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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