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Editor's Note

Posted: 22 Mar 2020 05:42 AM PDT

WNU Editor: Need to go back to Montreal this morning to check out the house. It has definitely been a surreal week isolated in my chalet in the Laurentians. When I reflect about it, it has been years since I have slept as much as I did this week. The fresh air always knocks me out, but I usually recover within 2 or 3 days. Not this week. I think it was all the phone calls and hearing what other people were going through that kinda/sorta drained me. When I think about it, in all fairness this experience is draining all of us. So far there is only one person that I know who has contracted the coronavirus virus. The husband of a very good friend of mine was diagnosed a few days ago. They live across the Hudson River from New York City in New Jersey, and he was going through a regimen of chemotherapy last week when he started to feel sick. Naturally she is very upset and scared on what they are going through. My prayers are with them.

Blogging will return later this afternoon when I get back, and I am going to set up a routine/plan to post as much as I can. There is a lot of news that is being ignored and/or under-reported, and it needs to get out there.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Tweets For Today

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 10:30 PM PDT

Videos For Today

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 10:00 PM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 09:38 PM PDT

A deserted Trafalgar Square as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in London, March 20. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

WNU editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Coronavirus effectively shuts down United Kingdom (Reuters).

Why Is Russia's Covid-19 Coronavirus Infection Rate So Low?

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 08:40 PM PDT

Mary Ilyushina, CNN: Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week his country managed to stop the mass spread of coronavirus -- and that the situation was "under control," thanks to early and aggressive measures to keep more people from getting the disease.

Does Russia have coronavirus under control? According to information released by Russian officials, Putin's strategy seems to have worked. The number of confirmed Russian coronavirus cases is surprisingly low, despite Russia sharing a lengthy border with China and recording its first case back in January.

The numbers are picking up, but Russia -- a country of 146 million people -- has fewer confirmed cases than Luxembourg, with just 253 people infected. Luxembourg, by contrast, has a population of just 628,000, according to the CIA World Factbook, and by Saturday had reported 670 coronavirus cases with eight deaths.

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WNU Editor: Some doctors in Russia are saying that the Kremlin is covering-up the true numbers of Covid-19 cases .... Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment (Business Insider). I hope these doctors are wrong. But like these doctors I am also a  skeptical person when it comes to news from the Kremlin. But I do know the following. Russia was one of the first to close its borders, and that when coronavirus cases do pop up quarantines are implemented right away. I also know that they are doing a lot of testing (one of my cousins and his daughter were tested a few days ago). I also know that everyone in Russia is telling me that they are preparing for the worst. That what the Russian government has been doing since the beginning of the outbreak is to buy time.

More News On The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Russia

Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it's a cover-up -- ABC News
Russia's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 306 -- Moscow Times
Moscow closes gyms, swimming pools & water parks to stop coronavirus from spreading -- RT
Russia has reported few coronavirus cases but a sharp spike in pneumonia -- Quartz
Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg? -- Mary Ilyushina, CNN

The U.S. Military Has A Plan To Stop 'Civil Disturbances' Amid The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 08:11 PM PDT

Who would control the military's response if the coronavirus pandemic causes civil unrest? Arkansas National Guard and Arkansas State Police members participate in a training exercise as part of Operation Phalanx, held at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 30-31, 2019. The joint exercise specially trained service members on techniques used in responding to a civil disturbance. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock

Newsweek: Inside the U.S. Military's Plans to Stop 'Civil Disturbances' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Something They Haven't Done in 30 Years

With the National Guard now active in 22 states and governors continuing to declare more severe emergency measures daily, the U.S. military is preparing forces to assume a larger role in the coronavirus response, including the controversial mission of quelling "civil disturbances" and enforcing the law, a mission that the military has not engaged in for almost 30 years.

Within military circles, opinion is split over whether federal forces should muscle their way in to do more. State governors and their respective National Guard units, not the federal government and the active duty military, are primarily responsible for handling domestic emergencies: that's the law and it's also common sense, since local officials are always closer to a crisis and generally more familiar with the people affected.

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WNU Editor: There are going to be no mass  civil disturbances with a pandemic raging outside. It is when the pandemic has passed that I can easily see protests and civil disturbances becoming the norm as economic hardships hits millions.

Jordan Orders A Round The Clock Nation-Wide Curfew To Last Indefinitely To Combat Coronavirus. Violators Will Be Jailed For One Year

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 06:59 PM PDT

Al Jazeera: Round-the-clock curfew in Jordan to battle coronavirus outbreak

Measure barring people from moving except for emergencies will continue until further notice, government spokesman says.

A countrywide round-the-clock curfew has come into effect in Jordan as the country doubles down on efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, barring people from moving except for in emergencies, the government said.

Sirens in the early hours of Saturday marked the beginning of the curfew, the exact duration of which was left unspecified during the official announcement by government spokesman Amjad Adaileh in a televised address a day earlier.

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WNU Editor: They are not saying that it is martial law. But it is martial law. Jordan currently has 85 confirmed coronavirus cases, with no deaths so far.

Update: They are now saying that it will be a four day curfew .... Jordan imposes strict 4-day curfew after citizens ignore virus warnings (Arab News).

More News On Jordan Ordering A Round The Clock Nation-Wide Curfew To Combat Coronavirus

Jordan blows sirens for start of nationwide curfew to combat coronavirus - witnesses -- Reuters
Jordan: Curfew across country to battle coronavirus -- Middle East Monitor
Jordan announces round-the-clock curfew from Saturday -- The National
'Stay Indoors Or Risk A Year In Prison': Jordan Blows Sirens At Start Of Virus Lockdown -- Zero Hedge

U.S. Justice Department Now Wants To Have The Authority To Indefinitely Detain Someone During An Emergency

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 08:43 PM PDT

Politico: DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

One of the requests to Congress would allow the department to petition a judge to indefinitely detain someone during an emergency.

The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department's requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.

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Update: In Sweeping Power Grab, DOJ Seeks Ability To Detain People Indefinitely Without Trial (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: The U.S. Justice Department is not denying this story. Never let a crisis go to waste is something that I sense is going to be exploited a lot by many governments around the world in the coming weeks and months.

Update #2: Lora Shiao to Be Acting Head of U.S. Counterterrorism Agency (Bloomberg).

Acting U.S Director Of The National Counterterrorism Center Has Been Removed

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 06:33 PM PDT

The general view of the operations center of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) is seen during a tour by President George W. Bush at Liberty Crossing near Tysons Corner on June 10, 2005. © Reuters Photographer / Reuters

Washington Post: Acting counterterrorism center head fired, according to former U.S. officials

The acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center was removed Wednesday in what insiders fear is a purge by the Trump administration of career professionals at an organization set up after 9/11 to protect the nation from further attacks, according to two former U.S. officials.

Russell E. Travers, a highly regarded intelligence professional with more than 40 years of government service, told colleagues he was fired by acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell, said the former officials, who like others interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

Travers, who took up the acting position last August, had been resistant to pressure to make personnel cuts at the center, which has been undergoing a review of its mission and effectiveness.

Also removed at the NCTC was Travers's acting deputy, Peter W. Hall, who is returning to the National Security Agency, the former officials said.

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WNU Editor: There are conflicting reports on whether Russell E. Travers has been fired or retired. But what is true is that he is leaving.

More News On The Acting U.S Director Of The National Counterterrorism Center Being Dismissed

Counterterrorism chief and deputy leaving as Trump administration considers downsizing agency -- NBC
Counterterrorism Chief Exits as Top U.S. Intelligence Official Weighs Cuts -- The New York Times
Acting director of National Counterterrorism Center fired: report -- The Hill
Richard Grenell: Acting counterterrorism chief retiring, not fired -- Washington Examiner

Pentagon Declares Defense Contractors As ‘Critical Infrastructure’. They Must Go To Work

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 06:14 PM PDT

Contractors for the Defense Department need to stay on the job, Ellen Lord warned Friday. (Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew S. Masaschi/U.S. Coast Guard)

Defense News: Pentagon declares defense contractors 'critical infrastructure,' must continue work

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department has declared that defense contractors are "critical infrastructure" to national security, a designation that comes with an expectation to maintain a consistent, normal work schedule amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

In a Friday memo to industry, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord made it clear that she wants defense companies to continue to deliver their products and services to the Pentagon on time.

"If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as designated by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule," Lord wrote. "We need your support and dedication in these trying times to ensure the security of this Nation. I understand that this national emergency presents a challenge and we are dedicated to working closely with you to ensure the safety of the workforce and accomplishments of the national security mission."

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WNU Editor: My brother's work has been designated as "critical infrastructure". He does not want to go to work.

More News On The Pentagon Declaring Defense Contractors As 'Critical Infrastructure'

Pentagon Urges Defense Industry to Sustain Work Amid Outbreak -- Bloomberg
COVID-19: Lord Urges Defense Workers To Stay On The Job; Cites White House -- Breaking Defense
DoD memo: Suppliers of critical products and services must stay on the job during pandemic -- Space News
Defense Contractors Can Go To Work Amid State & Local Lockdowns, Pentagon Says -- Defense One

Hackers Expose Russia's New 'Cyber Weapons'

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 05:59 PM PDT

Alexander Demianchuk/TASS

Forbes: Putin's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: Dangerous New 'Cyber Weapons' Now Exposed

Red faces in Red Square, again. Last July, I reported on the hacking of SyTech, an FSB contractor working on internet surveillance tech. Now, reports have emerged from Russia of another shocking security breach within the FSB ecosystem. This one has exposed "a new weapon ordered by the security service," one that can be used to execute cyber attacks on IoT devices.

The goal of the so-called "Fronton Program" is to exploit IoT security vulnerabilities en masse—remember, these technologies are fundamentally less secure than other connected devices in homes and offices. In fact, one of the breached technical documents reported by BBC Russia even explains that "the Internet of Things is less secure than mobile devices and servers." The security contractors highlight retained default "factory" passwords as the obvious weakness, one that is easy to exploit.

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Update: Hackers say they breached Russian contractor, got details on IoT hacking project for Russia spy agency (Boing Boing)

WNU Editor: It looks like the Russiais intel agencies have the same problem when it comes to security as the West.

Another Disastrous Day In Italy

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 04:32 PM PDT

Italy's death toll has skyrocketed by 793 to 4,825 in just 24 hours in the worst daily rise the country has seen yet

Daily Mail: Almost 800 people die of coronavirus in Italy in the past 24 hours taking country's total to 4,825 with 53,500 now diagnosed in crisis-hit country - as French death toll rises by 112 to 562

* Italy's 4,825 fatalities account for 38.3 per cent of the world's total 12,700 deaths
* The number of coronavirus infections rose by 6,557 to 53,578, another record
* Fatalities in the northern Lombardy regions around Milan surpassed 3,000

Italy's death toll has skyrocketed by 793 to 4,825 in just 24 hours in the worst daily rise the country has seen yet.

The number of coronavirus infections rose by 6,557 to 53,578, another record.

Italy's fatalities account for 38.3 per cent of the world's total.

France reported 112 more deaths from coronavirus over the last 24 hours bringing the total to 562.

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More News On The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic In Italy

Italy deaths jump by almost 800 from coronavirus -- Reuters
COVID-19: Italy sees one-day death toll of nearly 800 -- UPI
Italy reports nearly 800 coronavirus deaths in largest daily rise -- Al Jazeera
Italy death toll from coronavirus again hits biggest one-day high -- The Hill
Italy coronavirus death toll spikes yet again, up 793 in 24 hours -- FOX News
Italy coronavirus death toll hits 4,825 as 793 die in ONE DAY in biggest daily increase -- RT
Coronavirus: Lombardy region announces stricter measures -- BBC
Coronavirus is devastating Italy, but one town says its testing regime is containing the outbreak -- ABC News Online
Hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, will Italy need a bailout? -- Al Jazeera

The Russia - Saudi Arabia Oil War Continues. Russia Tells The U.S. To 'Stay Out Of It'

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 03:26 PM PDT

World Oil/Bloomberg: Seeing Saudi action as "oil blackmail", Putin signals resistance

Russian President Vladimir Putin will refuse to submit to what the Kremlin sees as oil blackmail from Saudi Arabia, signaling the price war that's roiling global energy markets will continue.

The unprecedented clash between the two giant exporters -- and former OPEC+ allies -- threatens to push the price of a barrel below $20, but Moscow won't be the first to blink and seek a truce, said people familiar with the government's position.

Putin's government has spent years building reserves for this kind of crisis. While Russia didn't expect the Saudis to trigger a price war, the people said, the Kremlin so far is confident that it can hold out longer than Riyadh.

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WNU Editor: There is going to be an economic hit .... Oil price crash not catastrophic for Russian economy — Kremlin (RT). In the meantime the Kremlin is telling the U.S. to stay out of this dispute .... Kremlin Says No One Should Intervene in Russia-Saudi Oil War After Trump Hints at Action (Newsweek). My prediction. The U.S. will stay out of the Russia - Saudi Arabia oil dispute. There is zero political will in Washington right now to impose measures that will raise gas prices on U.S. consumers.

More News On The The Russia - Saudi Arabia Oil War

Trump says he will enter Saudi-Russia oil fray at appropriate time -- Investing/Reuters
Why Russia's Vladimir Putin is in no mood to call oil war truce with Saudi Arabia -- SCMP/Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia just won control of the oil market -- CNN
Why US Better Stay Away From Russia-Saudi Oil Price War -- Sputnik
Kremlin Says No One Should Intervene in Russia-Saudi Oil War After Trump Hints at Action -- Newsweek

Nearly One BILLION People Are In Lockdown Across The Globe Right Now

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 02:55 PM PDT

Health workers in personal protective equipment work inside a new drive-thru coronavirus testing center in the Staten Island borough of New York City, March 19. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Daily Mail: Nearly one BILLION people are in lockdown across the globe as WHO warn young: 'You are not invincible'

* The global coronavirus death toll has shot past 11,000 and nations are calling for citizens to remain indoors
* Individual US states, including New York, Illinois and California are now ordering people to self-quarantine
* WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned young people they 'are not invincible' to the coronavirus

Close to one billion people worldwide were confined to their homes on Saturday as the global coronavirus death toll shot past 11,000 and US states rolled out lockdown measures already imposed across swathes of Europe.

The pandemic has completely upended lives across the planet, restricting movement, shutting schools and forcing millions to work from home.

While President Donald Trump insisted the United States was 'winning' the war against the virus, individual states dramatically ramped up restrictions, with New York and Illinois joining California in ordering residents to stay home.

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WNU Editor: This pandemic is now spreading into the world's heavily populated regions that include India/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Indonesia, and the continents of Africa and South America. This one billion number will probably be tripled in the next few weeks. And as for the lock-down being relaxed in Europe, from what I am reading that is still far in the future.

North Korea 'Fires Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Into The Sea Of Japan'

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 02:39 PM PDT

Daily Mail: North Korea 'fires two short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan' as leader Kim Jong-un watches on... after insisting the country has ZERO coronavirus cases

* Projectiles fired from North Pyongan province into Seat of Japan on Saturday
* Launch was picked up by South Korea and Japanese defence ministry
* Earlier this month, the North carried out similar launches on two occasions

North Korea has fired what are believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the military in the South said.

The projectiles were fired from North Pyongan province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, without providing further details.

'The military is monitoring for additional launches and maintaining readiness,' it added.

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WNU Editor: North Korea is not on anyone's priority list right now.

More News On North Korea Firing Two Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Into The Sea of Japan

North Korea test fires two projectiles into the sea off eastern coast -- CNBC/AP
North Korea fires missiles into sea -- DW
North Korea fires projectiles into sea for third time in a month -- The Guardian/Reuters

The Strike That Killed Iranian General Soleimani In January Was So Secret That Even U.S. Spy Satellites Were Unaware

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 12:26 PM PDT

Burning debris seen on a road near Baghdad International Airport, which Iraqi paramilitary groups say were caused by three rockets, on January 3, 2020. Iraqi Security Media Cell via Reuters

Newsweek: The Strike That Killed Iran's Top General Was So Secret Even U.S. Spy Satellites Were Kept in the Dark

It was the end of an otherwise unremarkable Thursday in January for service members stationed at the U.S. complex at Baghdad International Airport. But just minutes after midnight, Hellfire missiles broke the quiet as they rained down on a far corner of the sprawling site known as BIAP.

"It was like, 'oh s--- we got struck,'" an active member of the U.S. armed forces who was stationed at the airport told Newsweek. The member's named is being withheld because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

Iraqi personnel also scrambled in response to the shocking, mysterious strike on "one of the safest roads we have here in the capital," as one Iraqi official described it to Newsweek. But not far from where both military and civilian flights had been operating as usual, two vehicles were left smoldering on a road along the eastern stretch of the airport.

"It was surreal," the Iraqi official, who was not authorized to speak with the media, later told Newsweek.

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WNU Editor: I suspect that we still only know 5% on what was the planning and execution for this operation.

Chinese Media Is Calling For Electromagnetic And Laser Attacks On U.S. Warships Transiting The South China Sea

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 12:08 PM PDT

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill are among warships at risk of electromagnetic attacks while transiting the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy)

Washington Times: China threatens electronic strikes on Navy

China has called for using electromagnetic attacks on U.S. warships transiting the South China Sea, according to a state-run Chinese outlet.

The Communist Party-affiliated organ Global Times, quoting a military expert, said the use of nonlethal electromagnetic and laser weapons should be used by the People's Liberation Army to expel American warships from the disputed sea.

The report followed China's potentially dangerous use of a laser against a Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft near Guam last month, and an earlier lasing two years ago of C-130 aircraft near China's military base in Djibouti on the coast of Africa.

The article was published Tuesday, the same day the Pacific Fleet announced on Twitter that the aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the USS America, an amphibious assault carrier and leader of an expeditionary strike group, were conducting exercises in the South China Sea.

The training exercise for both strike groups included flight maneuvers, air defense tests and surface-support mission exercises, the fleet said in a report on the exercises. At one point, Marines carried out a simulated visit, board, search and seizure exercise on the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, according to the report.

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WNU Editor: The world's focus is on the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and justifiably so. But within China itself Beijing's anti-American sentiment is building up .... from accusing the U.S. Army for starting the coronavirus pandemic, to now advocating attacks on US warships in the South China Sea. In normal times I would ignore this anti-U.S. message. But these are not normal times.

Will The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Slow Down The Expansion Of China's Navy

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 11:48 AM PDT

This image Analysis of photo of Chinese shipyard in December 2019 illustrates the scale of China's naval shipbuilding. H I SUTTON, With permission from @LOONGNAVAL

Forbes: The Chinese Navy's Expansion Could Be Slowed By Coronavirus

China's naval expansion seems unstoppable. New warships are being built at an incredible rate, radically modernizing the fleet and adding new capabilities. But the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could slow the momentum.

Multiple shipyards are building large numbers of air defense destroyers, frigates and even aircraft carriers. But work in yards has slowed as workers stay away due to the virus. Reports indicate that civilian construction has been impacted, which may be an indicator of the situation in naval yards.

In its March 16 situation report global marine insurer North reports that "the efficiency of the shipyards in Zhoushan decreased substantially." Offshore Magazine reported that "staffing and supply shortages in China, ... will in turn delay project deliveries by at least three to six months." Reuters also recently reported that "ship deliveries have been hit as yards in China struggle."

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WNU Editor: I expect a slowdown for a few months on China's massive naval shipbuilding program. The supply chain in China has after-all been disrupted by this pandemic. But once this is all over, I for one would not be surprised if China doubles down on its naval and other military procurement projects to increase employment in order to mitigate the impact of the global economic slowdown that everyone is now expecting.

The Stock Market Crash Of 2020 Is Now Worse Than The Great Depression

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 10:03 AM PDT

Zero Hedge: The Crash Of 2020 Is Now Worse Than The Great Depression

Back in December, someone in China made bat soup (at least according to the officially accepted narrative that doesn't get you banned on Facebook, Twitter, etc), and the rest is history: in the next three months, the global equity market has lost $24 trillion in value, more than the $22 trillion in US GDP. And here is a staggering chart from BofA putting the crash of 2020 in its historic context: in the past month, the US stock market has crashed faster than both the Great Depression and Black Monday, and in terms of the total drawdown, the crash of 2020 is now worse than 1929 and is fast approaching 1987.

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WNU Editor: And here is the terrifying part of this crash. We have not yet reached the bottom.

Growing Pressure For President Trump To Declare A Complete Shutdown Of The U.S. For Two To Four Weeks

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 09:51 AM PDT

Reid Wilson, The Hill: Could Trump declare national coronavirus shutdown? Momentum is rising

Momentum appears to be building for a national shutdown to confront the coronavirus crisis, raising the prospect that President Trump could issue an order requiring people to stay at home.

Such an order would be unprecedented in American history, but some of Trump's top advisers have said publicly they would be open to it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday he had raised the prospect of such a dramatic step with the administration.

"I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting," Fauci said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press." "I think Americans should be prepared that they're going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing."

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WNU Editor: This would be tantamount to declaring martial law, and I pray that such a declaration is not made. In the end it will all come down to what the medical experts will say need to be done, and if the consensus is to shut everything down, I am sure President Trump will sign onto it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has already said that this prospect is being discussed. My prediction. If there is no "levelling of the curve" by next week or sooner, the U.S. will follow other European states to declare a shutdown. For my readers in Canada, I have a good source in Ottawa who is telling me the same thing. That while Canada may be a week or two behind the U.S. and Europe in the spread of this pandemic, if there is no progress a shutdown will happen at the end of this month or the beginning of April.

President Trump Declares New York State A Major Disaster Area. U.S. Army To Be Deployed

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 09:34 AM PDT

The Hill: Trump approves disaster declaration for New York

President Trump late Friday evening approved a disaster declaration for New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Trump's order opens up federal support for state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by COVID-19, the White House said in a statement.

It also gives New York residents who have been affected by the illness access to crisis counseling.

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WNU editor: I have friends who live in New York City and across the Hudson River in New Jersey. All of them stocked-up in the past month to stay inside for a month or two. Among some of my former colleagues who work in the Russian mission at the UN in New York City. I have just learned right now that with the exception of one, they all left about 2 weeks ago to back home.

More News On New York State Being Declared A Major Disaster Area

FEMA issues 'Major Disaster Declaration' for New York over coronavirus -- New York Post
New York state, with most coronavirus cases in the United States, officially declared a major disaster area by President Trump -- New York Daily News
Trump approves a major disaster declaration for New York over coronavirus -- Business Insider
Covid-19: disaster declared in New York as fears grow over lack of ventilators -- The Guardian
New York reviewing sites for more hospital beds, Cuomo says -- AP
Army Deploys To New York As NYC Reports 1 Coronavirus Death Per Hour On Friday -- Zero Hedge

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Posted: 21 Mar 2020 08:39 AM PDT

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Tweets For Today

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 07:28 AM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 07:14 AM PDT

Ballet dancer and performer Ashlee Montague of New York wears a gas mask while she dances in Times Square as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continued in Manhattan, New York City, US, 18 March 2020. © REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo .... This Week in Pictures: 14-20 March (Sputnik).