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.
Beer maker, Corona, has warned it’s facing its worst quarter in 10 years following the Coronavirus outbreak.
The manufacturer said it’s already suffered a £132million loss of earnings in China, at time when the company was expecting a surge in sales linked to Lunar year celebrations.
The deadly coronavirus has been spreading like wildfire throughout parts of Asia, after first being recorded in China in December.
To date, the outbreak has affected more than 80,000 people globally – with 15 in the UK, and 17 deaths in Italy.
I will be having a News Conference at the White House, on this subject, today at 6:00 P.M. CDC representatives, and others, will be there. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he’ll discuss the coronavirus threat at a White House news conference Wednesday, a day after he sought to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the U.S.
Trump tweeted that representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others, would join him at the late-afternoon appearance.