Brazil: Confirmed Coronavirus Case Casts Pall Over Carnaval; Italy: Cases Triple as Catholics Celebrate Ash Wednesday

CNBC reports the following: A Brazilian government test has confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, officials from the Brazil Health Ministry said Wednesday, after a Sao Paulo hospital flagged the possible infection of a 61-year-old who had visited Italy. The diagnosis comes during Brazil’s carnival holiday, a peak time […]

Pompeo Slams Iran & China Over Coronavirus Cover-up; Iranian Health Official Infected

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambasted Iran and China for covering up and censoring vital information, warning that “censorship can have deadly consequences” for countries around the world as they attempt to understand and prepare for the quickly-moving COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. [email protected] on responses to the #coronavirus in China and Iran: Censorship can […]

Coronavirus infects US soldier for first time, military says

Fox News is reporting that a US solider has been infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): A U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at his residence off base, the military said Tuesday. The 23-year-old is based at Camp Carroll near the city of Daegu, where […]

Time: Coronavirus Pandemic Could Cost World Economy $1 Trillion

Time reports: The ghastly prospect that the coronavirus outbreak could become the first truly disruptive pandemic of the globalization era is renewing doubts over the stability of the world economy. With the death toll approaching 3,000, over 80,000 cases officially recorded and an outbreak in Italy now shutting down the richest chunk of its economy, […]

“This Could Be Bad:” CDC Warns Americans to Prepare for Coronavirus Pandemic to Hit US

NBS News reports that the CDC is warning Americans that the coronavirus pandemic could strike the US: Top U.S. public health officials said Tuesday that Americans should prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in communities across the country. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more […]

Trump White House Requests $2.5 Billion (or more) to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic

Earlier reports that President Trump’s administration would request a paltry $1 billion to tackle the what might be the most severe infectious disease outbreak in modern history has been proven to be fake news. The Hill is reporting that the White House is seeking $2.5 billion (or more) and Congressional Democrats are already planning to […]

Gordon Chang: Coronavirus Is Killing China’s Factories and Creating Economic Chaos

Gordon Chang writes in the National Interest: “Walmart, which essentially forces suppliers to manufacture in China, told consumers to “save money, live better.” Yet how can they live better if store shelves are bare?” This looks like the end of China’s central role in global supply chains. A microbe in China—and the response of a […]

Gilead Sciences’ Anti-Viral Drug Remdesivir Offers Rare Hope for Coronavirus Pandemic

CNN Business is reporting that Gilead Sciences may have a viable coronavirus treatment in the works: Shares of American biotech firm Gilead Sciences rose nearly 5% Monday after an official from the World Health Organization said that Gilead’s drug remdesivir is showing signs that it may be able to help treat the deadly coronavirus. Gilead […]

Vatican Locking Down As Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Italy; Grocery Shelves EMPTY in Milan

Italian news service ANSA reports (in Italian) that the Vatican is beginning to shut down as coronavirus cases explode. ANSA writes: The Vatican has put off events where a significant presence of people in confined areas is expected due to the coronavirus emergency, Holy See press office director Matteo Bruni told ANSA Monday. READ THE […]

Chairman Xi Jinping: Coronavirus a “Crisis”

Politico reports that Chairman Xi Jinping is acknowledging the failings of the Chinese Communist Party, while in the same breath defending it. Politico reports [excerpt]: “This is a crisis for us and it is also a major test,” he said, acknowledging that the country needed to learn from the “obvious shortcomings exposed” in its response, […]

PANDEMIC Likely As Coronavirus Outbreaks Spike in Several Countries

The world is awakening to the grave risk posed by coronavirus growing from an epidemic to a pandemic. NY Mag reports: On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization offered a stark warning about the chances of containing the global spread of the novel coronavirus amid ominous new outbreaks of the disease outside of China. “The […]

Woman infects 5 family members; China’s researchers warn patients can transmit coronavirus without showing symptoms

More worrying news coming from China. Business Insider reports the following: Chinese researchers have confirmed a case of asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus: A 20-year-old woman from Wuhan passed it to five of her family members but never got physically sick herself. The case study is the first concrete evidence that a person showing no […]

Ex-HHS Official: Biggest Threat to Trump Re-Election Is Not Democrats, but Coronavirus

Politico reports the following: The Trump administration is bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the United States that could sicken thousands — straining the government’s public health response and threatening an economic slowdown in the heat of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. That stark realization has taken hold in high-level White House meetings, during which […]

China’s Xi Jinping warns: ‘The peak of the [coronavirus] outbreak has not yet been reached’

The Washington Examiner reports: Chinese communist officials should expect the coronavirus outbreak to get worse before it gets better, according to the Communist Party general secretary. “We have to be clear that the peak of the outbreak has not yet been reached,” Xi Jinping, chairman of the government, told his top party lieutenants on Friday. Xi sounded that cautionary […]

Coronavirus causing China’s economic cardiac arrest

Desmond Lachlan writes the following in The Hill: China’s coronavirus economic cardiac arrest In the best of times, an economic cardiac arrest in China, the world’s second-largest economy, would not be good for the global economy. But these are far from the best of times. This makes it all the more difficult to understand both the […]

“A Sentinel Event:” Woman In Canada Who Visited Iran Returns With Coronavirus

Canadian health authorities are reporting a surprising development: the spread of coronavirus from Iran (not China) to Canada. The CBC reports: A sixth person in B.C. is believed to be infected with the coronavirus, and the case is raising new questions about how the disease is spreading, health officials announced Thursday. The latest patient is […]

Jim Cramer: Expect more Wall Street sell-offs without good news on the coronavirus

Wall Street is fretting over the potential economic impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), according CNBC’s Jim Cramer. CNBC reports: Investors were spooked by a pickup in coronavirus cases in South Korea and triggered a sell-off on the stock market, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 128 points, the S&P 500 declined 0.38% […]

Hatfill Scoop: Russia CLOSES BORDER with China as Coronavirus Pandemic Spreads

Frequent guest and resident virus-hunter Dr. Steven Hatfill has noted that Chinese state media is now reporting that Russia is CLOSING ITS BORDER with its frenemy, China. #Russia will close its border to Chinese citizens from Feb. 20 amid #COVID19 epidemic, said an order signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Sputnik reported pic.twitter.com/JgGiyNeWDg — […]

China Weakens Yuan As Coronavirus Pandemic Rages, Companies Can’t Afford to Pay Workers

As economists worldwide are warning that China’s coronavirus-economic slowdown might be contagious, the People’s Bank of China has again manipulated the yuan weaker to give the China’s sick economy a boost of adrenaline. The PBOC sets the CNY fix 0.27% weaker vs the USD at 7.0012 (markets allowed to trade in a 2% band) & […]

Brave Chinese Woman: China’s Government a “Corrupt Regime” that “Doesn’t Care About Us”

A woman in China has posted a video saying that China’s Communist Party-state clearly doesn’t care about the Chinese people as they suffer through the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”). Going further, she called the regime “corrupt” and says that people are suffering, and cannot even buy medicine. She then says she supports […]

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