How South Korea will contain coronavirus without curfew
Julia Grass, F Rotzer, F. Romeike, and T Bolt | indybay.org | 2020-03-25
South Korea tests almost three times more people than Germany, 84K a week. Social distancing works in Japan and South Korea. Japan has closed schools but lets restaurants and shops stay open without a curfew.
The coronavirus crisis shows it's time to abolish the family
Sophie Lewis | zcomm.org | 2020-03-25
What does the pandemic tell us about the nuclear family and private household?
COVID-19: S.Korea death toll rises to 126
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-25
Six more people on Wednesday died due to coronavirus in South Korea, the country's health authority said.Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that with the new fatalities the death toll has climbed to 126, according to state-run Yonhap news agency.Additionally, 100 new cases were confirmed in the country, raising the tally to 9,137.Meanwhile, in Japan veteran comedian Ken Shimura tested positive for coronavirus, Kyodo news reported.Japan has reported 43 deaths from coronavirus, with 1,193 confirmed cases.According to daily Nikki Asia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has initiated discussio…
Asian markets soar after US stocks' historic surge on $2 trillion rescue hopes
rt.com | 2020-03-25
Key indices in Asia continued to rise on the news that the White House and US Senate reached a long-anticipated rescue plan to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy. | Japan's benchmark Nikkei saw the biggest gains, jumping more than eight percent to close at the highest level in two weeks. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up around three percent about an hour before the closing bell, while China's Shanghai Composite Index climbed over two percent. South Korea's Kospi closed over five percent higher. | Stocks in Australia added more than five percent, while India's key Mumbai Sensex jumped around 1.5 p…
From Hong Kong to Chile in 8 Days With COVID-19 on My Tail
Andre Vltchek | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-24
Santiago ( 21st Century Wire)
Trump Will Not Require Manufacturers to Make Vital Medical Equipment
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-24
President Trump has refused to use a wartime law to require major manufacturers to make vital equipment to combat the new coronavirus, reportedly after corporations successfully lobbied his top adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. | Last week, Trump signed the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era law that allows the federal government to force American companies to ensure the availability of…
Coronavirus: What Newsweek Failed to Mention About "Continuity of Government"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Though often discussed in relation to nuclear war or a similarly chaotic scenario, "continuity of government" plans can be triggered even by popular, nonviolent opposition to an unpopular war abroad. It exists solely to keep the current system in place, regardless of the cost.
"For Unknown Reasons They Waited. And Watched"
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-20
Over the last 20 years, we have documented some shocking examples of journalistic irresponsibility, but the tweet from ITV's political editor Robert Peston on March 14 was something special. With China, South Korea, Italy, Spain and other countries in shutdown, lockdown and general medical meltdown, with the UK reeling from rising cases and deaths
Joseph Stiglitz: Trump's "Trickle-Down" Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-19
The coronavirus relief package signed by President Trump Wednesday provides unemployment benefits and free coronavirus testing to millions of Americans suddenly out of a job, but guarantees paid sick leave to less than 20% of American workers. Earlier this month, Trump signed into law an $8 billion coronavirus response package and has laid out the first details of a third, $1 trillion economic package and invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to allow the government to direct industrial production. For more on those bailouts and who benefits, we speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economis…
"We Are Way, Way Behind": U.S. Lags on Coronavirus Testing & Medical Experts Warn "No One Is Immune"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-13
It has been seven weeks since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the United States. President Trump is claiming, "Anybody that needs a test gets a test," but this is simply untrue. There have been just 11,000 tests so far throughout the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, compared to nearly 20,000 tests for coronavirus every day in South Korea alone. We spend the hour looking at how the Trump administration has failed to account for what may be thousands of infections because of ongoing problems with access to testing, and how other countries have responded. We also discuss meas…
[Comment] How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?
Roy M Anderson, Hans Heesterbeek, Don Klinkenberg, T Déirdre Hollingsworth | thelancet.com | 2020-03-09
Governments will not be able to minimise both deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the economic impact of viral spread. Keeping mortality as low as possible will be the highest priority for individuals; hence governments must put in place measures to ameliorate the inevitable economic downturn. In our view, COVID-19 has developed into a pandemic, with small chains of transmission in many countries and large chains resulting in extensive spread in a few countries, such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan.