Fauci: Biden is correct that worst of COVID pandemic yet to come https://t.co/IslJeRvBZG pic.twitter.com/br9BxTAWru
— The Hill (@thehill) December 28, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts the general U.S. population will be getting immunized widely by late March or early April, following the front-line workers, elderly and certain other segments of the public given priority for the vaccines. https://t.co/tNzjtA8F3m
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 27, 2020
US Covid-19 deaths: December is the deadliest month since the pandemic began — and projections for January are 'nightmarish' – CNN – https://t.co/kQibWPramS
— Nigel Cameron (@nigelcameron) December 27, 2020
No longer concentrated solely in a few urban areas or in nursing homes, prisons and factories, the virus seems to flourish wherever people let down their guard.https://t.co/xdEsJ8agAm pic.twitter.com/SJGSpnIZ3s
— COVID19 (@V2019N) December 27, 2020
We're investigating the Trump administration's herd immunity strategy https://t.co/1M65LZ7o52
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) December 28, 2020
Covid-19 data – Tracking covid-19 across the world | Graphic detail | The Economisthttps://t.co/GSWolHSUpW
— Equity & Health (@equitylist) December 27, 2020
Zhang Zhan: China jails citizen journalist for Wuhan reports https://t.co/Hy1IECLDoM
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 28, 2020
Japan to halt all foreign arrivals as a precaution against a new and potentially more contagious coronavirus variant that has spread across Britain. Last week, Japan banned nonresident foreigners coming from Britain and South Africa. https://t.co/hwA4czVTiS
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 27, 2020
Russia reported 487 new coronavirus deaths Monday, pushing its overall Covid-19 death toll above 55,000 https://t.co/Up1xgHCvNt
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) December 28, 2020
Israel began its 3rd #coronavirus lockdown Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced optimism that a "world record" vaccination drive will restore a degree of normality within the coming weeks. Lockdown was imposed to address a sharp resurgence https://t.co/KaCuTuAE13 pic.twitter.com/LzAZ1rPNlX
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) December 27, 2020
"A game-changer": European Union nations eagerly kick off mass coronavirus vaccination programs. Austria's leader says it's "not the end of the pandemic but it is the beginning of the victory." https://t.co/mvq5j0TAn5
— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) December 27, 2020
France's government has taken a more low-key approach to COVID-19 vaccination efforts compared to other European nations. That's because many French fear the vaccines were developed too quickly and are aimed at bringing profit to pharmaceutical companies. https://t.co/qBRmnwE80A
— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) December 27, 2020
The US has 330 million people and 20 million health workers.
The continent of Africa has 1.2 billion people and about 3 million health workers.
If health workers in Africa get sick, it hurts efforts to fight HIV, malaria, TB, and other diseases. They need Covid vaccines fast.
— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) December 27, 2020
South Africa exceeds 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. As scientists track the dominance of new variant, the government ponders new restrictions to slow the spread of the disease. https://t.co/SYNccwnDWZ
— AP Africa (@AP_Africa) December 27, 2020
The effort to vaccinate millions of people in poor and developing countries against COVID-19 faces monumental obstacles. Health workers have to contend with wars, insurgencies, corruption, poor infrastructure and suspicions about vaccinations. https://t.co/SAM9tcMZym
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 27, 2020
Today is the first ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. In the past 12 months, lives and livelihoods have been turned upside down by #COVID19. But over the years @WHO and our partners have warned that the world is not prepared for a pandemic.pic.twitter.com/lZiUD41S3U
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) December 27, 2020
"Winning formula." AstraZeneca's chief executive says the company's COVID-19 vaccine "should remain effective" against a new coronavirus variant driving a surge in infections in Britain. The shot is expected to be approved by U.K. authorities this week. https://t.co/aLYdqS6aUp
— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) December 27, 2020
CDC's failed race against covid-19: Agency squandered weeks as it pursued a test more complicated than those used in other countries https://t.co/ta0Rvb0cQJ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 26, 2020
Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions https://t.co/8bguIv9eEP pic.twitter.com/Q4YfCP0UmG
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) December 27, 2020
Elimination strategy: It's possible to halt the spread of SARSCoV2 (and any future pandemic viruses) in communities, according to a study in BMJ, the British Medical Journal https://t.co/8QVzC3aSMv
— delthia ricks ?? (@DelthiaRicks) December 24, 2020
Curious about how proof of vaccination will work when the CDC is only giving out easily-forged paper cards? Turns out HIPAA might save you. https://t.co/xsEzRsg1cG
— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) December 23, 2020
Russia is cutting the size of a clinical trial for a new domestically developed #COVID19 vax & stopped enrolling volunteers. Decision comes a wk after enrollment slowed in the midst of the Sputnik 5 vaccine rollout. Study cut to ~31k participants from 40k https://t.co/gfsL0LtcJi pic.twitter.com/C8B3smeXsp
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) December 28, 2020
Like in the Khmer Rouge and Red Guard, you advance in Republican Party by willingness to attack educated professionals. @marcorubio consultants told him this would help him. Irony is Castro did much the same. https://t.co/o8th448n6V
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) December 28, 2020
I’ll be listening to Dr. Fauci and other science and medical professionals. Not the whelps of political lapdogs. If you don’t like the science, let others get the vaccine first.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 27, 2020
Love that Berniebros get super mad about some hypothetical one of them dreams up. https://t.co/6moVCu4LTu
— Biden Won, Bish (@isletsoflngrhns) December 27, 2020
Even as the scientific community pinpoints eateries as likely virus hotspots, the National Restaurants Association and its state affiliates have continued to attack the scientific merits of restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/ybB6Uft3jl
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) December 27, 2020
It is apocalyptically bad here. The numbers are insanely grim. I cannot understand what’s in the psyche of this place that’s causing people to behave this way. You are not immortal and you can get sick no matter how lux the velvet rope on the club is. https://t.co/WQokIJJHFy
— Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) December 27, 2020
Beverly Hills Officials Shame Italian Restaurant La Scala For Promoting Dine-In “Speakeasy” Amid Coronavirus Pandemic https://t.co/aVd5AxAK6p
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) December 26, 2020
Confirmed cases in U.S. at beginning of the year: 0.
Confirmed cases in U.S. at end of the year expected to nudge up against a total of 20,000,000.
On 12/27, China reported 6 new domestic confirmed and 4 new domestic asymptomatic cases.
Dalian in Liaoning Province reported 5 new domestic confirmed and 3 new domestic asymptomatic cases. 3 of the 5 confirmed cases are traced close contacts (under quarantine since 12/25). The other 2 were discovered during screening of individuals at higher risk areas; they had tested positive on 12/26, and were confirmed on 12/27. All of the new confirmed cases are at Jinpu New Area. For some reason, Dalian authorities are not sharing the case summaries for the asymptomatic cases, unlike during the previous outbreak. There are currently 33 domestic confirmed cases and 27 domestic asymptomatic cases in the city. There are 9 communities, 2 residential compounds and a village at Medium Risk in the city.
Shenyang in Liaoning Province reported 1 new domestic confirmed case (previously asymptomatic). There are currently 5 domestic confirmed and 1 domestic asymptomatic cases in the city. 1 community and 1 residential compound are at Medium Risk.
Beijing Municipality reported 5 new domestic confirmed and 1 new domestic asymptomatic cases, all at Shunyi District, and 5 of the 6 positive cases live in the same township, 4 in the same village. All 6 cases are close contacts (family or friends) of the case cases reported by Shunyi District on 12/26 . 2 villages in the Shunyi District has been re-designated as Medium Risk, There are 2 villages and 1 hotel at (Chaoyang District) is at Medium Risk in the city.
Shenzhen in Guangdong Province reported 1 new domestic asymptomatic case. The case had traveled to Beijing twice in the past month, but no links have been identified to the reported positive cases there, yet. The case had previously been tested on 12/6, 12/14 and 12/20, all negative. Based on the residential compound the case lives it, it is possible the case works for the Customs. Authorities have not yet released further information.
There are no changes in other Chinese cities with recent/current outbreaks.
On 12/27, China reported 15 new imported confirmed cases, 16 imported asymptomatic cases, 1 imported suspect case:
* Hohhot in Inner Mongolia “Autonomous” Region – 6 confirmed cases, off a flight diverted from Beijing, no information released
* Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province – 3 confirmed cases (1 previous asymptomatic), all Chinese national each returning from France; 1 asymptomatic case, a Chinese national returning from Nigeria
* Shanghai Municipality – 2 confirmed cases, 1 Chinese national each returning from the UK and Italy (via Switzerland); 1 imported case, no information released
* Beijing Municipality – 1 confirmed case, a Chinese national returning from Sweden
* Tianjin Municipality – 1 confirmed case (previously asymptomatic)
* Guangzhou in Guangdong Province – 1 confirmed case, a Chinese national returning from Tanzania; 3 asymptomatic cases, all Chinese nationals returning from Iraq
* Shenzhen in Guangdong Province – 3 asymptomatic cases, 1 Chinese national each returning from Russia, the Philippines and Mozambique
* Foshan in Guangdong Province – 2 asymptomatic cases, 1 Chinese national each returning from Bangladesh and the Philippines
* Chengdu in Sichuan Province – 1 confirmed and 3 asymptomatic cases, all Chinese nationals returning from Egypt
* Nanjing in Jiangsu Province – 1 asymptomatic case, no information released
* Anhui Province (city not specified) – 1 asymptomatic case, no information released
* Xiamen in Fujian Province – 1 asymptomatic case, a Hong Kong resident coming from Hong Kong
Overall in China, 1 case deteriorated to serious condition, 16 confirmed cases recovered, no asymptomatic cases were released from isolation and 4 were reclassified as confirmed cases, and 728 individuals were released from quarantine. Currently, there are 339 active confirmed cases in the country (270 imported), 5 are in serious condition (3 imported), 267 asymptomatic cases (219 imported), 1 suspect case (imported. 11,791 traced contacts are currently under quarantine.
On 12/28, Hong Kong reported 61 new cases, 1 imported and 60 domestic (19 of whom do not have source of infection identified).
Monroe County, NY yesterday:
484 new cases, 921 people hospitalized, 143 patients in the ICU.
34% of the hospital beds are available on average and 31% of the ICU beds.
We’re headed back up again with the infections from Christmas gatherings.
Isn’t that like refusing to eat because you think food is aimed at bringing profit to grocery stores?
“Shame” is a good start, but keep turning the dial up until you reach “execute”.
Because you can’t put a check on your face, you mentally diseased piece of shit.
Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 numbers. Director-General of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reports 1,594 new cases today at his media briefing, for a cumulative reported total of 106,690 cases. Dr Noor Hisham also reports three new deaths today, for a total of 455 deaths — 0.43% of the cumulative reported total, 0.54% of resolved cases.
20,643 active and contagious cases are currently in hospital; 116 are in ICU, 53 of them on respirators. Meanwhile, 1,181 patients recovered and were discharged, for a total of 85,592 patients recovered — 80.2% of the cumulative reported total.
Dr Noor Hisham reports that as of yesterday, Malaysia’s R0 is at 1.06.
Five new clusters were reported today: Jalan Gadang building site in KL, Menara Sri in KL and Perak, Bukit pasir in Johor, Pintu Geng in Kelantan, and Putra 15 in Putrajaya.
1,591 new cases today are local infections. Selangor has 697 cases: 362 in existing clusters, 231 close-contact screenings, and 104 other screenings. KL has 193 local cases: 102 in older clusters, two in Jalan Gadang building site and Menara Sri clusters, 231 close-contact screenings, and 104 other screenings. Johor has 191 cases: 50 in older clusters, two in Bukit Pasir cluster, 64 close-contact screenings, and 77 other screenings. Negeri Sembulan has 169 cases: 103 in existing clusters, 24 close-contact screenings, and 33 other screenings. Sabah has 157 cases: 17 in existing clusters, 79 close-contact screenings, and 61 other screenings.
Penang has 69 cases: 17 in existing clusters, 47 close-contact screenings, and five other screenings. Perak has 47 cases: 27 in older clusters, one in Menara Sri cluster, 14 close-contact screenings, and six other screenings. Kelantan has 28 cases: six in older clusters, nine in Pintu Geng cluster, nine close-contact screenings, and four other screenings. Melaka has 14 cases: 12 close-contact screenings, and two other screenings. Kedah has 12 cases: five in existing clusters, five close-contact screenings, and two other screenings. Pahang has 11 cases: 10 in existing clusters, and two other screenings.
Putrajaya has nine cases: seven in Putra 15 cluster, one close-contact screening, and one other screening. Terengganu has three cases, all close-contact screenings.
Sarawak, Labuan, and Perlis reported no new local cases today.
Three new cases are imported. Two were reported in in Sarawak, and one in KL. They are arrivals from Indonesia, and one other country whose name I couldn’t make out. Congo, maybe.
The three deaths today are a 62-year-old woman in Selangor with diabetes and obesity; a 90-year-old man in Selangor with diabetes, dyslipidaemia, and gout; and a 62-year-old man in Sabah with hypertension.
In other news, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced at his media briefing that the conditional movement control order in Selangor, Sabah and the Federal Territory of KL, due to expire at the end of the year, will be extended to 14th January, 2021. Other states and federal territories will either continue under or revert to the less restrictive recovery movement control order — except for specific districts like Johor Baru and Batu Pahat in Johor, and Seremban in Negeri Sembilan, where conditional movement control order are also extended to 14th January.
Ismail Sabri also replied to calls to ban incoming travellers from the UK: he said that that restriction has already been in place for months. The UK is one of 23 countries on the ban list, alongside the US, as well as a number of countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
In Australia today there were 25 new cases reported. All but 5 of these were returned travellers in quarantine. The five local cases were associated with the ongoing cluster in NSW, they had been identified as contacts of known cases and were in isolation. This brings the total number of Australian cases to 28,337
There was a death reported today in NSW, the first there in nearly 100 days. This was the first death in Australia for 4 weeks. He was a man in his 70s who ‘died earlier this week from respiratory complications following a COVID-19 infection diagnosed in March. He was a household contact of a locally acquired case. Although his death is considered to be related to COVID-19, he had recently tested negative, was no longer infectious and posed no risk to the community’.
This death brings the total number of Covid deaths to 54 for NSW and to 909 for Australia.
So Marco Rubio accuses medical professionals and experts of acting like they know better than the general public. And he accuses Dr Fauci of lying about masks back in March.
I accuse Senator Rubio of willful stupidity. My accusation is better founded in fact than the Senator’s.
I reckon La Scala deserves to be put out of business altogether. Does the city of Beverly Hills not have that option?
Last night at 10 pm one of the staffers at the doctor’s office job contacted both me and the doc to tell us she had been sick all day yesterday and her partner, also sick, was trying to set up a covid test at the VA hospital. She had several symptoms of covid too. So now we’re going to be three staffers down because two younger ones are out of town with their families (college aged).
Plus, we’ve all potentially been exposed, but between the Dr’s and the market, I consider that a given every day anyway. I have to go in and calculate how many days since she last worked to see if we have to close the office. I’m going to be so pissed off if I end up getting covid when I’m likely to be able to get the vaccine in a matter of weeks. After successfully dodging it all these months.
From this page and pingback link at Tony O’Connor comment
to this page (Betsy Kellem), The Anti-Mask League (1919).
Thanks to all for post and reports from China to G.B. to Spain and elsewhere.
10 AM I get the Moderna vax. I literally wept as I signed up. A light at the end of the tunnel – it may be faint but it is there. Hopefully, it means that I am less likely to pass it to my family – I am the weak link, going out & about.
I’m proud that admin listened to me & included L&D staff in the 1A priority group – we do have COVID positive patients and we are often seeing the untested since L&D is functionally an ER for pregnancy. I think I have used up a lot of good will by being so damn vocal.
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@Amir Khalid: Rudio also does the traditional wingtard anti-science dance of never proposing what he thinks is the better solution to the problem.
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Worth noting that the guardian article asides California and even LA are seeing the numbers start to go down or flatten. Though I suppose that is before the Christmas and New Years numbers are in. And anyway, FU Rubio, California is still doing better per capita than your Red States Herd Mentality.
Having read deeper into the Zhang Zhan case (as well as other citizen journalists who have disappeared), I think the pattern is fairly clear for the CCP regime’s information management strategy. During the dark chaos of the late Jan. and early Feb. the regime tolerated a greater degree of of freedom of speech by both accredited state media and citizen journalists (and ordinary citizens on social media), to expose local failures so that they can be addressed before they metastasize to greater problems, and to allow the population to let off stream, knowing that the popular sentiments were far too strong to be suppressed. I am tangentially connected to the independent and semi-independent documentary filmmaking scene in China. Many of the younger type when into Wuhan to chronicle history in the making. You can see some of the fruits of their labor in the powerful documentaries by Ai Weiwei (Coronation) and Wu Hao (76 Days).
Once the crisis subsided by mid to late Feb., however, the regime reasserted control over speech to shape discourse toward more favorable versions and aspects of events, and avoid, and ultimately dilute the memories of, the more embarrassing history in early to mid-Jan. (We saw the same dynamics at play in the aftermath of the terrible Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008.) You will see Chinese officials and propagandists strenuously counter international criticisms of its initial handling, especially the often unhinged accusations coming out of the Trump administration, to the point of evidence-free counter-trolling by suggesting that the SAR-CoV-2 might have escaped from Fort Dietrich in the US. However, you will not see Chinese officials and propagandists argue that the delay in confirming human to human transmission or in warning the public was justified, they prefer not to acknowledge that sequence of events at all.
The CCP regime takes the same approach to most episodes of misrule in its history. It allowed some serious examination of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution during the late 70s to mid-80s. When the reexamination turned toward questioning regime legitimacy, Deng Xiaoping and the leadership shut it down. In the decades since, these 2 great disasters were not discussed at all. In the immediate aftermath, the regime attempted to justify its decision to employ military force in Beijing in 1989, but have since moved to avoid the subject altogether. The aim of the regime’s information management is not to justify its mistakes or “brainwash” an Orwellian version of “truth” into the population. It knows the the disasters are unjustifiable and remain well within living memory. It attempts to keep everyone’s attention to the future, and to its achievements in economic and technological development, and improvement in people’s welfare. To be frank, most of the population in China are eager to move on, too. Why? Both because they believe taking on the regime on aspects of history to be a futile exercise, and because since the Reform and Opening Period the regime has been generally able to learn from its mistakes, even if acknowledging them is anathema. The response to COVID-19 since late Jan. does show that it has learned from the mistakes earlier in Jan., and indeed the rapid expansion of existing TTI infrastructure shows many of the lessons of the original SARS from 2003 too, as well (though clearly not enough).
Back to Zhang Zhan and Chen Qiushi. Why did the CCP regime choose them to punish harshly? After all, they were not exactly well known even before their arrests, their work was largely submerged in a swell of domestic print media coverage and social media discourse that had laid bare the public health disaster unfolding at Wuhan at the time, which the state propaganda could not paper over. They only gained international name recognition after their arrests were reported in international press. I think the regime chose to make examples out of them because they were easy targets. Both Chen and Zhang are photogenic, idealistic and relatively young, which makes it easier to generate sympathy overseas. However, their past postings on YouTube and Twitter indicate strident anti-CPP beliefs, castigating the regime as evil and calling for its overthrow. They have also expressed sympathies toward Taiwan Independence and support for the anti-establishment protests in Hong Kong. The fact is there is very little market in Mainland China for regime change, or for Taiwanese Independence, or for the protest movement in Hong Kong (both because of regime propaganda and because of the violent/nihilist/pro-independence/anti-Mainland Chinese nativist elements steadily moved from the fringe to prominence). As such, the regime does not fear a significant backlash, not even from the politically curious Chinese youths who can be expected to read about their cases in foreign press via VPN. On the other hand, the case of Dr. Lin Wenliang is much more threatening to the regime’s legitimacy, precisely because by all accounts he was a loyal Party member, a patriotic Chinese (who shared unfavorable opinions on the Hong Kong protest movement on social media) and had died on the job. Hence, the CCP regime’s much more careful handling of the case: launching an investigation, declaring him a hero (with the attendant welfare for his widow and child), and exonerating him of his reprimand by the police.
None of the above is to excuse the regime’s suppression of speech and the press. I just find Western MSM’s conventional framing happenings in China to be lazy, simplistic, myopic, and patronizing.
To the extent that the CCP regime has been successful in diverting the population’s attention away from its initial failings, it is largely because of the pervasively poor response to COVID-19 across the world (especially the US and Europe), outside of parts of the Pacific Rim. In comparison, the early failures in Wuhan and Hubei seem rather ordinary, and the response since late Jan. highly competent and downright inspired. Ironically, the regime’s best propaganda has been the reality around the world.
I tweeted the Bible back at Mario, the one about the mote in the other’s eye that begins “Thou hypocrite” in the KJ version. Orange County has reported 3,000 or so new cases a day, which is lower if true. I doubt it is. Hospitalized both regular and ICU set new records that would probably be higher if they weren’t bursting at the seams.
@satby: Gosh, yes. I got a notice that two workers — at least they are behind the scenes ones — at a local shop have tested positive. The place has, responsibly, closed as a result.
I guess CREW wants details about “Ignore the virus, and let millions of people die.”
And even if survival checks were $10,000 a month under Biden, what good is that if you’re dead?
“WWWWAAAAHHHHH!!!! Bernie would’ve given everyone free healthcare and free college and unicorn butlers and brought people back from the dead!”
@Amir Khalid: Pull their liquor license, and things would change real quick.
@YY_Sima Qian: Thanks for your perspective. Those with power understand the importance of controlling the mainstream “knowledge”.