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Wuhan Strain Update 900PM 1.24.20

Got some more Wuhan Strain updates for you. I’m sure you trust Dr. Thompson for all your Plague of Doom news. Don’t bother with the main stream media, those useless morons are too busy arguing about bad Orange Man. Check looserounds every day for all your up to the minute news about the pending end of civilization.

New virus-related developments

  • China announces another 15 deaths in Hubei province
  • Total number of confirmed cases now 1,000+, 41 dead.
  • China restricts travel for 46+ million people across 16 cities as the death toll surges.
  • AFP reports that the virus has jumped to Europe, with three confirmed cases now in France.
  • Two deaths have been reported outside Wuhan.
  • Some residents displaying symptoms are being turned away from hospitals.
  • Hospitals in Wuhan make urgent pleas for help and supplies.
  • Beijing orders PLA medics to assist in Wuhan treating patients
  • UK and US governments tell citizens to avoid outbreak zones.
  • 63 suspected cases in US, Senator says 3 confirmed, with two reported so far in Illinois and California, and two suspected in Minnesota

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Update (1700ET): All day we’ve been watching disturbing videos of hospital hallways littered with what appear to be dead bodies, yet the death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus hasn’t budged from 26 since Beijing reported the first two deaths outside Hubei yesterday.

Now we know why: As we suspected, the virus has been claiming more victims. But the local authorities, who promised ‘transparency’ in everything virus-related, apparently felt the need to wait until 4 am local time to drop this massive bomb: Another 15 people have died in Hubei as hospitals struggle with severe shortages of nearly everything, including doctors and nurses. That brings the total number of casualties to 41. In addition, another 180 cases have been discovered in Hubei, bringing the total number of cases over 1,000.

The latest figures show that the virus is more deadly than previously thought.

Meanwhile, Sky News is reporting that officials in France have confirmed a third case of coronavirus in the country.

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Update (1420ET): AFP reports, citing a minister, that two cases of coronavirus are now confirmed in France, as the virus officially spreads to Europe. The outbreak will give President Emmanuel Macron a desperately needed distraction from seemingly never-ending protests of his government.

Across China, fairs and other events celebrating the New Year holiday have been cancelled, meanwhile officials in Wuhan are scrambling to try a build a 1,000 bed hospital in Wuhan in under ten – some say five – days. Amid all of the terrifying videos showing what appear to be dead bodies piling up in a hallway in Wuhan (we shared the video below), reports out of Wuhan offer plenty of reason to fret: A previously healthy young man has succumbed to the virus – the first victim who wasn’t elderly or struggling with a serious co-occurring health problem.

Across China, more than 7,000 movie theaters have shuttered until further notice. CNBC reported that this could cost the Chinese box office more than $1 billion. Meanwhile, shares of Netflix rallied Friday on the belief that millions of Chinese might instead stay home and stream – even though Netflix doesn’t operate in China.

We joked about it yesterday, but today it has become a reality: Beijing has quarantined an entire province, with more than 46 million on lockdown across China.

As experts warn that there are probably closer to 4,000 cases in China alone, projections suggest that whatever governments – including China – are doing to fight the virus, it likely won’t be enough to stop a global outbreak.

The WHO is still waiting on making a call, claiming that it hasn’t yet seen enough evidence of human-to-human transmission, despite the fact that this is no longer in doubt. Yesterday, the organization estimated that the Wuhan coronavirus had a Ro rating – a measure of its infectious potential – of 2, making it more contagious than the flu, but less infectious than smallpox.

Vietnam Door Gunner Techniques

One of the Vietnam vet groups I belong to on FB shared these pictures. I learned something I didn’t know tonight. The door gunner said he would often do this to avoid the risk of empty cases flying into the tail rotor. I had never heard of this or heard of this before.

As you can see the door gunner has his M60 upside down to “aim” the ejected brass and links away from the direction of the tail rotor when leaning out to fire at targets at certain angles.

I’m not sure if this had the added benefit of making it easier on the gun to cycle the belt or harder. Hopefully Kirk will offer some insight on this.

WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE SCISSORING

The melee kicked off when Nandine Bell, 46, was buying a bag of shrimp from Pamela Freshley, 55, in the North Side of the city

Nandine Bell (right) and Pamela Freshley (left). yes both of those are women

Get your minds out of the gutter. This is a serious news story on a serious website.

The melee kicked off when Nandine Bell, 46, was buying a bag of shrimp from Pamela Freshley, 55, in the North Side of the city at about 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The pair started arguing, according to the report, and Freshley took the bag of shrimp and began walking away.

Bell tried to grab the bag from her, but Freshley resisted and whipped out a pair of scissors.

A common tale. A shrimp deal in the hood goes bad. Next thing you know the scissors come out and blood flows.

Bell then allegedly grabbed a stick and started beating Freshley with it, the newspaper reported. Freshley responded by stabbing her in the face with the scissors. What else are you suppose to do when some one tries to gank your bag of shrimp and shiv you in the mug with scissors?

Both women were charged with aggravated assault and held on bail.

Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

Update to Wuhan Strain News

I got another update on the current Wuhan strain. Lot happening this morning. China’s claims and efforts at containment are as laughable as we already knew it would be. Not very good news about its spread unless you are like me and hoping for that zombie pandemic to start. I share this news because it’s interesting not because it’s any real threat. So don’t go panicking.

Summary

Here’s a glimpse of new virus-related developments that occurred overnight.

  • Total number of confirmed cases now 939+, 26 dead.
  • China restricts travel for 46+ million people across 16 cities as the death toll surges.
  • Two deaths have been reported outside Wuhan.
  • Some residents displaying symptoms are being turned away from hospitals.
  • Hospitals in Wuhan make urgent pleas for help and supplies.
  • Beijing orders PLA medics to assist in Wuhan treating patients
  • UK and US governments tell citizens to avoid outbreak zones.
  • 63 suspected cases in US, Senator says 3 confirmed, across Minnesota, Illinois, Jersey, and California

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Update (1320ET): CNBC’s Eunice Yoon has provided the latest horrifying update of the spread of the Coronavirus in China:

China quarantines 16 cities, total population 46 million

  • Wuhan: 11mln
  • Huanggang: 7.5mln
  • Xiangyang: 6.1mln
  • Yichang: 4.2mln
  • Jingmen: 3mln
  • Xianning: 2.8mln
  • Huangshi: 2.5mln
  • Suizhou: 2.2mln
  • Xiantao: 1.6mln
  • Ezhou: 1mln
  • Qianjiang: 962k
  • Enshi: 780k
  • Xiaogan: 780k
  • Zhijiang: 550k
  • Dangyang: 560k
  • Chibi: 530k

That is larger than the entire 39.5 million population of California.

The DoD said it’s following CDC guidance on the virus.

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Update (1120ET): A senator has reportedly told the press that the CDC is about to confirm a third case of coronavirus in the US.

As authorities in Beijing try to convince the world that they have the outbreak under control, researchers in the US and UK have warned that the total number of cases might be closer to 4,000, according to the New York Times.

South Korea and Japan have each confirmed their second cases, while the US worries that a second case may have been discovered in Texas. Reports that an individual is under quarantine in Sydney have also emerged, while fears about a virus case in New Jersey have already been debunked.