Health

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/01
By: Disease Outbreak News Center, Taiwan News

Taiwan has recorded 322 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, the 80th highest in the world. Worldwide number of infections reaches 856,917; death toll climbs to 42,107

Update: 2020-04-01 09:10

No. Country/Area Cases Deaths
1 USA 187,347.00 3,860.00
2 Italy 105,792.00 12,428.00
3 Spain 95,923.00 8,464.00
4 China 81,518.00 3,305.00
5 Germany 71,808.00 775.00
6 France 52,128.00 3,523.00
7 Iran 44,605.00 2,898.00
8 UK 25,150.00 1,789.00
9 Switzerland 16,605.00 433.00
10 Turkey 13,531.00 214.00
11 Belgium 12,775.00 705.00
12 Netherlands 12,595.00 1,039.00
13 Austria 10,180.00 128.00
14 S. Korea 9,786.00 162.00
15 Canada 8,612.00 101.00
16 Portugal 7,443.00 160.00
17 Brazil 5,717.00 201.00
18 Israel 5,358.00 20.00
19 Australia 4,763.00 20.00
20 Norway 4,641.00 39.00
21 Sweden 4,435.00 180.00
22 Czechia 3,308.00 31.00
23 Ireland 3,235.00 71.00
24 Denmark 2,860.00 90.00
25 Malaysia 2,766.00 43.00
26 Chile 2,738.00 12.00
27 Russia 2,337.00 17.00
28 Poland 2,311.00 33.00
29 Ecuador 2,302.00 79.00
30 Romania 2,245.00 82.00
31 Luxembourg 2,178.00 23.00
32 Philippines 2,084.00 88.00
33 Japan 1,953.00 56.00
34 Pakistan 1,938.00 26.00
35 Thailand 1,651.00 10.00
36 Saudi Arabia 1,563.00 10.00
37 Indonesia 1,528.00 136.00
38 Finland 1,418.00 17.00
39 India 1,397.00 35.00
40 South Africa 1,353.00 5.00
41 Greece 1,314.00 49.00
42 Panama 1,181.00 30.00
43 Iceland 1,135.00 2.00
44 Dominican Republic 1,109.00 51.00
45 Mexico 1,094.00 28.00
46 Peru 1,065.00 30.00
47 Argentina 1,054.00 27.00
48 Singapore 926.00 3.00
49 Colombia 906.00 16.00
50 Serbia 900.00 23.00
51 Croatia 867.00 6.00
52 Slovenia 802.00 15.00
53 Qatar 781.00 2.00
54 Estonia 745.00 4.00
55 Algeria 716.00 44.00
56 Hong Kong 714.00 4.00
57 Diamond Princess 712.00 10.00
58 Egypt 710.00 46.00
59 Iraq 694.00 50.00
60 UAE 664.00 6.00
61 New Zealand 647.00 1.00
62 Ukraine 645.00 17.00
63 Morocco 617.00 36.00
64 Bahrain 567.00 4.00
65 Lithuania 537.00 8.00
66 Armenia 532.00 3.00
67 Hungary 492.00 16.00
68 Lebanon 470.00 12.00
69 Bosnia and Herzegovina 420.00 13.00
70 Bulgaria 399.00 8.00
71 Latvia 398.00 .00
72 Tunisia 394.00 10.00
73 Andorra 376.00 12.00
74 Slovakia 363.00 .00
75 Moldova 353.00 4.00
76 Costa Rica 347.00 2.00
77 Kazakhstan 343.00 2.00
78 Uruguay 338.00 1.00
79 North Macedonia 329.00 9.00
80 Taiwan 322.00 5.00
81 Azerbaijan 298.00 5.00
82 Kuwait 289.00 .00
83 Jordan 274.00 5.00
84 Cyprus 262.00 8.00
85 Burkina Faso 261.00 14.00
86 Réunion 247.00 .00
87 Albania 243.00 15.00
88 San Marino 236.00 26.00
89 Vietnam 212.00 .00
90 Cameroon 193.00 6.00
91 Oman 192.00 1.00
92 Cuba 186.00 6.00
93 Ivory Coast 179.00 1.00
94 Senegal 175.00 .00
95 Afghanistan 174.00 4.00
96 Uzbekistan 172.00 2.00
97 Faeroe Islands 169.00 .00
98 Malta 169.00 .00
99 Ghana 161.00 5.00
100 Belarus 152.00 1.00
101 Mauritius 143.00 5.00
102 Sri Lanka 143.00 2.00
103 Honduras 141.00 7.00
104 Channel Islands 141.00 3.00
105 Venezuela 135.00 3.00
106 Nigeria 135.00 2.00
107 Brunei 129.00 1.00
108 Martinique 128.00 3.00
109 Palestine 119.00 1.00
110 Guadeloupe 114.00 4.00
111 Georgia 110.00 .00
112 Montenegro 109.00 2.00
113 Cambodia 109.00 .00
114 Bolivia 107.00 6.00
115 Kyrgyzstan 107.00 .00
116 DRC 98.00 8.00
117 Mayotte 94.00 1.00
118 Trinidad and Tobago 87.00 3.00
119 Rwanda 75.00 .00
120 Gibraltar 69.00 .00
121 Liechtenstein 68.00 .00
122 Paraguay 65.00 3.00
123 Isle of Man 60.00 .00
124 Kenya 59.00 1.00
125 Madagascar 57.00 .00
126 Aruba 55.00 .00
127 Monaco 52.00 1.00
128 Bangladesh 51.00 5.00
129 French Guiana 51.00 .00
130 Uganda 44.00 .00
131 Macao 41.00 .00
132 Jamaica 38.00 2.00
133 Guatemala 38.00 1.00
134 French Polynesia 37.00 .00
135 Zambia 36.00 .00
136 Niger 34.00 3.00
137 Togo 34.00 1.00
138 Barbados 34.00 .00
139 El Salvador 32.00 1.00
140 Bermuda 32.00 .00
141 Djibouti 30.00 .00
142 Mali 28.00 2.00
143 Ethiopia 26.00 .00
144 Guinea 22.00 .00
145 Tanzania 19.00 1.00
146 Congo 19.00 .00
147 Maldives 18.00 .00
148 Gabon 16.00 1.00
149 New Caledonia 16.00 .00
150 Myanmar 15.00 1.00
151 Saint Martin 15.00 1.00
152 Equatorial Guinea 15.00 .00
153 Eritrea 15.00 .00
154 Haiti 15.00 .00
155 Cayman Islands 14.00 1.00
156 Bahamas 14.00 .00
157 Saint Lucia 13.00 .00
158 Guyana 12.00 2.00
159 Dominica 12.00 .00
160 Mongolia 12.00 .00
161 Curaçao 11.00 1.00
162 Namibia 11.00 .00
163 Syria 10.00 2.00
164 Greenland 10.00 .00
165 Libya 10.00 .00
166 Seychelles 10.00 .00
167 Benin 9.00 .00
168 Grenada 9.00 .00
169 Laos 9.00 .00
170 Suriname 9.00 .00
171 Eswatini 9.00 .00
172 Zimbabwe 8.00 1.00
173 Guinea-Bissau 8.00 .00
174 Mozambique 8.00 .00
175 Saint Kitts and Nevis 8.00 .00
176 Angola 7.00 2.00
177 Sudan 7.00 2.00
178 Antigua and Barbuda 7.00 .00
179 Chad 7.00 .00
180 Cabo Verde 6.00 1.00
181 Mauritania 6.00 1.00
182 Vatican City 6.00 .00
183 St. Barth 6.00 .00
184 Sint Maarten 6.00 .00
185 Nicaragua 5.00 1.00
186 Nepal 5.00 .00
187 Fiji 5.00 .00
188 Montserrat 5.00 .00
189 Somalia 5.00 .00
190 Turks and Caicos 5.00 .00
191 Botswana 4.00 1.00
192 Gambia 4.00 1.00
193 Bhutan 4.00 .00
194 Belize 3.00 .00
195 British Virgin Islands 3.00 .00
196 CAR 3.00 .00
197 Liberia 3.00 .00
198 MS Zaandam 2.00 .00
199 Anguilla 2.00 .00
200 Burundi 2.00 .00
201 Papua New Guinea 1.00 .00
202 St. Vincent Grenadines 1.00 .00
203 Sierra Leone 1.00 .00
204 Timor-Leste 1.00 .00
  Total 856,917.00 42,107.00

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National Review
Date: March 31, 2020
By: Jim Geraghty

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks near an overpass following an outbreak of the coronavirus, Shanghai, China March 17, 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)

The Chinese government is adjusting how it reports the country’s coronavirus cases: “China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday that 1,541 asymptomatic coronavirus patients were under observation as of the end of Monday, with 205 of those cases having come from overseas. A Chinese health official said separately on Tuesday the commission would start reporting on asymptomatic cases from Wednesday as fears grow that coronavirus carriers displaying no symptoms could be spreading the virus without knowing they are sick.”

You probably heard about China’s closing the country’s movie theaters shortly after reopening them. You probably have not heard that similar re-closings are occurring at public buildings in Shanghai.

Shanghai’s skyscrapers – Shanghai Tower, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, and Jinmao Tower – will temporarily close again starting Monday after reopening for 19 days.

Earlier, the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai History Museum were reopened on March 12.

In addition, Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds Shanghai, and other indoor sightseeing and entertainment attractions have also been suspended. . . .

Entertainment venues such as KTV and internet cafes have also been suspended in many places of China outside Shanghai, Chinanews reported.

China has closed its borders to all foreign nationals, the soccer leagues don’t know when the season will restart, the national university entrance exam is pushed back to July and Beijing is barring residents of Hubei province who don’t have a job or a residence registry in the capital.
[FULL  STORY]

  • Coronavirus is thought to have originated at market in Wuhan before spreading 
  • China initially tried to cover up the virus, and punished those reporting on it
  • Country then tried to claim that US troops brought the virus over to Wuhan 
  • Experts and politicians warn country is lying over infection and death totals 
  • Virus has now infected more than 800,000 people and killed almost 40,000 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Daily Mail
Date: 31 March 2020
By: Chris Pleasnce and Tracey You

China has lied and covered up key information during virtually every stage of

Li Wenliang
its coronavirus response – from the initial outbreak to the number of cases and deaths, and is still not telling the truth, observers, experts and politicians have warned.

Beijing initially tried to cover up the virus by punishing medics who discovered it, denying it could spread person-to-person and delaying a lockdown of affected regions – meaning early opportunities to control the spread were lost.

Then, once the virus began spreading, the Communist Party began censoring public information about it and spread disinformation overseas – including suggesting that US troops could have been the initial carriers.

Even now, prominent politicians have warned that infection and death totals being reported by the regime are likely to be wrong – with locals in the epicenter of Wuhan suggesting the true tolls could be ten times higher.

Here, Mail Online analysis of Beijing's actions lays bare the great cover-up of China:

 

Initial outbreak

Doctors in China, including Li Wenliang, began reporting the existence of a new type of respiratory infection that was similar to SARS in early December last year.

But rather than publicise the reports and warn the public, Chinese police hauled Wenliang and eight of his colleagues who had been posting about the virus online in for questioning.

Wenliang, who would later die from the virus, was forced to sign a document admitting the information he published was false.

While China has been widely-praised for a draconian lockdown that helped slow the spread of the virus, evidence suggests that the country could have acted much quicker to prevent the spread.

Dr Li Wenliang, one of the first Chinese medics to report the existence of the new coronavirus, was forced by police to confess to spreading false data. He later died from the virus.    [FULL  STORY]

After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing.

The New York Times
Date: March 29, 2020
By: Steven Lee Myers

Medical staff checking on a coronavirus patient at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan, China, in early March.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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The alarm system was ready. Scarred by the SARS epidemic that erupted in 2002, China had created an infectious disease reporting system that officials said was world-class: fast, thorough and, just as important, immune from meddling.

Hospitals could input patients’ details into a computer and instantly notify government health authorities in Beijing, where officers are trained to spot and smother contagious outbreaks before they spread.

It didn’t work.

After doctors in Wuhan began treating clusters of patients stricken with a mysterious pneumonia in December, the reporting was supposed to have been automatic. Instead, hospitals deferred to local health officials who, over a political aversion to sharing bad news, withheld information about cases from the national reporting system — keeping Beijing in the dark and delaying the response.

The central health authorities first learned about the outbreak not from the reporting system but after unknown whistle-blowers leaked two internal documents online.

Even after Beijing got involved, local officials set narrow criteria for confirming cases, leaving out information that could have provided clues that the virus was spreading among humans.

Hospitals were ordered to count only patients with a known connection to the source of the outbreak, the seafood market. Doctors also had to have their cases confirmed by bureaucrats before they were reported to higher-ups.    [FULL  STORY]

Fox News
Date: March 31, 2020
By: Louis Casiano | Fox News

China's COVID-19 death toll in Wuhan seems false to locals

Funeral homes that serve Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, have been handing out the cremated remains of about 500 people to their families every day. However, residents say those numbers put the 2,500 death toll the Chinese government has claimed into question.

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Months after the coronavirus began to surface in China, the outbreak has spread across the world, killing thousands and prompting governments to enact unprecedented containment measures.

Beijing says it's slowly beginning to emerge from the crisis that originated on its soil, while putting its propaganda machine to work to craft a favorable narrative. Weeks after announcing the outbreak, some governments — particularly the United States — are accusing China of purposely failing to inform the public, thereby exacerbating the crisis.

A Chinese doctor who has since died of the virus tried sounding alarms during its early stages. Li Wenliang — who worked in a Wuhan hospital and has since been hailed as a hero —  was detained with eight other doctors for posting information about patients with respiratory problems on WeChat, a Chinese messaging platform.

Authorities claimed the doctors were spreading "unverified information" as reason for their detention. Other doctors were reprimanded and told to stop posting online about the virus. Li was released after signing a document admitting he committed "illegal acts."

He eventually contracted the virus and died in February.

“If society had at the time believed those ‘rumors,’ and wore masks, used disinfectant and avoided going to the wildlife market as if there were a SARS outbreak, perhaps it would’ve meant we could better control the coronavirus today,” the Supreme People’s Court said of Li's detention. “Rumors end when there is openness.”    [FULL  STORY]

The New York Post
Date: March 24, 2020
By: Lee Brown

REUTERS

A passenger who died on a bus in China has tested positive for a completely different virus than COVID-19 — one more fatal that often produces very similar symptoms, according to state-run media.

The unidentified victim from Yunnan province died while on a chartered bus heading to his workplace in Shandong province, the state-run Global Times announced in a tweet Monday.

“He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested,” the outlet stated, offering no further details.

The suggestion of a new virus starting just as China starts lifting its strict quarantines from COVID-19, which originated in the Asian nation, sparked panic among many on social media, with #hantavirus trending.

However, experts were quick to point out that it is not a new virus — and has only rarely thought to have been passed between humans.

“The #Hantavirus first emerged in 1950s in the American-Korean war in Korea (Hantan river). It spreads from rat/mice if humans ingest their body fluids. Human-human transmission is rare,” Swedish scientist Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh tweeted.

“Please do not panic, unless you plan to eat rats,” she stressed.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said hantavirus is rare — but put the death rate at 38 percent.

Symptoms may occur up to eight weeks “after exposure to fresh urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents,” the CDC says, noting it can occasionally also come from bites from infected rats or mice.

The symptoms in many ways mirror those reported from the novel coronavirus — with sufferers reporting fevers, headaches, coughing and shortness of breath.    [FULL  STORY]

  • UK government officials say there'll be "reckoning" for China over its handling of the coronavirus.
  • Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with the Chinese state.
  • It has accused of China of spreading disinformation and lying about the number of cases it has.
  • Scientists have reportedly warned Johnson that China could have up to 40 times more cases than it says.
  • It could prompt the prime minister to abandon his deal with Chinese telecomms company, Huawei.

Business Insider
Date: March 26, 2020
By: Adam Payne

REUTERS/Aly Song

Boris Johnson's government is reportedly furious with China's handling of the coronavirus, with UK officials quoted on Sunday warning that Beijing faces a "reckoning" once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

UK government officials believe China is spreading disinformation about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, the Mail on Sunday reports.

The newspaper says scientists have warned Johnson that China could have downplayed  its number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus "by a factor of 15 to 40 times." China had reported 81,439 cases at the time of writing.

Officials also believe China is trying to expand its economic power through offering help to other countries which are trying to combat the virus.

The newspaper quoted three UK officials, who all reported fury within Johnson's government.
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Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/29
By: Disease Outbreak News Center, Taiwan News

Taiwan has recorded 298 confirmed cases as of Sunday, the 75th highest in the world. Worldwide number of infections reaches 679,216; death toll climbs to 31,765

Update: 2020-03-29


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No. Country/Area Cases Deaths
1 USA 123781 2229
2 Italy 92472 10023
3 China 81444 3294
4 Spain 78797 6528
5 Germany 58247 455
6 Iran 38309 2640
7 France 37575 2314
8 UK 17089 1019
9 Switzerland 14352 282
10 Belgium 10836 431
11 Netherlands 9762 639
12 S. Korea 9583 152
13 Austria 8450 86
14 Turkey 7402 108
15 Portugal 5962 119
16 Canada 5655 60
17 Norway 4213 23
18 Australia 3969 16
19 Brazil 3904 117
20 Israel 3865 13
21 Sweden 3447 105
22 Czechia 2689 13
23 Malaysia 2470 34
24 Ireland 2415 36
25 Denmark 2395 72
26 Chile 1909 6
27 Luxembourg 1831 18
28 Ecuador 1823 48
29 Romania 1760 40
30 Poland 1717 19
31 Japan 1693 52
32 Russia 1534 8
33 Pakistan 1526 13
34 Philippines 1418 71
35 Thailand 1388 7
36 Indonesia 1285 114
37 Finland 1221 9
38 Saudi Arabia 1203 4
39 South Africa 1187 1
40 Greece 1061 32
41 India 987 25
42 Iceland 963 2
43 Panama 901 17
44 Mexico 848 16
45 Singapore 802 3
46 Argentina 745 19
47 Slovenia 730 11
48 Dominican Republic 719 28
49 Diamond Princess 712 10
50 Estonia 679 3
51 Peru 671 16
52 Serbia 659 11
53 Croatia 657 5
54 Colombia 608 6
55 Qatar 590 1
56 Hong Kong 582 4
57 Egypt 576 36
58 Iraq 547 42
59 New Zealand 514 1
60 Bahrain 499 4
61 UAE 468 2
62 Algeria 454 29
63 Lebanon 438 10
64 Morocco 437 26
65 Lithuania 437 7
66 Armenia 424 3
67 Ukraine 418 9
68 Hungary 408 13
69 Latvia 347 0
70 Bulgaria 338 8
71 Bosnia and Herzegovina 323 6
72 Slovakia 314               0
73 Andorra 308 4
74 Uruguay 304 1
75 Taiwan 298 2
76 Costa Rica 295 2
77 Tunisia 278 8
78 North Macedonia 257 6
79 Kuwait 255 0
80 Kazakhstan 251 1
81 Jordan 246      1 
82 Moldova 231 2
83 San Marino 224 22
84 Albania 212 10
85 Burkina Faso 207 11
86 Réunion 183       0 
87 Azerbaijan 182 4
88 Cyprus 179 5
89 Vietnam 179       0 
90 Oman 167 0
91 Faeroe Islands 159 0 
92 Malta 151  
93 Senegal 142 0
94 Ghana 141       5 
95 Ivory Coast 140 0
96 Uzbekistan 133 2
97 Brunei 126 1
98 Cuba 119 3
99 Venezuela 119 2
100 Sri Lanka 115 1
101 Afghanistan 110 4
102 Honduras 110 1
103 Palestine 106 1
104 Cambodia 103 0
105 Guadeloupe 102 2
106 Mauritius 102 2
107 Channel Islands 100 1
108 Nigeria 97 1
109 Belarus 94       0 
110 Martinique 93 1
111 Cameroon 91 2
112 Georgia 90 0
113 Montenegro 84 1
114 Kyrgyzstan 84 0
115 Bolivia 81 0
116 Trinidad and Tobago 76 3
117 DRC 65 6
118 Mayotte 63 0
119 Rwanda 60 0
120 Paraguay 56 3
121 Gibraltar 56 0
122 Liechtenstein 56 0
123 Bangladesh 48 5
124 Aruba 46 0
125 Monaco 43 1
126 Madagascar 39 0
127 Kenya 38 1
128 Isle of Man 37 0
129 Guatemala 34 1
130 Macao 34 0
131 Jamaica 32 1
132 French Polynesia 30 0
133 Uganda 30       0 
134 French Guiana 28       0 
135 Zambia 28 0
136 Barbados 26       0 
137 Togo 25 1
138 El Salvador 24 0
139 Bermuda 22 0
140 Ethiopia 19       0 
141 Mali 18       1 
142 Niger 18 1
143 Maldives 17 0
144 Haiti 15 0 
145 New Caledonia 15 0
146 Djibouti 14  
147 Tanzania 14  
148 Equatorial Guinea 12  
149 Mongolia 12  
150 Dominica 11  
151 Namibia 11  
152 Saint Martin 11 0
153 Bahamas 10 0
154 Greenland 10 0
155 Grenada 9       0 
156 Eswatini 9 0
157 Cayman Islands 8 1
158 Curaçao 8 1
159 Guyana 8 1
160 Guinea 8 0
161 Laos 8  
162 Mozambique 8  
163 Myanmar 8  
164 Seychelles 8  
165 Suriname 8  
166 Gabon 7 1
167 Zimbabwe 7 1
168 Antigua and Barbuda 7  
169 Cabo Verde 6 1
170 Benin 6  
171 Eritrea 6  
172 Vatican City 6  
173 Sudan 5 1
174 Nepal 5  
175 Angola 5  
176 Fiji 5  
177 Mauritania 5  
178 Montserrat 5  
179 St. Barth 5  
180 Syria 5  
181 Nicaragua 4 1
182 Bhutan 4 0
183 Congo 4  
184 Turks and Caicos 4  
185 Gambia 3 1
186 CAR 3  
187 Chad 3  
188 Liberia 3  
189 Libya 3  
190 Saint Lucia 3  
191 Sint Maarten 3  
192 Somalia 3  
193 MS Zaandam 2  
194 Anguilla 2  
195 Belize 2  
196 British Virgin Islands 2  
197 Guinea-Bissau 2  
198 Saint Kitts and Nevis 2  
199 Papua New Guinea 1  
200 St. Vincent Grenadines 1  
201 Timor-Leste 1  
  Total 679216 31765


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Trump administration officials are discussing taking action after China said it would expel almost all American journalists for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times
Date:
 March 26, 2020
By:  Edward Wong and Julian E. Barnes

A Foreign Ministry briefing last week in Beijing. At least 13 American journalists stand to be expelled from China.Credit…Andy Wong/Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — As China moves forward with expelling almost all American journalists from three major American newspapers, Trump administration officials have intensified discussions over whether to evict employees of Chinese media outlets who they say mainly act as spies.

The action is under consideration because some U.S. officials want to retaliate against China in a new conflict that has revolved around news organizations and is being fueled by hostility over the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the virus began spreading across the United States, Washington and Beijing have waged a global information war over the outbreak. President Trump and his aides are trying to pin responsibility on China, where Communist Party officials initially covered up the dangers of the virus as it was first discovered. Mr. Trump, though, has been criticized for vast failures in the American response.

Some American intelligence officials have pushed for years to expel employees of Chinese media organizations who they say mainly file intelligence reports. The officials now see an opening to make a strong case after Beijing abruptly announced this month that it would expel almost all American citizens who report from mainland China for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.    [FULL  STORY]

The Chinese Communist Party is trying to present itself as a global leader in pandemic response. If it declares success too early, it may lead the world back into disaster.

The Atlantic
Date: March 28, 2020
By: Kathy Gilsinan

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On January 24, a few days after the United States confirmed its first coronavirus case, President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude for China’s “efforts and transparency” in combatting a virus that the country’s leadership tried for weeks to cover up. On behalf of the American people, Trump wrote, “I want to thank President Xi!”

By then, the pandemic was on its way to wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and its citizens’ way of life—not least because of the actions of Xi Jinping’s own government. Yet in February, Trump again praised for Xi on Twitter, writing that “he is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus … Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation.”

Since then, cases have skyrocketed across the United States, which now has the highest number of confirmed cases anywhere in the world, with more than 100,000 people infected. Yet Trump’s comments reflect a propaganda victory for Xi. And as the U.S. approaches the height of its outbreak, scrambling to spend trillions of dollars to save its economy, asking other countries to make up for its device shortages, soliciting doctors from overseas, and still struggling to bring stranded citizens home, it has no credible claim to be the responsible superpower leading everyone out of the crisis. Xi, the ascendant authoritarian with a massive surveillance state and a ruthless security apparatus at his disposal, wants to pick up the mantle.    [FULL  STORY]