7:00 PM Mtn UPDATE: ALL of Italy Now On Urgent Lockdown. Rest of World in 113 Countries = 114,343 Cases; 4,025 Deaths; 63,997 Recovered.

“Now that the COVID-19 coronavirus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real.”

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director, World Health Organization, March 9, 2020

“The future depends on us and everyone must do their part. There won’t be just a red zone for Lombardy. There will be Italy.”

— Gieuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, March 9, 2020

Nearly empty Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the busiest pedestrian street in downtown Milan, Italy, on March 9, 2020, after Prime Minister Conte orders ALL of Italy to be locked down in volunteer quarantines, while all schools and universities are also closed in an effort to slow down the dangerous COVID-19 has infected 9,172 and killed 463. Image by Getty.
Nearly empty Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the busiest pedestrian street in downtown Milan, Italy, on March 9, 2020, after Prime Minister Conte orders ALL of Italy to be locked down in volunteer quarantines, while all schools and universities are also closed in an effort to slow down the dangerous COVID-19 has infected 9,172 and killed 463. Image by Getty.

 

7:00 PM Mtn UPDATE:  March 9, 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico –  As Italy’s COVID-19 cases hit 9,172 today with 463 deaths, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte asked the entire nation to stay home as much as possible in voluntary quarantine saying, ” as a protected nation. Conte also extended the closure of schools and universities across the whole nation until April 3, 2020, and he asked young people, who have been using the COVID-19 emergency as an excuse to drink and socialize, to stop “nightlife — we can’t allow this any more.”

Lombardy Province President Attilio Fontana wants “even more stringent rules to overcome this COVID-19 emergency.”  Lombardy is where at least 300 of the COVID-19 deaths have occurred and is already in lockdown in a “red zone” in which movies, museums and theaters are closed down and restaurants have been ordered to restrict hours such as 6 AM to 6 PM. Italy’s Foreign Office is also advising against travel to Lombardy and the surrounding region.

 

COVID-19 Infected Grand Princess Cruise Ship Finally Docks In Oakland, California

The Grand Princess cruise ship that was kept in the Pacific waters off San Francisco for days, while at least 46 people were tested for COVID-19 and 21 tested positive, was finally docked today in Oakland, California.

The cruise ship Grand Princess finally being allowed to dock in Oakland, California, on March 9, 2020, after 21 passengers tested positive for COVID-19, threatening the other 3,000 passengers with infection. That's why the ship ordered everyone to stay in their rooms in self-quarantine. Image by Getty.
The cruise ship Grand Princess on its way under the Golden Gate Bridge to finally dock in Oakland, California, on March 9, 2020, after 21 passengers tested positive for COVID-19. Nineteen of those positives were crew members. The other 3,000 passengers threatened with infection is why the ship still in the Pacific waters off San Francisco for the past several days ordered everyone to stay in their rooms in self-quarantine. Image by Getty.

From the Grand Princess, California passengers will be taken to military bases in northern and southern California. Other U. S. residents on the cruise ship will be flown on chartered planes to Texas and Georgia. Canadian passengers will also be flown on chartered planes to be quarantined in Canada.

 

Updates, Good and Bad, Amid World Spread of Coronavirus

—   France reports 19 deaths as confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 1,209, causing a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

—  Saudi Arabia, like Italy, suspends all schools and universities.

—  In addition to Washington State in the U. S. A., Oregon now has declared an emergency as confirmed cases double to 14.

— Mainland China now outside Hubei Province reports there have been NO NEW locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since March 7, 2020.

—  COVID-19 dramatically reduces air pollution over Wuhan and much of China.

NASA and the European Space Agency released these satellite images from the Earth Observatory pollution monitor. On left: Nitrogen Dioxide pollution over China on January 1 - 20, 2020. On right: Earth Observatory image of China from February 20-25, showing dramatic clearing of air pollution after the largest and most strict government-imposed lockdowns in human history of at least 100 million people in Wuhan, Hubei Province and surrounding region.
NASA and the European Space Agency released these satellite images from the Earth Observatory pollution monitor. Click image to enlarge.  Images by NASA Earth Observatory.

On left: thick goldish-brown-red Nitrogen Dioxide pollution over China on January 1 – 20, 2020. On right: Earth Observatory image of China from February 20-25, showing dramatic clearing of air pollution after the largest and strictest government-imposed lockdowns in human history of at least 100 million people in Wuhan, Hubei Province and surrounding region.

And here below is what happened over Wuhan, a city of 11 million people with hundreds of polluting industries and thousands of vehicles that burn gasoline.

The top row of gold and brown thick air pollution eas a year ago from January 1 to February 25, 2019. This year of 2020, the bottom row shows mostly pale blues after the air cleared dramatically when Chinese authorities shut down transportation going into and out of Wuhan in order to contain the spreading COVID-19.
The top row of gold and brown thick air pollution was a year ago from January 1 to February 25, 2019. This year of 2020, the bottom row shows mostly pale blues after the air cleared dramatically after Chinese authorities shut down transportation going into and out of Wuhan in order to contain the spreading COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Is 34 Times Deadlier Than Seasonal Flu

Seasonal influenza kills several thousand people each year with a death rate of .1%. Currently, the estimated death rate of COVID-19 is 3.4%. That means the new coronavirus is 34 times more deadly than seasonal flu. Those especially vulnerable are ages 50 on up with 14.8% of people in their 80s dying from COVID-19 compared to only .83% of people 65 and older dying from flu.

This graph by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compares death rate of seasonal flu to COVID-19 by age. Graph by CDC.
This graph by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compares death rate of seasonal flu to COVID-19 by age. Graph by CDC.

 

The spreading coronavirus is causing dominoes to fall in the world drug industry supplies. Chinese factories have been the major world supplier of antibiotics and vitamins. But with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic raging around the world, those China factories have been closed for weeks.

Now India, with its huge pharamceutical industry, is facing a huge supply problem because the ingredients it uses to make pharmaceuticals mostly ORIGINATES from China, the nation hit first and hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that’s why Indian authorities ordered on March 3, 2020, “India’s vast pharmaceutical industry to stop exporting 26 drugs and drug ingredients, mostly antibiotics, without explicit government permission.” Further, India’s Fitch Ratings projects that, “If this trend of diminishing drugs and drug ingredients continues beyond March 2020 and the coronavirus spreads to other regions in China and around the globe, we expect a disruption of the supply chains and everyone will be hit — every sector.”


More Information:

030820  — 8:30 PM Mtn Update – Half the World’s Countries Now Infected in 104 of 197. Milan Region’s 16 Million People Now On Lockdown Trying to Contain COVID-19. All Italian Schools Closed. Worldwide 110,066 Cases; 3,830 Deaths; 62,278 Recoveries.

03-06-20 — 2:00 PM Mtn UPDATE: COVID-19 Pandemic Now in 97 Countries = 101,876 Cases; 3,462 Deaths; 56,108 Recoveries. United States Still Without Adequate Test Kits While COVID-19 Hiding Weeks Inside Human Hosts Infecting Other Humans. Implication: Explosion of USA Positive Cases Upcoming.

03-02-20 — 1 PM March 2nd UPDATE: Pandemic COVID-19 Now In 75 Countries: 90,294 Cases; 3,086 Deaths; 45,705 Recoveries. United States 92 Cases and 6 Deaths.

02-29-20 – First COVID-19 Death in U. S. Is In Washington State. King County Press Conference At 4 PM Mtn Today. New Cases in Washington, Oregon and California Could Be “Community Spread.” U. S. 66 Confirmed Cases. World Death Total Now 2,942 and 86,021 Cases.

02-27-20 –  CDC Confirms First “Community Spread” COVID-19 Case in California, Which Means No Clue Where Coronavirus Came From.

02-26-20 – 8:30 AM Mtn Feb. 26th Update — CDC to Americans: “Prepare for Expectation That This COVID-19 Might Be Bad.” WHO: “World Must Prepare for Pandemic.” See Earthfiles YouTube Livestream Tonight for Latest Details.

02-11-2020 – Feb. 11 Update 4 PM Mtn – Wuhan Coronavirus Infections — 28 Countries: 1,107 Deaths, 43,101 cases; U.S. Still At 12 Confirmed in 5 States.
02-04-2020 – Feb. 4th 11:30 AM Mtn UPDATE – 427 Deaths and 20,707 Confirmed Cases in 28 Countries. 11 Cases in USA. Hong Kong Reports 1st Death Amid Calls to Shut Down Border. Hyundai Suspending Car Production in So. Korea.
01-31-2020 – Friday 8:45 PM Update – 7th Case in U.S.; Current Death Toll Now 259 and Confirmed Cases 11,791. Many Airlines Have Suspended All Flights to China. Russia Closed Down Border to China As W.H.O. Declares Wuhan Coronavirus “Global Public Health Emergency.”
01-25-2020 – Saturday AM UPDATE: New Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Now 41; More Than 1,287 Confirmed Cases, Including France. 2 Confirmed U. S. Cases.05-28-2009 – Updated – Is A/H1N1 Outbreak A “Herald Wave” Preceding More Serious Fall 2009 Epidemic? 

03-21-2006 – One Way H5N1 Bird Flu Could Adapt to Humans
03-10-2006 – The Rapid Spread of H5N1 Bird Flu Virus
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04-14-2003 – SARS Breakthrough – Genetic Sequencing of Coronavirus Linked to Killer Pneumonia

Websites:

Worldometers Active COVID-19 Cases and Deaths:  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

“As Coronavirus Disrupts Factories, India Curbs Exports of Key Drugs,” March 3, 2020, The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/03/business/coronavirus-india-drugs.html

“Coronavirus: Italy hunts for coronavirus superspreader as ‘7th person dies’ of COVID-19,” Sky News, February 24, 2020:  https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-austria-considers-border-controls-over-coronavirus-outbreak-11941438

“Lung biopsy of deceased China patient shows SARS-like damage,” February 18, 2020, Japanese Timeshttps://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/18/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/lung-biopsy-deceased-china-patient-shows-sars-like-damage/#.Xky-KUN7k6c

“Stocks fall after Apple’s coronavirus warning; analyst says ‘worst is yet to come’ for markets,” February 18, 2020: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/18/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Meeting Jan. 22, 2020:  https://www.who.int/ihr/procedures/novel-coronavirus-2019/en/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  https://www.who.int/ihr/procedures/novel-coronavirus-2019/en/
and

COVID-19 Cases in U.S: CDC  Latest Coronavirus Updates | Time: https://time.com/5783771/covid-19-us-cases/

SciTechDaily.com:  https://scitechdaily.com/


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