Monday, 16 March 2020

Covid-19 virus update, 16 March

Hong Kong quarantine on arrivals from United States,
Europe, UK, 

My spreadsheet from figures at Worldometer 
Another record number of new cases. 12,987. Most in Italy, Spain, Germany and Iran all over one thousand. China 24. Chinese record their new cases online in real time. It’s not widely known outside China just how digitally connected they are. They use no cash, for example; everything is paid by smartphones. They have all the latest treatment protocols on Apps, so they are always up to date on the latest iteration. 

The world is going crazier by the day.  Major cities are ghost towns. No one has seen anything like it. We’re all in new territory. Empty streets. Empty airports. Empty hotels. Everyone practicing  “social distancing”. How long will it go on for?  No one knows. Surly months, not years. Hopefully…

News Roundup 
West not learning the lessons. China economy dramatic collapse. The clash of titans and need for perspective
The day the bull run ended
Our tourism in free fall down 96 percent
Americans told to hunker down
Oh dear… critic of Beijing goes missing
Virus will change our habits for years
Canada border closures

OT: China under Japanese occupation. By watercolourist Martha Sawyers