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We have breached 1,000 cases outside of China. And sadly there are some indications that just like China’s numbers may be suspect, there are some other countries that may not be entirely scrupulous in their counting. North Korea is reporting no cases (unlikely) and a Thai official in Phuket has admitted to underreporting. The news from Phuket is disturbing because it is a major tourist area in Thailand.
Fourteen cases have been added to the count for the US. Presumably, there are the Americans returned from the cruise ship in Japan.
While I am focused on whether CoViD-19 is a “pandemic” (it is), there are sad stories coming out of China. As reported in Variety:
Chang Kai, a film director and an external communications officer at a Hubei Film Studio subsidiary, died in hospital on Feb. 14 from the virus now called COVID-19, according to a statement from the studio. He was 55.
But Chang’s death was not the first in his family—the Chinese media reported that Chang’s father and mother were infected and died one after the other. Chang and his sister, who looked after their parents at home, were both infected with the virus as a result. His sister died just hours later. Chang’s wife is also infected, still alive, and is still battling the virus in an intensive care unit.
A note written by Chang, said to be his last words, has gone viral on the Chinese Internet. Chang wrote that his father succumbed to the illness on the first day of the Lunar New Year (January 25). “My father had a fever, cough and trouble breathing. [We] tried to send him to the hospital but none of the hospitals we visited took him, because they had no more beds,” he wrote.
Instead, Chang brought his father home where ha died a few days later, having passed on the virus to the other family members. Chang’s note said that he and his wife were denied the opportunity to be treated early. Wuhan< built a new hospital in six days, but capacity to handle the virus remains strained. Chang bade farewell to his family, friends and his son, who is reportedly studying in the U.K.
Chris Martenson’s latest video on CoViD-19 is here.Published in