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Outbreak starts to look more like worldwide economic crisis

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Covid-19 is not directly responsible for a global recession. States' failing responses and mass hysteria are more disruptive.

I am starting to wonder if it is worth counting infection cases; quite many virus carriers have remained undetected so unreported due to a longer sub-clinical stage or short of inspection services. The number of deaths may be a more valuable indicator. The mortal rate is significantly low compared to those of other virus outbreaks. In Japan, young and healthy working ages are highly unlikely to die of Covid-19 (causing pneumonia or other complications). To put it another way, it is much harder for them to get infected with the virus in Japan. Economic downturns may come from over-regulations and mass self-restraints

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I'm so proud of you, World.

You just proved that pure human stupidity can cause an economic disaster.

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Whats with the 4th from llast pic of 7 young women waving on a stage?

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Thank you Chinese goverment! Once again you have proven that you are not up to the task of protecting your citizens until the world finds out because it affects them as well.

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China, where the outbreak began in December, has seen a slowdown in new infections and on Saturday morning reported 427 new cases over the past 24 hours along with 47 additional deaths. The city at the epicenter of the outbreak, Wuhan, accounted for the bulk of both.

New cases in mainland China have held steady at under 500 for past four days, with almost all of them in Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province.

Like Japan's Abe simply not pushing for more testing in order to protect Japan's economic interests, China's numbers are also under reported. There is NO WAY that suddenly and just like a switch being thrown, China's numbers went from daily increases of 2800 to 3500 new cases to under 500 in a country with cities having the population of some countries.

Watch how the numbers will climb in other countries and see. There will be a direct ratio based on the cities and population density of those areas with the total number infected and the level of health care and government corruption. After this Coronavirus dies down, I wonder just how many 'missing people' reports will just be brushed aside in China?

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They're both as bad as each other, in fact worse.

The virus is bigger than politics, although political animals will not yet see it that way.

A doctor friend in Hawaii says this:

The CDC sent out 1200 test kits to Hawaii last week - all of which were defective. So the state hasn't been able to test anyone until today, although they've put about 100 people in quarantine. As the literal "Crossroads of the Pacific," I'll be amazed if we don't add to the U.S. COVID-19 count.

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Who manufactures the test kits? Hopefully not made in China.

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From an economics standpoint, this illustrates the Broken Window fallacy.

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@Kobe White Bar Owner - Whats with the 4th from llast pic of 7 young women waving on a stage?

I'm quite sure that is to depict the drop in concert goers who have been advised to avoid crowds. They are a pretty group of lasses though.

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The world is facing a biological and economical threat, and all the US president can do is complain that it is unfair to him! Oh, and he fired all the experts in the government!

I wish there was a president in office like Pres. Obama right about now.

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China, where the outbreak began in December, has seen a slowdown in new infections and on Saturday morning reported 427 new cases over the past 24 hours along with 47 additional deaths. The city at the epicenter of the outbreak, Wuhan, accounted for the bulk of both.

Looking at both fatalities and recovered cases, this disease spread across the whole of China. Leaving out Tibet, with only 1 confirmed case, reported as recovered, every single province and all the so-called autonomous regions have dozens of recovered cases, which inevitably means more confirmed cases yet to recover, and it is reasonable to assume infections yet to come plus an unknown number of unconfirmed or unknown cases.

To get to the point, the suddenness of the slowdown in China, which took place over a matter of several days, while other countries like Italy and South Korea are still seeing a fast spread, is pretty suspect. They may have taken drastic measures, but I doubt that they're that good at getting the lid on. There are over 100 cities in the PRC with a population of a million or higher. A lot of people, a lot of activity, a lot of not very good hygiene practices, and a disease that by the time they started acting with real urgency, was already infecting people in every part of the country. Cases down to a few hundred a day? Bloody doubtful.

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Kobe White Bar OwnerToday 12:27 pm JST

Whats with the 4th from last pic of 7 young women waving on a stage?

Those might not be young women...never can be too sure!

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Conditions reducing the ability of people to fly when they don't need to fly, and over consume is not a crisis - just a slowdown in the eletes precious and all encompasing "growth"

The real crisis is that an economic system built on the myth of infinite growth has been allowed to continue for so long.

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An arrogant dictatorship is responsible for this crisis, their suppression of facts, prosecution of anyone who tried to speak the truth, has lead us to this situation.

A regressive, right wing democratic regime is making it even worse. Their lies, vilification of those who speak facts and a general lack of respect to people is putting the world at risk.

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An arrogant dictatorship is responsible for this crisis, their suppression of facts, prosecution of anyone who tried to speak the truth, has lead us to this situation.

Let’s hope China can learn from this and will become more transparent, we all need that, we all need to work together on this.

A regressive, right wing democratic regime is making it even worse. Their lies, vilification of those who speak facts and a general lack of respect to people is putting the world at risk.

I am confident that this will soon all come to pass God willing.

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Readers of Tohoku area, all I can add is so sorry for you guys but all because of the GOJ allowing the people to leave the ship creating a high probability of infection. One guy who was on the ship apparently from Sendai came home after leaving the ship only to arrive with high fever and now tested positive for the Coronavirus. This is not fake news but actual real world. Not sure if the idiot traveled by private car, bus or Shinkansen. If so that means more exposed is highly probable.

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This article has FÃ to do with Trump...

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Within the US, the incompetence of the Trump administration regarding the handling and response to this virus puts the whole US population at risk;

1) Over the past three years the Trump administration has placed a hiring freeze on the DHHS and CDC, resulting in over 700 vacancies...

2) Trump's favorite NSA, John Bolton, abolished the Office of Pandemic Preparedness in 2018...

3) Trump has cut funding for key medical response agencies. He reduced $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/31/coronavirus-china-trump-united-states-public-health-emergency-response/

Trump's supporters are quick to say his opponents are politicizing this issue - they're not. They are holding this President accountable for the serious and dangerous decisions he made that has increased the threat from this disease to the American public.

Yet instead of fixing these errors, Trump does nothing but blame his detractors.

It's a failure of leadership - just like everything else he has done over the past three years.

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@Luis David Yanez

I'm so proud of you, World. You just proved that pure human stupidity can cause an economic disaster.

This is why YOU don't want the virus, Luis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/29/to-hell-and-back-my-three-weeks-suffering-from-coronavirus

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Lincolnman, those statements have been debunked. But, go ahead with your narrative of disinformation.

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While scientists keep warning us of the danger of a worldwide epidemic, some politicians take this outbreak as a personal affront to their leadership skills. I think I will put my trust in scientists, rather than corrupt politicians.

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If this happened in any other countries, the situation would be very different by now. Say China this, say China that, China save you, as simple as that. In 10 days, China built 2 hospitals, each can take 1,000 patients. Ask your govt to do it, to replicate it. In 2 weeks, China increased production of mask by 70 folds, now almost 30 billions made in China. Don't wear it, it is made in China. China Completely shut down a province of the Japanese population, 100 millions, without any major disruptions.

Stupidity only hurt stupid people.

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Whats with the 4th from llast pic of 7 young women waving on a stage?

I think they are young men but in the Asian pop music business it’s not easy to tell.

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Numan - The world is facing a biological and economical threat, and all the US president can do is complain that it is unfair to him!

While many governments are trying to prevent the spread of this virus, some people chose to spend their time blaming the U.S. President for a virus that began in China, and has spread to dozens of nations. How dare the U.S. President defend himself from the repeated attacks by Democrats.

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lincolnman - Within the US, the incompetence of the Trump administration regarding the handling and response to this virus puts the whole US population at risk

Only Democrats have made the choice to spend their time blaming the Trump administration, instead of choosing to work together to prevent the spread of this virus.

Outbreak starts to look more like worldwide economic crisis

Yes, this could lead to a "worldwide economic crisis". Especially if Democrats choose to spend their time playing politics.

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While many governments are trying to prevent the spread of this virus, some people chose to spend their time blaming the U.S. President for a virus that began in China

Meanwhile, back in reality...

"The administration is setting up the US to botch a pandemic response."

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/23/16974012/trump-pandemic-disease-response

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Yes guys my comment was satirical:0)

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