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    YY_Sima Qian

    Yesterday, China reported 0 new domestic confirmed cases and 0 new domestic asymptomatic cases, 12 new imported confirmed cases and 26 imported asymptomatic cases:

    * Shanghai Municipality – 5 confirmed case cases, 2 Chinese nationals each returning from the Philippines and Japan, 1 Chinese student returning from the UK
    * Chengdu in Sichuan Province – 3 confirmed cases (1 previously asymptomatic), 2 Chinese nationals returning from Ethiopia and 1 from the Philippines; 3 asymptomatic case, 2 Chinese nationals returning from Ethiopia and 1 from Russia
    * Xi’an in Shaanxi Province – 3 confirmed cases, 2 Chinese nationals returning from the Congo (Kinshasa) (via Brussels) and 1 from Sierra Leone (via Brussels); 1 asymptomatic cases, a Chinese national returning from the Congo (Kinshasa) (via Brussels)
    * Xiamen in Fujian Province – 1 confirmed case, a Chinese national returning from Nigeria; 6 asymptomatic cases, 3 Chinese nationals returning from Nigeria, 2 from Peru and 1 from Romania
    * Guangzhou in Guangdong Province – 7 asymptomatic cases, 4 Chinese nationals returning from India, 2 returning from the Congo (Kinshasa) and 1 from Kenya
    * Foshan in Guangdong Province – 4 asymptomatic cases, all Chinese nationals returning from Indonesia
    * Chongqing Municipality – 1 asymptomatic case, a Chinese national returning from Singapore
    * Kunming in Yunnan Province – 2 asymptomatic cases, 1 Chinese national each returning from Indonesia and Uzbekistan
    * Zhengzhou in Henan Province – 2 asymptomatic cases, no information released

    Today, Hong Kong reported 4 new cases, all imported.

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    Van Buren

    That last story from Georgia is just mind boggling. It’s hard for me to believe that people would put up with that shit here in NY.

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    Amir Khalid

    Malaysia’s daily CoviD-19 numbers. 101 new cases, for a cumulative reported total of 11,135 cases.

    97 new cases are from local infection. 93 are Malaysians. 70 are in Sabah, comprising 51 from the Bangau-Bangau cluster, eight symptomatic persons, two from the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster, two from the Quarters cluster, two from the (new) Jalan Utara cluster, one person referred to hospital, one close contact of another case, one healthcare worker, one detected in community screening, and one person arriving from Peninsular Malaysia. 17 are people who returned to other states from Sabah: nine in Selangor, one each in KL, Kelantan, Kedah, Melaka, Perak, Penang, Perlis and Putrajaya.

    Of the rest, four are in Selangor, comprising two close contacts of other cases, one from the (new) Benteng PK cluster, and one from the Jalan Apas cluster; and two are in Johore, both from the (new) Bakawali cluster.

    Four new cases are non-Malaysians: three in Sabah, and one in Selangor.

    Four are imported cases: one Malaysian returning from Saudi Arabia, three non-Malaysians arriving from Myanmar (two) and Nigeria.

    50 more patients recovered and were discharged, for a total of 9,939 patients recovered — 89.26% of the cumulative reported total. 1,011 active and contagious cases are currently in hospital; 13 are in ICU, five of them on respirators.

    No CoviD-19 deaths were reported today, and the total stands at 134 deaths — 1.20% of the cumulative reported total, 1.33% of resolved cases.

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    Mary G

    Not sure how, the numbers here in the OC continue to be great (for America, anyway). We have spent the required 3 weeks in tier 2 and will graduate to tier 3, moderate transmission, tomorrow. Both new cases per 100,000 and percent  test positive are around 3. No other county in SoCal qualifies. LA still struggles, San Diego County was best in class up until now, but flared up to 7 and is in danger of being demoted down to tier 1. I will still be here at home. It is getting very old.

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    Joe Biden is creating the broadest coalition in American history. Together we will save our country from this generation’s greatest threat to our democracy.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 28, 2020

    Interesting. Some of us would say the Rethuglican party has been the greatest threat to democracy for 40+ years.

    Those “some” call ourselves Democrats.

    Republicans, you can still choose America.— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 28, 2020

    Is it 1980, assholes?

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    @Amir Khalid: Georgia hiding information about infections at school, something that parents obviously need to know, is unconscionable.

    Parents and teachers/staff. Such a mess. ?

  7. 12.

    Mary G

    @Baud: It seems stupid for them to do this. Even white moms will be furious about this irresponsible endangerment of their spawn. Not knowing is the worst.

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    @Mary G:

    Even white moms will be furious

    I hope your right but I’m not holding my breath when it comes to how white people react to what Republicans do.

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    Crew on first post-lockdown Greek cruise contract coronavirus

    What was meant to be the first in a new post-lockdown era of cruises around the Greek isles has fallen victim to the reality of travel in the coronavirus age after crew members tested positive for the virus.

    Within hours of the Mein Schiff 6 departing from the Cretan port of Heraklion on Sunday night, the perils of holidaying on a cruise ship during a pandemic became apparent.

    “Early on Monday we received positive test results for 12 crew members from an external laboratory,” said the Anglo-German travel company Tui. “As a precautionary measure and in accordance with the strict procedures for resuming cruise operations agreed with authorities in Greece, the persons concerned were immediately isolated on board.”

    Surprise, surprise, surprise!

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    Amir Khalid


    The cruise ship company, like all other businesses, knew they could not survive a year or two out of operation. So they went ahead hoping it was safe — and surprise, surprise, it wasn’t safe. They won’t be the only ones to have that rude awakening.

    It’s a reminder that the world is just starting to encounter the massive scale of CoviD-19 economic disruption that awaits.

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    Sloane Ranger

    @Amir Khalid: Ever the optimist, I have booked a cruise for Christmas 2021. :)

    I think TUI (and the Greek Government) were extremely irresponsible to try to hold a cruise anytime this year. The cruise company I normally use aren’t even thinking of running cruises until Spring 2021 at the earliest and I have a strong suspicion that, at least, some of the earlier ones will be cancelled.

    BTW – Loved your post at #17.

    Now, on to the UK’s coronavirus figures for Monday.

    There were 4044 new cases, a significant reduction from the last few days. This figure might be depressed due to the weekend, we’ll see today and tomorrow.

    Broken down by home nation,

    England – 3316

    Northern Ireland – 220

    Scotland – 222

    Wales – 286.

    Rate per 100,000 of population in descending order is,

    Wales – 736.8

    England – 669.8

    Northern Ireland – 578.2

    Scotland – 508.8.

    Deaths yesterday totalled 13, all in England.

    Testing – 226,900 tests were processed out of a capacity of 268,815.

    Hospitalisations – As of 24 September, the latest date figures are available for all home nations, 1481 people were in hospital in England, 46 in Northern Ireland, 85 in Scotland and 115 in Wales. England is seeing a slow but steady increase while Wales’ increase has been steep.

    Ventilators – Latest figures for all home nations are for 25th September, 227 in England, 5 in Northern Ireland, 11 in Scotland and 19 in Wales. The trend is upwards in all nations.

    Still, must keep a stiff upper lip, my central heating gave up the ghost a couple of days ago. The engineer came this morning and has hopefully restored it, at least temporarily (fingers crossed) but said I need a powerflush urgently. With his help I have booked one for 14th October. Hopefully the system will keep soldiering on until then! He wore a mask, gloves and shoe coverings and disinfected everything he remembered touching before he left. Being paranoid, I went round afterwards and disinfected them again plus some areas I thought he MIGHT have touched.

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