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South Korean President calls for ‘all possible measures’ to help virus-hit economy

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday the government should make an all-out effort to boost the economy as it comes under pressure from a coronavirus outbreak. “(The government) shouldn’t quibble over whether anything is unprecedented or not, rather, we should take every possible measure we can think of on the […]

Exiled Chinese Dissidents Pen Open Letter to POTUS Trump on Novel Coronavirus

The following open letter was posted today by Citizen Power Initiatives for China, a group advocating for democracy and human rights for China’s ~1.4 billion people. Given its importance, we are reposting it here: Dear President Trump: We commend you for taking precautionary measures to contain and monitor the deadly outbreak of the Wuhan novel […]

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Chinese General with Bioweapons Background Takes Lead in Coronavirus Fight

Bill Gertz writes the following in the Washington Times: A Chinese general with a long record in biological warfare defense was dispatched to Wuhan at the end of January, fueling suspicions about the origin of the deadly virus and whether the outbreak is linked to a secure medical laboratory engaged in COVID-19 research. People’s Liberation Army Maj. […]

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Dems Question Trump’s Response To Coronavirus: “Very Grave Threat To The World”

In what will likely come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been capable of fogging a mirror for the last few years, Senate Democrats have decided to write a sternly-worded email to the Trump administration questioning their response to the Covid-19 outbreak, demanding they increase spending immediately. 26 Democrats including Patty Murray, ranking member of […]

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4 Pandemic Scenarios: The Bad, The Worse, The Ugly, & The Unthinkable

The following analysis, submitted by Michael Every of Rabobank to ZeroHedge is worth a read… Summary The Covid-19 coronavirus could be more disruptive than markets are currently pricing in. Not in the least because the ‘true’ number of infected people remains uncertain, as the recent surge in cases exemplifies We outline four scenarios in which […]

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Video: Bloomberg Mocks Trump on Pandemic Response

Mike Bloomberg is taking aim at President Trump’s coronavirus response. Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t have the most stellar record when it comes to pandemic response, but all is fair in love and politics. For those keeping track, Bloomberg’s time as New York City Mayor (January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2013) saw some serious outbreaks. Here’s […]

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CNBC: Nearly 20% of S&P 500 companies have warned investors about coronavirus impact

CNBC reports that major companies are warning investors about coronavirus impact: Just shy of 20% of S&P 500 companies have warned about coronavirus effects, according to analysis of more than 180 earnings transcripts and other releases. Another sizable number of S&P executives said at the time of their earnings release that it was too early […]

China Rounding Up Suspected Coronavirus Infected

NYMag: Chinese Gov’t Rounds Up More Citizens Who Have Coronavirus

The New York Times reports that, according to China’s state-run broadcaster, the country is planning a further “mass roundup” of anyone who has exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus that continues to wreak havoc in the country. Previously, such operations were limited to Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak. The paper describes how that worked: Confirmed patients […]

China's Intellectuals Raise Five Coronavirus Demands

Chinese Intellectuals Raise Their “Five Demands” Over Coronavirus

Citizen News, a social diversity advocate news outlet based in Hong Kong, published an open letter signed by leading Chinese intellectuals with five demands: The Designation of February 6 as National Freedom of Speech Day (Dr. Li Wenliang Day). Starting now, fully implement the Chinese people’s right to freedom of speech granted by Article 35 […]


AP: Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time. Just days after Chinese scientists shared the genetic map of the culprit coronavirus, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health had engineered a possible […]

LANCET: 1/29/20 Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 99 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study

(Newest case study from LANCET describing a second group of 99 victims in Wuhan.) Methods: In this retrospective, single-centre study, we included all confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital from Jan 1 to Jan 20, 2020. Cases were confirmed by real-time RT-PCR and were analysed for epidemiological, demographic, clinical, and radiological features and […]

MAPPED: Up to Date Visual Info on Coronavirus Spread

This map from Johns Hopkins is updated with information as to the spread of coronavirus as it breaks: 

Sri Lanka Identifies First Coronavirus Infection, Chinese Tourist Discovered Sick on Her Departure

Sri Lanka suspended its policy of granting visa on arrival for Chinese travelers on Tuesday, a day after the health authorities detected the country’s first coronavirus infection. Sudath Suraweera, the chief epidemiologist of the country’s health ministry, said on Monday that a 40-year-old Chinese woman was found positive for the virus. “She arrived on January […]


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