Corona Virus Covid 19



China and America’s Blame Game Over COVID-19 Hurts Everyone

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump attend their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images


MARCH 26, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

The U.S. and Chinese governments now appear more interested in taunting each other than cooperating to contain the damage wreaked by COVID-19. That’s bad news for the whole world, because if they worked together to limit further human and economic damage from this crisis and to prevent future viral emergencies from going global, there is much they could do.

U.S.-China relations have now reached their lowest point since the immediate aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989. Both countries have suffered large-scale loss of life and a sharp economic slowdown, but political officials in both countries are working to protect their own domestic standing by blaming the other’s government. President Trump has taken to calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus,” while senior Chinese officials and state media have pushed a ludicrous theory that the U.S. created the virus and planted it in China last fall.

This animosity didn’t begin, of course, with coronavirus. Trump has waged a tariff war against China for most of his presidency and threatened the survival of Huawei, the telecom giant central to China’s strategy for state-of-the-art 5G technologies.

But COVID-19, and China’s initial reaction to it, has made matters much worse. In early January, at a time when China was still hiding the spread of the virus (and, even worse, while Chinese citizens were traveling unfettered all around the world), international health officials hoping to enter the country to study the virus and its effects were denied access. In February, Trump Administration officials announced that five Chinese media organizations would be treated essentially as agents of the Chinese government. China immediately retaliated by expelling three Wall Street Journal reporters because an article that appeared in that paper referred to China as “the real sick man of Asia.”

As for the virus itself, Chinese leaders like to point out that they have achieved remarkable success in containing it at home and have now offered humanitarian help to hard-hit countries like Italy at a time when America is headed for chaos. That’s true.

It’s also true that this virus, like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002, began in China, that many Chinese people died needlessly while Chinese Communist Party officials hid the dangers and lied, and that much of the impact elsewhere in the world can be blamed on China’s slow initial response.

All true, and in a moment of true global crisis, none of these charges will save a single human life or limit the economic fallout. At a bare minimum, the U.S. and China should share with each other and with global health institutions useful data on COVID-19 to help us understand how to contain this plague. Washington and Beijing could also invest cash and scientific expertise in a joint bid to develop treatments and a vaccine.

They could work together to create an early monitoring and surveillance system to contain future viral threats before they go global, and propose international standards for preparedness and best practices when the next public-health crisis appears, no matter its source. They could take the lead in creating global reserves of medicine and supplies for future emergencies. They could work together to bolster the global economy.

In short, instead of accusing each other of playing with matches, these two powerhouse countries could help put out the fire.



Senior Billi
Meanwhile, China, on its communication with India, said that both countries have maintained communication and have lent support to each other in coping with the pandemic through difficult times. He noted the Indian side has provided medical supplies to China and supported its fight against the contagion in various ways.

“We express appreciation and thanks for that,” Ji said.

“The Chinese enterprises have started to make donations to India. We stand ready to provide further support and assistance to the best of our capability in light of the needs of the Indian side. We believe that the Indian people will win the battle at an early date,” he said.

“China will continue to fight the epidemic together with India and other countries, enhance cooperation in multilateral platforms such as the G20 and BRICS, contribute our wisdom and strength to better addressing global challenges and promoting the health and well-being of all mankind,” Ji added.
Yes. =D>



Senior Billi
Police is not allowing Food / Essential Service Staff to move around Delhi.
Many complaints have shown to CM Delhi also them.

CM Kejriwal will try to issue E-Pass online.
Exactly the same thing is worrying people this side. Cabinet Ministers tried to explain last night... Uber and mini-bus taxis [public transport] allowed only for transporting workers in Essential Services, minibus taxis only to operate between 5-9am and 4-7pm. (Not yet clear what about those who start/end shifts between those times.)
Those employers to give letters, according to an official format... system will be better, maybe will be developed soon. This 21 days will not be the end of it, of lockdowns.

Self-styled godwoman defies Covid-19 lockdown in UP, brandishes sword
Lock her up.


South Africa to Lock Down for 21 Days, Starting Midnight Thursday

By VOA News, Michael Brown

March 26, 2020 01:26 AM

A boy wears a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outside Makro in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 24, 2020.

South Africa begins a 21-day lockdown at midnight Thursday aimed at stopping the country's rising number of coronavirus cases, with which as of Wednesday tallied 709 confirmed cases, the highest on the continent.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he believes it may be at least two weeks before the lockdown affects the rise in cases.

South Africans in health care, law enforcement, food sales and distribution, and utilities are exempt from the lockdown.

Officials are urging others to only go out for essential needs.

In an apparent effort to discourage mass hoarding of food, Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza announced the country has an adequate food supply for the duration of the lockdown.

The vast majority of countries across Africa have confirmed cases of the virus. So far the continent has at least 1,788.

So far, at least 58 people have died in Africa, although South Africa has not recorded any confirmed deaths from the virus.


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Super User
It is neither Chinese nor American virus. It is a European virus. The reason is that it spread in Iran. Iranians travel more to Europe than US and China. Americans rarely go to Iran due to sanctions and fear of arrest and detention.

If you look at cases per million population then Italy, Spain and Switzerland have the highest cases. Also, European nationalized health care is a joke compared to USA. The death rates are nearly 400% more than USA.


Scientists in Iceland claim they have found FORTY mutations of the coronavirus - and admit seven cases can be traced back to 'a football match in England'

By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline12:28 GMT 24 Mar 2020 , updated 16:01 GMT 24 Mar 2020





Thousands of people in Iceland gave swabs to test for COVID-19

Researchers sequenced the genome of the virus to look for mutations

They found 40 which could be traced to three different countries - Austria, Italy and England. Seven people went to a football match in England

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Scientists in Iceland claim they have found 40 mutations of the coronavirus, which has left the world gripped in fear.

The mutations were discovered by analysing swabs of COVID-19 patients in Iceland, where almost 600 cases have been reported so far.

Using genetic sequencing, the researchers identified how many mutations the virus had accumulated.

These genetic variants can act as the fingerprints of the virus to indicate where in the world it originated.

The Icelandic scientists were able to trace the coronavirus back to three European countries – Austria, Italy – the epicentre of the outbreak – and England.

Seven infected people all went to the same, undisclosed football match in England, the team claim.



Proteins making up these spikes also suggest to the scientists that this virus originally came from bats, and that mutations to them along their evolutionary progression are what make the virus able to penetrate human cells - particularly respiratory ones



The scans have been colourised by medical visual artists to better delineate the virus from healthy cells. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles are what give coronaviruses their name - crown-like ('corona')

Viruses accumulate mutations as they evolve, which may or may not cause them to behave in different ways.

Mutating is a biological process which would have allowed the virus to attack the human body in the first place.

Scientists believe the infection lurked in animals for years, perhaps even decades, before it gained the ability to jump to humans.

Studying viruses using genomics helps to understand how they behave, which will help scientists fight the spiralling pandemic.

Icelandic scientists investigated the virus within their own country, where one death has been reported.

The Icelandic health authorities, along with genetics firm DeCode Genetics, tested 9,768 people for coronavirus, Information reports.

This included anyone who had been diagnosed, as well as people with symptoms or those in high risk groups for the coronavirus.

Some 5,000 volunteers who did not have any symptoms stepped forward to join the study – 48 of whom actually tested positive.


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Complete genome sequencing was performed, which revealed clues about how the virus has evolved and the chain of transmission.

'We can see how viruses mutate,' said Kári Stefánsson, director of DeCode Genetics. 'We have found 40 island-specific virus mutations.

'We found someone who had a mixture of viruses. They had viruses from before and after the mutation, and the only infections traceable to that person are the mutated virus.'

One person was found to carry two variants of the coronavirus.

DeCode Genetics was able to trace how the virus entered Iceland, an island nation home to around 365,000 people.

Dr Stefánsson said: 'Some came from Austria. There is another type from people who were infected in Italy.

'And there is a third type of virus found in people infected in England. Seven people had attended a football match in England.'

The study has not yet been published, meaning it hasn't been scrutinised by other scientists.

'We can see how viruses mutate,' Kári Stefánsson, neurologist and director of DeCode Genetics for Information, said. Coronaviruses are so named because their structure has jagged edges which look like a royal crown – corona is crown in Latin (Pictured, an illustration of the 2019-nCoV released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


A group of leading scientists have been given £20million to fund new research that could 'unlock the secrets' of COVID-19.

The team - the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium - will use whole genome sequencing to map the spread of the virus and how it behaves.

The project is hoped to develop greater understanding of the disease, which could help the UK to respond to the pandemic and save lives.

It will also allow scientists to identify variants in the genetic code that may help to treat future mutations.

The consortium is made up of members of the NHS, public health agencies, genetic researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and numerous academic institutions.

It is backed by the Government and the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

Sir Patrick said he was confident that the investment would lead to 'vital' breakthroughs.

'Genomic sequencing will help us understand Covid-19 and its spread. It can also help guide treatments in the future and see the impact of interventions,' he said.

'The UK is one of the world's leading destinations for genomics research and development, and I am confident that our best minds, working as part of this consortium, will make vital breakthroughs to help us tackle this disease.'

The sequencing will be carried out using samples from 'substantial numbers' of patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Using this data, scientists will be able to monitor changes in the virus at a national scale to understand how the virus is spreading and whether different strains are emerging.

Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service, Public Health England, said that understanding the spread was 'crucial' in fighting the disease.

Dr Derek Gatherer, an infectious disease specialist at Lancaster University, admitted he was not surprised with the findings.

He said: 'This is much as we would expect. All viruses accumulate mutations, but few of them are of much medical consequence.

'They are valuable in tracing the origins of infection chains. It looks like Iceland has imported quite a few infections from other European countries.'

Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist from the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, said the results described by the team 'make good sense'.

Professor Thomsen said: 'It is interesting with the 40 specific variants that fall into three clusters that can be traced back to specific sources of infection.'

'As a virologist, it is very exciting that you can start to see which pathways are infected. It is also something that we will see much more in the aftermath of the epidemic - these kinds of studies - because we want to see how viruses develop.

'Coronavirus is known as a virus that can mutate reasonably violently. We have seen reports of variants from China already. That way, it fits well with what one expects.'

A previous study in China, published in early March, suggested the coronavirus had mutated into at least two separate strains since the outbreak began in December.

Peking University in Beijing studied the viral genome taken from 103 cases and found common mutations at two locations on the genome, which they named L and S.

They claimed that around 70 per cent of patients have caught the L strain, which is more aggressive and faster-spreading than S.

S is less aggressive but is thought to be the first strain of the virus which made the jump into humans and is continuing to infect new patients.

Critics urged caution over the study because it was only a small sample. They also said the two mutations does not mean there are two 'strains'.

However, both Dr Gatherer and Professor Thomsen expect the virus to develop to become more contagious but less pathogenic in the future.

Similar to the flu, COVID-19 may be more able to spread and infect more people as it becomes well adapted.

However, the variants that cause people to get really sick may die out.

Dr Gatherer said this process 'may take a couple of years'.

He said: 'The 2009 H1N1 swine flu was at its strongest in the initial summer 2009 pandemic and then came back quite strongly the following 2009/2010 winter.

'It wasn't until winter 2010/2011 that it had settled down a bit and was behaving more like a typical seasonal flu.

'COVID-19 might be back in subsequent winters, but it will probably be a little while before it is as mild as its relatives.'

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Real game starting now !

Spain buys medical equipment worth 432 million euros from China as COVID-19 deaths soar

Despite the fact that Spain's population of 47 million has been under an unprecedented lockdown since March 14, the numbers have continued to spiral with more than 47,000 infected by the virus.


Published: 25th March 2020 07:57 PM | Last Updated: 25th March 2020 08:30 PM | A+A A-


Health workers take a coffee and smoke break in Spain. (Photo| AFP)


MADRID: Spain has signed a multi-million-euro contract with China to acquire medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Salvador Illa said Wednesday.

Worth some 432 million euros ($467 million), the deal will cover 550 million masks, 5.5 million rapid test kits, 950 respirators and 11 million pairs of gloves to address shortages in Spain.

The announcement came as Spain saw the number of deaths surge to 3,434 after more than 738 people died in the past 24 hours, overtaking the figure in China where the virus originated late last year.

"We have secured entire production chains (in China) which will be working solely for the Spanish government," Illa said.


The supplies will be delivered "on a staggered basis, every week, with the first -- a major delivery -- arriving at the end of this week," he said.

Despite the fact that Spain's population of 47 million has been under an unprecedented lockdown since March 14, the numbers have continued to spiral with more than 47,000 infected by the virus.

The surge in numbers has brought the medical system to the brink of collapse, with more than 5,400 healthcare workers infected, around 12 percent of the total, and various regional authorities and associations have heaped criticism on the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez over the shortage of supplies.

Illa said the contract was sealed following a conversation last week between Sanchez and China's President Xi Jinping which touched on the question of medical supplies.



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