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Global coronavirus cases top 9 million as WHO says pandemic accelerating

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China's annual dog-meat fair opens in Yulan. I hope representatives from WHO are there to observe and monitor and ready to close down the fair.

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Why? As much as I deplore the eating of dogs, there's no correlation between dogs and Covid 19.

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"We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis and in many countries a political crisis."

Evidence pretty clearly shows the virus started in China, and that it spread worldwide in large part because of inept leadership unwilling to take appropriate action quickly enough to slow it down.

Populations in the world's three major powers China, the US and Russia have been ravaged by the disease and its effects on the economy and society. Each of those states is led by an aging male unable to see much beyond maintaining his own personal power and the wealth of his fellow 'elite' backers. Each has shown minimal regard for his citizens in general.

When historians look back at the Covid19 era, Xi, Putin and Trump will be shown to have led the world to one of its lowest levels ever. The US might be luckier than China or Russia because it has the chance to replace its despot Trump.

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Populations in the world's three major powers China, the US and Russia have been ravaged by the disease and its effects on the economy and society. Each of those states is led by an aging male unable to see much beyond maintaining his own personal power and the wealth of his fellow 'elite' backers. Each has shown minimal regard for his citizens in general.

> When historians look back at the Covid19 era, Xi, Putin and Trump will be shown to have led the world to one of its lowest levels ever. The US might be luckier than China or Russia because it has the chance to replace its despot Trump.

100% correct, but don't forget to add Brazil to that group too

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NBC news I was watching said that what was going on in Beijing was a second wave with a mutated virus that is more contagious than the first wave. They didn't mention anything about its mortality rate, so lets hope it'll be ok. Its supposed to have come from Salmon, although I have no idea as to how that could have happened.

Beijing recently claims to have gotten it under control, although I don't believe anything they say.

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"We know that the pandemic is much more than a health crisis, it is an economic crisis, a social crisis and in many countries a political crisis."

And who is responsible for that? China!

But it seems that the world already started to forget that.

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But it seems that the world already started to forget that.

Because right now it's more important to bring it under control than to point fingers and act like nothing is going on! Unless you are the type who just like to complain about something for the sake of complaining, and stay miserable and make those around you feel the same as well!

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@Yubaru

Since 6 months the whole world is trying to get it under control.

But People are getting sick, dying, loosing jobs, businesses are going into bankruptcy, everybody's life all over the world turned into a mess....and so on and so on..

And you want to ignore or forget who is responsible for that?

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So its not just flu like claimed by so many leaders?

Brazil, one million cases.

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That's the cumulated total, not the currently active cases.

The cumulated total for influenza ranges in the hundreds of millions, if not billions.

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Since 6 months the whole world is trying to get it under control.

But People are getting sick, dying, loosing jobs, businesses are going into bankruptcy, everybody's life all over the world turned into a mess....and so on and so on.. And you want to ignore or forget who is responsible for that?

The major powers in the world are hardly "trying" to get it under control! Yeah people are getting sick and dying daily, and yet, take the US as an example, the "leader" cares more about his reelection campaign and the bank accounts of his buddies, than the people themselves!

Open you eyes! The countries in the world that have done the BEST at actually DOING something about COVID infections in their countries, are the ones lead by WOMEN and people who actually LISTEN to the medical professionals!

I guess you go to your barber to get a health checkup too right?

Who is responsible for it SPREADING, it sure the hell isnt China, you are just deflecting and obfuscating the FACTs!

You and others who think like you, are all going to end up rich maybe, dead probably too! Me I would rather be alive to fight another day, than die because I am more worried about making money!

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And there are fears of new clusters in the Australian city of Melbourne and Portugal's capital Lisbon, as well as renewed outbreaks in Beijing and other parts of Asia.

As a resident of Melbourne, it's not China I'm blaming for the resurgence of this virus. It's not even my own government. It's the stupidity and impatience of some of my fellow citizens.

People who still want to blame China 100% for everything that's happened since this virus broke out six months ago have got to be kidding. You should also be looking at the sorry record among too many governments worldwide of denial, obfuscation, foot-dragging, playing politics, wrong decisions, no decisions, carelessness, criminal neglect, etcetera, etcetera.

Nothing about the records of those governments leads me to believe that if the coronavirus had broken out in any of those countries, they would have done any better a job than China did - in fact it's a bet worth making that many of them would have done worse. Too much of the China-bashing these days seems based on politics, rather than any other basis. Forget trying to put it all on China. Look at how your own country and your own Government and even your own citizens responded to the threat of Covid-19. Chances are you'll find a lot more culprits responsible for the spread of this disease than just China.

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@Big Yen

I agree with you.

What I am trying to say is:

Since many many years these filthy, dirty, without any hygiene standard wet markets exists in China. And everyone, who has ever been there, knows what a dirty place these markets are.

It is the best “environment” for Viruses to originate.

But I am talking about Mainland China in common. It is a dirty place without good Hygiene Standards.

(Just look at the air pollution).

And the past years shows, that many viruses were originated in China.

Also the Laboratory in Wuhan. They are doctoring and engineering on viruses in that Laboratory. I am sure the security system in that Laboratory is very bad. Good chance for a Virus to escape.

What did they do in the beginning when the Virus first appears? Keep the doctors in China “mouth-Shut”. Try to hide the Virus Problem.

My blame to China:

Why didn’t China close those filthy markets already years ago?

Why don’t they change their Hygiene Standards?

Why don’t they improve their security systems in such Laboratories?

Why do they “Mouth shut” this doctor?

Why do they try to hide the Virus Problem in the beginning?

Because of this behavior from China, everyone’s life all over the world turned into a mess.

And ask this people about their opinion. You will get a 3 simple words answer: Because of China!

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That's the cumulated total, not the currently active cases.

When researchers look back at this pandemic era, most will consider the numerous elements of the dynamic that made it so destructive and spread so rapidly. One element they'll no doubt note is how media was used to spread disinformation, especially how pandemic deniers - paid and 'volunteer' - used social media to say 'no fire' when the theater was engulfed in flames. Responsibility for the problems caused by the virus have to be accepted by not just global leaders, but also organizations and even individuals - paid and 'volunteer' - pushing alt facts and other forms of misinformation.

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As this discussion progresses, the pandemic statistic is accelerating in getting test results that show increasing number of people contracted primarily because of the increase in testing and because of increase in exposure to others. What we need is not acceleration information, but the details as to those hospitalized and those who are dying in relation to the increasing number of those tested and showing infection or having contracted the virus. While increase in number of those contracted does increase the possibility of hospitalization and death, it is important to identify the "degree" of each type of risk by showing proper relational percentages (ratios).

It may be better of WHO were to announce each and every kind of tests conducted by the worlds scientists and doctors and what they found out about the Covid-19 virus and illness and allow the people to learn and make up their own decisions as to how to deal with the pandemic. use of words like "accelerate" are not useful in making rational decisions, but forces one to think negatively and emotionally.

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Well, I guess so much for Trump and his team's mantra that the virus is "controlled" and "disappearing"....

And I wonder if Trump can contain his insecurity long enough to see how many of the 6200 "victims" that attended his rally in Tulsa test positive over the next 2 weeks before having another "COVID Carnival"...

And all the southern states where the virus is exploding have Repub Governors who can't break with Trump, so they are now bungling their responses.

Just pin the "I am responsible" ribbon right on President Trump....

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Because of China!

Blaming China doesn't do anything but cause derogatory words toward China and asians in general. As a second generation Japanese American, I know that words from Trump such as the derogatory and ridiculous 'Kung Flu' is being repeated by the ignorant who want to blame anyone from Asia.

This is the consequence of ignorantly and flippantly blaming China. What is your purpose of blaming China? We all know where it came from.

If you don't realize how it insults and affects targets you may not intend, this is your wake up call. Stop doing it.

I don't want a selection of people in America looking at me like I caused the virus because I'm asian, which a racist and unforgiving binary America will do. Those who blame the virus, not on poor protocol by leaders of each country, but on the origin, feed into the racist machine. Do the right thing and blame Trump. Blame Xi. Blame Putin. Blame Bolsonaro.

Do it fairly or not at all. Blaming China as a blanket statement totally sucks and is egregious.

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The US is currently losing 50% more citizens to Covid-19 every week than it did on 9.11, but they gotta open the churches, bars and massage parlors, gotta have sports, gotta go to restaurants and clubs. If people had shown any restraint, this thing could have been contained in 90 days - like it was in other countrues.

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When researchers look back at this pandemic era, most will consider the numerous elements of the dynamic that made it so destructive and spread so rapidly. One element they'll no doubt note is how media was used to spread disinformation, especially how pandemic deniers - paid and 'volunteer' - used social media to say 'no fire' when the theater was engulfed in flames. Responsibility for the problems caused by the virus have to be accepted by not just global leaders, but also organizations and even individuals - paid and 'volunteer' - pushing alt facts and other forms of misinformation.

very well said. and if we look at the facts-

According to this article:

the virus itself, which has now killed over 465,000 people and infected nine million

remember folks- this is in just over 6 months of this strain appearing. AND with all the safety measures in place- social distancing, masks, working from home, lockdowns, and YET it still managed to kill that many people in half a year.

Contrast that with the regular flu...

Influenza spreads around the world in yearly outbreaks, resulting in about three to five million cases of severe illness and about 290,000 to 650,000 deaths.

And that' s PER YEAR, NOT 6 months, and THAT'S WITHOUT all the safety measures listed above.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza

So anyone who thinks this is no different from the regular flu is just an idiot.

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@sunfunbun 

I don't want a selection of people in America looking at me like I caused the virus because I'm asian, which a racist and unforgiving binary America will do

Yes you are absolutely right!

I am not an American and I am not living in America but I agree with you that this behavior of the people is completely stupid.

I am living in Japan and if I tell that to people in other countries via internet, they also said I am from the Virus country. People don’t understand the different between China, Korea, Japan, Singapore…whatever.

If I speak about China, of course I mean the CCP of Mainland China. (Xi and his guys)

And I want to clarify one thing: I am not talking about Taiwan or Hongkong.

During my time in Mainland China, I met many many nice people and made many many nice friends.

But I also saw things there, which I never saw somewhere else in the world.

(Unbelievable things according filthy, dirty, bad hygiene standards and bad behavior of the people).

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@Aly Rustom

You believe in Wikepedia???

Are you serious? Come on man...

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@Aly Rustom

> You believe in Wikepedia???

> Are you serious? Come on man...

Did you look at the references at the bottom of the page? WHO, CDC they're all there.

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Straight from the page of the WHO. All you have to do is look at the references Monty. Be thorough.

Worldwide, these annual epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 290 000 to 650 000 respiratory deaths.

https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/influenza-(seasonal)

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You believe in Wikepedia???

Which references in the article were incorrect?

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Everyone can write at Wikipedia!

Even Trump can write an article there. Do you believe it then too?

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And everyone knows that the WHO also didn't handle the pandemic in a good way.

Probably bribed by China in the beginning...

First they say Masks no need, then they say Masks are very necessary...and so on...

I don't believe in the WHO anymore.

Wikipedia and WHO...not my thing.

But everyone is free to trust and believe whatever or to whoever he or she wants...

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And that' s PER YEAR, NOT 6 months, and THAT'S WITHOUT all the safety measures listed above.

And that's with an unknown number of cases (particularly in the US and UK) labelled as COVID-19 when it was not the primary cause of death.

Thought you were better than this Aly...

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@Monty

’first they say Masks no need, then they say Masks are very necessary...’

just to clarify something:

The WHO initial report on masks, was they should be worn.

the report went on to say cloth masks were to be considered a last resort as they are less effective.

once droplet spread was confirmed any type of mask is now recommended. Not as protection for the wearer, but for protection of those around you from your exhaled droplets. There are many info-graphics that show the rate of spread so I’ll spare repeating the figures here.

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The left media's Covid factual distortion seems to perfectly fit the WHO fear mongering narrative, Tedros seems to have no interest in how many have recovered, and only seems interested in the overall infected numbers, and using this to drive the agenda of his paymasters.

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And that's with an unknown number of cases (particularly in the US and UK) labelled as COVID-19 when it was not the primary cause of death.

> Thought you were better than this Aly...

mate, what do you want from me? I go with the info that we have. There are also deaths that were not listed as covid that were. Anyway, that's not the point- the point is that this virus is worse than the common flu-

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I don't believe in the WHO anymore.

> Wikipedia and WHO...not my thing.

But everyone is free to trust and believe whatever or to whoever he or she wants

Fair enough. So which sources are you using?

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And the US is leading the world with some one-third of the cases and most of the deaths. Well done, Trump! And didn't he just say again at his failure in Oklahoma that it's going away... you know... as a bunch of his staff were testing positive?

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@Aly Rustom

Basicaly I am old school. I like newspapers.

I read the "Yomiuri Shimbun" and the "Mainichi Shimbun".

Mostly the morning Publish.

And the Internet Version of the "South China Morning Post".

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Out of a global population of 7 billion, 800 million, 9 million people have so far contracted Covid-19. This pandemic has a long way to go.

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Even Trump can write an article there. Do you believe it then too?

Again, which citations in the article were incorrect?

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Basicaly I am old school.

Nothing at all wrong with that.

I read the "Yomiuri Shimbun" and the "Mainichi Shimbun".

Oh. Ok. Fair enough. I guess you and I are on completely different sides as I see those publications as less than credible and nothing more than right wing propaganda, but to each his own.

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@burningbush

That's the cumulated total, not the currently active cases. The cumulated total for influenza ranges in the hundreds of millions, if not billions.

For the first few months of the epidemic, you posted comment after comment confidently predicting that COVID-19 would go away in the spring/summer/sunshine/heat/whatever. Evidently you formed this belief because you imagined that this specific coronavirus disease - which like all coronavirus diseases, is not caused by influenza viruses - would closely match the behaviour of seasonal flu - which is. You made this illogical and uninformed guess while carefully ignoring the fact that other coronavirus diseases (such as SARS and MERS), none of which are caused by influenza viruses, did not go away as a result of heat, sunshine, or summer.

It has subsequently been demonstrated in countries around the world, in the northern and southern hemisphere, and in the subtropical and equatorial belt, that COVID-19 continues to spread and continues to kill, in humid heat, in dry heat, in sunshine, in spring, in summer.

Let's summarize: you've been desperately trying to wave away this problem since it emerged, finding - without evidence or logic - any way you can to lowball the figures. This prattle about the "cumulated" total is just more of the same.

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Some US states like Texas and Florida, where Covid-19 cases are spiking, are reversing course about safety masks in public

Texas Governor:

"Hospitalizations for COVID-19 averaged just over 1,600 a day in the latter part of May. In the last four or five days, hospitalizations have averaged more than 3,200 a day. To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas."

"Try to stay six feet away from others that you’re not traveling with. And if you cannot stay a safe distance, wear a face mask or a face covering. Second, appropriate authorities are increasing enforcement. For example, TABC is shutting down over crowded bars that are not in compliance. Counties are closing things like river park operations that have grown too crowded. Some authorities are requiring masks in congregated areas."

"I know that some people feel that wearing a mask is inconvenient, or that it’s like an infringement of freedom. But I also know that wearing a mask will help us to keep Texas open because not taking action to slow the spread will cause COVID to spread even worse, risking people’s lives, and ultimately, leading to the closure of more businesses."

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About 3 months ago I said that the humans might have to coexist with this virus, just like flu, cancer, aids, the many aliments we have not found cures.

And governments have come to accepting this. You can't forever lock down, societies would crumble, and the outcome would be many fold worse than covid. Countries like US and Brazil already seem to have given up.

I think Japanese people with their inner virtue of self discipline may cope better under this circumstance

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The s.o.e wasn't needed but Japan has handled things better than most.

Maybe the simplest solutions. 1.wearing a mask to stop transmission

2.And not being overweight to reduce deaths

will prove to be all that is needed.

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American Covid-19 deaths will reach more than 200,000 before the November elections.

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About 3 months ago I said that the humans might have to coexist with this virus, just like flu, cancer, aids, the many aliments we have not found cures.

The scientists, including those at the WHO, have been saying this since the start. A lot of people thought 'flattening the curve' meant eliminating the virus. The not so smart ones didn't bother to figure out what it actually meant - which was coexisting with the virus.

I'm glad people are finally starting to understand what they've been telling us all along.

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