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These Eight Charts Show The Impact That The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Has Had On The World Economy

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 11:15 PM PDT

BBC: Coronavirus: Eight charts on how it has shaken economies

The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected tens of thousands of people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs.

Here are eight key maps and charts to help you understand the impact seen on different economies and industries so far.
Global shares take a hit

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WNU Editor: The U.S. stock market has lost $16 trillion in the past few weeks. Throw in the other markets and on how much they have lost. WOW!!!! I can easily see a market lost approaching $35 trillion (if not more). And if the economies of Europe, Asia, and the U.S. are forced into a shut down that could last from 2 weeks to 2 months, the loss of global GDP is going to be approaching numbers that have never been reached in the modern era.

Update: But all is not doom and gloom. The Chinese economy is starting to recover albeit slowly .... Coronavirus: China's economy suffered dramatic collapse in warning to rest of world (SCMP).

U.S. Federal Reserve Slashes Interest Rates To Near Zero. Global Central Markets Are Following

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 11:04 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero amid coronavirus concerns that 'pose risks to the US' economic outlook'

* The Federal Reserve has taken emergency action to lower interest rates to near zero over coronavirus concerns
* The central bank said in a statement released on Sunday that it was cutting rates to a target range of 0 per cent to 0.25 per cent
* The Fed said the effects of the coronavirus is expected to 'weigh on economic activity in the near term and poses risks to the economic outlook'
* It also will purchase more Treasury securities to encourage lending to try to offset the impact of the outbreak
* The Fed plans to buy $500 billion of Treasury securities and $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities in response to market disruptions
* The disruptions bumped up the yield on the 10-year Treasury last week, an unusual move that threatens to increase borrowing costs

The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the second time in less than two weeks on Sunday in another emergency move to help shore up the US economy amid the rapidly escalating global coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the central bank said it was cutting rates to a target range of 0% to 0.25%.

'The effects of the coronavirus will weigh on economic activity in the near term and poses risks to the economic outlook. In light of these developments, the committee decided to lower the target range,' the Fed said in a statement.

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WNU Editor: The world's central banks are reacting .... Global central banks take sweeping action to fight coronavirus (Reuters), but the Asian and European markets are still being battered. The futures markets are also predicting a terrible day for Wall Street when the markets open Monday morning .... Markets brace for black Monday as Dow futures hit their 'limit' to stop panic after states started shutting down (Daily Mail). WOW! I thought I would never see a time where US interest rates are near zero, but we are there now.

Update: If this pandemic is not halted in the next few months, we are definitely heading into a recession .... U.S. is NOT headed for a recession says Steven Mnuchin – Treasury secretary makes extraordinary claim in the middle of coronavirus crisis after the worst week on Wall Street since the Great Recession, but admits a 'slowdown' is inevitable (Daily Mail).

More News On The U.S. Federal Reserve Slashing Interest Rates To Near Zero

Fed takes emergency steps to slash rates and ease bank rules -- AP
US Federal reserve slashes rates to cushion coronavirus blow -- France 24
Coronavirus forces US Federal Reserve to cut interest rate to near zero -- ABC News Online
Rate cuts: US goes to almost zero and launches huge stimulus programme -- BBC

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 10:52 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Closing time in America: CDC backs an EIGHT-WEEK nationwide ban on gatherings of more than 50 - as New York City, California Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts order bars and restaurant to SHUT leaving millions of workers facing hardship

* Gov Gavin Newsom called for the closure of all bars across the state during press conference on Sunday
* Newsom also said that restaurants will have to cut their seating capacity by 50% and social distance people
* New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that bars and restaurants will start to close Tuesday morning
* Washington state's governor said that the state's bars and restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery
* Ohio Gov Mike DeWine also announced the closure of all bars and restaurants throughout state on Sunday
* Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker said the closure of all of the state's bars and restaurants will begin on Monday
* The closures came after CDC advised officials that large events could contribute to the spread of COVID-19
* Earlier Sunday, New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, ordered closure of nation's largest public school district

Large swathes of America are shutting down after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday night advised against holding large gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks to fight coronavirus.

The recommendations led to four states ordering bars and restaurants to effectively shut - limiting them to take out only - and New York City ordered the same as well as the shutting down of nightclubs, cinemas and theaters.

Washington, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts all ordered bars and restaurants to offer take out food only. California has asked all bars to shut and Los Angeles has ordered owners of establishments to shut them down.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 16, 2020

U.S. death toll hits 65 from coronavirus, Fed cuts rate, NYC will shutter restaurants, bars, theaters -- Reuters
US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears -- AP
Coronavirus: US infections likely to surge as mobile testing gets underway, officials say -- SCMP
U.S. asks travelers for patience amid chaos, long lines at airports -- Reuters
Coronavirus: US airports in disarray over screening -- BBC

US extends coronavirus travel ban to UK, Ireland starting Tuesday -- Al Jazeera
New York City, Los Angeles mayors order restaurants, bars, theaters closed for coronavirus -- Reuters
NYPD transit chief has coronavirus: Cop who protects city's 5.6m daily subway riders falls ill with a fever as De Blasio warns that the city's 326 cases will dramatically increase -- Daily Mail
Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies -- AP
'Take it easy!' Trump urges Americans to stop coronavirus stockpiling and insists the outbreak is under 'tremendous control' as Pence says food stores WILL stay open -- Daily Mail
Hundreds of thousands of extra coronavirus tests will be available next week and screening will focus on health care workers and seniors, says Mike Pence -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus risks in US go beyond getting sick -- DW
US election campaign hit by coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Gov't virus testing will prioritize medical staff, elderly -- AP

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas -- March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 10:27 PM PDT

Reuters: South, Central American nations tighten borders to combat coronavirus

Guatemala logged its first fatality from coronavirus on Sunday as nations in South and Central America ramped up measures to contain the infection, with Panama banning entry of non-resident foreigners and Honduras closing its borders to passenger traffic for a week.

The leaders of Argentina and Peru also announced border closures on Sunday to curb coronavirus. Argentina will close its borders for 15 days to non-residents, President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised press conference.

Public and private school classes would also be suspended until March 31, Fernandez said. National parks would be closed.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas -- March 16, 2020

Canada will not rule out border closures; medical officer urges strong action against outbreak -- Reuters
Venezuela puts seven states, including Caracas, in virus quarantine -- France 24
Venezuela orders 'social quarantine' in response to coronavirus -- Reuters
Fear as Colombia closes border with Venezuela over coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Colombia will block entry by all non-residents, close schools from Monday to stop coronavirus -- Reuters
Mexico government urges public to keep distance over coronavirus; president embraces crowds -- Reuters
Brazil president takes selfies, cheers demonstrators despite virus warnings -- Reuters
Bolsonaro and Amlo slammed for snubbing coronavirus warnings -- The Guardian
Argentina to close borders for non-residents to combat coronavirus -- Reuters

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 10:21 PM PDT

Reuters: African nations close borders, cancel flights to contain coronavirus spread

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Several African governments on Sunday closed borders, canceled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which has a foothold in at least 26 countries on the continent as cases keep rising.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and warned the outbreak could have a "potentially lasting" impact on the continent's most-developed economy, which is already in recession.

Measures to be taken there include barring travel to and from countries such as Italy, Germany, China and the United States.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- March 16, 2020

List of African countries with coronavirus grows as Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan report cases -- France 24
Kenya blocks entry for non-residents in virus response -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Sudan confirms first case -- BBC
South, Central American nations tighten borders to combat coronavirus -- Reuters

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 10:15 PM PDT

Reuters: China sees fewer coronavirus cases, wary of international travelers

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported an overall drop in new coronavirus infections on Sunday, but major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai continued to wrestle with cases involving infected travelers arriving from abroad.

Mainland China had 16 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 20 a day earlier. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in China so far to 80,860.

Of the new figures, 12 were imported infections, exceeding locally transmitted cases for the third day.

Beijing accounted for four of the cases, Guangdong province four, Shanghai two, Yunnan province one and Gansu province one. That brings the total number of imported cases to 123 so far.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- March 16, 2020

China sees fewer coronavirus cases, wary of international travelers -- Reuters
In role reversal, Asia seeks to stop virus from coming in -- AP
Asia Pacific countries tighten measures against coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Chinese tycoon missing after criticizing coronavirus response -- DW
South Korea reports 74 new coronavirus infections -- Reuters
South Korea reports more recoveries than coronavirus cases for the first time -- Reuters
South Korea designates regions hit hardest by coronavirus as disaster zones -- Reuters
US general: 'fairly certain' North Korea has COVID-19 cases -- AP
North Korea deploys Photoshop to beat coronavirus: Masks are superimposed onto propaganda images - while Kim is pictured without one to show he does not fear the disease -- Daily Mail
Japan identifies 15 coronavirus clusters -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Second death confirmed in India -- BBC
Malaysia reports 190 new COVID-19 cases, most linked to mosque event -- CNA
Manila turns into a ghost town amid coronavirus lockdown -- Al Jazeera
French infant among four new coronavirus cases in Cambodia -- Reuters
Coronavirus: New Zealand PM says all arrivals must self-isolate -- BBC
Peter Dutton: Australia minister tests positive for virus -- BBC
Coronavirus: Australia orders all arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days -- BBC
Australia mulls second stimulus package to tackle coronavirus, sources say -- Reuters
Mass testing, alerts and big fines: the strategies used in Asia to slow coronavirus -- The Guardian

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 09:47 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Coronavirus could overwhelm hospitals and facilities in Iran warns top government official after record 113 deaths and 1,209 new cases in 24 hours brings total to 724 deaths and 13,938 infected

* The death toll in Iran has now risen to 724 in total with 13,338 confirmed cases
* A leading official has admitted the coronavirus could overwhelm Iran's hospitals
* The past 24 hours saw 113 people die of the virus, the most in a single day in Iran
* Meanwhile, several other nations have implemented travel bans to tackle virus
* Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

A leading Iranian official has admitted that hospitals in the country could be overwhelmed by the coronavirus after a record 113 deaths and 1,209 new cases were reported in just 24 hours.

It was the first time that more than 100 people had died from the virus in a single day in the Islamic nation.

In total, 724 people have died in Iran and there are 13,338 confirmed cases, though questions about the government's transparency suggest the real figure could be even higher.

Now, Ali Reza Zali, who is leading Iran's official campaign against the outbreak, has admitted Iran could run out of hospital beds.

He told the state-run IRNA news agency: 'If the trend continues, there will not be enough capacity.'

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- March 16, 2020

Iran's coronavirus death toll jumps by 113 in a day -- Al Jazeera
Iran reports more than 100 new virus deaths as fears mount -- AP
Lebanon 'to declare state of medical emergency' over coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Israel takes step toward monitoring phones of virus patients -- AP
Israel to use counterterror tools to track quarantine breakers -- DW
Qatar suspends incoming flights for preliminary two-week period -- Al Jazeera
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque shut as precaution against coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
Saudi Arabia restricts movement, other Gulf states limit entry as coronavirus spreads -- Reuters
Saudi crown prince, UK's PM discuss cutting coronavirus economic impact -- Reuters
Coronavirus in Gulf states: No warm greetings, no mosque prayers -- Al Jazeea

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe -- News Updates March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 09:38 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Italy's coronavirus death toll leaps by 368 to 1,809 in a day as terrifying video shows how a Lombardy newspaper obituary page has expanded from one to ten pages and secret memo reveals over-80s could be 'left to die'

* Italian officials say death toll has hit 1,809 as total infections reaches 24,747
* Overnight jump of 300 fatalities follows chilling video of hard-hit Lombardy
* The obituary of Bergamo newspaper has expanded from one to 10 in pandemic
* Mortuary of the local hospital is full with bodies now being kept in churches
* One councillor added that coronavirus patients are being buried every half hour
* Meanwhile, a report claims over-80s could be 'left to die' in fight against virus

Coronavirus deaths in Italy rose by 368 overnight to bring the total to 1,809, while 24,747 people have tested positive for the deadly bug.

Italian officials confirmed the jump today, as the national lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte earlier this month rumbles on another week.

The shocking development comes as chilling footage shows the obituary of one local newspaper expanding from a single page to 10.

In the video, a man speaking Italian zooms in on the front page of L'Eco di Bergamo that circulates in the city in the hard-hit Lombardy region.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe -- News Updates March 16, 2020

Europe locks down 100million: Germany and Poland tighten border controls, France puts limits on public transport and Slovakia declares state of emergency as continent's virus death toll soars towards 2,000 -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: EU states record highest one-day death toll -- BBC
Italy reports 368 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Italy's coronavirus toll surges as worries grow over hospitals -- Reuters
Living in Rome under the shadow of coronavirus -- DW
Coronavirus update: COVID-19 causes Australian stock market to fall as Scott Morrison calls for calm -- ABC News Online
Army disinfects train stations as Spain's coronavirus death toll doubles -- Reuters
Spanish police use megaphones to tell people to stay indoors or face £25,000 fines as coronavirus deaths DOUBLE to 288 overnight - and British tourists scramble to leave the country -- Daily Mail
Spain announces lockdown after reporting 1,500 new coronavirus cases in a day -- Spain
Spain imposes Italy-style lockdown in bid to contain coronavirus -- Al Jazeera
France reports biggest daily increase in coronavirus deaths as Parisians ignore warnings -- France 24
France preparing confinement order to fight coronavirus sources -- Reuters
France closes non-essential public places to curb coronavirus -- UPI
Coronavirus cases jump as France closes all cafes and other non-essential locations in call for 'more discipline' -- ABC News Online
France says border remains OPEN amid reports of Germany readying to isolate from neighbors -- RT
In pictures: France grinds to a halt as caf├ęs and all 'non-essential' business ordered to close -- France 24
Britain's coronavirus crisis could last until Spring 2021 with up to 8MILLION people - or 15% of the population - hospitalised, secret NHS briefing reveals - as death toll leaps 14 in a day to 35 -- Daily Mail
Chaos as 30,000 British tourists told to leave French ski resorts -- The Guardian
Coronavirus: Downing Street to give daily update on fight against outbreak -- BBC
UK's 'insufficient' coronavirus response is 'risking lives' -- France 24
Coronavirus: health experts fear epidemic will 'let rip' through UK -- The Guardian
UK coronavirus crisis 'to last until spring 2021 and could see 7.9m hospitalised' -- The Guardian
Coronavirus: Germany to close borders with France, Austria and Switzerland -- SCMP
Coronavirus: Is Germany doing enough to slow the outbreak? -- DW
Slovakia declares state of emergency over coronavirus, orders shop closures -- Reuters
Czech Republic restricts movement of people to fight coronavirus spread -- Reuters
Serbia declares state of emergency over coronavirus -- France 24
Serbia launches state of emergency to counter coronavirus -- Reuters
Netherlands to close schools, restaurants in coronavirus fight -- Reuters
Netherlands will close all schools, bars and restaurants as it becomes the latest country in Europe to go on coronavirus lockdown as the number of infections hits 1,135 -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: Pubs asked to close by Irish government -- BBC
Austria announces major restrictions on movement over coronavirus -- Reuters
Doors slam shut across borderless Europe as coronavirus spreads -- France 24

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- March 16, 2020

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 09:29 PM PDT

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates -- March 16, 2020

Coronavirus live updates: US health chiefs advise against events of more than 50 as 100m Europeans locked down -- The Guardian
Coronavirus latest: Germany to partially close borders with several countries -- DW
US slashes interest rates as states go into lockdown – as it happened -- The Guardian
Toll rises as coronavirus tightens global grip: Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus updates: Americans told to 'hunker down' as global infections surpass China -- SCMP

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- March 16, 2020

Lockdowns and entry bans imposed around the world to fight coronavirus -- Reuters
Daily life near a standstill as nations try to halt pandemic -- AP
Coronavirus: What measures are countries taking to stop it? -- BBC
Coronavirus: A visual guide to the pandemic -- BBC
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera
More than 50% cases, deaths of coronavirus outside mainland China -- UPI

Editor's Note

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 07:16 PM PDT

I have too many things to do today. Blogging will return later this evening.

Update 22:20 EST: Just got back home. I will post what I can in the next 45 minutes.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Is Now Spreading Across Africa

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 08:01 AM PDT

Daily Mail: Coronavirus spreads across Africa with six new countries confirming cases as nations race to try and contain outbreak

* Six new countries in Africa confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday
* It means that 25 of the continent's 54 countries have COVID-19 patients
* All cases were brought to the continent by travelers from overseas

Africa is seeing a steady spread of the coronavirus across the continent, with six new countries confirming cases on Saturday.

It means 25 of the continent's 54 countries have COVID-19 patients, with the Republic of Congo being the latest country reporting a case, late Saturday.

Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Namibia and Rwanda also confirmed their first cases Saturday.

All were brought to the continent by travelers from overseas, as with almost all the other cases reported in Africa, according to health authorities.

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WNU Editor: I can easily see the African continent becoming the next epicentre for the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Chaos At 13 American Funnel Airports That Are Still Open To Europe

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 07:48 AM PDT

Welcome home! Arriving passengers from Europe have faced lines lasting up to six hours as travelers are forced to enter through 13 designated 'funnel' airports. This was the scene arriving at Chicago O'Hare airport

Daily Mail: Chaos at 13 American funnel airports that are still open to Europe as huge immigration lines of up to six hours form filled with returning citizens being put through 'enhanced screening'

* Arriving passengers from Europe have faced lines lasting up to six hours as travelers are forced to enter through 13 designated 'funnel' airports
* Lines are taking far longer than usual due to 'enhanced COVID19 screening' where passengers are being asked a series of questions before being told to self-quarantine and follow CDC guidelines
* Passengers are not being tested for coronavirus or having their temperatures taken

Huge lines formed at the 13 American 'funnel' airports on Saturday night as American's returned from Europe were forced to wait in lines for as long as six hours.

The scenes were similar across the country - from Boston to Chicago, Atlanta to Dallas.

Lines were particularly bad at JFK Terminal 4, Chicago O'Hare Terminal 5 and Dallas/Fort Worth airport with passengers packed in tight, many of them wearing face masks.

Customs and Border Protection Officers were completely overwhelmed as U.S. citizens rushed to get back into the country as President Trump's European travel ban went into effect.

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WNU Editor: Everyone has been warning for weeks that this was going to happen. It is hard to feel sorry for people who put themselves in a position of denial until reality hits them in the face.

Is Iran’s 'Worst Nightmare' Coming True?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 07:44 AM PDT

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with people of Qom, in Teheran, Iran, January 9, 2019. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS

PJ Media: Iran's 'Worst Nightmare' Coming True: Middle Eastern Shiites Rise Up Against It

The regime in Tehran is in lots of trouble these days. As U.S. sanctions tighten, at least a quarter of Iran's oil rigs are now out of action, "dealing a potentially long-term blow to its oil industry." The coronavirus "has now spread to every province in the country and people are fearful that the true scale of the outbreak is even worse than is being disclosed."

And if those and other severe pressures aren't enough, Shiites in countries that Shiite Iran seeks to dominate are now telling Iran to go home and get off their backs.

That's the story told by Hanin Ghaddar, a Lebanese expat and an analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East policy:

In Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, and inside Iran itself—the countries that fall along the Shia Crescent—the people have realized that the enemy is within. It's their own governments that have allowed the Iranian regime to take over the state and its institutions…. The Shia Crescent…is finally turning against the Iranian regime and its proxies.

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WNU Editor: In the current situation Iran is not the only country facing a nightmare in the Middle East. The collapsed of oil prices is impacting every nation in the region, the wars and conflicts continue, and the Covid-19 Coronavirus knows no boundaries.

What Happens If There Is A Major Terror Attack In The U.S. During The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 07:38 AM PDT

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr says he hopes there are no attacks while the intelligence authorities are expired. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roll Call: 'I hope we don't have an attack this weekend' — FISA tools to expire before Senate takes up renewal

Senate gets ready to leave for the weekend without passing a re-authorization.

Three intelligence surveillance tools are set to expire on Sunday with the Senate leaving for the weekend without acting on a stopgap extension.

The House on Wednesday passed an overhaul measure that would reauthorize through Dec. 1, 2023, various surveillance authorities of the USA FREEDOM Act and the underlying Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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WNU Editor: The above article is focused on the US Senate's push to re-authorize FISA, and remarks from the Senate Intelligence Chairman that he is afraid of a terror attack occurring if these tools are not passed by the US Senate. Politicians using fear to get their agenda passed is nothing new, but it does focus on a very important question. What happens if there is a major terror attack in the U.S. in the coming weeks/months? I shudder when I think of what the US reaction would be to such an event, because now is definitely not the time to pull such a stunt against the U.S..

Mexico Is Considering Closing Its Border With The U.S. To Slow The Spread Of The Covid-19 Coronavirus

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 08:14 AM PDT

Daily Mail: Mexico is considering closing its border to stop Americans bringing coronavirus into its country as US case count passes 2,000

* There are more than 2,000 cases of coronavirus in the US now with 43 dead
* In Mexico, there have only been 16 confirmed cases and no reported deaths
* Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said: 'Mexico wouldn't bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here'
* Trump has boasted that the situation in the US would be worse if it weren't for his tough stance on the border
* From midnight on Friday, flights from Europe to the US will be suspended

For once, the conversation over closing the US-Mexico border is being driven b Mexican health officials who say they are considering shutting out Americans to keep coronavirus out of their country.

There are currently more than 2,000 cases of the virus in the US and it is spreading rapidly. Forty-three people have died from it.

By contrast in Mexico, there have only been 16 confirmed cases and no deaths.

At a press conference on Friday, health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said: 'Mexico wouldn't bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here.

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WNU Editor: The concerns from the Mexic'sHealth Minister are justified. The U.S. is shutting down right now, with restaurants, hotels, and other labour intensive occupations being impacted directly. Instead of staying home for the next few months, I would not be surprised if many who are from Mexico may make the decision to return to Mexico until this is all over instead of staying home.

Update: A widespread outbreak of coronavirus in Mexico is 'inevitable,' health officials say (Business Insider/Mexico News Daily).

Contrary To Media Reports Google Is Developing A National Website To Track Coronavirus

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 06:24 AM PDT

Daily Wire: Google Debunks False Claims That It Is Not Developing A National Website To Track Coronavirus

Google pushed back against claims from left-wing media on Saturday after certain publications and journalists falsely claimed that President Donald Trump lied when he said that Google was building a national website to track cases of coronavirus.

"I want to thank Google," Trump said during a press conference on Friday. "Google is helping to develop a website. It's going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location."

Google Communications initially released a statement on Friday from Verily, a company that is owned by Google's parent company, Alphabet.

"We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time," Google Communications tweeted. "We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to be part of this effort."

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WNU Editor: One of my brother's closest friends (who is also a neighbour) is one of the managers for this project, and he tells em that they are very excited to be involved in this project knowing too well that it is going to be used by everyone once it is online. As for the main stream media. CTV News in Canada this morning is still carrying the fake news report that Google was surprised by the President's announcement. Sighhhh .... this is just another reminder on why we must always be skeptical on what the news is reporting on.

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