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“An emergency in China” but not an internal epidemic – Coronavirus update

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The World Health Organisation has labelled the Novel Coronavirus “an emergency in China” but hasn’t declared the situation as an international epidemic at this stage. 634 cases have now been confirmed in China with health officials confirming the first death outside of Wuhan, whilst seven other countries have reported non-fatal cases. 18 people are now confirmed dead as a result of the virus, many who had underlying health issues before contracting the virus.

But the looming Chinese New Year celebrations and the annual exodus of Chinese from cities to their homes, is causing fears that the transmission rates of the flu-like virus could undergo a quick evolution. Chinese New Year celebrations start tomorrow, January 25, and last a week.

The World Health Organisation chief Tedros Ghebreyesus says that whilst the few known cases outside China remain under control, the WHO are warning that the pandemic could spread.

“It has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one.”

Meanwhile the main cities of the Hubei province in central China have locked down transport in and out. Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, and the epicentre of the new virus, has suspended transport, including outgoing flights while residents were ordered not to leave. The neighbouring city of Huanggang, with 7 million residents, has also gone into a transportation lockdown.

Railways stations are now all but deserted, highway toll booths are now closed, effectively sealing road exits, and public transport and ride-hailing services are now cancelled. Guards are patrolling the city’s highways to prevent residents from sneaking out of the city.

Wuhan’s residents are packing hospitals and clinics for medical checks, stripping supermarkets of supplies and queuing for petrol as panic of the isolation sets in. But the transport of goods and general trade in and out of the cities is still going ahead, under supervision.

In Beijing officials have cancelled two major Chinese New Year temple events and closed the Forbidden City, Beijing’s most famous tourist attraction, adjacent to Tiananmen Square, to tourists.

The new virus, currently described as the Novel Coronavirus, is still under intense scrutiny as multiple strands of the world health community scramble to get a better understanding of the virus. It is thought have emerged during December 2019 from illegally traded wildlife at a popular animal market in Wuhan. That market has since been closed down and cordoned off. At this stage there is no vaccine for the virus, and its mode of transmission is not fully understood. Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. It is also unknown how easily it spreads human-to-human.

Almost three-quarters of the cases are people aged 40+, and 40% already had some underlying health issues. At this stage there had been human-to-human transmission of the virus within China but limited to family groups and health workers.

Cases have been reported in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US but authorities in those countries say the cases have been quarantined and treated. Meanwhile the BBC reports that 5 people are being tested for the virus in Scotland. All reported respiratory symptoms and recently returned from Wuhan.

SOURCE: Reuters

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US Ambassador to Thailand quits after Biden inaugurated

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The US Ambassador to Thailand seems to have quit after only serving less than 1 year in office and moments after President Biden’s inauguration. Michael George DeSombre, who was appointed by President Trump in early 2020, made the announcement of his departure on the embassy’s official social media platform yesterday. A day before, he met with PM Prayut to “thank the Royal Thai Government” as is customary with departing ambassadors. DeSombre succeeded career diplomat Glyn T. Davies.

“It has been a privilege serving as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. I am exceedingly proud of all we have done to strengthen the US-Thai relationship. I am signing off now from this account and leaving it in the good hands of our Embassy staff.”

Now, as the US Embassy official website names Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath as its diplomatic mission leader, it is not known when a new ambassador will be chosen by the Biden administration.

Just last year in October, DeSombre wrote, on the same day that President Trump tested positive for the virus, that he was less than supportive of a full-blown shutdown.

“The evidence over the last six months shows that the costs of a really extreme shutdown are generally worse than the benefits and it is better to keep the economy running.”

According to Wikipedia, DeSombre co-founded Republicans Overseas for Americans abroad in 2013 in which the organisation focuses on tax reform. Upon his appointment as Ambassador, DeSombre stated that his office would primarily encourage the economic partnership between the two countries, with a focus on American investments and Thailand’s infrastructure projects and supply chains.

He has also said that US firms were interested in increasing investments in Thailand, including in areas under the 1966 Amity treaty. Thailand and the US established relations in 1818 and later formalised the ties in 1833.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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US President Biden reverses Trump’s policies on first day of presidency

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Just after being sworn in, the new US President Joe Biden is reversing Donald Trump’s policies by signing 15 executive actions, principally targeting pandemic and climate change. Joe Biden, now America’s 46th President, said there is “no time to waste” as he referenced America’s battle with Covid-19.

“Some of the executive actions I’m going to be signing today are going to help change the course of the COVID crisis, we’re going to combat climate change in a way that we haven’t done so far and advance racial equity and support other underserved communities. These are just all starting points.”

Among his initiatives, President Biden signed a mask mandate for those on federal property and federal employees. He also signed an order to designate a new White House office to coordinate the response to Covid-19 while halting the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organisation. His press secretary, Jen Psaki, says his quick actions were just the beginning of many changes.

“The Day One plans were just the start of a flurry of executive actions Biden would take soon after entering office. In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the president-elect’s promises.”

President Biden signed documents to begin the process of rejoining the Paris climate accord, including revoking the permit that was granted by former President Trump to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

President Biden stopped Donald Trump’s emergency declaration that funded the border wall’s construction and ended travel bans on some majority-Muslim countries. It was reported that he will also reverse the ban on transgenders joining the military and reverse a policy that blocks US funding for abortion programs overseas.

He also asked to extend a moratorium on housing evictions until the end of March and on student loan payments until the end of September.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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A travel pass for passengers inoculated against Covid-19 or who have tested negative will be piloted on flights for Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways. With the travel pass issued by the International Air Transport Association, passengers can keep control of their data and share their test results with airlines and authorities for travel.

The travel pass will be offered on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter, and will expand the pass to other destinations of the trail is successful. Emirates is going to implement phase 1 of the travel pass in April for flights departing from Dubai.

Recently, the IATA travel pass programme has been also tested in International Airlines Group and Singapore Airlines.

SOURCE: Reuters

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