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Wuhan Coronavirus Watch: Trump Asks Congress for $2.5 Billion to Fight Coronavirus

Wuhan Coronavirus Watch: Trump Asks Congress for $2.5 Billion to Fight Coronavirus

Dow closes down 1,000 points as coronavirus fears infect Wall Street. With 7 now dead in Italy, Europeans now clamor for….border security.

The number of Wuhan Coronavirus cases now stands at 80,150 in 37 countries and territories. The death toll is 2,699.

Last night, Professor Jacobson wrote about the Democrats blaming President Donald Trump’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak for the loss of 1000 points on the Dow Jones stock exchange and mocked the President’s Border Security plans. Please check it out before reading today’s Wuhan Virus Watch, as the entries refudiate all the progressives’ assertions.

Also, two can blame this game:

Trump asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

Given the potential for a sustained coronavirus pandemic to hurt the world economy, and impact the November election, combating the virus is a top priority for President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration is sending to the U.S. Congress a budget request for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus, the White House said on Monday.

More than $1 billion of the money would go toward developing a vaccine, the White House said.

“Today, the Administration is transmitting to Congress a $2.5 billion supplemental funding plan to accelerate vaccine development, support preparedness and response activities and to procure much needed equipment and supplies,” Rachel Semmel, a spokeswoman for the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement.

Labs in the US will start looking for the new coronavirus this week

The US now has 53 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 19 new patients diagnosed over the weekend. With the exception of Patient #1 in Seattle (who was treated successfully and released), there has been no update on the other American cases. It is important to note that 39 of the 53 cases are the Diamond Princess cruise ship evacuees.

Six public health labs in the US plan to start monitoring the general population for the new coronavirus this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the risk of the virus still remains low for the general population. But activating the disease surveillance network will allow the CDC and other public health officials to find any undetected virus circulating through the country.

“It’s important because right now, all the efforts are focused on people who have a direct link to China, or a direct link to lab-confirmed cases. There’s no system in place to detect low-level transmission that might be under the radar,” says Edward Belongia, the director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

The six labs — in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City — are already part of the nationwide influenza surveillance network, and they conduct regular monitoring of all types of viruses.

Seven now dead in Italian coronavirus outbreak, and Europeans clamoring for….border security

Late last week, we reported on a COVID-19 outbreak in Northern Italy. Currently, 7 people are dead from the virus, and hundreds more are infected.

The virus is now causing Europeans to start clamoring for border security.

Seven deaths and 229 infections in Italy has fanned panic in neighbouring countries and sparked a clamour for governments to clamp down on border checks.

But despite warning of a ‘moderate to high risk’ of more clusters sprouting up on European soil, Brussels today confirmed it would not be freezing Schengen arrangements ‘for the moment’.

The 26 Schengen states – including Italy – have abolished border controls, meaning people can pass seamlessly from country to country.

Italy’s northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto have suffered the brunt of the nation’s outbreak, and have been added to a global list with China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and South Korea as coronavirus hotbeds.

Some 55,000 residents have been placed under lockdown, with internal police checkpoints, schools shut and public events axed, including the popular Venice carnival.

As officials in Rome firefight the country’s epidemic, a former minister has urged the European Commission to temporarily scrap Schengen.

Coronavirus epidemic ‘has PEAKED in China’ says the World Health Organization

Let’s hope this news is based on the truth and isn’t Chinese propaganda.

Coronavirus has now ‘peaked’ in China, according to the World Health Organisation which praised Beijing’s robust measures to insulate the outbreak.

While the number of cases continues to rise – surpassing 77,000 – the rate at which new infections are sprouting up has started decelerating.

But while officials firefighting the epidemic in China can take solace in the slow-down, other countries have been warned to brace for a ‘potential pandemic’ as the virus continues to spill out across the globe.


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UnCivilServant | February 25, 2020 at 9:07 am

Do we know what the money is actually going to be spent on?

What’s the plan?

    Hopefully, border control. The numbers look pretty tame to me. It’s the government-sponsored panic that appears to be the real threat of this virus. I think Professor Jacobson has it right. This is more of a political crisis than a health crisis.

    The world is in panic over 80 deaths, most of them in China, for a flu that is producing numbers that are less scary than the usual annual flu? Are they exaggerating the risk of contagion to make it look like we are at the beginning rather the late stages of this thing? The numbers don’t warrant the current level of panic.

      UnCivilServant in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2020 at 9:21 am

      80? Even the official chinese numbers are several thousand dead, which says more than that have shuffled off their mortal coil.

      Italy is now ranked third in coronavirus infection deaths with only 7. And those are being blamed by after a hospital in Milan reportedly helped the spread of the disease by failing to adhere to protocols.

      US deaths are what? Two? And the victims were infected in China! And we also have a curious case of the State Department over-ruling the CDC over the transportation of Princess cruise liner infections.

      And where is the most intense political action focuses? Attacking the current government! If this was truly a global epidemic threat, ou would think we could drop the politics and focus on stopping the spread of that flu? Nope. And the UN is leading the way.

      What we need are honest assessments based on comparative numbers for annual and historic flu infections. Since the politicians only want to play the blame game, maybe we should lock them up somewhere and recruit some qualified adults to tell us what is really going on.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Why Phil, it’s almost as though the DEMOCRATS where COLLUDING with the Communist Chinese Government on this!

      Snark….or not.

      selfhelpforbastards in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2020 at 11:54 am

      The current death count is more like 2700

        That is worldwide. the current death toll from influenza a and b stands at just over 13000, in the US alone. And, nobody cares. 650,000 people die from influenza every year, worldwide, and nobody notices. Schools aren’t closed. public events are not cancelled and no one is quarantined. So, what is the deal with COVID-19? Is it any deadlier than influenza? It does not appear to be. So, exactly WHAT is the crisis here?

        “Don’t Panic!” The Hitchhiker’s Guide

        The US has never had a flu epidemic in the Summer and won’t start now! If we make it through April we are great.

        There might be deadly clusters. So, don’t go on Cruise Ships. Don’t fly on airplanes without a mask. Under no circumstances get thrown into jail or prison.

        When panic buying hits and the Walmart shelves go bare don’t panic. There will be plenty of food. Just stock up on refrigerated medications before they run out.

        Get Insulin and blood thinners. And, hope you don’t need antibiotics.

        You missed a decimal place.
        There is a sulphur dioxide plume over Wuhan.
        This can be a by-procuct of burning organics…
        Like cremating people.
        One of the smart guys compared it to historical concentrations as opposed to current sattellite measurements…
        The math came out that you would have to burn 3,500 bodies in one day to achieve the current concentration levels.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to UnCivilServant. | February 25, 2020 at 9:34 am

    It will be better spent than the money the Financial/Globalists are POing away manipulating the markets this week.

    “Dow closes down 1,000 points” – CHUM CHANGE to the evil Financial/Globalists!

    Remember those enemies include some of the biggest banks in your City!

      The trading is being driven by unregulated, algorithm-based computers that apparently respond to headlines. There is no longer a “greed tempered by fear” human dynamic at work in our current markets. It is purely algos making instant decisions. Even the regulators have no idea what exactly these algos are programmed to do.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2020 at 2:54 pm

        Oh, just like Facebook and Google algorithm-based computer programs don’t discriminate against conservatives and conservative web sites.

        Got some swampland in Florida to sell too.

        MattMusson in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        This is our SPUTNIK moment.

        We are about to be hit in the face with a Supply Chain GAP. And Americans will demand that medicines and strategic supplies be manufactured in this country!

        Ya know what?
        Those are not set in stone.
        If you see or have a feel for a trend, and you are using market trend settings that do not conform to your parameters of outlook…
        You change them.

    SpaceInvader in reply to UnCivilServant. | February 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

    The money is going to buy houses in New Zealand for members of the US government.

Connivin Caniff | February 25, 2020 at 9:45 am

Trump should take all measures necessary to protect TRUMP from the coronavirus. Nothing would make the Never-Trumpers and the Resistance happier than his succumbing to it. And nothing could be worse. He could acquire it by accident or by treachery. Protect Trump!

As I posted in another thread, the impartiality of WHO concerning China is questionable. Their leader got his position due to China and African backing, and has a very corrupt background in Ethiopia. It’s actually worse than the information in the NY Times article. Seems he denied care to people that did not support the ruling party (tribe) and helped loot overseas medical aid to support the Ruling Party.

Translation – he is following the Chinese Propaganda Line. From the NY Times:

The Red Chinese caused this crap – they are responsible! Why should the American taxpayer pay? Get the $2.5B through increased tariffs.

This virus is not one you would want to get, but the worry seems over the top.
The people at biggest risk are the elderly, the very young, and those with respiratory issues, diabetics, and those with heart problems. In other words the same people who are at higher risk from every flu and virus that goes around.
I do think China is trying to hide this being something cooked up from the level facility for diseases, potentially a bio-weapon, but all the numbers of those who got this compared with those who died from it come out to about 2.5-3 % the same as every virus and communicable disease that goes around areas.
We are developing a vaccine. I just don’t think this will live up to the hype the propaganda wing is pushing, just like the swine flu of years ago.
The people going into panic over this seems to be led by fear mongering, which means the left are trying to ramp up the fear, and harm the economy.
It’s not a hoax, its just more of the Russia collusion type hyping up for political gains than it being the next black plague.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to oldgoat36. | February 25, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    “The people at biggest risk are the elderly, the very young, and those with respiratory issues, diabetics, and those with heart problems. In other words the same people who are at higher risk from every flu and virus that goes around.”

    Reproductive rate Reg Flu 1.23 Wuhan 3-4
    Death rate 2.5% 5%
    Partial Immunity Yes No

    I could go on, but the bottom line is that we know what we are dealing with with existing flu, and we are very much in the dark with a brand new bug.

So we are going to allocate 2.5b to this, how much are other countries spending in research.
to those who wonder why our healthcare costs are so high, nobody in the world spends more on research than we do.

You know this whole thing stinks when you see Chuck U Schumer on the Senate floor, glasses on his nose, ranting about Trump. Is it just me, but if this were really a national emergency / crisis would we not expect our leaders to work together? Granted I was born in an earlier century but hopefully these is some decency in this world, certainly not in the Democrat / Socialist / Communist party though.

No worries.
We gotter under control.
But we could use another 2.5 $Bn.

If we are trying to figure out the mortality differential between coronavirus and flu, don’t we need mortality of the coronavirus in China vs the mortality of the flu in China rather than the mortality rate of the coronavirus in China vs the Mortality rate of the flu in the US? I imagine the flu mortality is much higher in China than in the us for reasons that would also boost the mortality of the coronavirus.

just think it has been about 100 years since the Spanish flu