COVID – 19 Friday update 28 Feb

By Dr. John Campbell 2/28/2020

I love how Doc just stares at the camera in silence when he wants show disapproval

I’m so glad you mentioned the comparison with influenza, I’ve been trying to highlight the transmissibility of COVID-19 for weeks compared to flu. Add to that the incubation period, asymptomatic potential and aerosolised transmission!! It’s an incredibly risky virus especially to older and vulnerable populations and the government should have been pouring support into nursing homes and social care support long before now.

 

Coronavirus Deaths Outside China Spike As WHO Team Visits Wuhan: Live Updates

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Summary:

  • Italy confirms second death, 12 towns on lockdown, more than 50 cases confirmed

  • Japan cases triple in a week to 121

  • Chinese scientists find virus in urine

  • Experts propose 27 day quarantine, say 14 days likely not long enough

  • Cases outside China go exponential

  • WHO team visits Wuhan; will give Monday press conference

  • Iran reports 10 new cases, deaths climb to 5

  • San Diego says 200 under ‘medical observation’

  • Young woman infected five relatives without ever showing symptoms

  • South Korea cases surge 8-fold in 4 days to 433; country reports third death

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Update (1100ET): Italian health officials have confirmed nearly two dozen more cases across Lombardy and Veneto, according to Bloomberg.

The Lombardy region has 39 coronavirus cases with another 12 cases in the Veneto, regional officials said in a press conference Saturday in Milan. Most of the cases are in the Codogno area, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Milan. A woman who was found dead in her home subsequently tested positive, the health secretary said. Earlier, three tourists in Rome were diagnosed with the virus.

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When WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros was asked on Thursday whether the COVID-19 virus was at a tipping point, he replied that the window to stop the outbreak from growing exponentially worse was rapidly closing.

Though by Friday night, it certainly seemed like that window had slammed shut. In South Korea, cases went exponential, soaring by 70% in one day.

Overnight, the country reported another rash of confirmed cases, bringing the total to 433, with 352 in Daegu, presumably members of the cult-like church where a ‘super-spreader’ worshipped. That marks an eight-fold increase in cases in just four days for South Korea, as the AP reported.

SK also reported its third death, a man in his 40s who was found dead in his apartment and posthumously tested.

South Korean health officials warned they could soon see a rash of deaths as several patients are in serious condition. Virus patients with signs of pneumonia or other serious conditions at the Cheongdo hospital were transferred elsewhere as 17 of them are in critical condition, according to SK Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters.

The country has followed China in imposing quarantines (everyone is too terrified to go outside anyway) and they’re hoping to prevent a national outbreak, despite a few cases in Seoul that weren’t immediately traceable to an obvious source, which is sort of discouraging.

“Although we are beginning to see some more cases nationwide, infections are still sporadic outside of the special management zone of Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province,” Kim said during a briefing. He called for maintaining strong border controls to prevent infections from China and elsewhere from entering South Korea.

In Italy, a seemingly minor outbreak went exponential. By day’s end, Italian health authorities had confirmed their first virus-related fatality, and 12 towns in Lombardy were under strict quarantine orders with residents huddling terrified inside their homes, a tableau that has become all too familiar by now. Another fatality followed overnight, as a couple more towns joined in the lockdown. This marked Italy as the first European country to see its own nationals succumb to the virus, according to Euronews.

Across Italy, there are 32 cases in Codogno, Lombardy, and seven in Veneto, according to the AFP and Sky Italia television. Many of the new cases represented the first infections in Italy acquired through secondary contagion.

In Iran, 10 more cases, and one more death, were recorded overnight. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 28, including cases in Qom and Tehran. So far, five Iranians have died.

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As we await more information out of China, CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports that the team would hold a press briefing on Monday at 6 am ET.

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Meanwhile, as we noted yesterday, the team has arrived in Wuhan, where it’s gathering information and observing the situation on the ground.

The team has already been to three Chinese provinces, Beijing, Sichuan and Guangdong, but are only now just visiting the city at the heart of the outbreak. Dr. Tedros confirmed the trip during public comments on Saturday, where he once again shared some familiar words.

“We have to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have, to attack the virus outbreak with a sense of urgency,” Dr. Tedros told the leaders, who had gathered for an emergency meeting on the response to the coronavirus in the continent.

President Xi said Saturday that the situation in Wuhan remains ‘grim and complex’ – which means the WHO team should be in for an eye-opening experience.

As of Saturday morning in the US, 1,200 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed outside China. More than 200 cases have been confirmed in South Korea, more than 30 in Italy, roughly a dozen in Iran, and one in Egypt, the first to be confirmed in Africa. China has reported over 76,000 cases, including over 2,300 deaths.

Confirmed cases in Japan rose to 121 on Saturday, having more than tripled in a week.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that health officials and the cruise line are continuing to test crew members aboard the Diamond Princess. So far, 74 crew have been confirmed to have the virus, but they have been included in the toll already.

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So far, China has reported only 397 new cases Saturday, as the rate of increase continued to decline, but another 109 have died. And even the Washington Post acknowledges that there is a “great deal of skepticism” about China’s numbers, according to a new case study seen by Reuters.

Cases where patients didn’t show signs of infection for longer than two weeks have prompted some epidemiologists to suggest a 27 day quarantine period instead of just a 14 day. Also on Saturday scientists in China revealed that they had discovered a strain of the virus in a patient’s urine, raising new and uncomfortable questions about the virus’s ability to spread through sewer systems.

There have also been several new indications that the virus’s incubation period might be longer than the 14 days currently believed. A woman in Wuhan with no symptoms infected five relatives without every showing signs of infection.

In the US, health officials are scrambling to contain the fallout from the evacuation of 300 Americans from the ‘Diamond Princess’. It appears that the decision to transport 14 infected passengers along with the rest of the group was a disaster. Dozens of others appear to have been infected either during the trip, or shortly before.

But in San Diego, officials announced that they’re monitoring some 200 cases, none of which had anything to do with the ship.

After confirmed US cases more than doubled to 34 on Friday, officials in San Diego on Saturday confirmed that more than 200 people are currently being monitored over virus concerns, according to ABC News 10.

Officials said everyone being monitored had either come in contact with one of the three confirmed cases, or others under suspicion. Health officials didn’t exactly offer specific details.

They’re among more than 300 people who have been, or are being, ‘monitored’ by the county.

The 204 people under county supervision include those deemed at risk of having been exposed to the virus due to close contact with confirmed cases or because of travel to China in the past 14 days, the county said.

Those individuals are monitoring their health under the supervision of county health officials.

So far, 338 people in all have been monitored by the county, with 134 people completing their time under supervision.

Health officials say the CDC is conducting screening for those landing at one of 11 U.S. airports from China. From there, if a patient shows no symptoms they are self-quarantined at home for self-monitoring with public health supervision.

Keep in mind: These individuals aren’t being held in isolation or a mandatory quarantine. Instead, they’ve been asked to self-quarantine, and immediately report any suspicious symptoms.

San Diego has had two confirmed cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, among the evacuees who were flown out of Wuhan a few weeks ago. One patient has since recovered from the virus and has been released. The second patient is still receiving care. A third patient, reportedly a child, is still awaiting test results, but has been said to be showing symptoms.

When they extended a coronavirus-related emergency declaration for another 30 days, officials said there were no signs the virus was spreading around San Diego. But it never hurts to be cautious.

Before we go, we wanted to remind readers of a chart we first shared a couple of days ago:

SOUTH KOREA REPORTS 52 MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES

South Korea Reports 52 More Coronavirus Cases

Country now has second-highest number of infections after China

Deutsche Welle – FEBRUARY 21, 2020

South Korea reported 52 new cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19 on Friday, taking up the number of infected to 156.

The country now has the second highest number of infected people after China.

The country also confirmed its first death from coronavirus on Thursday.

The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that of the new cases, 39 were from the southern city of Daegu. All of these cases were linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the city.

The infections have been traced to a 61-year-old woman, who attended the church. The sect has since shut down its services. The mayor of Daegu, Kwon Young-jin has advised residents to stay indoors as much as possible.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said that Daegu and the neighboring area of Cheongdo County would be declared as “special care zones.”

The government is trying to identify those who might have come in contact with infected people, and diagnose the disease at the earliest opportunity.

“We will proactively provide necessary assistance including sickbeds, personnel, and equipment,” the PM said in a meeting with senior officials.

Also on Friday, officials in the capital Seoul banned public rallies in a bid to control the spread of the disease.

The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has infected more than 76,000 globally. It was named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization due the coronavirus that causes it, and the year 2019 when it originated.

Coronavirus pandemic could wipe $1.1 TRILLION off global economy — Oxford Economics

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China’s GDP growth is expected to fall from six percent last year to 5.4 percent in 2020 due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, said the latest report by Oxford Economics.

It has modeled two scenarios on the coronavirus outbreak morphing into pandemic. Under the first scenario, if it spreads more widely in Asia, world GDP would fall by $400 billion this year, or 0.5 percent. The second scenario foresees the global GDP dropping $1.1 trillion or 1.3 percent, if the virus outbreak becomes a pandemic and a disruption to manufacturing in Asia spreads worldwide. Such a decline would be the same as losing the entire annual output of Indonesia, which is the world’s 16th largest economy.

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“Our scenarios see world GDP hit as a result of declines in discretionary consumption and travel and tourism, with some knock-on financial market effects and weaker investment,” wrote the analysts.

Oxford Economics said it still expected the impact of the virus to be limited to China and to have a significant, but short-term impact, bringing world GDP growth just 0.2 percent lower than January at 2.3 percent.

The growth of new confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus has slowed down this week, but experts warn it is too early to call the all-clear for the risk of a pandemic. So far, there are over 75,500 confirmed cases and more than 2,100 deaths.

Dems Angry Over Syria Pullout Storm Out Of WH Meeting After Trump Calls Pelosi A ‘Third-Rate Politician’

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War-hungry Democrats furious over President Trump’s decision to get our troops out of northern Syria stormed out of a meeting with Trump at the White House on Wednesday evening after Trump allegedly called Nancy Pelosi a “third-rate politician.”

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From the New York Post:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer stormed out of a White House sitdown on Syria with President Trump after he called Pelosi “ a third-rate politician” and a Communist sympathizer in what the House speaker termed “a meltdown.”

“He was insulting, particularly to the speaker. She kept her cool completely. But he called her a third rate politician. He said that there are communists involved and you guys might like that,” Schumer said.

“This was not a dialogue. It was sort of a diatribe, a nasty diatribe not focused on the facts, particularly the fact of how to curtail ISIS, a terrorist organization that aims to hurt the United States,” he said.

Pelosi said Trump was shaken by an earlier House vote condemning his decision to pull troops from northern Syria.

A major faction of the Kurds are communists. That’s what Trump was obviously talking about. He’s absolutely right they support them — as does antifa.

ISIS collapsed after Trump ordered the CIA to stop funding them and gave Putin the OK to wage total war on all their strongholds in Syria.

Based off the statements of Pelosi, Schumer and Hoyer, it seems like they’re the ones who threw a fit.

Remember how Chuck Schumer was all smiles and literally cheered after exiting a meeting with Trump on Iran back on June 20 with Trump after Iran shot down a US drone?

Trump had allegedly approved strikes on Iran that day, though he backed out before giving the final go-ahead.

Our crooked establishment on both sides is absolutely furious Trump is actually moving to put America First and potentially exit their beloved forever war in Syria.

They’re doing everything in their power to keep the US involved.

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Lindsey Graham has been whining incessantly about how Trump’s decision to pull some of our troops out may “become a nightmare for Israel.”

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Trump smacked Graham down during an epic press conference Wednesday afternoon:

Nothing unites our criminal establishment more than their lust for forever wars.

Watch Trump’s full press conference:

BOMBSHELL IN THE MAKING: DID ADAM SCHIFF PULL A JUSSIE SMOLLETT AND FABRICATE THE EXISTENCE OF THE WHISTLEBLOWER?

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When this blows up in his face, it’s going to take down the entire Democrat party for 2020 and beyond

Mike Adams | NaturalNews.com – OCTOBER 3, 2019

(Natural News – Oct. 2, 2019) Earlier today, President Trump declared that he believes Rep. Adam Schiff wrote the so-called “whistleblower” complaint (see video below).

But the official whistleblower complaint story is unraveling by the hour as new facts emerge, pointing to a far more shocking likelihood: That Adam Schiff may have fabricated the existence of the whistleblower himself, in effect projecting his own complaint onto a fictional persona that he is now going to question in a private, closed-door congressional session where he will essentially be questioning himself.

This scenario isn’t proven yet, but it’s looking more and more like Adam Schiff may have pulled a Jussie Smollett. Instead of tying a noose around his own neck and faking a hate crime, he may have fabricated an entire “whistleblower” persona and written the whistleblower complaint himself in a psychotic, desperate effort to try to destroy Trump before AG William Barr drops the mother of all bombshells about the Democrats’ involvement in a vast criminal conspiracy to try to overthrow the President of the United States of America.

Schiff knows that if Trump isn’t stopped, a long list of left-wing traitors will likely be prosecuted and jailed. That list may include Adam Schiff himself, who has been linked to Ukrainian arms dealers, and Joe Biden’s son who is now known to have received $3.4 million in “criminally obtained” laundered money, transferred to his business accounts as part of Joe Biden’s shakedown of international oligarchs and mafia organizations. Don’t forget, either, that Barack Obama laundered billions of dollars internationally in order to fund Iran’s nuclear weapons program, a clear act of criminal treason against the United States.

This entire “whistleblower” hoax has been masterfully orchestrated by a combination of deep state intelligence players, left-wing media hacks and Democrat legislators. They are all playing their roles as crisis actors, feigning outrage over a non-crime “crime,” even resorting to completely fictionalizing a whole new “transcript” of what they hope Trump said on a phone call with Ukraine’s President (which Adam Schiff read into the congressional record a few days ago to try to gaslight the entire nation about what Trump really said).

Democrat deep staters have reached the point where there’s nothing they won’t try to take down Trump, since they are fully aware that Trump is already in the process of rolling a large number of truth grenades into their deep state bunkers, all of which will detonate in short order with catastrophic consequences for the treasonous Dems.

IT’S NOT JUST SCHIFF: THE NYT AND WASHINGTON POST ROUTINELY FABRICATE FAKE “ANONYMOUS SOURCES” TO PUSH LIES ABOUT TRUMP

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As you’ll see confirmed in the coming days, it seems increasingly likely that Rep. Schiff is his own made-up source, which is consistent with the new rules of so-called “journalism” at the Washington Post and New York Times, where “anonymous sources” are fabricated out of thin air to substantiate any false allegations they wish to print.

Ironically, the New York Times has now reported that Schiff knew about the whistleblower complaint days before it was officially filed. That’s because, of course, he’s the one who wrote it!

To the shock and dismay of all informed observers, the Democrats are now fabricating everything, not just the news. They are falsifying transcripts, falsifying evidence and probably even falsifying entire personalities whom they can label “whistleblowers” while demanding no one ever learn their real identities. Adam Schiff has become to politics what Bernie Madoff was to investing: Nothing but a highly-positioned con artist whose reckless psychosis will send shrapnel tearing through the entire Democrat party once the delusion implodes.

Perhaps Rep. Schiff has a hand puppet in his bedroom that talks to him and tells him all the evil things Trump has done. We’re looking at extreme mental illness with this devious character… the kind of villainous evil that we see depicted in The Joker from Batman movies, or the original Psycho thriller where Norman Bates took orders from his long-dead mother who encouraged him to be a creepy stalker of hotel guests.

The only difference is that Norman Bates wasn’t a member of Congress, and he didn’t try to gaslight an entire nation into believing his decaying dead mother was really a whistleblower who could take down a president.

Speaking of creepy movies, this is way beyond Sixth Sense, as Adam Schiff not only sees dead people; they seem to actually talk to him and provide him with testimony to take down Trump because Orange Man Bad. Or better yet, perhaps Adam Schiff gets witnesses to talk to him through Ouija boards or bizarre, demonic incantations involving pentagrams and the entrails of murdered human babies which are readily available for sale at your local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic as long as you claim the organs are for “medical research.”

This entire fiasco is also a near carbon copy of the playbook used via Christine Blasey Ford to try to fling false accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, by the way. Of course, Ford was a real person (with a fake story), while this Ukraine “whistleblower” increasingly appears to be a complete fabrication and not a real person at all. With Ford, they were faking memories. With Schiff, they’re faking entire sources.

No doubt Shift Schiff is desperately running around the halls of Washington D.C. right now trying to recruit someone who will agree to be named as a whistleblower, so I don’t doubt that Schiff can eventually produce a name and perhaps even a body (whether it’s alive or dead is yet to be seen), but it will become obvious within hours that this whistleblower is nothing but a proxy, having no direct knowledge whatsoever of the events claimed in the official complaint, which was clearly written by Schiff himself.

The bottom line? Rep. Adam Schiff appears to be engaged in one of the most malicious and psychotic acts of insane criminality that has ever been carried out by an active member of the U.S. Congress, and when this blows up in his face, it’s going to take down the entire Democrat party for 2020 and beyond.

The Schiff is going to hit the fan, in other words.

In a hilarious kind of way, Adam Schiff is truly God’ gift to Trump’s re-election efforts in 2020, and as much as Mad Maxine is now calling for President Trump to be arrested and tortured in solitary confinement, I wouldn’t be surprised at all of it’s actually Adam Schiff who ends up in prison… perhaps with a few cell mates named Brennan and McCabe who also end up thinking dead people are talking to them, too. Could all those voices in their heads actually be the ghosts of Arkancide?

Stay tuned. More details coming soon on this story as we watch Schiff squirm.

 

“Your Policies are Cruel and Evil” – President Trump Lashes Out at Open Borders Social Justice Activists During UN Speech (VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft

President Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
It was another historic speech.

President Trump called out China, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban.

President then called out the open borders social justice activists.

President Trump: Illegal immigration is one of our most critical challenges which undermines prosperity, rips apart societies and empowers US criminal cartels. Mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe and unsustainable for everyone involved… The receiving countries are overburdened with more migrants than they can responsibly accept. And the migrants themselves are exploited, assaulted and abused by vicious coyotes. early Nearly one-third of women who make their way to our border are sexually abused. Yet here in the United States and around the world there is a growing cottage industry of radical activists and non-governmental organizations that promote human smuggling. These groups encourage human smuggling. These groups encourage illegal migration and demand erasure of national borders. Today I have a message for those open borders activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice. Your policies are not just. Your policies are cruel and evil. You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children.

He then thanked Mexican President Lopez Obrador for his assistance at the US southern border.

 

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