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Pakistan Prime Minister: Cannot Afford To Close The Cities To Prevent The Spread Of The Covid-19 Coronavirus

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:28 PM PDT

Experts say that PM Khan has failed to come up with a concrete policy to curb the coronavirus spread

Al-Jazeera: Pakistan PM: 'Cannot afford' to shut down cities over coronavirus

Imran Khan has called upon his countrymen 'not to panic' amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called upon his countrymen "not to panic" amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, warning that the spread of COVID-19 was inevitable and that Pakistan cannot currently afford the economic cost of shutting down its cities.

As of Wednesday, Pakistan has recorded at least 243 cases of the highly contagious coronavirus, most linked to travellers who have returned home from neighbouring Iran, according to government data. It is the highest number of confirmed cases in South Asia, compared with 147 in India, 44 in Sri Lanka, and 22 in Afghanistan.

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Update #1: Pakistan can't afford to shutter cities to prevent virus: PM Imran Khan (AFP)
Update #2: Coronavirus: Is Pakistan taking COVID-19 too lightly? (DW)

WNU Editor:  This is a prescription for disaster. There are currently 243 cases of Covid-19 in Pakistan. Here is an easy prediction. In three weeks the number will be in the tens of thousands.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 09:06 PM PDT

BBC: Is Latin America prepared to fight coronavirus?

The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America has not reached European proportions yet but judging by decisions taken in the last few days, governments here are not taking any chances.

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro announced that the whole country, already suffering from years of economic and political turmoil, would be under quarantine from Tuesday after the number of cases there rose from 16 to 33 in one day.

"We're facing a serious pandemic," he told the nation in a televised address. "If we don't stop it in time, cut it off and control it, it could bring us down."


Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Americas -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Coronavirus travel chaos as Latin America barricades itself -- DW
Mexico under international criticism for coronavirus response -- The Hill
The Coronavirus Is Spreading Through Latin America, But Mexico's President Is Still Out There Kissing Children -- BuzzFeed
Colombia's congress adds 1-month coronavirus break to 3-month Christmas recess -- Colombia Reports
Coronavirus cases in Colombia at 65, Lufthansa suspends Bogotá flight -- The City Paper
COVID-19: Venezuela to implement national quarantine -- Reuters
Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients docks in Cuba -- AP
Peru deploys military to slow coronavirus spread; Chile closes borders -- The Star
Breaking coronavirus quarantine in Argentina could mean jail time -- Al Jazeera
Brazil records two new deaths from coronavirus -- Reuters
Rio's Christ statue closes and state of emergency decreed -- AP
Coronavirus batters Brazilian retail, travel and factories -- Reuters
Brazil health minister: More restrictive COVID-19 measures may be needed -- Reuters
Coronavirus is hammering Latin American economies -- Quartz

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 08:47 PM PDT

DW: Ebola-hit West African nations on alert amid coronavirus pandemic

Memories of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are still fresh in the minds of survivors, as concern mounts over a potential coronavirus outbreak.

People in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are ramping up preparations for a potential coronavirus outbreak, with many worried they will see a repeat of the chaos and misinformation associated with the 2014 – 2016 Ebola outbreak.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Africa -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says -- AP
Factbox: What Africa is doing to fight coronavirus -- Reuters
African nations impose stricter measures as coronavirus spreads -- The Guardian
North Africa braces for coronavirus -- Al-Monitor
First virus death in Sub-Saharan Africa as WHO warns 'prepare for worst' -- AFP
Diabetic dies in Burkina Faso from Covid-19 -- BBC
Egypt's reported coronavirus cases increase to 210 -- Reuters
Nigeria bans entry for travelers from 13 countries as it announces five new cases of coronavirus -- CNN
Four years after Ebola crisis, Liberia braces for coronavirus -- France 24
Tension, fear as South Africa steps up coronavirus fight -- Al Jazeera
Tunisia imposes 12-hour curfew to halt virus spread -- BBC
Morocco tells people to stay home to contain virus -- France 24
Coronavirus in Sudan: Food and medical supplies in short supply -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Tourists quarantined on cruise ship Aidamira off South Africa -- BBC
African music legend Dibango in hospital with coronavirus -- France 24
How is the WHO preparing for a coronavirus emergency in Africa? -- France 24

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 08:42 PM PDT

Arab News: Middle East coronavirus cases continue to rise

DUBAI: Middle East countries are reporting a higher number of coronavirus cases, with Iran recording its single biggest jump in deaths during the past 24 hours, as the rest world experiencing similar bleak scenarios. Countries are implementing tighter rules on international and domestic travel to strengthen efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Jordan has limited movement even between governorates in order to contain the disease, as UN reported that some refugees have been infected with coronavirus.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The Middle East -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Virus death toll spikes in Iran, with total now at 1,135 -- AP
Coronavirus: Iran told to take threat seriously as death toll passes 1,000 -- BBC
Iran's Rouhani defends virus response despite no lockdown -- AFP
Iran defends response as virus deaths surpass 1,000 -- Al Jazeera
Inside Iran's coronavirus outbreak, residents say it's worse than official figures reveal -- ABC News Online
Iran faces catastrophic death toll from coronavirus -- DW
Iran's supreme leader to pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political ones -- Reuters
Iraqi Shiite pilgrims defy curfews and coronavirus -- AFP
Turkey announces a second coronavirus death, cases jump to 191 -- Reuters
Erdogan advises Turks to stay home, acts to boost economy against coronavirus -- Reuters
Turkey announces first coronavirus death amid jump in cases -- Al Jazeera
Turkey 'will shut border with Greece because of coronavirus fears, after opening it to refugees hoping to reach Europe' -- Daily Mail
War-torn Yemen gears up for coronavirus battle -- Al Jazeera
Israel slaps virus closure on Palestinian-ruled areas of West Bank -- AFP
Israel closes borders to all non-resident foreigners as cases spike 40 percent in one day -- RT
Netanyahu threatens Israeli lockdown orders in coronavirus crisis -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Israel enables emergency spy powers -- BBC
Israel enables spy power to track people suspected of having coronavirus -- ABC News Online
Saudi Arabia urges G20 virtual talk on coronavirus, shuts mosques -- Al Jazeera
UAE bars entry to visitors over coronavirus, Saudis limit private sector work -- Reuters

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 08:34 PM PDT

BBC: Coronavirus: Asian nations face virus battle amid WHO warning

Many Asian nations are facing an increasing battle to stem the spread of coronavirus, amid a World Health Organization warning that some needed to take "aggressive measures".

Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are among nations imposing strict border controls.

Cases in the South Asian subcontinent are still below 500 but there are fears a spike could overwhelm health systems.

There are 185,000 cases globally, with 7,500 confirmed deaths.

Some nations and territories that had seen success in controlling the virus or slowing its arrival, including South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, have seen new spikes, amid fears people returning from abroad are importing the virus.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Asia -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong Face Second Wave of Coronavirus Cases -- WSJ
Second wave of coronavirus cases hits Asia -- Financial Times
Asia Braces for Second Wave of Coronavirus Cases as Citizens Abroad Return Home -- Slate
Grass-roots officials take lead role on the front line of Wuhan's grid-by-grid battle against coronavirus -- SCMP
Coronavirus: Hubei city reopens for business, then closes again 30 minutes later -- SCMP
Coronavirus leaves China with mountains of medical waste -- SCMP
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports 25 new cases, most are travellers from abroad -- Straits Times
One chart shows how South Korea got its coronavirus outbreak under control in less than a month -- Business Insider
North Korean missile activity unaffected by global COVID-19 fears: U.S. official -- NK News
NKorea's Kim admits troubled medical system amid virus fears -- ABC News/AP
Japan uses just a fraction of its coronavirus testing capacity -- Reuters
Japan may yet to have reached its peak of COVID-19 infections, study shows -- Japan Times
Philippines' death rate from coronavirus one of world's highest -- UPI
Coronavirus: doctors slam India's limited testing as fears of community spread grow -- SCMP
Pakistan confirms first two deaths from coronavirus - minister -- Reuters
Pakistan confirms first two coronavirus deaths -- AFP
Coronavirus: Is Pakistan taking COVID-19 too lightly? -- DW
Coronavirus outbreak delaying refugees' return to Afghanistan -- UPI
Taliban promises safe passage for coronavirus health workers -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Singapore tells all new arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days as 47 new cases confirmed -- SCMP
Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry -- AFP
India's restrictive criteria for virus testing may mask toll -- AP
India's poor testing rate may have masked coronavirus cases -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus pandemic: Sri Lanka schools close for five weeks -- Al Jazeera
Australia declares emergency, invokes new powers to fight coronavirus -- France 24
Coronavirus: Australia bans 'non-essential' gatherings of over 100 people -- BBC
Asia's Best Strategies Against Coronavirus: Track, Isolate, Communicate -- The Diplomat

Covid-18 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 08:15 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Italy sees 475 new coronavirus deaths – the highest one-day toll of ANY country – and infections shoot up by 4,207, erasing hopes the rate was slowing

* Italy records the highest one-day death toll of any country since the first case was detected in China
* Civil Protection Agency announces 475 deaths as infections shoot up by more than 4,000 in a day
* The update is a blow to hopes the country's lockdown had slowed the spread of Covid-19
* Italian health chief Silvio Brusaferro urges countrymen: 'Do not give up'
* Number of daily coronavirus cases in Italy had been fairly stagnant in recent days at around 3,500 per day

Italy has recorded the highest one-day official coronavirus death toll since the first case was detected in China late last year.

On Wednesday the country reported 475 new deaths from Covid-19, just a day after it looked like Italian coronavirus infections had started to slow.

Italy's Civil Protection Agency announced 4,207 new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the the total up from 31,506 to 35,713.

Today's news comes amid hopes the Italian lockdown had slowed the spread of the pandemic.

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Covid-18 Coronavirus Pandemic In Europe -- News Updates March 18, 2020

'We underestimated coronavirus,' EU admits: Ursula von der Leyen says 'measures that seemed drastic two weeks ago need to be taken now' as the bloc shuts its borders -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus: EU entry ban hits travellers as lockdown widens -- BBC
EU closes external borders to slow spread of coronavirus -- France 24
European Union closes borders to most foreign travellers to curb coronavirus pandemic -- ABC News Online
Italy coronavirus deaths rise by record 475 in a day -- BBC
Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths, lifting total death toll to 2,978 -- Reuters
Uncounted among coronavirus victims, deaths sweep through Italy's nursing homes -- Reuters
Coronavirus in Italy: Solidarity in the time of disease -- DW
Italy rushes new doctors into service as coronavirus deaths rise above 2,500 -- Reuters
Italy threatens to ban outdoor exercise as coronavirus deaths surge -- Reuters
Germany coronavirus threat raised to 'high' alert -- DW
Coronavirus latest: Merkel speaks of greatest post-war challenge -- DW
Merkel calls coronavirus 'biggest challenge since WW2' -- France 24
Coronavirus: German government to fly home tens of thousands of tourists -- DW
Fearing coronavirus recession, France announces €45 billion in business aid -- France 24
Scramble for the countryside: Parisians flee capital as lockdown begins -- France 24
'Thank you Parisians, don't bring the virus': plea from rural France -- The Guardian
UK rolls out tougher virus action after dire science warning -- AFP
British schools to close as coronavirus crisis worsens -- Reuters
Panic buying forces British supermarkets to ration food -- Reuters
LATEST: Coronavirus infections in Spain leap 18 percent overnight -- The Local
Wary of official virus claims, Russians brace for worst -- Reuters
Coronavirus: Temporary hospital being built in Moscow -- BBC
Balkans fights virus amid lack of doctors, medical supplies -- AP
Serbia's military deploys at borders to help fight coronavirus -- Reuters
Coronavirus Poland map: The top regions in Poland struck down by killer virus -- Express
COVID-19 cases rise to 448 in Portugal -- Xinhuanet
Number of Covid-19 cases rises to 319 in Finland – pandemic to cut GDP by 5%, says Etla -- Helsinki Times
Spain to close all hotels from March 24 -- Business Traveller
Euro 2020 postponed until next summer -- BBC
Europe struggles with 'socio-economic tsunami' caused by coronavirus -- France 24

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Medical News And Information -- March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 07:51 PM PDT

Countries that have committed to joining the trial are Argentina, Canada, France, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand - but not the US. Pictured: WHO media briefing

Daily Mail: The US will NOT be included in the WHO's trial of experimental treatments for coronavirus because it has not committed to the project yet - but 10 other countries have

* The WHO announced its new 'SOLIDARITY trial' to compare the effects of different drugs on coronavirus
* Drugs that will be tested include remdesivir, originally conceived as a drug to fight Ebola, and an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine
* Countries that have committed are Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand
* The US was not listed as one of the countries although the WHO's director-general says he believes 'many more will join'
* There are more than 7,800 confirmed cases in all 50 states and 121 deaths

The US will not be part of a new trial led by the World Health Organization examining which treatments work best against coronavirus.

The so-called 'SOLIDARITY trial' will see researchers from several different countries compare the effects of different drugs on the highly-infectious disease.

Included in the trial are remdesivir, originally conceived as a drug to fight Ebola, and an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization's director-general, said eight countries had committed to joining the trial, but that America was not among them.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Medical News And Information -- March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: where do we stand in the race for a vaccine? -- France 24
Coronavirus drugs: Who's doing what, and when they might come -- France 24
When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready? -- The Guardian
Coronavirus: US starts clinical trial of Covid-19 vaccine that will last into next year -- SCMP
Coronavirus vaccine starts clinical trial in the US on Monday - but it will be at least a year before it is ready for use -- Daily Mail
Hopes for coronavirus vaccine rise after Chinese scientists find infected monkeys developed immunity -- SCMP
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor? -- The Guardian
Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks -- Al Jazeera
How does coronavirus spread and how can you protect yourself? -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: What it does to the body -- James Gallagher, BBC
What happens if you catch the new coronavirus? -- Al Jazeera
Best strategies against virus: Track, isolate, communicate -- AP
Coronavirus: The lessons to learn from Ebola -- DW
Can a face mask stop coronavirus? Covid-19 facts checked -- The Guardian
Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread -- Al Jazeera
Undetected coronavirus transmissions that only caused mild symptoms were responsible for its rapid spread in China, scientists say -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus vs the human immune system: the brutal microscopic war for survival -- SCMP
Think only old people can die from coronavirus? Think again. Expert who led team assessing China's outbreak says NO ONE is safe from the killer virus -- Daily Mail
Coronavirus code: Computer modeling could help fight the virus -- DW
What Australia could learn from China's response to coronavirus COVID-19 -- Christina Zhou and Bang Xiao
China's Wuhan coronavirus survivors recount fear, uncertainty and lack of resources -- ABC News Online
Microsoft launches an interactive map that tracks the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic in real-time to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 03:31 PM PDT

Daily Mail: Surgeon General says 15 days of lockdown 'won't be enough' to stop the coronavirus spread but pleads with Americans to 'pitch in' and do their part to stay indoors now to make sure we don't become Italy

* Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Wednesday the 15 days recommended by Trump likely is not enough
* In order to avoid the US becoming Italy - which now has 31,000 cases - he said people must act now
* He is urging Americans to stay at home where they can and to practice social distancing to flatten the curve
* As of Wednesday morning, there were more than 7,000 cases of coronvirus in the US and 121 had died
* Adams said the situation would be 'reassessed' in 15 days time and that it was possible to make a difference
* Trump, meanwhile, referred to the virus on Wednesday again as the 'Chinese Virus' - a phrase which is enraging world dignitaries
* The economy has been plunged into a recession with tens of thousands of people already losing work
* Trump has announced a stimulus plan which includes a $1k a month check for Americans - but some experts say far more is needed
* There is now an urgent need for ventilators, surgical masks and hospital beds across the country
* Local politicians like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are calling on Trump to mobilize the military to help

The Surgeon General warned on Wednesday that it could take longer than 15 days to slow the spread of coronavirus but that Americans must 'pitch in' and do their part now to stay home and self-isolate if they want the deadly disease to die.

Jerome Adams appeared on Today to make the plea, a day after President Trump issued a 15-day set of guidelines to people to work from home where possible and practice social distancing.

Millions have heeded the advice and are avoiding going out. Some, like in cities where the pandemic spreading the quickest, are calling for harsher action, like a two-week national shutdown to force people indoors.

On Tuesday, startling new data revealed that as many as 2million Americans may die if no further action is taken but that making people self-isolate now for 18 months could cut that figure to 200,000.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In The U.S. -- News Updates March 18, 2020

US coronavirus live: Trump closing Canada border for 'non-essential traffic' -- The Guardian
Trump, Canada's Trudeau agree on importance of maintaining trade: White House -- Reuters
US-Canada border to close amid virus crisis -- BBC
US and Canada to close border to non-essential traffic -- The Guardian
Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state -- The Guardian
Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as death toll rises -- BBC
Trump says he will invoke wartime act to fight 'enemy' coronavirus -- Reuters
Donald Trump says he's a 'wartime president' as he uses special defense powers to ramp up medical equipment production to tackle 'unseen enemy' -- Daily Mail
Trump invokes Defense Production Act as coronavirus response -- The Hill
Trump taps powers to boost virus response; Senate OKs bill -- AP
Donald Trump says 20 per cent unemployment is 'an absolute, total, worst case scenario' as his Treasury Secretary pledges it will NOT reach 1935 levels and checks for all could be as much as $2,000 each -- Daily Mail
U.S. worried coronavirus could hit young adults: White House official -- Reuters
Trump to remove migrants who cross U.S.-Mexico border illegally due to coronavirus -- Reuters
Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers -- AP
Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April -- AP
Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing -- AP
Get a grip, Bill! Cuomo blasts 'panic and fear' being created by calls for a total NYC lockdown to fight coronavirus in veiled attack on De Blasio - but says a huge hospital ship will be sent to the city -- Daily Mail
New York City may issue 'shelter-in-place' order in fight against coronavirus -- France 24
Billionaire Bill Ackman says 'America will end as we know it' unless Trump shuts entire country down NOW for 30 days - rather than 'a gradual roll-out that is scaring people and bankrupting the economy, starting with hotels and restaurants' -- Daily Mail
America interrupted: Stark satellite photos reveal how the coronavirus has emptied airports, parking lots and landmarks across the nation as the outbreak intensifies -- Daily Mail

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 03:27 PM PDT

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Live Updates And WHO Announcements -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Live: UK to shut schools as deaths rise to 104 -- BBC
Coronavirus live news: Italy deaths up by 475, biggest jump anywhere in a single day -- The Guardian
Coronavirus update: More than 200,000 cases worldwide, Italy death toll soars, UK closes schools, Eurovision cancelled -- ABC News Online
Coronavirus updates: Global cases top 200,000, U.S. stocks drop sharply -- NBC
Coronavirus live updates: US suspending visa services worldwide, layoffs hit restaurants -- CNBC
Italy reports 475 new coronavirus deaths in a day - Live updates -- Al Jazeera
Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? -- Al Jazeera

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic WHO Announcements -- News Updates March 18, 2020

Global coronavirus cases top 200,000 as authorities unleash economic aid packages -- France 24
Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France -- Reuters
Number of coronavirus cases in the world exceeded 200,000, WHO reports -- TASS
Coronavirus cases top 200,000 worldwide; EU closes borders -- UPI

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: What Is The U.S. Military (And The Military Of Other Countries) Doing?

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 01:33 PM PDT

Daily Mail: The Pentagon will donate 5 MILLION respirators to strapped medical facilities – and plans to deploy two Navy hospital ships to help deal with an anticipated flood of patients during the coronavirus outbreak

* The U.S. has begun sending out equipment from its strategic stockpile
* Looming shortages of masks, gowns, and gloves amid predicted hospitalizations
* In New York state, 19 per cent of positive coronavirus cases are being hospitalized
* Defense Secretary Esper says 1 million respirators are being shipped immediately
* Two U.S. Navy hospital ships to assist the effort
* Coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said hospital ships, use of V.A. facilities, and Defense Department facilities are in the mix
* Adding to the need are infections that have been identified among medical professionals serving on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak
* VP Mike Pence wants construction firms to donate excess N95 masks and hold off on new orders amid a coming shortage
* President Trump said the Army Corps of Engineers would build mobile field hospitals in several possible locations

The Pentagon is stepping in to aid the coronavirus outbreak, with Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying the military would donate up to 5 million respirators to hospitals, with 1 million being made available immediately.

Esper said the military also would donate 2,000 ventilators held in reserve, as part of the scramble to get U.S. hospitals staffed and outfitted for an anticipated crush of victims of the coronavirus.

Ventilators have become an acute issue, with only about 62,000 in use and others in stockpile, but an anticipated need that is far greater. The military normally keeps respirators on hand to protect troops from whatever they might encounter on the battlefield.

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: What Is The U.S. Military Is Doing

First veteran death due to coronavirus confirmed -- The Hill
Two more sailors on board warships have the coronavirus -- Navy Times
Coronavirus cases among US troops double in one day; Pentagon prepares hospital ships for response -- Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon just offered ventilators for the coronavirus response. It could do much more. -- VOX
Pentagon to give 5M respirator masks, 2,000 ventilators to HHS in response to coronavirus outbreak -- The Hill
The military is sending breathing masks, ventilators to civilian hospitals -- Military Times
US military to make labs available to test civilians for coronavirus and donate millions of medical masks to HHS amid pandemic -- CNN
Pentagon says any military support to coronavirus response involves 'trade-offs' -- CNN
Forty-nine service members have coronavirus: US military -- Reuters
US Forces-Korea says combat approach to COVID-19 is working -- Military Times
Trump deploys hospital ships in coronavirus 'war' -- AFP
Trump says he is 'starting the process' of having the military assist with coronavirus response -- CNN
Navy hospital ship deploying to New York to help with coronavirus crisis -- The Hill
Pentagon Says Preparing Two Navy Hospital Ships to Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak -- Sputnik
Troops are safer in the field during outbreak, 101st leaders say -- Army Times
STRATCOM: No COVID-19 Cases, So Far; Some Self-Quarantine -- Breaking Defense
The Military Can Reinforce The Postal System If COVID-19 Causes Delivery Disruptions -- Warzone/The Drive
Retired general: What is reasonable to expect from US military in a pandemic -- CNN
Why you can't just 'call out the military' to fix the coronavirus crisis -- Politico
Here's how the military could help treat and contain the coronavirus pandemic -- Meghann Myers, Military Times
The Pentagon held an exercise for a flu pandemic 14 years ago. Here's what was learned. -- Yahoo News

Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic: What The Military Of Other Countries Doing

French Army steps in to help badly hit eastern France cope with coronavirus -- France 24
How China's military took a frontline role in the coronavirus crisis -- Minnie Chan, SCMP
Coronavirus: China designs floating hospital to combat infectious diseases -- SCMP
Russian Prisoners, Students and Military Will Be Commandeered to Produce Masks -- Moscow Times
Canada orders military members on leave abroad to return home, self-isolate -- CBC
Canadian military making COVID-19 plans amid worries crisis will embolden adversaries -- CTV News

World News Briefs -- March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 01:25 PM PDT

SCMP: Coronavirus: global recession in 2020 now seen as guaranteed as outbreak ravages Europe, US

* Hope for rapid global economic recovery has faded, with some analysts predicting the downturn may last until next year
* Escalation of containment measures in Europe and the US, along with weak Chinese economic data, are seen as tipping points in the outlook for the economy

A global economic recession is now all but guaranteed in 2020, with analysts worldwide continuing to slash their already grim forecasts as the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic outside China results in unprecedented containment measures and a rising number of businesses in danger of bankruptcy.

The moves by central banks around the world to cut their interest rates to record lows and by governments to pump huge amounts of money into their economies – including the new proposal in the United States to spend around US$1 trillion to bail out troubled businesses and provide a cash handout to every American – have come too late, according to analysts.

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Syria opposition blocks Turkey-Russia patrols on M4 highway.

Pompeo says Russia responsible for Turkish soldiers' deaths.

US hands over base to Iraqi forces in area known to be a hotbed for Iran-backed militia. US deployment in Iraq: Troops to leave smaller bases after attack.

US slaps new sanctions on Iran amid renewed rocket attacks in Iraq.

Iran president says Iran responded, will respond to assassination of Soleimani. Rouhani vows Iran will take further action to avenge US assassination of Soleimani.

Adnan al-Zurfi named new prime minister of Iraq.

Ehud Olmert tells FRANCE 24: 'Benjamin Netanyahu has to go home'.

All sides to blame for at least 120 attacks on Yemen hospitals, report says.


Intense cross border fire underway between troops of India and Pakistan.

Taliban promises safe passage for coronavirus health workers.

US calls Afghan prisoner swap 'urgent' amid coronavirus.

Deputy head of Japan's Olympic Committee tests positive for COVID-19, Abe insists games will go ahead.

Dissent grows as IOC battles to keep Tokyo Olympics on track. Athletes accuse Olympic organisers of 'putting us in danger' by not cancelling Tokyo 2020 and forcing them to 'risk our health' by training during coronavirus outbreak.

As China-US relations continue to sour, Beijing says expulsion of American reporters may just be the start.

North Korean leader calls upgrading public health sector a 'crucial task'.

China expels US journalists in escalating media freedom row.


Ebola-hit West African nations on alert amid coronavirus pandemic.

UN urges Libyans to halt fighting, instead battle coronavirus.

Nigeria bans entry for travelers from 13 countries as it announces five new cases of coronavirus.

Anti-government protests thwarted as Algeria bans street marches over coronavirus.

Troops in Mali 'failed to prevent massacre'.

Malawi leader sacks country's military chief.

Militia 'sect' wreaks havoc in remote DR Congo region.

Egypt targets Guardian, NYT journalists over coronavirus reports.


EU closes external borders to slow spread of coronavirus.

'We underestimated coronavirus,' EU admits: Ursula von der Leyen says 'measures that seemed drastic two weeks ago need to be taken now' as the bloc shuts its borders.

Europe struggles with 'socio-economic tsunami' caused by coronavirus. Fearing coronavirus recession, France announces €45 billion in business aid.

Russia has deployed 'significant coronavirus disinformation campaign' against the West to sow panic, the EU says.

Coronavirus: UK chancellor unveils £350bn lifeline for economy.

Coronavirus: Pound plunges to its lowest level in over 30 years.

Greece curbs refugee movement in camps over coronavirus fears.

Spanish PM addresses near-empty parliament.

Pope Francis stresses 'mercy' in 2nd web-streamed general audience.


Trump says he will invoke wartime act to fight 'enemy' coronavirus.

Most Americans say Trump hasn't taken virus seriously: poll.

Trump says US, Canada to close border to 'non-essential traffic' amid coronavirus.

Defying Beijing, Donald Trump doubles down on use of 'Chinese virus' label for Covid-19.

Fears of US unemployment spike as government prepares rescue.

Coronavirus travel chaos as Latin America barricades itself.

US election 2020: Sanders 'assessing' campaign after Biden rout.

Brazil charges 6 ex-military dictatorship agents in journalist's murder.


State Department blacklists new IS leader.

Exclusive: Legendary special operations aviator reveals bin Laden mission details for the first time.

Former chief of Defence 'shocked' at video of Australian SAS soldier killing unarmed Afghan man.


Wall Street extends recent selloff, puts Dow on course to erase 'Trump-bump'.

Oil's 24% plunge in a day signals no end in sight for meltdown.

Amazon faces new role in virus crisis: lifeline.

Facebook says spam filter mayhem not related to coronavirus.

Virus could shake up world's most expensive cities.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 18, 2020

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 11:06 AM PDT

As of now, Lockheed Martin's production facility in Ft. Worth, Texas, has not been impacted by the new coronavirus. (Defense Contract Management Agency)

Defense News: We asked defense companies how they're impacted by the coronavirus. Here's what they said.

WASHINGTON — Like everyone else in America, the defense industry is still reeling from how quickly the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, went from a potential issue to a city-shuttering pandemic.

But as major economic hubs like San Francisco and New York City struggle with curfews and restrictions on public gatherings, companies — and the Defense Department — still appear to be sorting out if any shutdowns related to work are imminent.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 18, 2020

Trump's $46 billion coronavirus aid request includes $8 billion for the Pentagon -- Defense News

Second military exercise in Africa canceled within week over coronavirus -- The Hill

Future destroyer USS Delbert D. Black completes acceptance trials -- UPI

Cost of upgrading Arleigh Burke destroyers may not be worth it, says US Navy -- Defense News

Honeywell nets $72.8M for auxiliary power units on Navy aircraft -- UPI

U.S. Space Force gets first offensive weapon, a satellite jammer -- UPI

The Navy Wants to Transform Its P-8 Poseidon Patrol Planes Into Bombers -- National Interest

America's Largest Military Bases Around the World -- 24/7 Wall Street

Spanish parliament approves North Macedonia's NATO membership bid -- Defense News

Equipment delays threatening UK military capability: report -- Reuters

Bill sets five-year limit to prosecute UK armed forces who served abroad -- The Guardian

Former Canadian special-forces commander named military's sixth vice-chief in four years -- CTV News

Russia's Armata T-14 Tank is More Than the Next Generation of Main Battle Tank -- National Interest

Russia's top-secret weapons for new nuclear submarines: what we know so far -- RBTH

Russian Electronic Warfare in Donbas: Training or Preparation for a Wider Attack? -- Jamestown Foundation

High suicide rate plagues Russian military, lawmaker says -- Barents Observer

Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter Has Problems: Engines, Oil, and Weak Adversaries -- National Interest

A Russian military helicopter accidentally opened fire on an apartment building -- Task & Purpose

Russia Is Ready for a Nuclear, Chemical or Biological Weapons-Based War -- National Interest

Russian Military Science Promotes Innovation in Future Warfare -- Jamestown Foundation

How China's military took a frontline role in the coronavirus crisis -- SCMP

Beyond "Conventional Wisdom": Evaluating the PLA's South China Sea Bases in Operational Context -- War On The Rocks

Exclusive: China's internal security force on frontlines of Hong Kong protests -- Reuters

China's Experts Propose to Use Electromagnetic Weapons Against US Warships in S China Sea - Reports -- Sputnik

China's new Long March-7A rocket fails first launch -- SCMP

Taiwan again scrambles jets to warn off Chinese air force -- Reuters

Taipei says Chinese military aircraft flew night exercise across Taiwan Strait -- SCMP

Sino-Cambodian military drill begins -- The Star

Indian Army now world's largest ground force as China halves strength on modernisation push -- The Print

2020: The Year North Korea Starts Testing ICBMs Again? -- National Interest

Shake-up looms in Kenya's military as terms of senior officers end -- Daily Nation

EU Accuses Russia Of Deploying Coronavirus Pandemic Disinformation To Sow Panic In The West

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 07:53 AM PDT

Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Reuters: Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation to sow panic in West, EU document says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian media have deployed a "significant disinformation campaign" against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters.

The Kremlin denied the allegations on Wednesday, saying they were unfounded and lacked common sense.

The EU document said the Russian campaign, pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, uses contradictory, confusing and malicious reports to make it harder for the EU to communicate its response to the pandemic.

"A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing," said the nine-page internal document, dated March 16, using the name of the disease that can be caused by the coronavirus.

"The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western line with the Kremlin's broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies," the document produced by the EU's foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service, said.

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WNU Editor: This EU document provides no proof or evidence of this Russian disinformation campaign.

More News On The EU Accusing Russia Of Deploying Coronavirus Pandemic Disinformation To Sow Panic In The West

EU accuses pro-Kremlin media of using coronavirus crisis to undermine West -- Telegraph
EU accuses Russia of looking to destabilise west with coronavirus disinformation campaign -- The Independent
Even during a global emergency, Russia's disinformation campaign continues -- Emerging Europe

IMF Rejects Venezuelan President Maduro's Request For A $5 Billion Emergency Loan To Fight The Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 07:36 AM PDT

AP: IMF rejects Maduro's bid for emergency loan to fight virus

The International Monetary Fund has quickly rejected a surprise request Tuesday by Venezuela for an emergency $5 billion loan to fight the new coronavirus, which threatens to push its already battered economy over the edge.

An IMF spokesperson said the request can't be considered because there was no clarity among its 189 member states on who it recognizes as Venezuela's rightful leader: Nicolás Maduro or Juan Guaidó, the U.S.-backed head of congress.

"Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request. As we have mentioned before, IMF engagement with member countries is predicated on official government recognition by the international community, as reflected in the IMF's membership," the spokesperson said in a statement. "There is no clarity on recognition at this time."'

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WNU Editor: The IMF's official reason on why they have rejected Venezuelan President Maduro's request because there is no consensus among IMF members on who is the legitimate leader in Venezuela. But I think there also another reason. Venezuela does not pay its bills or loans, and most know that if this money is given to Maduro, the last place that it will be used is to treat and combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

More News On The IMF Rejecting Venezuelan President Maduro's Request For A $5 Billion Emergency Loan To Fight The Covid-19 Pandemic

IMF Rejects Venezuela's Request For $5bn Coronavirus Aid -- AFP
IMF denies Venezuela emergency aid to help fight coronavirus -- The Telegraph
IMF Won't Lend to Venezuela Because Maduro Lacks Recognition -- Bloomberg
Crisis-hit Venezuelan capital in lockdown over new threat: coronavirus -- AFP
Maduro Declares Quarantine in Venezuela Over COVID-19 Starting on Tuesday -- Sputnik
Venezuela expands quarantine as number of coronavirus cases climbs to 33 -- Reuters
Quarantine threatens to deepen Venezuelan crisis as roadblocks snarl food supplies -- Reuters
'Mask, gown, gloves – none of that exists': Venezuela's coronavirus crisis -- The Guardian

F-15E Strike Eagle Spotted Flying With An Inert B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 06:37 AM PDT

Warzone/The Drive: F-15E Strike Eagle Spotted Flying With An Inert B61-12 Nuclear Bomb Out Of Nellis AFB

The precision-guided upgrade of the B61 tactical nuclear bomb has had a troubled and very expensive past.

Exercise Red Flag is underway with the U.S. and some of its tightest allies fighting a mock air war over the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) in southern Nevada. Either in conjunction with the exercise or independent of it, there is a lot of testing currently going on over the same area. Case in point, this test F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to Eglin Air Force Base carrying an inert version of America's newest variant of its long-running B61 series of nuclear bombs, the precision-guided B61-12.

The jet was snapped by aviation photographer Kris Trajano on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. The F-15E was followed by a pair of F-16s that were landing just before the first Red Flag launch of the day. It isn't uncommon for various test, training, and tactics development missions to be executed in the space between the two daily Red Flag mass launches and recoveries. Still, it is interesting to see the B61-12 hanging on an F-15E coming into Nellis. Much of the test and evaluation work for the USAF's nuclear weapons delivery systems occurs on the Tonopah Test Range in the northern reaches of the NTTR. Nearby Tonopah Test Range Airport also supports those activities under certain circumstances.

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WNU Editor: From Wikipedia .... The B61 is of the variable yield ("dial-a-yield" in informal military jargon) design with a yield of 0.3 to 340 kilotons in its various mods.

B2 Stealth Bomber At RAF Fairford After Carrying Out Training Missions In Europe

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 06:18 AM PDT

Spanning an imposing 170 feet and capable of unleashing awesome destruction, the B-2 stealth bomber was on full display to Britons at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this weekend

Daily Mail: Ghost ship of the sky! B2 Stealth Bomber from the US is pictured at RAF Fairford after carrying out training missions in Europe

* The B2 stealth bomber spans an imposing 170 feet and is capable of unleashing awesome destruction
* It was on full display to Britons at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire after flying in from Lajes Field, Portugal
* Training exercises over Garvi Island were choreographed to showcase Washington's military might to world
* Darren Lewington, 49, flew over the RAF base yesterday in a two-seater Piper Cub to glimpse the best view

Spanning an imposing 170 feet and capable of unleashing awesome destruction, the B2 stealth bomber is one of the most deadly weapons in the United States' military arsenal.

But this weekend it was on full display to Britons at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire after flying in from the American base in Lajes Field, Portugal, where it had carried out training.

These exercises over Garvi Island were choreographed to showcase Washington's military might by striking fear into its enemies while reassuring its allies.

And to those who marvelled at the stealth bomber in the Cotswolds, it certainly had the desired effect and sent a chill up the spine.

Darren Lewington, 49, flew over the RAF base yesterday in a two-seater Piper Cub to glimpse the best view of the gigantic plane.

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WNU Editor: There may be a global pandemic right now, but military training exercises continue.

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