From almost the very beginning of the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis in January and early February, it’s often been asked whether it might be the “Chinese Chernobyl.” Could the crisis expose the weakness of the mix of oppression, information control, and social disgust that underpin the Chinese Communist regime and trigger its collapse? Others have suggested that it might instead be “president Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen,” meaning he will use all the tools at his disposal to tighten down and prevent, well . . . a Chinese Chernobyl.
It is too soon to know what may happen. But it’s not too soon for attempts to whitewash the timeline and Chinese-government actions in the earliest moments of the crisis. Indeed, even now, the level of public anxiety about both the virus and what the Chinese government is doing and saying about it remain high.
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says travel restrictions are being imposed nationwide to try to stop the spread of the spread of coronavirus.
Conte said Monday night that a new government decree will require all people in Italy to demonstrate a need to work, health conditions or other limited reasons to travel outside the areas where they live.
Police in Australia have urged shoppers not to panic buy during the coronavirus outbreak after a row over loo paper turned violent in a Sydney supermarket.
Footage on social media showed a group of women arguing and fighting in an aisle over a pack of toilet rolls.
Trump admitted at the White House that he was taking his own precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. “I haven’t touched my face in weeks,” he said. “In weeks. I miss it.”
Coronavirus task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx encouraged everyone to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap or using hand sanitizers.
The president met with airline executives at the White House to discuss the precautions they were taking to prevent the spread of the virus and keep customers and crew members safe.
“I think where these people are flying, it’s safe to fly,” Trump said.
A prank on The Ellen Show went wrong when footballing legend David barely flinched as singer Justin attempted to frighten him
Just as Ellen was asking why they hadn’t gone with the name, Justin popped out of a box positioned between the two chairs and screamed in David’s face.
Usually when this prank is pulled off, the guest jumps and screams in fright, but David remained cool as a cucumber.
Turkish soldiers in Idlib under heavy airstrikes— monitoring (@warsmonitoring) February 27, 2020
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At least 22 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike by Syrian “regime forces”, a Turkish provincial governor has said.
Several more were badly hurt in the attack in Idlib in the north-west, Hatay governor Rahmi Dogan said. Other reports put the death toll higher.
Turkey’s president held a top-level security meeting after the strike.
Syrian forces are trying to retake Idlib from rebels who are backed by Turkish soldiers.