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Virus advances around the world as medical supplies dwindle

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By YANAN WANG and FRANCES D'EMILIO

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The world is experiencing an unprecedented time and unprecedented cooperation is needed!

We NEED leaders, not self-centered children! Only through cooperation will everyone overcome this pandemic!

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The richest nation in the world doesn't have enough protective equipment for hospital workers. We're not talking about suits for spaceforce astronauts. It's the most basic of needs to fight this war.

Just two days ago Trump brushed off any responsiblity for states and hospitals needing supplies. "Not a shipping clerk" is what he said. Pathetic.

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My niece is a doctor at a large hospital in Oregon and says they are overwhelmed and totally lacking supplies. Isn't it about time that governments quit with the arguing and get into action?

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My niece is a doctor at a large hospital in Oregon and says they are overwhelmed and totally lacking supplies. Isn't it about time that governments quit with the arguing and get into action?

Go Oregon!

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The speed at which this has taken hold across the world has taken its leaders by surprise. In the US, infections have risen 800% in just a week to make it the third must infected country. Half of Europe is in some kind of lockdown, with businesses required to shut by the government.

Japan has got off lightly so far, but the numbers will pick up again. Measures like shutting schools can really only be used once, and this card might have been played too early.

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And we have to wonder;

How many lives and disruption could have been saved if the Chinese government had been more transparent at the beginning of the crisis....

How many lives and disruption could have been saved if Trump had responded quickly instead of minimizing and ignoring it...

Two leaders with blood on their hands...

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Countries need strong leaders who are dynamic and capable of taking life changing decisions when on their feet and running.

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Does Japan’s SDF operate hospital ships like the US ship pictured in this article? When paired with the current Izumo class helicopter carriers, hospital ships seem a great way to get emergency medical help to areas that need it, in a long thin, island nation that is prone to natural disasters.

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Behind China and Italy, Spain now has the third-highest number of infections worldwide, followed by the U.S.

This is already out of date - the US is now third highest. I think numbers there will reach 100,000 within a couple of weeks. Spain too, but it introduced draconian restrictions earlier, so it should slow the rate of growth down sooner.

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Trump did respond quickly. He introduced travel restrictions while Joe Biden was claiming "walls dont stop a virus"

As indeed they didn't.

And Trump was boasting 2 weeks ago that he would be holding "tremendous rallies". Evidently he was refusing to listen to his own experts, considering that within 2 weeks of saying it, the country has shut down and the economy has smashed into a wall. He made the claim at Mar a Lago, in the presence of Jair Bolsanaro, among people who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

On March 16, Trump made a thing about West Virginia being the only state with no confirmed cases. He beat the emergence of the first case by about 24 hours; there are now 12 known cases.

This isn't leadership, it's imbecility. The fact that cases are going to rise, and rise a lot, is not just predictable but inevitable. To say the opposite right before it happens, and against all advice from medical experts, is insane.

Expect more of the same.

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Trump did respond quickly.

No, he didn't. While the rest of the world was acting, Trump was downplaying it's significance, and using words like "hoax" to describe its coverage. Two weeks ago he said that he wasn't concerned:

https://japantoday.com/category/world/Trump-%27not-concerned%27-as-coronavirus-cases-rise-in-DC-area-says-rallies-will-continue

Trump 'not concerned' as coronavirus cases rise in DC area; says rallies will continue

The numbers are now rising rapidly- up over 25% today. Trump claims that they are winning the battle whereas it is actually out of control already.

The USA has now jumped into third place in terms of numbers infected. It will be in first place by the end of next month.

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Ahso:

No, he didn't. While the rest of the world was acting, Trump was downplaying it's significance, and using words like "hoax" to describe its coverage.

That is fake news. He initially downplayed it, but at that time, European countries were doing that too. He introduced travel restrictions quickly, and was criticised for it (e.g. by Joe Biden).

Two weeks ago he said that he wasn't concerned:

"The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below." ... don´t know where you archive your articles, but I suspect it is the typical "mainstream" media spin and distortion on whatever the guy does. You know, colored man bad no matter what. At the beginning of May, he certainly had done everything that can be expected.

What exactly more do you expect the Potus to do?

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"The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below." ... don´t know where you archive your articles, but I suspect it is the typical "mainstream" media spin and distortion on whatever the guy does

I posted a JT article. JT removes content and comments almost immediately for unfathomable reasons.

But if you want something more meaty:

www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/opinion/trump-coronavirus.amp.html

https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/mar/20/how-donald-trump-responded-coronavirus-pandemic/

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-donald-trump-timeline

What Boden may or may not have said is irrelevant.

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