The Venezuelan navy OPV vessel the GC-23 Naiguata was sunk early yesterday morning after it collided with the Resolute, Passenger ship registered in Portugal. The Resolute continued to sale to Curaçao without rescuing the Venezuelan crew of the sinking vessel. #Venezuelapic.twitter.com/Dx7l7bXyxJ
Must have been a solid collision to sink this:
GC-23 Naiguata: Guaicamacuto-class patrol boat:
Length: 79.9 m (262 ft)
Displacement: 1,453 tons standard displacement, 1,720 tons full load
Complement: 34 + 30
The cruise ship is pretty small: 403ft.
The Resolute continued to sale to Curaçao
I wouldn't want to be apprehended in Venezuelan waters.
Posted by: Ulaviling Dark Lord of the French1268 ||
04/01/2020 0:56 Comments ||
[LI] What have CNN and MSNBC done to save lives? "Lindell said it took MyPillow workers three days to turn over a 200,000-square-foot factory into a facility to produce the masks. They are currently making about 10,000 a day and aim to produce up to 50,000 a day."
During Trump’s Coronavirus press conference on Monday, he invited some people from private industry to speak, including Mike Lindell, the owner of My Pillow.
CNN decided to cut away from the event when Lindell spoke.
Lindell was not there to sell pillows. Trump invited him to speak because he has restructured his company in order to manufacture face masks for hospitals. In other words, he is doing far more for the country than anyone at CNN or any other media outlet.
Smug critics couldn’t even be bothered to use Lindell’s name, opting instead to call him the "My Pillow guy."
[TownHall] The start of the Wuhan coronavirus has been traced back to a wet market in Wuhan, China, where exotic mammals in unsanitary conditions are bought and traded for consumption. And, despite what we know about the start of this virus, China has allowed wet markets to reopen, The Daily Mail reported. Even worse, there are no apparent attempts to raise hygiene standards to prevent another virus from emerging.
From The Daily Mail:
Terrified dogs and cats crammed into rusty cages. Bats and scorpions offered for sale as traditional medicine. Rabbits and ducks slaughtered and skinned side by side on a stone floor covered with blood, filth, and animal remains.
Those were the deeply troubling scenes yesterday as China celebrated its 'victory' over the coronavirus by reopening squalid meat markets of the type that started the pandemic three months ago, with no apparent attempt to raise hygiene standards to prevent a future outbreak.
As the pandemic that began in Wuhan forced countries worldwide to go into lockdown, a Mail on Sunday correspondent yesterday watched as thousands of customers flocked to a sprawling indoor market in Guilin, south-west China.
At another market in the southern China city of Dongguan, a seller was advertising bats and scorpions for sale.
But the scariest thing: the Chinese seem to believe the Wuhan coronavirus is done and over with, even though countries around the world are grappling with the virus. And it's why life is starting to go back to normal in China.
"Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there's nothing to worry about any more. It's just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned," an unnamed Daily Mail photographer said. "The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before."
This isn't the first time that infectious diseases have been traced back to animals, the Associated Press reported in February:
Wuhan is the home of the Frontier Science Center for Immunology and Metabolism, Medical Research Institute and I believe the only known biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory in China. The wet markets are essential to their study and research.
Tucker Carlson last night talked about a report from a Chinese science journal that said 60 people with direct knowledge of the wet market in Wuhan were interviewed and none had ever seen bats in the market. However, the virology lab in Wuhan did stuff with bats and the virus likely escaped from there, not the market. In either case, it started in Wuhan.
[FOX] The Trump administration is sending more than 500 troops to the southern border, as part of the ongoing effort there to combat the coronavirus threat by preventing more infections coming into the U.S. interior.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made the request that the Defense Department provide 540 personnel to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations on the southern border. Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the request, which is currently in place until the end of September.
“At a time when Americans face a profound public health and national security threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the men and women of law enforcement have the support they need to prevent public health threats from entering the country through our borders,” a DHS official told Fox News.
The request was first reported by Reuters, which noted that the U.S. already has approximately 5,000 troops at the border to conduct non-law enforcement activities.
The request was made in order to help assist in detection and monitoring of activity across the border, but troops will not be involved in law enforcement, officials said. The request was made because of the extra strain that conducting additional health and security measures places on CBP in its border security efforts.
President Trump has made securing the border a top priority of his presidency, particularly since the U.S. has dealt with a crisis at the southern border in 2019 as more than 100,000 migrants flooded to the border each month last spring.
[TRUSTNODES] Doctors in Italia have finally began widely prescribing hydroxychloroquine in certain combinations in Rome and the wider region of Lazio with a population of around six million.
According to Corriere della Sera, a well known Italian daily newspaper, Dr. Pier Luigi Bartoletti, Deputy National Secretary of the Italian Federation of General Practitioners, explains that every single person with Covid-19 that has early signs, like a cough or a fever for example, is now being treated with the anti-malaria drug.
The drug "is already giving good results," Bartoletti says while Malaysia reveals they have been using it since the very beginning. Bartoletti further adds that the drug:
"Must be used with all the necessary precautions, it must be evaluated patient by patient. It can have side effects. But those that take it are responding really well.
Thank goodness. Hopefully hospital staffs will be able to slow down a little soon. Also submitted by Iblis.
Coronavirus death rate much lower than previously reported
[NYPOST] 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... may not be as deadly as previously suggested, according to a new study that accounts for cases that were not diagnosed.
The study published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases estimated that the death rate will be 0.66%, which is much lower than figures between 2% and 3.4% that have come out of Wuhan, China, according to CNN. From what we've been watching, ten percent infection rate (USA pop. is 325,000,000), which works out to 32,500,000. A three percent death rate means we're looking at 975,000. Iran (worst case scenario) population is 81,160,000. Ten percent positive rate is 8,116,000 x 3% = 243,480. A couple days ago their numbers were 35,408 cases and 2,517 deaths. That means they're not close to peaking, or that the infection rate isn't as high as claimed.
Of course, this assumes Iran is not fudging their numbers ...
Researchers said the lower coronavirus mortality rate was determined by accounting for cases that went undiagnosed — possibly because they were mild or had no symptoms.
To do this, researchers used modeling based on the number of detected cases among repatriated citizens who were aggressively tested for the virus.
But in line with other studies, the researchers found that the majority of fatalities are among adults who were age 80 or older.
“There might be outlying cases that get a lot of media attention, but our analysis very clearly shows that at aged 50 and over, hospitalization is much more likely than in those under 50, and a greater proportion of cases are likely to be fatal,” Azra Ghani, a professor at Imperial College London and an author of the study, said in a statement.
Louisiana sees over 1,200 new coronavirus cases in one day
[NYPOST] Louisiana suffered its worst day yet in the state’s 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... outbreak Tuesday, with more than 50 deaths and 1,200 new cases, according to health officials.
The newly diagnosed 2,212 cases brought the state’s tally to 5,237 cases, representing a 30% increase in 24 hours, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.
Within the same period, 54 died from the virus, pushing its corpse count to 239 and marking its deadliest day since the Pelican State’s first case was found on March 9.
Health officials have now detected the dangerous bug in 60 out of the state’s 64 parishes, which are similar to counties.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he will extend the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of April, which is in line with the White House’s most recent guidance.
Saudi minister asks Muslims to wait on making hajj plans
[AlAhram] Saudi Arabia wants Muslims to wait until there is more clarity about the coronavirus pandemic before planning to attend the annual haj pilgrimage, the minister for haj and umrah said on state TV on Tuesday. Some 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world usually flock to the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long ritual, which is a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim and a major source of income for the kingdom. The largest annual gathering of Muslims is scheduled to begin in late July, but the coronavirus outbreak has raised questions about whether it can or should go ahead given the risk of spreading the disease further in large gatherings.
Saudi Arabia has already suspended the smaller, year-round umrah pilgrimage until further notice, halted all international passenger flights indefinitely and last week blocked entry and exit to several cities, including Mecca and Medina.
The kingdom has reported 10 deaths among 1,563 cases of coronavirus, which has infected some 800,000 people globally and killed more than 38,000.
Dr. Silvio Brusaferro stressed Tuesday that it would be folly to relax Italy's productivity shutdown and stay-at-home restrictions now, even though the rate of new virus infections is slowing.
Brusaferro confirmed that Italy's R0, the average number of people who will get infected from one contagious person, is nearing one, down from estimates as high as two or three. Officials are aiming to get the R0 under one to rein in the epidemic.
Lagos in lockdown as Africa virus closures spread
[AlAhram] Africa's largest city Lagos was deserted Tuesday after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital, in the continent's latest effort to brake the juggernaut of coronavirus. Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to a halt on the first full day of a two-week shutdown.
Nigeria embarked late Monday on one of Africa's most ambitious efforts at social distancing after recording 135 confirmed cases and two deaths.
Dozens of countries across the continent have imposed restrictions from night-time curfews to total shutdowns to try to halt the disease. Across all of Africa, countries have recorded more than 5,300 cases and 170 deaths, according to a tally compiled by AFP. Tanzania on Tuesday became the latest nation to record its first fatality from the novel coronavirus. The numbers have lagged behind those of other continents, and as of Monday, there were still six countries out of 54 in Africa -- South Sudan, Burundi, Sao Tome and Principe, Malawi, Lesotho and the Comoros -- that had yet to detect a single case.
[UPI] COVID-19 spread on USS Roosevelt is 'ongoing and accelerating'.
The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is pleading with the U.S. Navy for more resources to help contain a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship and avoid possible deaths.
The aircraft carrier docked in Guam last week so its crew of 5,000 sailors could be tested for the novel coronavirus.
At the time 23 members of its crew had tested positive for the virus.
Now more than 100 sailors are infected, and according to Capt. Brett Crozier, in a four-page letter first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
According to Crozier, only a small contingent of soldiers have been off-boarded, and most remain aboard the ship, where it's impossible to follow recommendations for 14-day quarantines and social distancing.
According to military.com, the first positive cases aboard the Roosevelt emerged after the ship made a port call in Vietnam in early March, despite warnings that the virus was likely to sweep through the Asia-Pacific region.
Crozier's letter comes as the number of reported cases among military personnel climbs -- with more than 1,000 total cases as of Monday -- and recruiters have called for the closure of boot camps amid the pandemic.
Atleast the captain, it seems. Maybe higher. --gorb
Aren't visits like this cleared at a higher lever than O6? If the State Department and the DOD think a visit is "appropriate" then what does the captain do ... resign in protest or just "soldier on"?
[Breitbart] NHS nurses have been told to not wear their uniforms in public after some had been discriminated against and verbally abused in public, spat at, and called even "disease spreaders".
"Until further notice, can all nurses no longer wear their uniforms to travel to and from their place of work... There have been reported cases of some nurses being challenged by the public so this is not just to protect you from carrying anything on your uniforms but potential abuse," said an email sent to nurses on Thursday and reported on Monday.
In response to the email, one nurse told The Times: "I’m not surprised, sadly. I know people are worried and upset and we are easy targets. We’ve also been told to hide our ID badges, be careful when using them to access areas ‐ only show them to official NHS staff and for work purposes, ie showing it to the patient."
In March, Susan Masters, the Royal College of Nursing’s director of policy, had said: "I hear from community nurses that they are being heckled at and verbally abused in the street and called ’disease spreaders’. This is abhorrent behaviour. It must stop."
Last week, nurses were told not to wear their NHS identity badges in public because thugs had been stealing them in order to access the free food, drinks, and priority shopping hours that British retailers are offering medical staff, while reprobates had tried to mug two doctors leaving Lewisham hospital of their badges in London.
[BBC] - ...On Saturday, the Dutch health ministry announced it had recalled 600,000 face masks. The equipment had arrived from a Chinese manufacturer on 21 March, and had already been distributed to front-line medical teams.
Dutch officials said that the masks did not fit and that their filters did not work as intended, even though they had a quality certificate
...Spain’s government encountered similar problems with testing kits ordered from a Chinese company.
It announced it had bought hundreds of thousands of tests to combat the virus, but revealed in the following days that nearly 60,000 could not accurately determine if a patient had the virus.
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/01/2020 15:35 Comments ||
Play nice or the next ones go too
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/01/2020 15:35 Comments ||
I hope the mods aren't playing Chinese and filtering comments. It's bad enough here if you don't think like grom your nuts (you're not). What's the banner here? Well Reasoned Discourse? Only if you think like grom?
I like to add, many of you think it's cool that New Yorkers are dying. You are a apathetic lot. They are Americans just like you.
What is your real problem, Thimp Clusort2035? You hit the ground running with baseless insults ungodly early in the morning, and haven’t let up even once, as far as I can tell. So whatever it is predates today.
You want to talk? Fine. Meet me in the O Club and we’ll talk. I’m tired of your childish games, so I’ll expect you to produce something a good deal better than the nonsense you spewed today.
Besoeker, while as imperfect as the rest of us, wore our country’s uniform for a full and interesting career, and then supported the troops as a civilian, and doesn’t need to prove anything to you or anyone. And Frank G is considerably less patient with nonsense than I, being a managerial type. So if you cannot persuade me that you can and will behave as a mannerly member of this convocation.
[CNN] The average price of a gallon of gas has fallen below $2 in the United States ‐ the lowest price in four years, according to AAA.
The plunge can be attributed to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has wiped out demand as people are increasingly told to shelter at home. The ongoing oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has exacerbated that decline.
Not even two weeks ago, the price of a gallon of gas was $2.19, but could be purchased for $2 or less in about a dozen of states. Today, drivers can find a gallon of gas for $1.99 or less at roughly 70% of US gas stations, AAA said. per AAA website, price/gal is $1.26 in Adair County OK but $3.65 in Hawaii big island
...You could make the case that this helps prove that the Chinese have lied about casualties and how many people had recovered and how everything was fine - if it was, they'd be using more oil and the prices would be going up.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
04/01/2020 18:55 Comments ||
Well, our entire office is taking a 20-25% pay reduction:S This really sucks and I guess it's too much to hope that this stupid virus ravishes the ME so they have to stop or slow production.
It’s hard to be a regional hegemon and future sultinate when you’re broke. More details at the link, but this bit is quite enough to trigger schadenfreude.
[Rudaw] The Ottoman Turkish economy was healing after a recession when the new 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... struck, leaving Ankara scrambling to contain the damage with stimulus measures worth billions and facing demands to do much more.
The corpse count in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... is 168 with 10,827 recorded cases of the virus but the fear is that the situation could get much worse.
President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important... announced earlier this month a $15 billion package to support the economy, with tax cuts for businesses and measures to help low-income households.
While business leaders and analysts agreed Ankara’s measures would benefit companies, experts warned of higher unemployment and lower growth.
They also pointed to the possible devastating impact on tourism which employs hundreds of thousands of people.
The concern is that before the outbreak, the economy was growing only tentatively after a currency crisis in 2018.
Moody’s ratings agency said among the G20, it expected Turkey "to be hit the hardest, with a cumulative contraction in second- and third-quarter GDP of about 7.0 percent" in 2020.
But as recently as March 19, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak The Imperial Son-in-Law (Bow the Knee!)... said he did "not see any risks to the economy for now" and was still aiming to meet the ambitious target of five percent growth for 2020.
"The shock will likely take a large toll on tourism-related sectors through the summer," Moody’s added.
Last year, tourism income rose 17 percent to $34.5 billion while the number of visitors increased nearly 14 percent to about 52 million.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
04/01/2020 00:11 ||
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[Just the News] Sisolak has 'based every decision he's made on politics the opinions of medical experts,' says governor's spokesman.
When you know what answer you want, it’s easy to find experts to back you up.
Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is allowing malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be prescribed for the inpatient treatment of coronavirus patients, a spokesperson on Tuesday.
Last week, Sisolak endorsed restrictions on the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for outpatient prescriptions as the Trump administration touted its potential effectiveness in treating coronavirus. The governor's office had said the restrictions were to protect the supply of the drugs for individuals with lupus and other conditions.
Influential Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have criticized Sisolak for his state's handling of the drugs, which on Monday received emergency Food and Drug Administration approval for treating coronavirus patients.
"The Governor of Nevada, practicing medicine w/o a license‐trying to score political points against Trump‐& prohibiting NV doctors from prescribing medicines to treat COVID19," Cruz recently tweeted.
The governor's spokesperson defended Sisolak's actions in a statement provided to Just the News, saying the governor has "based every decision he's made on the opinions of medical experts."
"His endorsement of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy's decision to place common-sense limitations on outpatient prescription and dispensing of those drugs to prevent hoarding, as has been done in at least six others states (including Texas), is no different," the governor's statement read.
"To further clarify, the Governor's order still allows those drugs to be prescribed and dispensed for inpatient treatment of a COVID-19 diagnosis," he added.
The spokesperson included a copy of the full state regulation that's in effect.
Before the federal agency's approval for emergencies, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued a warning about prescribing the drugs.
"Prescribing hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine without further proof of efficacy for treating COVID-19 or with the intent to stockpile the drug may create a shortage for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments for which chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are proven treatments," read the department's letter.
Are the other afflictions fatal? Is this an either/or situation?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
04/01/2020 0:36 Comments ||
I can understand the concern that increased demand might create a shortage for existing patients, but rather than ration existing supplies (assuming there is an actual shortage), let's make more of it. This is America. We make things. (or did)
[Guardian] - There’s a surreal calm in the last country in Europe to hold out against lockdown. But the death toll is rising and some are voicing dissent
...The precautions that Swedes have been advised to adopt ‐ no gatherings of more than 50 people (revised down from 500 last Friday), avoid social contact if over 70 or ill, try to work from home, table service only in bars and restaurants ‐ seem to have allayed public fears that the shocking images from hospitals in Italy and Spain could be repeated here.
The prime minister, Stefan Löfven, has urged Swedes to behave "as adults" and not to spread "panic or rumours".
Panic, though, is exactly what many within Sweden’s scientific and medical community are starting to feel. A petition signed by more than 2,000 doctors, scientists, and professors last week ‐ including the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Prof Carl-Henrik Heldin ‐ called on the government to introduce more stringent containment measures. "We’re not testing enough, we’re not tracking, we’re not isolating enough ‐ we have let the virus loose," said Prof Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, a virus immunology researcher at the Karolinska Institute. "They are leading us to catastrophe."
Just the other day I saw them being touted by some polyannas as the model we should be following.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
04/01/2020 14:45 Comments ||
#2 I noticed that all West European countries/US states go through 3 stages with novel coronavirus*
(1) Shouldn't panic, just another flu, not harm our pwesious economy - like economy doesn't need people going about their business without worrying of getting infected and passing it to their families?
(2) As the numbers of infected and dead increase, and people begin to panic, the part about "exponential growth (in virgin field) begins to penetrate, and instructions about "social distancing" begin to be issued.
(3) Since it doesn't work --- day late & dollar short, governments begin tightening the screws to complete lockdown. Except, of course, lockdown isn't possible.
Hopefully, with all the new/old drugs, passive immunization, new respirators & hospitals, masks in public, the lethality can be decreased. And with antibody tests, we'll know who is safe.
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.