Main coronavirus update on Tuesday, as usual. To keep that a reasonable size, I’m moving material on the overreaction here, in our Week In Doom fashion.
Former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown has called on world leaders to create “a temporary form of global government” to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Brown wants international organizations like the WHO and the UN to be given executive powers that would supersede national sovereignty as part of a new system overseen by world leaders and health experts.
“This is not something that can be dealt with in one country,” he said. “There has to be a coordinated global response.”
By “temporary” Brown likely meant “in perpetuity.” But seriously, who could have figured elites would use a crisis like this to increase their power?
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order giving California’s chief justice broad powers, including the right to suspend laws during the coronavirus crisishttps://t.co/qzrXyWSWjB
— KTLA (@KTLA) March 28, 2020
Laws are for men. Saftey-first martial law is for women.
Only the State’s official religion shall be allowed. De Blasio needn’t have worried. Catholic bishops, at least, share the same worldly concerns as he does.
Despite posts yesterday highlighting issues of people still visiting the #PeakDistrict despite government guidance, the message is still not getting through. @DerPolDroneUnit have been out at beauty spots across the county, and this footage was captured at #CurbarEdge last night. pic.twitter.com/soxWvMl0ls
— Derbyshire Police (@DerbysPolice) March 26, 2020
The horror! People are outside! Send the police to arrest the sunshine scofflaws!
Let’s show them who has the real power, by not letting anybody outside for six month.
Britons should not expect to get back to ‘normal life’ for six months or even longer, the government’s deputy chief medical officer warned today.
Dr Jenny Harries told a Downing Street press conference that people should not be viewing the coronavirus crisis as something that will blow over soon.
She said it will not be clear whether the ‘social distancing’ lockdown is working for another two or three weeks – after Easter – with deaths set to rise further.
But even if the draconian restrictions do succeed in ‘squashing’ the peak of the outbreak, reverting to a ‘normal way of life’ immediately would probably lead to a disastrous new spike in infections.
Remember in one of the earlier coronavirus updates we predicted they’d have to do this, because after all, flu kills more in total than coronavirus.
A trembling feminine worst-case-scenario concern is spreading across the globe faster than the virus. It isn’t only England.
Visibly frustrated with reports of gatherings throughout Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to get together during the COVID-19 pandemic: We will shut it down and you may be arrested.
“Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you take it deadly seriously.”
Lightfoot added that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds.
“You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide the rules.”
As I said elsewhere, We have reached the point where going out in the healthy germicidal fresh air for a stroll by yourself is a crime.
This is hysterical effeminate overreaction, abusive overreach by power-hungry effeminate politicians anxious to be seen as saviors.
His executive orders defined the greater New York City area and Louisiana as areas with substantial community spread. Individuals traveling from those regions must “self-declare” they came from a hot spot and agree to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival in Florida. A violation could mean a 60-day jail sentence and fines of up to $500.
Signs were erected along I-10 to direct eastbound drivers to a checkpoint where they were notified about the requirement. DeSantis said he was also looking at establishing one on I-95 to catch New York travelers.
Ver are your paperz! comes to the good ol’ USA. Same thing in Rhode Island.
If New York has martial law lite, South Africa decided to go all the way: South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown
South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.
Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during South Africa’s three-week total lockdown which began at midnight.
Kenya, Rwanda and Mali are some of the African countries that have imposed restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has been confirmed to have infected 3,203 people and killed 87.
Three weeks house arrest. 57 million people and 87 dead.
Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Six months imprisonment—for “intentionally” standing close to someone. Intentionally standing close.
Women have finally found a way to keep betas from hitting on them.
— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) March 27, 2020
At the time this video surfaced, India, a country with more than a billion souls, had fewer than 20 deaths attributed to coronavirus.
Donald Trump is murdering people in states whose governors he doesn't like. He's systematically wiping out Americans based on their political leanings. When this is over, Trump must pay for it in every way possible. #TrumpGenocide
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 28, 2020
This said (in case it’s deleted): “Donald Trump is murdering people in states whose governors he doesn’t like. He’s systematically wiping out Americans based on their political leanings. When this is over, Trump must pay for it in every way possible. #TrumpGenocide”.
The NYT earlier said “Let’s call this the Trump Virus.” Which was pretty good. But not as good as “#TrumpGenocide ” I don’t think it can be beat.
Lol, well that didn’t take long. God help us if this is what psychology is contributing during the COVID-19 crisis. Good luck trying to explain how this will 'complement the clinical efforts in preventing the spread and treating of COVID-19 cases’. pic.twitter.com/y4F3OivKDj
— Dr David A. Ellis (@davidaellis) March 28, 2020
Academics never let a crisis go to waste either. They have developed a “Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) to complement clinical efforts” etc.
Just saw a very sweet slice of quarantine life. Two young lovers in jogging gear in Springfield Park, clearly pretending to be doing their exercise for the day so they could steal a moment together. Not ashamed to say I had a slight catch in my throat as I called the police.
— Séamas It Ever Was (@shockproofbeats) March 25, 2020
Trump said on Saturday night that no quarantine orders would be issued. Day before that, “Cuomo wonders if coronavirus quarantine may have backfired in some cases“.
Sweeping statewide quarantine orders may not have been the most effective strategy to combat the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded on Thursday, as he weighed plans to restart the economy.
“We closed everything down. That was our public health strategy,” said Cuomo during an Albany press briefing. “If you re-thought that or had time to analyze that public health strategy, I don’t know that you would say ‘Quarantine everyone.'”
He might now know, but many others say they do.
Despite a surge in Covid-19 patients and growing dissent among epidemiological experts, the Swedish government’s medical experts were last night standing by their decision not to follow almost all other EU nations by instituting economic and social lockdowns.
Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, said the different approach reflected the independence traditionally enjoyed by government agencies like the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the reluctance of politicians to override expert advice….
Rest is behind a paywall.
One Root Cause of Pandemics Few People Think About: “It’s our seemingly insatiable desire to eat meat”. Scientific (they say) American.
Police are patrolling the streets of Europe, checking people’s “permission-to-go-outside” papers. In the U.K., soldiers are standing by to assist with “protecting possible quarantine zones,” or to “cope with the breakdown of civil society.” Israel is tapping its formerly secret collection of everyone’s mobile phone records to identify people who might be infected, and assorted “others who need to be quarantined.”
Read the whole thing, in which we learn “Macron (now relieved of his Gilets Jaunes problem!) is ready to ‘rule by decree'”, etc.
The cure can be worse than the disease. Repeat this thrice: “Infection is not identical with disease.”
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