by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 14, 2020) — On Thursday, Chinese health officials reported 14,000 new coronavirus cases in the city of Wuhan in Huebei Province, where the disease was first detected in December.

The potentially-fatal virus, formally known as “novel coronavirus” or “COVID-19,” according to the CDC, can be spread from one person to another without any obvious symptoms.

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) termed the outbreak “a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).”

As of Friday morning, The New York Times reported, “China reports 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths in the past 24 hours,” including the infection of 1,700 medical employees.  “The tally in Hubei jumped most dramatically on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases,” The Times wrote.

Six of the medical workers have died, the paper said.

Three deaths outside of China have been confirmed as of Friday morning, one of whom was a passenger on the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship docked in Japanese waters with quarantines in place.  However, on Wednesday, a “voluntary disembarkation of guests” was conceived for passengers considered medically compromised or vulnerable.

Fifteen cases have been confirmed in the United States, with approximately 600 people held in quarantine, CBS News reported.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department issued a bulletin expressing concern for North Korea’s “vulnerability” to the virus.  North Korea is a major trading partner of China’s.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, “The coronavirus outbreak is on track to become the worst humanitarian and economic crisis of” Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been in office since 2013 and can now serve “for life.”

The total number of infected exceeds 64,000 as of Friday morning, CNN reported.

Correction:  This article originally erroneously reported that deaths from the coronavirus exceed 64,000 as of press time; however, it should have read, and now reads, “infections.”

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  1. TenCent, a website, “accidentally” posted what may be the real numbers. The post was quickly taken down, but somebody got it in time. As of two weeks ago, when the government was reporting around 25,000 cases and around 100 deaths, instead, it was something like 120,000 cases, and around 600 deaths, I think. Clearly higher.

    This is what I believe. The communist government is doing a slow, macabre, strip tease. They keep disclosing the numbers at such a rate, that it will eventually match the real sitaution on the ground. Multiplying the current numbers by three will only be slight exaggeration of the truth.

    Meantime, from the Unpleasant Truth Department we have another report. A research paper published around December described two unusual findings. First, there was a study of lung cells, called alveolar cells for the expression of a receptor called ACE2. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme. In other words, a second kind of receptor site like the one found in the heart for….controlling blood pressure. Now what would a blood pressure controlling receptor site be doing on lung cells? Good question, but it is what the researchers found. Now it gets really weird. The paper described how this ACE2 receptor is used by the coronavirus to infect the body. Worse than that, they found that coming in by ACE2 triggers a whole bunch of other inflammatory reactions. Here’s the rub. This ACE2 receptor is over expressed in the asian genome. That’s right. The paper is suggesting racial differences with respect to the tendency to contract the coronavirus.

    What we will not find, yet, maybe, is a discussion of the cases according to how many cases are asian and how many are not. What if it turns out the cases are 90% asian? What if it turns out for non-asians it is less life threatening? You can hear the ‘woke’ crowd screaming medical racism! medical racism? Like they never heard of sickle cell anemia and it’s genetic roots. — If people are honest, the medical literature is chock full of all sorts of racial differences for proclivity of one disease over another. But the media, et. al., won’t touch it.

    None of this is to downplay the need for public health measures around the world. But facts are stubborn things, and folks need to open their eyes.