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More Than 75,000 Now Infected With Coronavirus, According to Medical Experts in Hong Kong

The disease has spread far more widely than the Chinese government admits.

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More than 75,000 people may have become infected in China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak, a development that suggests the new disease may be far more viral than the public has been led to believe.

Medical experts from the University of Hong Kong made the claim last week, modeling that the average person infected with the disease may go on to infect 2 or 3 other people. If the disease is so easily transmitted, it may be far more dangerous than previously thought.

If 75,000 people are truly infected with the disease, it’s likely that its pervasiveness has doubled and tripled within matters of weeks or even days.

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A count of 75,000 goes well beyond any figures that the Chinese government has admitted to. The Chinese Communist Party has been accused of covering up the spread of the disease in order to protect its own image and that of China internationally.

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Alarming videos have emerged of Chinese public health workers removing bodies from residential apartments in body bags.

President Donald Trump instituted a limited travel ban on China to prevent the spread of the viral disease to the United States. A few individuals who recently traveled to China have received treatment for coronavirus in the United States, all of them being placed in strict medical quarantine to avoid spreading it.

It’s believed the entirely new viral disease originated from an open-air seafood market in Wuhan, China, where live animals were regularly bought and sold for human consumption. Wuhan is the epicenter of the epidemic, and the city has been largely shut down to further contain it. Some scientists believe the disease entered human circulation from the consumption of bats.

In a situation where the Chinese government can’t be relied upon to truthfully explain the spread of the dangerous disease, it’s not surprising that some American Senators such as Tom Cotton have called for a full travel ban to be placed on China while the coronavirus is dealt with.

 

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YIKES: Venezuelan Patrol Boat Sinks After Ramming German Cruise Ship

Not the most illustrious incident for Venezuela.

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A Venezuelan naval patrol boat ended up sinking after an altercation earlier this week with none other than a German cruise ship.

A statement from Columbia Cruise Services of Hamburg, Germany, explained the oddball confrontation between the luxury cruise ship RCGS Resolute and the Venezuelan naval patrol boat Naiguata.

The Venezuelan boat had radioed the cruise ship, that wasn’t carrying passengers, and demanded to know of the ship’s intentions as it passed by the Venezuelan territory of La Tortuga island. The Resolute’s crew had been carrying on engine maintenance in the area, maintaining they were operating in international waters.

After the cruise ship refused to comply with a demand that it approach the Venezuelan port of Puerto Moreno, the fast boat approached it after midnight on March 30th.

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Crew from the Naiguata are said to have fired small arms at the Resolute, after which the boat tried to approach the ship in an effort to force it to change course to Venezuelan territorial waters. The much smaller Venezuelan vessel failed to realize the Resolute had a reinforced hull in order to allow it to sail in icy waters.

The Naiguata suffered serious damages from the repeated collisions with the cruise ship. It began to take on water and efforts on part of the cruise ship’s crew to contact the vessel went totally unanswered. Columbia Cruise Services say the Resolute left the area after receiving word from an international maritime agency that no assistance would be needed, and the Venezuelan crew of the patrol boat were later rescued.

Nicolas Maduro tried to explain away the extremely embarrassing incident for socialist Venezuela, claiming that the luxury cruise ship was carrying foreign mercenaries planning to carry out operations against the country. He described the unarmed luxury cruise ship’s presence north of his country’s territorial waters as a “act of terrorism and piracy.”

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