[World Tribune] Thousands of urns have reportedly been delivered to funeral homes in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Photos and information circulating on Chinese social media indicate there are long lines of people picking up cremated ashes.
The reports call into question the Chinese communist government’s official figures of 2,535 people in Wuhan who have died of the virus, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
Trucks shipped in about 2,500 urns on both Wednesday and Thursday to the Wuhan funeral homes, according to Chinese media outlet Caixin. A photo published by Caixin showed 3,500 urns stacked on the ground inside. It’s unclear how many of the urns had been filled.
The report noted that people who answered the phone at six of the eight funeral homes in Wuhan said they either did not have data on how many urns were waiting to be collected, or were not authorized to disclose the numbers. Calls were not answered at the other two.
Some families said they had been forced to wait for several hours to pick up the ashes.
Two locals in Wuhan who have lost family members to the virus said online that they were informed they had to be accompanied by their employers or officials from neighborhood committees when picking up the urns, likely as a measure against public gatherings.
"I was told by district government to wait until further notice on when I can pick up my father’s ashes," one Wuhan resident using the name "Xue Zai Shou Zhong," meaning "snow in hand," posted on Weibo. "There is a staggered arrangement for urn collecting."
Another Weibo user using the handle Adagier said she lost her husband to the coronavirus and had since been contacted by police warning her not to be too emotional ‐ and to stop posting online.
"I have only one demand," she wrote. "I want to give my husband a proper burial as soon as possible."
China had reported that its tally of new cases in Wuhan had hit zero and the lockdown in place on the city of 11 million people since January would be lifted.
[Business Insider] Four passengers have died aboard Holland America Line's stranded MS Zaandam cruise ship, according to a recording leaked to Business Insider from a sister ship sent to rescue healthy passengers.
"I am also sad to share that four older Zaandam guests have passed away," the captain of the MS Rotterdam said in the recording of a shipwide announcement provided to Business Insider. "Three between yesterday and last night, and one a few days ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, and the Zaandam team is doing everything they can to support them during this difficult time."
A Holland America crew member sent Business Insider a recording of the Rotterdam's captain announcing the deaths, as well as news from medical staffers confirming at least two cases of COVID-19 aboard the Zaandam.
The Rotterdam rendezvoused with the Zaandam on Thursday night off the coast of Ecuador to deliver medical supplies, including COVID-19 tests. The Rotterdam has no guests on board, but crew members on the ship have said it is staffed with 611 people.
According to a memo leaked by a Rotterdam crew member, the ship is now also tasked with rescuing healthy Zaandam guests.
The crew member sent Business Insider pictures of a printed memo dated Wednesday and titled "Rotterdam Humanitarian Mission FAQ." The rescue-response memo began with the question "Why do we need to do this?"
I took a "Behind the Scenes" tour of a big Carnival Cruise ship where they walked us past the on board brig and the "death at Sea" facilities. They had a total capacity of 6 "toe tag customers" at one time. Sounds like this cruise is getting close.
[Washington Examiner] A top House Republican wants to see the U.S. lead an international investigation into the Chinese Communist Party’s "dangerous disinformation campaign" about the origins of the coronavirus.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, made the request of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a letter sent on Thursday.
"I recommend that you consider pursuing a multilateral investigation into the CCP’s coronavirus coverup, which will underscore that their pandemic-enabling malfeasance is not just an American concern, but a global one," McCaul said. "To refute the CCP’s dangerous disinformation campaign, the United States should work with like-minded democracies, including Taiwan, to produce a definitive account of the origins of the virus, the CCP’s culpability, and whether CCP influence undermined the legitimacy of the WHO at this critical time."
The State Department declined the Washington Examiner’s request for comment, but Pompeo recently spoke forcefully on the issue.
"The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated," Pompeo said following the G7 teleconference summit this week.
Western officials say top Beijing diplomats and Chinese state-run outlets have repeatedly pushed disinformation about the coronavirus’s origins, including blaming the U.S. military.
"The Chinese Communist Party lied and covered up the truth about the coronavirus," McCaul told the Washington Examiner. "Because of their actions, the disease has spread throughout the world sickening hundreds of thousands of people and killing tens of thousands."
Pompeo has repeatedly admonished the Chinese government for its denials about the coronavirus’s origins, and insists on calling the illness the "Wuhan coronavirus."
Michigan Democrat Governor Threatens Licenses of Doctors and Pharmacists Who Prescribe Hydroxychloroquine
[THECONSERVATIVETREEHOUSE] Governor Gretchen Whitmer from the Michigan Directorate has threatened to turn the eye of the state upon any doctor or pharmacist who would attempt to prescribe chloroquine to treat their patients suffering from coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... . Medical licenses may need to be revoked.
The agency’s March 24 letter warns physicians and pharmacists of professional consequences for the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine). Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding, the letter includes threats of "administrative action" against the licenses of doctors that prescribe hydroxychloroquine.
Orleans Parish has highest per-capita coronavirus death rate of American counties -- by far
[NOLA] Orleans Parish has the highest per-capita death rate for the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... among all American counties to date, a new analysis by The Times-Picayune | The Advocate shows. More disturbingly, perhaps, it’s not even a close call. The county with the No. 2 rate ‐ Richmond County, N.Y., better known as Staten Island ‐ has a rate half that of New Orleans.
25000÷553244 comes out to a 4.5 percent death rate among confirmed cases
Pangolins can carry coronavirus-related strains
[FOXNEWS] Scientists have identified coronavirus-related strains in Malayan pangolins seized during anti-smuggling operations in southern China. The international team of experts says that the presence of the SARS-CoV-2-related coronaviruses means that pangolins, a species of scaly anteater, should be viewed as a possible carrier in the ongoing pandemic. So let that be a lesson to you: Never, ever, eat a pangolin. If you have a pet pangolin, do not lick it.
House approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package
[NYPOST] The House rushed President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic.
Members of the House of Representatives shouted down Rep. Thomas Massie as they passed the coronavirus stimulus bill ‐ with one politician bellowing "f‐k you!" at the Kentucky Republican.
Massie forced hundreds of politicians to return to the House chamber for the vote after indicating he would raise a point of order that fewer than 50 percent of politicians were present as required.
But when the libertarian engineer stood to protest that the chamber was not full, a furious colleague shouted "look around!"
Surrounding Massie were hundreds of Republicans and Democrats who packed into the chamber and also the public viewing gallery one floor above to maintain enough distance to avoid spread of COVID-19.
This does not look good! Over 300,000 Coronavirus Cases, 18,289 Deaths in Europe: AFP Tally
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] More than 300,000 cases of the new coronavirus were recorded in Europe, with more than half registered in Italy (86,498) and Spain (64,059), according to an AFP tally at 1640 GMT on Friday. 18289 ÷ 305851 = 6% death rate
There were a total of 305,851 cases in Europe, including 18,289 deaths making it the worst-hit continent. Asia was at second place with 102,043 cases of which 3,683 were fatal.
The tally, based on official figures, reflects only a fraction of the total cases worldwide.
As we learned about pork from Ronald Reagan
Just because the donks put it in the bill doesn’t mean you have to spend and for some of the lard you could spend a generation trying to write the enabling regulations
Trump gave them some rope and he won’t spend the lard in the bill
Well, I thought that Chinese having a complete genome in a week was awfully quick.
And the spike protein's efficiency could come from "natural" selection - although we've seen no supporting evidence (as it was evolving, it'd caused widespread disease). Or it could be refined in a lab by exploiting molecular cloning techniques.
It is a bio weapon that got loose because they sold lab animals to the public
All the stuff of calling it a novel virus meaning it jumped from animals to humans is complete nonsense
Too much oddity in its genome for it to have mutated or evolved
Complete PRC propaganda
Furthermore it is obvious the media is running cover for the PRC and that should toss them completely into the F-6 category for information
Not only are they trying to overthrow an election they are actively working to coverup the origins of this thing for their puppet masters who own way too much of our nation’s media
#2 I don't know how it escaped the lab. I do remember reading somewhere that the very first victims had nothing to do with the wet market.
I do know that Chinese Scientists are insanely competitive, which leads them to cut corners on "non-essential" staff like lab safety.
p.s. I do not understand why they'd produce a bioweapon that targets their own population. I mean, real bioweapon should be targeted to genetic markers that distinguish the enemy population from your own.
p.s. I do not understand why they'd produce a bioweapon that targets their own population.
Things to watch: Is the "kill-off" in Iran an environmental outlier -or- was China looking for something that preferentially effected Central Asian people (like the Muslim people in the 'Stans) more than it effected the *cough* "noble Sons of the Han"?
p.s. I do not understand why they'd produce a bioweapon that targets their own population. I mean, real bioweapon should be targeted to genetic markers that distinguish the enemy population from your own.
Win Ling was not suppose to come visit until the testing was concluded !
[OpIndia] Dr. Seema Mishra, faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has designed potential vaccine candidates which are called T cell epitopes believed to be working against all the structural and non-structural proteins of novel coronavirus-2(2019-nCoV) for experimental testing. The candidates of the vaccine are small coronaviral peptides, molecules that will be used by cells to trigger an immune response to destroy cells harbouring these viral peptides.
Dr. Seema Mishra has designed these potential epitopes in a way that can be used to vaccinate the entire population by using powerful immunoinformatics approaches with computational software.
Normally, a discovery of vaccine takes an elongated tenure of upto 15 years but the powerful computational tools helped in enlisting these vaccine candidates in a minimal time of about 10 days. A list of potential candidates, which are based on how much effect they will be used by human cells to stop the virus, has been generated. These coronaviral epitopes pose no cross-reactivity to human cells and hence the immune response will be against viral proteins and not human proteins as there are no matches in the human protein pool.
The study states that "that surface (spike) and membrane proteins of nCoV provide with very less number of promiscuous epitopes Can we call them Ilhantopes?
with high degree of unique epitopes across alleles. This shows that these proteins may be less immunogenic and the vaccination strategy using these proteins may not work at entire population level across continents."
The results have been disseminated to the scientist community using the ChemRxiv preprint platform for urgent experimental essays.
These are the first such studies on nCoV vaccine design from India exploring whole coronaviral proteome across structural and non-structural proteins that make up the virus.
Still, right now the best defence to prevent nCoV infections is social distancing. Vaccination may take some time due to the need for further work on these candidate epitopes.
The virus' gene sequence was actually re-mapped correctly by Israeli scientists at the Migal Galilee institute, after the initial data from China was found to be faulty. They're already in testing phase.
With any sense, the free world will not eagerly share the result of their labours with islamic nations. I'd gladly wear the albatross of having hoarded a cure while Gawd sorted 'em out.
[YNet] - The Ministry of Health has temporarily instructed HMO managers not to report subjects to the coronavirus about the results of their examination for fear of incorrect results.
An internal message stated that "the lab results may be incorrect." The Ministry of Health said that "due to a computer problem that was discovered Friday night in the data transfer, the lab results are delayed. The lab work continues as usual on Saturday and so is the testing by MDA. Teams from the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister's Office are currently working on a solution." So, not just that the tests are suspect - they don't file them correctly?
Minor fuckups are bound to happen. The media is unforgiving, the stakes are the highest. These people are working night and day in a highly stressful environment. It's a miracle of modern science and political acumen on the part of some people how fast they're trying to overcome this mess.
[OpIndia] Due to overwhelming misinformation on social media, Iranian citizens resorted to consuming spurious alcohol in a bid to cure the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus infection. Indiscriminate drinking Is what happens after the fifth martini.
accompanied by methanol poisoning has made a 1000 people sick in Iran and has claimed 300 lives. Another report claimed that as many as 480 people could have died due to this and over 2850 people could have fallen sick.
Iranian media reports nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting toxic methanol across the Islamic Republic out of the false belief it kills the new coronavirus. https://t.co/tUjo8TI0aP
- The Associated Press (@AP) March 27, 2020
The misinformation stemmed from a tabloid story published in early February which claimed that a British man cured himself of Coronavirus infection by drinking whiskey with honey. Many believe that using alcohol-based sanitizer to ward off germs is akin to drinking alcohol to cure Coronavirus infection.
Health Ministry Adviser Dr Hossein Hassanian said, "Other countries have only one problem, which is the new coronavirus pandemic. But we are fighting on two fronts here. We have to both cure the people with alcohol poisoning and also fight the coronavirus.
Consumption of alcohol is banned in the Islamic Republic of Iran. From the incessant twaddle they spout I woulda thunk they were high all the time.
It is mandatory for manufacturers of methanol to add artificial colour to their products for public convenience. Bootleggers, however, add bleach to these products such that it dilutes the artificial colour. Due to a growing demand for alcohol, bootleggers often sell methanol to its customers instead of ethanol. This explains the steep rise in cases of methanol poisoning. A country where everyone's a genius !
On Friday night Laura Ingraham reported on the latest study by the French research team led by the renowned epidemiologist Dr. Didier Raoult was able to repeat his findings from a previous study.
This time Dr. Raoult administered hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to 80 patients and observed improvement in EVERY CASE except for a very sick 86-year-old with an advanced form of coronavirus infection.
[Bloomberg] - Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.
"Right now we have a pinpointed risk," Governor Gina Raimondo said. "That risk is called New York City."
New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., on Friday reporting a total of 44,000 cases.
Heard something recently that in Manhattan, the one way they can tolerate such itty bitty tiny apartments is that they go out for everything. Now they can't and those itty bitty tiny apartments are driving people crazy.
[Breitbart] Professors are now worried that the political bias they bring to the classroom will be easily recorded and exposed to the public now that their courses have been moved online due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
"The coronavirus-prompted shift to remote teaching was stressful enough for faculty members before Charlie Kirk weaponized online learning," reported the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, noting a recent tweet by the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) founder calling on students to share videos of their professors’ "blatant indoctrination."
"To all college students who have their professors switching to online classes: Please share any and ALL videos of blatant indoctrination with [TPUSA]," tweeted Kirk on Sunday, including his organization’s contact information.
"Now is the time to document & expose the radicalism that has been infecting our schools," added the TPUSA founder. "Transparency!"
Kirk’s call to action has caused some faculty members "to be worried," according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which added that some professors have said that they are taking precautions, such as professor Dylan Bugden of Washington State University, who says that he has decided not to record his lectures.
With regards to the possibility of professors’ course material being exposed by students, Jeffrey A. Sachs, a lecturer at Acadia University, in Canada, tweeted, "Simply put, faculty are alarmed because they are paying attention."
Professor Jason Stanley of Yale University also chimed in regarding how to prepare against conservatives seeking to showcase leftist bias in higher education.
"If one of your colleagues gets hit, support them," said Stanley. "It is not a time to lecture them about you think they did wrong. They need your support, not your moralizing and sanctimoniousness."
"If you are recording a lecture on anything controversial, be prepared for right wing sites to ask students to share it," said Texas Christian University associate professor Emily Farris, reported Breitbart News on Monday.
As for TPUSA, the conservative student organization says that if professors are already confident in what they espouse in the classroom, then they should have no problem with their course materials being made public.
"Taking all classes online presents an opportunity for professor biases to be exposed for the world to see. If professors don’t have anything to hide, there isn’t an issue," said a TPUSA spokesperson to Breitbart News.
"For those that are using the classroom to intimidate conservatives or otherwise lie to, bully, or indoctrinate students to hate America, we will highlight those cases so parents, students, administrations and donors can make better, more informed decisions moving forward," the spokesperson added.
"Knowing the truth shouldn’t be controversial," the TPUSA spokesperson affirmed.
There is also the fact that many (most?) of the college lectures could be repeats of a video lecture recorded years or even decades earlier. What has changed in Mathematics or other foundation courses that requires a new text book every year?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.