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China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus

SCMP


February 24, 2020


Fast-tracked decision to prohibit consumption of wildlife comes into effect immediately

China’s wildlife trade and consumption industry is valued at 520 billion yuan (US$74 billion), according to a government-sponsored report published in 2017

China bans trade, eating of wild animals in battle against coronavirus

Demand for such meat has created a breeding industry in China for animals such as civet cats. The epidemic 17 years ago of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, which killed more than 800 people worldwide, has been linked to consumption of civet cats in China by the World Health Organisation.






Why did it take 17 years for a centrally planned economy to ban wildlife markets after the SARS crisis in 2003-2004? 

Maybe they were waiting for the return of the cicada in 17 years!

Then they waited more than 2 months after the first COVID-19 victim appeared?  When "why" can't be answered you know it is "who".








                              




WHO Chief Says Ebola Response 'Did Not Match' Scale of the Outbreak


By Vivienne Walt


October 30, 2014


The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has morphed into one of our biggest health crises in years, with at least 4,900 known deaths among more than 13,000 cases and experts warning the worst could be yet to come.

Despite a growing international effort to combat the virus, outside health experts say the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO)—the only worldwide health institution—has been slow to react. They stress that there’s plenty of blame to go around, including with the U.S. and other regional governments, who were tragically sluggish in responding to Ebola. Still, critics complain that WHO has failed to lead the global fight—exactly the kind of crisis it has aimed to efficiently handle or prevent since its founding in 1948. In general, many say it’s “too politicized, too bureaucratic… too overstretched and too slow to adapt to change,” according to a report by the London think tank Chatham House, citing health experts and some former WHO staffers.






Why has the WHO not declared a global pandemic in the coronavirus crisis when for all intents and purposes there is a global pandemic?  It's political--stupid. 







                        



Coronavirus death toll in Iran QUADRUPLES to 50 in just a few hours as regime is accused of ‘lying’ about the outbreak

Debbie White


Feb 24, 2020


A staggering 50 people have died in the Iranian holy city of Qom from the new virus this month, a lawmaker was quoted as saying today.

The new death toll reported by the Qom representative, Ahmad Amiriabadi Farahani, is significantly higher than the latest number of nationwide confirmed cases of infections which Iranian officials had reported just a few hours earlier, which stood at 12 deaths out of 47 cases, according to state TV.

He accused Iran's health bosses of "lying" about the outbreak.



https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11030993/coronavirus-death-toll-iran-quadruples-50-regime-accused-lying-outbreak/





Let's start a list. 1. cover-up of shooting down of airliner 2. cover-up of black box       3. cover-up of spread of coronavirus










                  



                                                                Nosferatu (1922)



Fear of Coronavirus, Rather Than Virus Itself, Hits Economies

Wall Street Journal

Greg Ip


February 24, 2020



"Traditionally in public health, the interventions we know work to slow disease down are things like diagnostics, isolation at home or in the hospital, protecting health-care workers," said Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University. "Larger measures like things China has done have no precedent."

"There's a lot of speculation about effectiveness and about negative consequences, without historical data, of those kind of macro interventions, like locking down a city, banning travel from one part of the country, or from a country altogether," he added.

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, said, "We've lurched from complacency to panic and doing things that are overbroad and not evidence-based, with massive impact on the economy." Peter Berezin, chief global strategist at BCA Research, an investment advisory, estimated global growth would fall to zero in the current quarter and then rebound, for a full-year hit of about half a percentage point. But he also sketched out a more pessimistic scenario.


https://www.marketscreener.com/news/Fear-of-Coronavirus-Rather-Than-Virus-Itself-Hits-Economies--30056023/










                          




How epidemics like COVID-19 end (and how to end them faster)

A coronavirus, recently named COVID-19, has infected more than 70,000 people since it was first reported in late 2019. To predict how big the epidemic could get, researchers are working to determine how contagious the virus is.


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By Joe Fox, Youjin Shin and Armand Emamdjomeh


Feb. 19, 2020




                                                    











               
                          



Expert: Chinese Scientists Sell Lab Animals as Meat on the Black Market


John Hayward


Feb 20, 2020


Population Research Institute President Steven W. Mosher wrote at the New York Post on Saturday that China’s coronavirus epidemic could have been unleashed by researchers who sold laboratory animals to the notorious “wet markets” of Wuhan for extra cash.

His theory cited as evidence the release of new guidelines from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology calling for “strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus.”

The novel twist to Mosher’s theory is that Chinese lab technicians have an unfortunate history of selling experimental animals to vendors such as the ones that ply their trade in Wuhan’s wet market:

Instead of properly disposing of infected animals by cremation, as the law requires, they sell them on the side to make a little extra cash. Or, in some cases, a lot of extra cash. One Beijing researcher, now in jail, made a million dollars selling his monkeys and rats on the live animal market, where they eventually wound up in someone’s stomach.

The novel twist to Mosher’s theory is that Chinese lab technicians have an unfortunate history of selling experimental animals to vendors such as the ones that ply their trade in Wuhan’s wet market:


https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/02/24/expert-chinese-scientists-sell-lab-animals-meat-black-market/



The author was the first to present a similar hypothesis on February 20, 2020 by posing two questions.   See Coronavirus 6.


I wonder why no one has as yet publically asked the following questions.


Did the The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (Chinese: 武汉华南海鲜批发市场) in Jianghan District of Wuhan sell live or dead animals (used in experiments) to The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) 中国科学院武汉病毒研究所 located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan, Hubei or vice versa?  Is it also possible that there was human to human contact between infected individuals at either of these two locations with the sale of animals?


D. Carlton Rossi                   February 20, 2020











                


Xi Jinping peaks in Beijing, on Feb. 23. Photographer: Ju Peng/Xinhua via Getty Images



Xi’s Response to Virus Foreshadows an Even Tighter Grip on China

Bloomberg News


February 24, 2020, 7:14 AM EST


For all the lessons for President Xi Jinping to take away from China’s worst virus outbreak in modern history, he seems to have settled on one above all others: Centralized control works and more is needed. X

Xi shared the conclusion in an unprecedented conference call with 170,000 officials Sunday -- the closest the leader of the world’s longest-lasting communist regime has come to a fireside chat. In it, according to excerpts released by state-run media, he defended the ruling party’s judgment as “accurate” and argued that the outbreak “demonstrates the remarkable advantages of the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the socialist system with Chinese characteristics.”


While the statement echoes countless others by Xi since he came to power more than seven years ago, China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has given the world a new understanding of what he means. In the past month, Xi’s government has barred tens of millions of citizens from work or travel, expanded the use of high-tech surveillance, installed loyalists to top provincial posts and expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters over an op-ed.

For those who have followed Xi’s rise, the moves are being viewed as a new chapter in a long-term effort to remake China’s political system, rather than a temporary emergency response to a public health threat. The government that emerges from the crisis will likely be more centralized, more authoritarian, and even more likely to rile Western liberals than before.



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-24/xi-s-response-to-virus-foreshadows-an-even-tighter-grip-on-china








                           


Millions of Chinese firms face collapse if banks don't act

Bloomberg


February 24, 2020



A survey of small- and medium-sized Chinese companies conducted this month showed that a third of respondents only had enough cash to cover fixed expenses for a month, with another third running out within two months.

While China's government has cut interest rates, ordered banks to boost lending and loosened criteria for companies to restart operations, many of the nation's private businesses say they've been unable to access the funding they need to meet upcoming deadlines for debt and salary payments. Without more financial support or a sudden rebound in China's economy, some may have to shut for good.

"If China fails to contain the virus in the first quarter, I expect a vast number of small businesses would go under," said Lv Changshun, an analyst at Beijing Zhonghe Yingtai Management Consultant Co.

Despite accounting for 60 per cent of the economy and 80 per cent of jobs in China, private businesses have long struggled to tap funding to help them expand during booms and survive crises.



https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/millions-of-chinese-firms-face-collapse-if-banks-dont-act









                            


Chinese pig farm jams drone of crooks spreading African swine fever Criminals drop contaminated pork products as part of racket to profit from the health scare.


By Reuters


Dec. 20, 2019



BEIJING — One of China’s biggest animal feed producers said it had used a radio transmitter to combat crooks using drones to drop pork products contaminated with African swine fever on its pig farms, as part of a racket to profit from the health scare.

In July, the country's agriculture ministry said criminal gangs were faking outbreaks of swine fever on farms and forcing farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices.

A state-backed news website, The Paper, reported Thursday that a pig farming unit of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co Ltd had run foul of the regional aviation authority, as its transmitter had disrupted the GPS signal in the area.


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/chinese-pig-farm-jams-drone-crooks-spreading-african-swine-fever-n1105631







                           


                                                   Marcus Licinius Crassus



The question is "what is the real motive behind the crime syndicates deliberately infecting swine herds and then selling contaminated meat?"  This author argues that their ultimate goal is  to purchase farm properties at distressed prices  having bankrupted the farmers. One is reminded of the practices of Marcus Crassus who was a wealthy businessman in the first century BCE and member of the first Triumvirate. He would offer fire insurance to wealthy Romans. If they did not purchase it then someone was sent to burn down the buildings so that he could purchase the properties at fire sale prices. In this way, he amassed a huge fortune equivalent to 229 tonnes of gold.






                         


中国农民工处境艰难

疫情下的封锁和歧视严重影响就业

赫海威


当局在全国实施的严格控制对农民工冲击最为严重,他们有的被禁止进入城市,有的被房东赶出出租屋,有的露宿街头。由于工厂停工,很多人难以找到工作。



https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20200224/coronavirus-china-migrant-workers/




Chinese migrant workers are in a difficult situation 


Blockade and discrimination in epidemic seriously affect employment


Hurway



The strict controls imposed by the authorities across the country have had the most severe impact on migrant workers. Some of them have been banned from entering the city, some have been driven out of their rental houses by their landlords, and some have fallen into the streets. Due to the factory shutdown, many people have difficulty finding work.

However, severe blockades throughout the country make it difficult for migrant workers to return to cities; according to official statistics, only one-third of migrant workers have returned. Many workers were trapped in the countryside after returning home during the Spring Festival last month.

"The pressure on migrant workers is generally high," Yang Chengjun said. "To make matters worse." Local officials have made their situation worse. These officials are pushing the notion that migrant workers pose a threat to public health and should be considered potential carriers of the virus.

According to social media reports, in some cities migrant workers have been forced to undergo quarantine in government-managed facilities. In places such as Wuxi in the east, workers from far away have been banned from entering and warned that the rebels will be "seriously dealt with."




Many migrant workers are former farmers who have been forced off their land due to urbanization or into manufacturing which is now in a temporary tailspin. 









                        



Coronavirus: South Korea declares highest alert as infections surge



South Korea has raised its coronavirus alert to the "highest level" as confirmed case numbers keep rising.

President Moon Jae-in said the country faced "a grave turning point", and the next few days would be crucial in the battle to contain the outbreak.

Six people have died from the virus in South Korea and more than 600 have been infected.

The sixth death was confirmed at the Daenam Hospital, in Cheongdo, which treats the elderly and people with mental health issues. The hospital has seen more than 110 people infected including nine medical staff.

South Korea has seen the largest number of confirmed cases after China. An outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has also seen more than 600 cases.


D. Carlton Rossi taught in Daegu or Taegu. In the middle of Korea it has historically been regarded as most typical of Korean culture.








               




The Chinese Zodiac


The study of the Chinese Zodiac is a pseudoscience akin to phrenology so one might say that those who believe in it should have their heads read. Nevertheless, the superstitious believe that the zodiac controls one's life in twelve year cycles. It may be surprising to some that the anniversary of one's Ben Ming Nian or Zodiac Year is not propitious but rather ominous. Coincidentally, recent Zodiac years matched what might be called plague years.

The year of the Rooster ended on February 15, 2018, However, a day before the WHO was notified by the the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of one case of avian influenza or H7N4. One might keep in mind that for over a year, the Chinese government withheld lab samples of this rapidly evolving influenza virus from the United States -- specimens needed to develop vaccines and treatments. If one expects transparency from the Chinese government in the recent COVID-19 outbreak it may not be surprising that one faces opacity instead.

The true believers in the Zodiac might have to overlook the year of the Dog. In this year, there were no rabid dogs running around the streets of Beijing; although one's pet pooch might have been "dognapped" and served as the main dish. On one occasion, the author gave an assignment to his students to compare or contrast their personalities with those attributed by the Zodiac. One student approached him and said that her Zodiac sign was a Dog, but that she was terribly afraid of dogs because one had bit her. I asked her if she were afraid of kittens and she said no. I then asked her if she were afraid of puppies. She said no. Then, I said to her to think of her year (and dogs) in terms of the year of the Puppy.

The year of the Pig began on February 5, 2019. By that time, Dawu Group's co-operative joint venture had lost 15,000 swine in a matter of weeks. When he pointed out to the government that it was hard to understand how the Group's case was the first to be reported by the government in Hebei Province and yet scientifically it was believed that ASF were found in clusters his free speech was curtailed with the censorship of his blog site for a full year up until the present time.

The year of the rat began with the COVID-19 crisis. It may have originated with a bat virus transmitted to a civet and then transmitted to a human, but no one knows for sure. The virus is causing widespread panic which is spreading faster than the easily transmissible virus. The wild card is that in some cases a seemingly mild reaction can transform into a severe case where the body is fighting itself.

The hardest hit segment of the population and economy through these virus outbreaks have been farmers and farming. It is a particularly dire situation for China's food supply when Chinese farmers in small business enterprises cannot feed themselves. How can they feed China when they cannot feed themselves? Food shortages and rising prices throughout China do not bode well for stability, security and sustainability in a milieu of anger, distrust and fear which swells from the bottom up.


D. Carlton Rossi