Dashboards: New York Times,
Our World in Data.
3/24: 425k (+25k) cases worldwide, 53.8k (+3.8k) cases USA, 19k (+1k) deaths.
3/24 Top 5 countries: China 81k, Italy 69k, USA 53k, Spain 47k, Germany 32k.
3/24 Coronavirus reaches Sudan, "one of the countries least equipped to handle it"
... it will be horrible there. No hospital infrastructure to speak of. 200 critical care beds, 80 ventilators
... "Under al-Bashir, hospitals withered so cronies could make vast profits from private hospitals"
3/13 Khartoum, Sudan has first coronavirus death - closes borders, stops international flights
3/23 Kenya edging toward a lockdown - "sprawling informal settlements where people have no room to isolate, no running water"
3/19 President suggests coronavirus may require a crackdown on opposition - never let a disaster go unused
3/24 UAE grounds all flights in or out of country, tonight - 50 new cases found
3/17 UAE announces visa suspensions, flight restrictions
Iraq tells people not to visit religious sites
... banned all public gatherings, trying to avoid Iran's Qom super-spreader
Iran facing assively devastating pandemic, hard to know full impact
... 3/9 top advisers, government officials, military personnel all infected
... 3/13 Mass graves detectable via satellitenk
Virus “could kill millions”
“out of hand ... no one believes the government's numbers”
Iranians defy authorities in bid to access holy sites
current cases are 2x available beds
3/16 Afghanistan: virus complicates war and peace
... tensions over the border with Iran, with 15,000/day coming in to Afgh.
3/24 1.8m monitored due to symptoms, low testing, virus in all provinces
highest number of cases in Maharashtra and Kerala
3/19 tries to curb mass pilgrimage - 100s of 1000s of Hindus gather at Ayodha
3/12 suspends tourist visas after March 13 - probably see more of this
3/23 Wuhan continues to find new asymptomatic cases daily despite official figures
3/23 Has China really beaten the coronavirus? Questions about the stats still abound.
3/20 Covid-19 is a chance for the church in the US to learn from the church in China.
3/12 tightens borders to prevent re-importing infections - quarantine facilities for all international visitors
3/11 China's new normal - life springing back after weeks of lockdown, still not normal
Taiwan ‘rapidly produced, implemented 124 action items
... border control, case identification, quarantine, education ...
3/24 To no one's surprise, Olympics postponed.
Another cluster of cases in South Korea related to a church
… big church services will probably get closed down in many places
Korea death rate kept low by virus testing blitz
... didn't put curbs on internal movement, instead tested 100s of 1000s, targeted quarantine
Note this NYT story about the incredible surveillance in S Korea against the virus
Monitoring cell phone GPS tracks, police fines, etc.
Singapore re-introducing partial closure after some virus cases entered from outside
Indonesia: thousands of Muslim pilgrims ignore virus risk to gather
… “we are more afraid of God … something more than the body, which is the soul"
Thailand: arrivals from 4 countries must declare self-quarantine details
... ‘so they can be contacted and officials can go monitor them'...
Germany: Up to 70% could become infected
Russia tightening borders
US to Level 4 global travel warning notice
... State Department's advice: all Americans to avoid travel abroad. Any Americans abroad should return home or shelter in place for indefinite duration ...
US suspends travel from EU - Link
Well known churches & pastors getting hit with virus, being visible
3/24 Hillson NYC pastor, leadership team
“Prayer in the time of coronavirus” - worshipping in empty pews - Link
Italian priests are discovering social media as “an instrument of prayer” - Link
Sunday without church: in crisis, a nation asks, “What is community”? Link
Big events being cancelled
3/24 SBC annual convention cancelled
On stopping it
3/22 The virus can be stopped, but only with harsh steps, experts say
3/24 Bill Gates: 'best case scenario is 6 to 10 weeks of total isolation in US'
3/11 I found this regularly-updated survey of air travel cancellation policies - Link
Key report from UK research center models scenarios - Link ... all measures needed, likely until vaccine found ...
The Hammer and the Dance on Medium is an excellent introduction to the Covid-19 issues, esp. as regards to quarantines & lockdowns
Infographic: a visual history of pandemics - Link ... from 165 AD to now ...
3/19 ‘Wash our hands? Some people can't wash their kids for a week' - Link ... refugee camps, etc., going to get hit, and hit hard ...
‘When the checkpoints come': A coronavirus police state in America - Link ... look at this as a worst-case scenario ... I think it's improbable but not impossible.