rips coronavirus coverage, to hold news conference.

Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response.

Democratic debate: Rivals intensify attacks on Bernie Sanders.

Pelosi says she'd be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket.

Trump campaign says it is suing New York Times over Russia opinion piece.

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America.

Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 spreads to South America.

Cuba puts leading dissident on trial, his supporters say.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US blacklists Iraqi Shiite paramilitary chief after base attacks.

US military says it killed terrorist leader who planned attack that killed Americans in Kenya.

US forces in Afghanistan strike ISIS during partial truce with Taliban.

More than 100 'terrorists' killed in Africa during military operation.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall Street falls more slowly as investors parse coronavirus fears.

Facebook to ban misleading ads about coronavirus. Tech giants free to censor content under US Constitution: ruling.

Coronavirus: Global shares start to stabilise after rout.

'Useless' pandemic bonds offer little hope for dealing with coronavirus.

Disney boss Bob Iger steps down as chief executive.

Netflix: Will first African series launch a new chapter in African filmmaking?

President Trump Press Conference At The White House To Discuss Coronavirus Concerns (Live)

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 02:57 PM PST







Covid-19 Outbreak -- Live Updates And The Latest Report From The World Health Organization

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 01:11 PM PST

Figures released today, February 26, became the first day on which more new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed outside China than inside it

Daily Mail: Number of new coronavirus cases reported outside of China EXCEEDS those in the country for the first time, the World Health Organization says

* Just 411 patients were struck down yesterday in China, the WHO revealed today
* Data obtained by the UN-agency show 427 cases were recorded outside China
* More than 81,000 cases have been recorded, with the death toll nearing 2,800
* Do you have a coronavirus story? Email stephen.matthews@mailonline.co.uk

More coronavirus cases are now being reported each day outside China than inside the hardest-hit nation, the World Health Organization has said.

Just 411 patients were struck down yesterday in China, where 96 per cent of COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the crisis began in December.

But data obtained by the UN-agency show 427 cases were recorded outside China, amid a worrying spike in Italy, South Korea and Iran.

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Covid-19 Outbreak -- Live Updates And The Latest Report From The World Health Organization

Live: Coronavirus now spreading faster outside China -- BBC
Coronavirus Live Updates: Cases Rise in Italy and Iran, and Spread to Other Countries -- The New York Times
Factbox: Latest on coronavirus spreading in China and beyond -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Ireland v Italy Six Nations games postponed amid European rise in cases - live updates -- The Guardian
Coronavirus spreads in Middle East and beyond: Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera
WHO warns nations 'simply not ready' to contain coronavirus epidemic -- France 24
New virus has infected 81,000 globally, caused 2,700 deaths -- AP
Globe battles virus as cases multiply outside China -- AP

Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates September 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 01:08 PM PST





Daily Mail: White House chaos over coronavirus deepens as it denies plans to appoint 'czar' to coordinate response as Donald Trump insists administration is doing 'great'

* The White House strongly denied that Donald Trump is considering appointing a new czar to lead the Coronavirus task force
* A report emerged that the president is considering bringing on someone new to head the task force, which has since been led by HHS Secretary Alex Azar
* 'This is not true!' White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere tweeted
* 'The President... is pleased with the leadership of @SecAzar to protect the public health,' he continued
* Trump claimed earlier Wednesday morning that the administration doing a 'great' job combatting Coronavirus
* He blamed news media and Democrats for trying to cause a panic
* He also misspelled the name of the virus in his tweet
* The President said he would hold a news conference at 6 pm at White House
* CDC warned there will be a Coronavirus outbreak in U.S.
* There are 57 cases of Coronavirus in United States and more than 80,000 people have been infected globally

The White House denied reports that Donald Trump is considering appointing a new individual to head the Coronavirus task force as confusion continues to swarm over the outbreak.

Reports emerged that Trump was weighing appointing a czar to oversee the Coronavirus Task Force czar, which has so far been headed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

'This is not true!' White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere posted to Twitter Wednesday.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In The U.S. -- News Updates September 26, 2020

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B -- AP
Trump accuses cable TV of making coronavirus look 'as bad as possible' -- Reuters
Trump rips coronavirus coverage, to hold news conference -- The Hill
Trump defends administration's coronavirus response -- AFP
Trump continues to insists he is 'doing a GREAT job handling Coronavirus' and says criticism by the Democrats is 'not fair' as San Francisco becomes first city to declare a state of emergency over outbreak fears -- Daily Mail
Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here -- AP
Nancy Pelosi lashes out at Donald Trump over his claim coronavirus response is 'great' saying: 'The president doesn't know what he's talking about - AGAIN' -- Daily Mail
Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response -- The Hill
U.S. CDC confirms 59 coronavirus cases, including repatriated citizens -- Reuters
New York monitoring 83 people for possible coronavirus, governor says no confirmed cases -- Reuters
U.S. health officials urge Americans to prepare for spread of coronavirus -- Reuters
Pentagon says may need additional funding to deal with coronavirus -- Reuters
Possible coronavirus treatment clinical trial begins in United States -- ABC News Online

Covid-19 Outbreak In Brazil -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 01:04 PM PST



CNBC/Reuters: Brazil Health Ministry confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

* The Brazilian government confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, officials from the Brazil Health Ministry said Wednesday.
* The diagnosis comes during Brazil's carnival holiday, a peak time for domestic travel when millions of revelers throng to major cities for raucous street celebrations.
* Brazil is tracking 20 suspected cases of the virus in the country, health officials told reporters at a news briefing.

A Brazilian government test has confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, officials from the Brazil Health Ministry said Wednesday, after a Sao Paulo hospital flagged the possible infection of a 61-year-old who had visited Italy.

The diagnosis comes during Brazil's carnival holiday, a peak time for domestic travel when millions of revelers throng to major cities for raucous street celebrations.

Brazil is tracking 20 suspected cases of the virus in the country, health officials told reporters at a news briefing Wednesday.

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WNU Editor: I shudder if this disease enters Venezuela. Venezuela's health system has collapsed, and there is no care if you get sick.

Covid-19 Outbreak In Brazil -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America -- AP
Brazil confirms first Latin American coronavirus case -- The Hill
Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America -- Al Jazeera
Pakistan becomes the latest country to be struck by coronavirus after Brazil confirms case of the killer infection in a 61-year-old who travelled to Italy -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:56 PM PST


France has reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, including two people returning from Italy – bringing the total number to 17

Daily Mail: Europe on red alert for coronavirus: North Macedonia and Greece confirm cases, France announces its second death, Italy's infection toll nears 400 with 12 dead and Austria quarantines a dozen people

Italy is at the heart of Europe's coronavirus crisis, with 11 deaths and 322 cases
It has already been spread to Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany and Spain
A 60-year-old French man died overnight after being rushed to a Paris hospital
More than 81,000 cases have been recorded, with the death toll nearing 2,800

North Macedonia and Greece today became the latest countries to be struck down by the killer coronavirus as Europe remains braced for hundreds more cases amid an escalating crisis in Italy.

Tourists who had recently travelled to northern Italy – the centre of the continent's worsening outbreak – were blamed for the cases in North Macedonia and Greece, which had one apiece.

It means ten countries have all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in travellers who had spent time in Italy. The other eight are Austria, Croatia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Brazil and Algeria.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Europe -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe -- AFP
Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise -- AP
Italy struggles to contain coronavirus outbreak as cases spread south -- France 24
Italy, reeling from coronavirus outbreak, discovers what it's like for Chinese -- SCMP
Shoppers fight in supermarket 'within Italy's red zone' where 50,000 people have been placed in quarantine and shops have run low on food -- Daily Mail
Germany 'heading for epidemic' as virus spreads faster outside China -- Reuters
France reports new confirmed case of coronavirus, tally now at 18 -- Reuters
2nd virus death in France, 1 new infection linked to Italy -- AP
Second person dies of coronavirus in France -- Reuters
Austria quarantines a dozen people after first coronavirus cases -- Reuters
German with virus in grave condition; Austria probes death -- AP
Greece confirms first coronavirus case, a woman back from Milan -- Reuters
Georgia reports first coronavirus case in the country -- Reuters
Canary Wharf office of US oil company Chevron sends home 300 workers over coronavirus fears after employee reports flu-like symptoms -- Daily Mail
UK conducts random coronavirus testing as part of early warning plan -- Reuters
The Pope praises coronavirus health and expresses his 'closeness' to patients before shaking hand with tens of the congregation at his weekly audience -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Outbreak In Iran -- News Updates January 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:51 PM PST



Daily Mail: Iran's coronavirus-infected health minister records video message vowing to bring outbreak under control as regime's death toll rises to 19, with another 44 cases overnight

  * Iraj Harirchi vowed Iran would be 'victorious in our combat against this virus'
  * Harirchi was diagnosed yesterday after sweating at a defiant press conference
  * Iran has today announced four more deaths from the virus with 44 new cases
  * Regime has refused to quarantine holy city of Qom despite the growing crisis

The Iranian health minister infected with coronavirus has vowed that the regime will bring the spiralling outbreak under control.

Iraj Harirchi said Iran would be 'victorious in our combat against this virus' in a video message he recorded after he was taken into quarantine yesterday.

Harirchi's diagnosis was an embarrassment for the regime after he had insisted a day earlier - while sweating heavily at a press conference - that the outbreak was not as bad as feared.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Iran -- News Updates January 26, 2020

An increasingly isolated Iran tries to control virus crisis -- AP
Fears mount as coronavirus outbreak worsens in sanctions-hit Iran -- SCMP
Cyber police in virus-hit Iran arrest 24 over COVID-19 rumours -- AFP
Russia to suspend visa issuance to Iran's citizens February 28 -- TASS
Rouhani says no urban quarantines planned as Iran coronavirus toll hits 19 -- Reuters
Iran president slams US for spreading 'fear' over virus -- AFP
Could Iran become a new coronavirus epicenter? -- DW

Covid-19 Outbreak In Asia That Does Not Include China And The Koreas -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:49 PM PST

Afghanistan's healthcare system is in tatters after more than four decades of war and there are fears it would not cope with an outbreak of the new coronavirus

AFP: 'Fear and panic' as virus threatens Afghanistan, Pakistan

With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Afghanistan and Pakistan face a potentially devastating health crisis after the new coronavirus erupted in neighbouring Iran.

Islamabad has closed official border crossings while Kabul has suspended all travel to the Islamic republic, which has reported 19 deaths and a total of 139 infections -- making it one of the hardest hit countries outside the virus epicentre China.

But experts fear the measures could prove ineffective with thousands of people -- refugees fleeing violence, Shiite pilgrims, smugglers and migrants looking for work -- likely crossing the long, poorly patrolled frontiers every day.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In Asia That Does Not Include China And The Koreas -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Thailand reports three new virus cases, urges disclosure of travel history -- Reuters
Thailand reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, total infections at 40 -- CNA
Thai Stocks Plunge as More Virus Cases Spur Fear of Outbreak -- Bloomberg
Coronavirus infections keep mounting after cruise ship fiasco in Japan -- Science Magazine
Coronavirus: Hong Kong schools to remain closed until April 20, but key DSE written exam to go ahead -- HKFP
$10,000 Free Cash: Hong Kong's Handout During Coronavirus Crisis Explained -- CCN
Singapore charges man with virus for lying to health officials -- AFP
All confirmed cases of coronavirus in Vietnam cured, anti-epidemic measures strengthened -- Straits Times
445 Filipinos from virus-hit Japan cruise ship now back in PH -- Rappler
Dozens of passengers who were allowed off the Diamond Princess cruise ship after testing negative for coronavirus ARE now showing symptoms -- Daily Mail
Dozens allowed off Japan virus-hit ship have 'symptoms': minister -- AFP

Tokyo Olympics on, organisers say, as virus hits Japan events
-- AFP
Indonesia Braces for Full Impact From Coronavirus Economic Fallout -- Jakarta Globe
Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus, in travelers from Iran: minister -- Reuters
Australia to close schools, cancel sports in event of COVID-19 outbreak -- CNA
Australia activates emergency response plan amid rising concerns of coronavirus pandemic -- News.com.au

Covid-19 Outbreak In South Korea -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:36 PM PST



Kyodo News: South Korea's coronavirus cases top 1,200, 1st infection among U.S. troops

South Korea said Wednesday that its total coronavirus infection cases have exceeded 1,200 as the situation rapidly worsens in the country, with the first case confirmed among U.S. military personnel.

With 284 new cases reported the same day, the number of infections has reached 1,261, and the death toll has risen to 12, up from 10 on Tuesday, according to the Health and Welfare Ministry.

South Korea is on its highest alert over the outbreak of the pneumonia-causing virus, which first emerged in neighboring China, as the number of cases of infection skyrocketed from 51 a week ago.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In South Korea -- News Updates February 26, 2020

South Korea coronavirus cases soar to 1,261 in highest single-day spike -- UPI
S.Korea Coronavirus Cases Hit 1,250 but JPMorgan Warns of 10,000 Peak -- CCN
First US military coronavirus infection confirmed in South Korea as cases hit 1,261 -- SCMP
South Korea president under fire for coronavirus response -- UPI
Coronavirus: secretive South Korean church linked to outbreak held meetings in Wuhan until December -- SCMP
Korean Air flight attendant diagnosed with coronavirus may have serviced trips between Seoul and Los Angeles last week -- Daily Mail
COVID-19 changing daily lives of S. Korean workers -- Arirang
The Korean clusters: How coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals -- Reuters

Covid-19 In North Korea -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:29 PM PST



AFP: North Korea imposes 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures with month-long quarantines, foreign diplomats on lockdown and loudspeakers blaring out health warnings

* State media is demanding 'absolute obedience' to Pyongyang health authorities
* New arrivals are subject to 30 days' isolation with authorities going door to door
* North Korea claims it is the only neighbour of China not to have had a single case

North Korea is taking 'unprecedented' measures against coronavirus with month-long quarantines, foreign diplomats locked in their compounds and loudspeakers blaring out health warnings.

State media is demanding 'absolute obedience' to health authorities as the secretive nation tries to shield itself from the virus that emerged in neighbouring China.

New arrivals are subject to 30 days' isolation and authorities are conducting door-to-door health check-ups in an intensifying 'anti-virus campaign'.

North Korea claims it is the only neighbour of China not to have had a single case.

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Covid-19 In North Korea -- News Updates February 26, 2020

North Korea imposes 'extraordinary' measures against virus -- AFP
North Korea reportedly quarantines 380 foreigners in bid to prevent coronavirus outbreak -- CNBC
North Korea has yet to officially report any coronavirus cases. But it just quarantined 380 foreigners. -- Business Insider
North Korea Quarantines 1,300 Coronavirus Patients in Pyongyang Hotel -- Breitbart
North Koreans told to avoid group meals to prevent new virus spread -- Kyodo News
Coronavirus: Could North Korea handle a Covid-19 outbreak? -- Pratik Jakhar, BBC

Covid-19 Outbreak In China -- News Updates February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:21 PM PST



Daily Mail: Coronavirus outbreak is 52 TIMES worse in one Chinese province than officials admit as local authorities seek to hide the true number of people infected, report claims

* Daily figure in Shandong has been up to 52 times the official toll, it is said
* Shocking finding was revealed to a US-based newspaper by local officials
* Comes after a worrying outbreak was detected inside a prison in the area
* Mike Pompeo yesterday accused China of covering up the epidemic scale
* The virus has killed at least 2,771 people and infected over 81,400 globally

A province in eastern China has been accused of covering up the true scale of its coronavirus outbreak by seriously under-reporting the number of its daily cases.

The health crisis in Shandong Province is up to 52 times worse than officials have admitted, a report revealed today.

Between February 9 and 23, the daily infection figure in the region greatly exceeded the official data, with the margin ranging from 1.36 to 52 times, the article said.

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Covid-19 Outbreak In China -- News Updates February 26, 2020

China's health care system under pressure as coronavirus continues to spread -- CNBC
Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas -- AFP
China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever -- AFP
As coronavirus cases rise, ex-pats in China hunker down -- ABC News
China confiscated over 31 million counterfeit face masks as coronavirus fears cause supply shortage and spike in demand -- Business Insider
Coronavirus outbreak fuels China black market for supplies -- AFP
China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak -- AP
Boy, six, guards his grandfather's corpse at their Hubei home alone after watching the bed-bound pensioner die during coronavirus lockdown -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: Chinese disease carrier faces jail in Singapore for lying about movements -- SCMP

Death Toll From The Worst Religious Violence In Delhi In Decades Has Risen To 25

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 12:08 PM PST





The Guardian: Delhi protests: death toll climbs amid worst religious violence for decades

Calls for army to be deployed as clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups show no sign of abating

The death toll from the worst religious violence in Delhi in decades has risen to 24, as Muslims fled from their homes and several mosques in the capital smouldered after being attacked by Hindu mobs.

The deathly clashes between Hindu and Muslim groups that began on Sunday continued into their forth consecutive day, with reports of early morning looting on some Muslim homes which had been abandoned out of fear.

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More News On The Unrest In India

At least 25 killed in India violence: Latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip -- AP
Delhi riots: City tense after Hindu-Muslim clashes leave 23 dead -- BBC
India's Modi appeals for calm after deadly Delhi riots -- France 24
India PM Modi appeals for calm amid violence that's so far killed 22 -- UPI
A mob out for blood: India's protests pit Hindus against Muslims -- Reuters
India's Premier Modi appeals for calm after Delhi riots -- DW
Curfew call in Indian capital after death toll rises in sectarian clashes -- France 24
Mosque set on fire during Delhi's worst violence in decades -- Al Jazeera
Inside Delhi's night of horror -- BBC

World News Briefs -- February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 03:24 PM PST



France 24: WHO warns nations 'simply not ready' to contain coronavirus epidemic

The new coronavirus epidemic swelled on Wednesday with cases in South Korea surging past 1,000 after deaths soared in Iran and infections appeared in previously untouched countries, prompting dire warnings that the world was not ready to contain it.

The virus has rapidly spread in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East, even as the number of fresh cases and deaths decline at the disease epicentre in China.

Towns and cities have been sealed off in an attempt to stop the contagion, while hotels in the Canary Islands and Austria were locked down on Tuesday because of suspected cases.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria: 21 dead as targets including schools and nurseries bombed in Idlib.

United Nations: More than 948K displaced in Syria in last 12 weeks.

'We're the hosts there': Erdogan says Turkey won't pull back from Syria's sovereign territory, gives Assad ultimatum to retreat. Turkey vows to drive Syrian forces back from Idlib.

Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal.

Fears mount as coronavirus outbreak worsens in sanctions-hit Iran.

Iraq's Sadr warns to unleash Mehdi Army.

Sanders says may relocate US embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected.

ASIA

Coronavirus: South Korea records almost 300 new infections as Hong Kong confirms first child case. South Korea coronavirus cases soar to 1,261 in highest single-day spike.

South Korea president under fire for coronavirus response.

Coronavirus: four more confirmed cases in Hong Kong including Diamond Princess cruise passenger, 16, who is city's youngest Covid-19 patient.

Coronavirus in a war zone: Afghanistan braces for outbreak after first case.

Taliban attacks significantly down as reduction in violence deal appears to hold.

India won't hesitate to cross borders to fight terrorism, defense chief warns 1 year after strikes on Pakistan-based militants.

Former ruling coalition tabs Anwar Ibrahim as next Malaysian PM.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes Indonesia's Tanimbar region.

AFRICA

Eastern Libya's FM says cannot force end to oil blockade.

East Africa's huge locust outbreak threatens regional food security.

Algeria confirms first case of coronavirus.

Rights group: At least 21 civilians killed in Cameroon.

22 'evil-doers' killed in Burundi clashes: Police.

IMF says members pledged $334 mn in debt relief for Somalia.

Funeral begins 3 days of mourning for former Egyptian leader Mubarak.

EUROPE

Coronavirus: Outbreak spreads in Europe from Italy.

France reports first citizen to die from coronavirus as three new cases confirmed.

Three Russians from Diamond Princess test positive for coronavirus. Watchdog highlights growing risks of coronavirus spread in Russia.

Coronavirus: Germany's contingency plans for tackling a possible pandemic.

UK must accept 'common' standards for deal with EU: Barnier.

EU reports significant increase in asylum applications.

Madrid talks with Catalan leaders 'a very big step forward'.

Just call me Harry: prince drops titles at Edinburgh conference.

AMERICAS

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B.

Trump rips coronavirus coverage, to hold news conference.

Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response.

Democratic debate: Rivals intensify attacks on Bernie Sanders.

Pelosi says she'd be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket.

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America.

Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 spreads to South America.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US military says it killed terrorist leader who planned attack that killed Americans in Kenya.

US forces in Afghanistan strike ISIS during partial truce with Taliban.

More than 100 'terrorists' killed in Africa during military operation.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Global shares start to stabilise after rout.

'Useless' pandemic bonds offer little hope for dealing with coronavirus.

Disney boss Bob Iger steps down as chief executive.

Netflix: Will first African series launch a new chapter in African filmmaking?

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 26, 2020

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 08:23 AM PST

Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Italy, including those at the U.S. Army Garrison in Vicenza, in South Korea and elsewhere have been closed due to concern of the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. (U.S. Army Garrison Italy)

Military Times: Schools closed, events cancelled at overseas US military bases as COVID-19 spreads

Children of U.S. military personnel living in South Korea, Japan, Italy, Bahrain and elsewhere are beginning to experience the disruption of routine caused by the burgeoning worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

In Asia, Europe and the Middle East, 15 Department of Defense Education Activity schools are closed and extracurricular activities canceled, affecting roughly 7,500 students.

The decisions to shutter the facilities through at least Friday were made out of an "abundance of caution" to prevent exposure, according to a letter sent to parents of students in the Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific Region.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 26, 2020

US-South Korea military exercises expected to be scaled back due to coronavirus -- CNN

US military in Italy extends coronavirus safety measures, including closures of Vicenza schools and child care centers -- Stars and Stripes

US Military Braces for Base Lockdowns in Germany as Coronavirus Cases Rise -- Military.com

US forces in Afghanistan, CENTCOM monitoring coronavirus amid reports of infections in the region -- Stars and Stripes

Trump maintains coronavirus will 'go away' as US military reports 1st patient -- ABC News

Northrop expands team for program to replace US Air Force ICBMs -- Defense News

Pentagon sees a $9 billion surge in nuclear spending by 2025 -- Bloomberg

Trump called for a 350-ship fleet, but his budget falls short of even Obama-era goals -- Defense News

Esper To Navy: Rethink Your Shipbuilding Plan -- Breaking Defense

Here is the sniper rifle that the US Army, Marines, and the special operators all want to get their hands on -- business Insider

Pentagon Official Touts Improved TBI Screenings After Iranian Airstrike -- Military.com

Bloomberg: Today's Military 'Is Better Prepared Than They've Been in an Awful Long Time' -- CNS News

2020 Dems Reject Military Use In Idlib -- Defense One

Sanders says he would use military if China attacked Taiwan -- FOX News

New Data Shows the U.S. Military Is Severely Undercounting Civilian Casualties in Somalia -- The Intercept

SecDef signs military tenants' bill of rights. Here's what covered and what's not. -- Military Times

Astronaut to administer enlistment oath for 800 future soldiers from space -- Army Times

What is the 'Space Force' and how will it fit into the US military? -- Nick Givas, Fox News

Woman on Track to Become 1st Female Army Green Beret: Report -- Military.com

Man allegedly tried to blow up service member's vehicle in Pentagon parking lot, police say -- Task & Purpose

For years he sold the military's version of the Iraq War. Now he's on a mission to convey 'the chaos and absurdity of that experience' -- Task & Purpose

After raucous welcome in India, Trump clinches $3 billion military equipment sale -- Reuters

The 1 Huge Problem With Russia's Borei-Class Nuclear Submarines -- National Interest

China's missile force is growing at an unprecedented rate -- Popular Science

Chinese Army To Procure 1.4 Million Units Of Body Armor -- Body Armor News

China's Military Is Stealing Its Way To Superpower Status -- Kyle Mizokami, National Interest

China's elite commandos sent to Cobra Gold -- Asia Times

How Vietnam is using fishing trawlers to keep an eye on China's military -- SCMP

NATO Has 'Growing Realization' About Risks of Using Huawei Gear, Top General Says -- Defense One

Britain confirms new nuclear warhead project after US officials spill the beans -- Defense News

Canadian military stands up for women troops after viral tweet questioned 'how men could be attracted to women dressed as men' -- Business Insider

25% of the Belgian military have not passed their physical test -- The Brussels Times

RIP GPS? Russia Is Testing How It Can Jam NATO's Navigation Systems -- National Interest

Does Egypt really have a stronger military than Turkey? -- Paul Iddon, Ahval

How Is China's Economy Running With 750 Million In Quarantine?

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 07:09 AM PST

A man in a protective suit stands at a shopping mall in Wuhan, February 25. REUTERS/Stringer

Melinda Liu, Foreign Policy: How Do You Keep China's Economy Running With 750 Million in Quarantine?

The "demon virus" threat has rattled the confidence of many Chinese in the regime's ability to protect people's lives and jobs.

BEIJING—Returning to China in mid-February, I had seemingly stepped into a parallel universe. Much of Beijing looked, and even smelled, like the familiar metropolis in which I've lived for decades. Except for one thing.

Where were all the people?

The Chinese capital has more than 20 million residents. But the coronavirus that burst out of Hubei province—infecting some 79,000 worldwide and killing more than 2,600 (mostly in China)—had almost emptied Beijing's vast boulevards. I felt as if I'd stumbled onto the set of a post-apocalyptic film. (Though the city confirmed only four coronavirus deaths, everyone was jittery about infection.) In my silent apartment building, 36 pages of warnings, notices, instructions, and lists of fever clinics were taped neatly to the lobby walls, with 11 more in the elevator. They told returnees to Beijing to scan a QR code (leading to a nosy questionnaire) and isolate themselves at home for 14 days.

I was asked some obvious questions: "Have you been to Hubei?" where the provincial capital, Wuhan, was the epicenter of the outbreak. (I haven't been for years.) Plus less obvious questions, like my ethnic background and "Are you a member of the Communist Party?" I thought: Does being a member of the Chinese Communist Party have anything to do with whether one's infected or not?

Actually, the party has something to do with everything in China, especially under Xi Jinping—and suddenly, for Xi, that has become a double-edged sword. As president, party head, and top military commander, Xi has consolidated his authority, centralized decision-making, abolished presidential term limits, and promoted his loyalists. People expect Xi, China's "chairman of everything," to fix everything when it goes wrong.

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WNU Editor: You cannot run an economy when your population is under quarantine. All of my business contacts in China are telling me the same thing. Their businesses are shut down, and even if they want to open up, most of their employees will not show up. But on a positive note, they know that when this is all over, the pent-up demand that has built up with everything shut down will usher in a boom period that will last a long time. At least that is what they are hoping for.

News You Can Use: What To Buy Now In Case A Pandemic Is Declared

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 06:55 AM PST


Newsweek: How to Prepare for the Coronavirus: What to Buy Now in Case a Pandemic Is Declared, According to a Virologist

As the deadly new coronavirus continues to spread around the world, a scientist has released a list of items to collect in case COVID-19 is declared a pandemic—but stressed that people should not panic buy or hoard.

Virologist Ian Mackay, adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia, wrote in a blog post that, as COVID-19 isn't widespread in most parts of the world, "now is a great time to make a list, label up a 'Pandemic Stash' box, and begin to slowly fill it with items that won't go off and that you won't touch unless needed."

Writing on his Virology Down Under website Tuesday, Mackay said if more cases appear and can't be traced back to known chains of transmission then "the efforts in some countries to contain COVID-19 will have failed."

"At some point, we'll be in the main phase of a pandemic," he said, emphasizing that "a pandemic doesn't necessarily mean the disease is severe" but rather denotes a pathogen that has spread widely within two or more countries other than the first one to report it.

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WNU Editor: I have taken measures to have enough to take care of 4 people for 6 weeks in my chalet. At my home in Montreal I have enough to last a month (for four people).  I will also be buying some extra stuff in the next week or two .... like a few cases of beer, duct tape, batteries, fill up my second propane tank for my barbecue, keep the gas tank in my car always full, etc.. For security I have a 20 gauge Browning, and I bought extra shells last week. I am also telling everyone I know to keep a good amount of cash in hand but in low denominations.

Are we on the verge of a pandemic? My gut says yes, and I think it is going to be announced in March. But I do not think it will be as severe as the doomsayers are saying. My main concern will be hoarding, a shortage of certain goods, and price inflation on the essentials. Because most people will be staying in their homes, I can see boredom and restlessness becoming a huge issue for many homes.

On an interesting side note. I operate a free library online that has been active for the past 20 years (click here for Bookyards.com). My traffic from China has increased 20x in the past month.

Could North Korea Handle A Coronavirus Outbreak?

Posted: 26 Feb 2020 06:07 AM PST

Image caption North Korean media has been open about the risks of the virus - and the efforts to combat it. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Pratik Jakhar, BBC: Could North Korea handle a Covid-19 outbreak?

As the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea keeps on rising, attention is turning to how its impoverished neighbour might cope with an outbreak of its own.

North Korea is seen as highly vulnerable to infectious diseases, and its healthcare system ill-equipped to deal with them.

So far, the country claims to have no cases of Covid-19 - but some observers are questioning whether that can be true.

Experts say an outbreak in North Korea would be devastating for a population already suffering from malnourishment and poor health.

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WNU Editor: North Korea does not have the medical facilities to cope with a coronavirus outbreak. So it will do the following. Close the border. Literally stop all traffic. Quarantine regions if the coronavirus infection does show-up. And for those who are sick, quarantine them where many with weakened immune systems will probably die.

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