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Sunday, March 08, 2020

Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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In Italy, which is facing Europe's largest coronavirus outbreak, nearly 6,000 people have been infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 233 have died from it. The country has documented the largest number of infections outside Asia, which jumped by nearly 1,200 in a single 24-hour period ending Saturday.

The outbreak in Italy began two weeks ago and the northern regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto have so far suffered 85% of cases and 92% of the deaths.

Currently some 50,000 Italians have been affected by some quarantine measures and the new, more restrictive quarantine is set to take effect Sunday if it passes. It would affect a quarter of Italy's population and would be the most radical action to deal with COVID-19 since China quarantined some 500 million people earlier this year, which has appeared to significantly slow the spread of the disease there.

And our President says there's not much to worry about here in America, he's got everything under control. Hope the virus is listening.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-07 09:51 PM | Reply

At this point in time my opinion is that the only reason we have not seen a lot of "cases" in the United States is that the United States has fallen drastically behind the rest of the planet in testing for the infection.

At this point, based upon current reporting ( www.businessinsider.com ) it seems the current administration is more concerned about re-election than the health of Americans.

That is not a good thing.



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-03-07 10:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So are they going to put joe peschi on the runway with a sign reading "forgert about it"?

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2020-03-07 10:16 PM | Reply

Italy's actually testing its people.

Trump doesn't want to because the results won't look good.

This has the makings of a massive scandal. Not that Trump won't do something worse on a weekly basis.

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-08 11:40 AM | Reply

Fake news! I'm pretty sure they're only doing it to make Trump look bad.
That's a lot of crisis actors.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2020-03-08 11:50 AM | Reply

Quite a Democratic hoax you got there, be a shame if something happened to it, like it spreading to this country where our ruling regime is headed by a syphilitic brain worm riddled moron.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-03-08 01:08 PM | Reply

Make sure you panic everyone. The sky is actually falling this time.

#7 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2020-03-08 01:16 PM | Reply

our ruling regime is headed by a syphilitic brain worm riddled moron.

#6 | POSTED BY _GUNSLINGER_

you give him too much credit.

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-03-08 01:18 PM | Reply

Slightly frightening anecdote emblematic of our Trump-led government's inability to see more than one dimension at a time in our three dimensional world:

I returned to the US from Italy on Monday after two weeks there. I thought I would share our travel experience. Late on Sunday, we found out that United had cancelled our direct flight from Malpensa (Milan) to Newark. My wife called up United and was able, fairly easily, to rebook us on a Lufthansa flight to Munich, followed by a United flight to Dulles.

In Munich, there was a superficial screening by airline staff (a couple of questions), after which we went to the boarding area. At Dulles, at the passport check, the agent asked my origin, and I replied Milan. She didn't blink, and asked me if I'd been to China in the past month. Since I hadn't, she passed me through. That was the sum total of the screening. Not a whole lotta of containment going on.

talkingpointsmemo.com

This is why the virus is already running rampant throughout America far beyond what the number of tested are showing so far.

Trump is leading a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" strategy against a pathogen because it keeps the "official" number of infected low. This is not going to end well.

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-08 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just wait until it hits the refugee crisis going on just East of Italy. Erdogan has opened the floodgates again.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-03-08 01:29 PM | Reply

#9

And to be clear on what the anecdote tells us is at minimum twofold. First, even if there are travel restrictions against DIRECT flights from specific countries, unless there is a global ban enforced by all nations, all that travelers from hot zone areas have to do is travel to other countries first and THEN enter the US from there.

And second, as of the time of this man's return, US Custom authorities had not instituted protocols to test or track persons entering this country from hot zones regions and seemingly was disinterested in those coming into America from Italy.

Not good.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-08 01:31 PM | Reply

Trump said he didn't know that people died of the flu in the 1918 flu epidemic (still the deadliest epidemic ever to hit humans). His own grandfather died of it.

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-03-08 01:35 PM | Reply

You all understand that in the US, doing what Italy is doing or what China did. Our freedoms are both blessings and curses. If Trump instituted bans on state to state travel right now, you would all be screaming bloody murder about liberties and calling wailing "Nazi!"

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-08 01:59 PM | Reply

"If Trump instituted bans on state to state travel right now, you would all be screaming bloody murder about liberties and calling wailing "Nazi!""

And you wouldn't?
Isn't this what your guns are for, to fight something like this, instead of just scream at it, like a liberal?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-08 02:01 PM | Reply

Good point. More guns is definitely the best defense against covid-19.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-03-08 02:38 PM | Reply

Benedict Donald would love to cancel the election in November if it looks like he's going to lose.
I'm calling it now, that the idea will at least be floated by him or his political party of American hating traitors.

#16 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-03-08 03:16 PM | Reply

When he does your thoughts and prayers will really help. Send many.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-03-08 03:22 PM | Reply

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG

Frankly I wouldn't be. I don't know what legal authority he would have to do it though. It is FAR more widespread than being reported - because well we can't get tests for it.

#18 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-08 06:12 PM | Reply

Case in point on testing: Nursing Home Deaths in Washington. Note the lack of testing. 26 People dead in two weeks and 60 trapped there. 70 Staff showing symptoms but not all tested. They can't even say how many of the 26 deaths are COVID-19 related... I'd bet 25 or 26 personally as nursing home turnover isn't on that order of magnitude by any stretch. They aren't officially logged and it sounds like no intention to test.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-03-08 06:19 PM | Reply

"Frankly I wouldn't be. I don't know what legal authority he would have to do it though. It is FAR more widespread than being reported - because well we can't get tests for it.

#18 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2020-03-08 06:12 PM | REPLY | FLAG:"

I was interested is the legal authority issue so Googled it - link:

www.cdc.gov

If this is the whole story, then Trump can use Executive Orders to stop inter-state travel etc. Of course, he would then have to admit that Covid-19 actually is a problem and this does not fit with his re-election plans.

#20 | Posted by Foreigner at 2020-03-08 06:59 PM | Reply

If Trump were actually competent, he would have sent all the illegals to Border Camp Coronavirus by now. And have them labor at the Wall until they drop. So much winning. Trump is essentially letting every crisis of his Presidency go to waste.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-08 07:04 PM | Reply

Send many.

#17 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

Or preferably money.

:)

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-08 07:56 PM | Reply

Make sure you panic everyone. The sky is actually falling this time.

#7 | POSTED BY LIVE_OR_DIE

They really need your calm assurance at the old folks home in Washington. Hurry.

Or they may all die from the fake news and the "panic" before you get there.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-09 11:13 AM | Reply

It's only a matter of time before this virus outbreak is used to close the borders and blame immigrants. They just haven't ramped up the messaging yet.

#24 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-03-09 12:38 PM | Reply

Italy just locked down the ENTIRE COUNTRY!

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte announced Monday that the containment measures introduced Sunday for the Lombardy region in the country's north would be applied to the whole nation. More than 6,300 people have been confirmed to have the virus in Italy so far while Germany and Spain also saw spikes in the number of cases Monday.

www.nbcnews.com

#25 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-03-09 05:26 PM | Reply

If the US banned travel, would Americans comply?

How do you enforce it? National Guard?

Cant use military

#26 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-03-09 05:30 PM | Reply

If the US banned travel, would Americans comply?
How do you enforce it?

Most Americans don't even have a passport. You can prevent people from obtaining visas, and stop them at customs when attempting to enter/exit the country. The wall will stop everyone from getting out of the country on the Mexican border, at least, from the sounds of it, DJT has sworn up and down that the beautiful wall is bigger than ever...

Other countries can deny entry. That leaves travel between States, and there's nothing you can do about that, short of declaring martial law. Sounds like a Repubican wet dream, actually. Using the military on US citizens makes Repubicans horny.

#27 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-03-10 02:30 AM | Reply

#25 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-03-09 05:26 PM | FLAG:

The entire country? That's a lot of Democrats and fake newsers scheming to hurt Donald Trump!

#28 | Posted by cbob at 2020-03-10 11:28 AM | Reply

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