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The President addressed US preparedness and readiness yesterday. From the Bloomberg ads airing yesterday and from Nancy and Chuck’s public comments the Democrats clearly want to paint the Trump administration as unprepared and to exploit politically whatever problems the COVID-19 virus creates for the country. That will be the theme the MSM will be making. Fox News’ Juan Williams apparently got the memo and on The Five was saying that the President was only holding the press conference to boost the stock market.
President Trump, like every president before him in the electronic age seeks to exact political benefit or limit political damage from the economy. Trump’s moves to repatriate manufacturing and reduce US dependence on international trade are probably the best strategies to minimize the economic harm to the US from the pandemic. His touting of US prominence in dealing with and assisting others in crisis is true, and comforting, but is of unknown significance in dealing with the “unknown unknowns.”
Meanwhile, South Korea, Italy and Iran are coming to know the unknowns.
Number of tests and positivity rate for Covid-19 as of Feb. 26
- UK: 7,132 concluded tests, of which 13 positive (0.2% positivity rate). [source]
- Italy: 9,462 tests, of which 470 positive (5.0% positivity rate), awaiting results: unknown. [source]
- France: 762 tests, of which 17 positive (2.2% positivity rate), 179 awaiting results. [source]
- Austria: 321 tests, of which 2 positive (0.6% positivity rate), awaiting results: unknown. [source]
- United States: 445 concluded tests, of which 14 positive (3.1% positivity rate). [source]
Italy has announced on Feb. 26 that it would begin testing only people with symptoms, claiming that the higher number of cases (compared to other European countries) is due to more tests being conducted.
February 27 (GMT):EUROPE and MIDDLE EAST
- Israel’s Ministry of Health is mandating a 14-day quarantine for all travelers who have visited Italy in the past 14 days. The decree takes effect immediately and is retroactive and, therefore, effective as of February 13th. In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, Israel had already ordered a 14-day home quarantine for travelers coming from China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singaporeand Thailand. The Health Ministry also issued a travel warning asking Israeli citizens to refrain from traveling abroad. “If you don’t genuinely have to fly — don’t do so,” the Ministry said in a statement. [source] [source]
- About 60% of new cases (31 out of 54) diagnosed in Europe outside of Italy in the last 4 days (from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27) had recently traveled to Northern Italy.
- 58 new cases and 2 new deaths in Italy [source]
- 3 new cases in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) one is in critical and one in serious condition in Madrid. The other case is a 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who went to Milan, Italy between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23. She is in mild condition “Currently, we are in a containment scenario: there is not a massive entry of imported cases that could imply a broad transmission in our country. It may be that we will not see more than this level or that in a few hours we will be forced to pass. There will be an effort not to be late in any case,” said Fernando Simón Simón, director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies at the Ministry of Health, adding that “as we have cases for which we do not identify the origin, we are closer to the possibility of a new scenario.” [source] [source]
- 2 new cases in Greece (Athens): [source]
– a 38 year old woman in Thessaloniki who had recently returned from a trip to Milan, Italy.
– a woman in Athens who had also recently been in Milan.
- 1 new case in Israel: an Israeli citizen who came back from Italy. [source]
- 106 new cases and 7 new deaths in Iran.
- 1 new case in Austria, first in Vienna, a 72 year old man. [source]
- 2 new cases in the UK: “the virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS centers in Royal Liverpool Hospital and Royal Free Hospital, London,” reports DHSC. [source]
- 3 new case in Switzerland, including:
– 2 cases in the canton of Graubünden who are symptomatic but in good health. More information will be provided later by the authorities.
– a 28-year-old man who had returned 3 days ago from Milan, Italy. He presents mild symptoms and is currently hospitalized at Geneva University Hospital. Around 15 contacts of the man have been placed in quarantine at their homes. This is the second case in Switzerland, both with recent travel history to Milan or Lombardy, in Italy. [source]
- 1 new case in Spain (Valencia): a 44-year-old male who traveled to Milan to watch the Champions League match between Atalanta and Valencia of Feb. 19. [source]
- 1st case in Estonia: a resident of Iran in Estonia who came from Riga (Latvia) by busand “called an ambulance upon arriving at the bus station” said Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik. The patient is being treated in the infectious clinic at West Tallinn Central Hospital.
- 1st case in Denmark: a TV 2 employee who came home from a ski vacation with his family in Lombardy, Italy (Chiesa in Valmalenco in the province of Sondrio) 3 days ago on Feb. 24 departing from the Malpensa airport in Milan. He bagan showing symptoms of cough and fever on the morning of Feb. 26. [source]As the news feed is brought up to par, the rest of today’s updates will be added below.ASIA
- 3 new cases in Singapore, uncluding a 12-year-old. 66 out of 96 cases have so far recovered from the infection. [source]
- 505 new cases (of which 422, or 84%, in Daegu) and 1 death in South Korea. The number of new cases in South Korea has topped China for the first time(China has reported 433 new cases for Feb. 26 [source]). This number is expected to further increase in the coming days as health authorities have started testing more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, attended by the 31st case (a possible “super spreader”) and which accounts for more than half of the country’s 1,766 total cases to date. [source] [source]
- 433 new cases and 29 new deaths (of which 26 in Hubei) occurred in China on Feb. 26, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. [source]