Officials in Northeastern China Sacked as Locals Describe Escalating Virus Outbreak

BY NICOLE HAO – May 17, 2020 Updated: May 17, 2020

Amid an escalating CCP virus outbreak in northeastern China, six local officials have been dismissed for failing to contain the virus.

The latest second wave outbreak first erupted in Shulan, a county-level municipality within Jilin city, Jilin Province.

Locals told The Epoch Times that the outbreak situation was more serious than how authorities portrayed it. They also complained about rising food prices following the outbreak.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. The virus quickly spread to all parts of the country.

After a period in March when local authorities throughout China proclaimed that there were little to no new infections, since April, regions of northeastern China confirmed a second wave outbreak.

Outbreak

The “patient zero” of the Shulan outbreak was diagnosed on May 7. She is a 45-year-old cleaning lady who works at the city’s police bureau.

Since then, the virus quickly spread within Shulan, as well as to districts within Jilin city, and Shenyang, the capital of the neighboring Liaoning Province.

Since May 12, all new infections announced by China’s National Health Commission are related to the outbreak in Shulan and Jilin.

Over the weekend, the Jilin provincial health commission announced five new diagnosed patients, who are from Shulan, as well as the Fengman and Chuanying districts in Jilin city.

On May 17, the commission also announced that one elderly person in Jilin city was diagnosed with COVID-19, but was not counted as a new COVID case because he or she died before the test result was announced.

The test result was announced on May 16, but the person had already died of cardiovascular problems, according to authorities.

Dismissals

Late evening on May 16, Li Pengfei was dismissed from his position as Chinese Communist Party boss of Shulan. Zhang Jinghui, deputy mayor of Jilin city, was named to take his place.

“This new appointment is not in line with convention,” said U.S.-based China affairs commentator Li Linyi.

Li said typically, the Party would promote a lower-ranking official to replace a dismissed one. But in the Shulan case, the Party did not promote the second-in-line, the Shulan mayor, to be the Party boss.

“It shows that the CCP superiors don’t trust that Party leaders in Shulan can control the outbreak,” Li said.

More dismissals were announced by the Jilin provincial government soon after: Liu Shijun, deputy director of the Jilin city health commission; Yue Xiaoyan, director of Shulan health bureau; Geng Jianjun, deputy Party boss of Shulan police bureau; Liu Hanyin, director of the Shulan center for disease control and prevention (CDC); and Xu Zibiao, director of the Fengman district CDC.

Hours prior to the announcement, Jilin city ordered all of the city’s private-run clinics and outpatient departments to shut down. All who need to visit a doctor must register at state-run hospitals instead.

By launching this regulation, anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms can only visit state-run hospitals.

Locals

Locals told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that there were more infections in Jilin than officially announced. They heard of people who were diagnosed as asymptomatic carriers, but were not counted into authorities’ tallies.

Several gave more details about confirmed patients that Shulan authorities announced. They include four police officers; one staff working at the Shulan government; one receptionist at the Shulan People’s Hospital; and one high school teacher.

Mr. Peng, a resident of Jilin city, also described the current state of panic: “People are crazily shopping for food and medicines… Prices have increased dramatically.”

Peng said some vegetables were triple, even five times, the price prior to the outbreak. Wheat flour prices increased by more than 10 percent in the past week.

Shulan residents previously told The Epoch Times on May 13 that the Shulan police bureau was closed due to several police officers being diagnosed with COVID-19.

A police officer’s wife told The Epoch Times: “All the diagnosed patients [at Shulan police bureau] are in mild condition, but we are in a panic because the virus spreads so quickly.”

Mr. Li lives at the Sihe Tianyuan residential compound in Fengman district, Jilin city, where he said several residents were diagnosed with the virus.

He said one such resident was Mr. Hao, a driver who recently returned from Shulan and had dinners with relatives and friends in Fengman district.

Hao transmitted the virus to his uncle and 23-year-old cousin, according to Li. The cousin works at the high-speed train vehicle maintenance department in Shenyang, the nearby capital of Liaoning Province. The cousin went back to Shenyang and spread the virus to more people.

Shenyang resident Mr. Li (unrelated to above-mentioned) told The Epoch Times that the Shenyang 463 Hospital, an air-force-operated hospital, was closed down due to a cluster outbreak.

“The whole hospital is locked down. Both people and vehicles are banned from entering or leaving the hospital. It [local authorities] said that one was infected inside, but you don’t know the real situation. You don’t know how many people died of the virus already,” Li added.

Locals also complained that authorities charged very high fees for those who are mandated to self-quarantine at hotel-modified quarantine centers in Shenyang, ranging from 6,860 yuan to 8,286 yuan (about $966 to $1,167) for the duration of 14 days. (Click to Source)

 

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Coronavirus: A Biblical, Historical Perspective

As COVID-19 suspends public life around the world, Austrian Christian Hofreiter reminds us of “the many times in history where the light of Christian charity has shone with dazzling brightness amidst dark times of infectious disease and societal upheaval.”

Reverend Dr. Christian Hofreiter is Director of RZIM Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. He lives with his family in Vienna, Austria.

Many if not most of our nations are being violently shaken by the coronavirus outbreak. In Austria, for instance, schools and all non-essential shops are closed from Monday. Restaurants must shut after 3 p.m., and pretty much all public life, including church service, has been suspended. Italy, Switzerland, France, and Spain are hit worse in terms of infections, with hospitals in Italy stretched beyond breaking point and doctors having to decide which patient they will save and who they will let die, because they don’t have enough machines to care for all of them. Many other nations, parts of the US included, may well be headed that way. When, if not now, is the church called to rise and shine?

Coronavirus, Loving Our Neighbour, and Quarantine in the Bible

Already in the Old Testament we find very strict quarantine regulations for those suffering of infectious diseases (see Leviticus 13). So, when Christians follow government and medical advice to, say, drastically reduce all social contacts, this is not an expression of unbelief (as though God did not have the power to protect or heal us). Rather, it is a demand of wisdom and, especially, of neighbourly love. The equation is simple and sobering: The flatter the rate of viral infection progresses, the smaller the number of vulnerable people who will die. Wherever we can contribute to that outcome, we should!

Christians, Epidemics, and Revival

While wisdom, solidarity, and love of neighbour lead us to participate in containing the current epidemic as far as possible, I am reminded of the many times in history where the light of Christian charity has shone with dazzling brightness amidst dark times of infectious disease and societal upheaval. In fact, Christians overcame the impulse to flee to safety and isolate themselves from the suffering of others:

“In 165 a plague swept through the mighty Roman Empire, wiping out one in three of the population. It happened again in 251 when 5,000 people per day were dying in the city of Rome alone. Those infected were abandoned by their families to die in the streets. The government was helpless and the Emperor himself succumbed to the plague. Pagan priests fled their temples where people had flocked for comfort and explanation. People were too weak to help themselves. If the smallpox did not kill you, hunger, thirst and loneliness would. The effect on wider society was catastrophic. Yet following the plagues the good reputation of Christianity was confirmed, and its population grew exponentially. Why is this? Christians did not come armed with intellectual answers to the problem of evil. They did not enjoy a supernatural ability to avoid pain and suffering. What they did have was water and food and their presence. In short, if you knew a Christian you were statistically more likely to survive, and if you survived it was the church that offered you the most loving, stable and social environment. It was not clever apologetics, strategic political organisation or the witness of martyrdom which converted an Empire, so much as it was the simple conviction of normal women and men that what they did for the least of their neighbours they did for Christ.”bib

Now, of course, we know that thoughtful apologetics did in fact play a very important role in the conversion of the Roman Empire, so it’s not an either or. Ravi Zacharias has said it beautifully, “Love is the greatest apologetic. It is the essential component in reaching the whole person in a fragmented world. The need is vast, but it is also imperative that we be willing to follow the example of Jesus and meet the need.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if in our time, too, we Christians would primarily become known for the generous, selfless love of our neighbours, rather than the many things we oppose and judge?

On Dealing with Fear

Uncertain times, societal upheaval, the threat of poverty, sickness and death–all this naturally leads to fear. In situations like these, one of the best things we can do is remember just how great, how good, how strong and mighty, how faithful our God truly is. Through Jesus Christ, each one of us can know Him as our heavenly Father. Personally, I find it most helpful in such situations to meditate on verses of Scripture that I know by heart, that I think through, pray through, feel through, chew through, carry in my heart, and digest inwardly. For example, the 23rd Psalm. Do you know it by heart yet? (Click to Source)

 

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Confronting the coronavirus: 10 practical ways Christians can shine the light in this dark time

By Ginger McPherson , Op-Ed Contributor – TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

The coronavirus.

It’s here.

And our first instinct is to do what everyone else is doing. To be afraid. To watch too much news. To hibernate or hustle to the store. To hoard toilet paper.

This is a dark time, after all. An uncertain time. Businesses are closing their doors. Churches are cancelling services or moving online. This pandemic is undoubtedly stretching the already-frayed fabric of our nation, and leaders are doing their best to navigate the storm.

Still, we, as Christians, have a great opportunity. We have a prodigious responsibility unlike any other time in recent years to be outwardly focused. To “let your light shine,” as Matthew 5:15-16 tells us to do.

In this crisis, we cannot sit back in complacency expecting the fearful masses to flock to local Christian establishments as they did after the threat of 9/11. That is now considered unsafe. We also cannot lean on our pastors to tend to all the needs of the elderly, to comfort the anxious, to shine “light” into the darkness.

No, we must do it.

We must, one by one, choose to be that light, to reach out and to truly love those around us with the deep, deep love of Jesus.

But how do we do this? How can we practically show Jesus’ love while still keeping ourselves, our families and those around us safe?

Here are ten practical ways we can be a “light” while still practicing common sense and abiding by the social-distancing wisdom of medical experts. These ten things are mere suggestions, and the majority of them can be done within the security of your own home. Lean into the Holy Spirit, however, and let Him guide you. But whatever you do, do something.

The time to act is now.

1.  For the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, give them a call. Listen to them, laugh with them. Laughter can truly be great medicine. If you know them personally (and you are young and healthy), offer to deliver their groceries. No human contact is needed. You can simply pick up the groceries and leave them on their porch for them to take inside.

2.  For your neighbors, write a note introducing yourself and put it in the mailboxes of the homes or apartments around you. In the note, tell your neighbors you’re a Christian and offer to pray for them or to provide whatever support you feel that you can to meet their needs. Also, don’t forget to include your contact info, so they can respond.

3.  For service workers, thank them profusely, every person you encounter — the mail carrier, the plumber, the cashier at the grocery store, the Starbucks drive-thru barista, the security guard. They are people too. Encourage them. Let them know you see them and see how hard they are trying to do their jobs in the midst of what may seem like chaos at times.

4.  For a single mother or low-income family, offer to help with their childcare needs. Have a weeknight pizza meal delivered. Order a box of diapers. Leave a puzzle or board game at their front door. Every little bit helps, and the reality that they aren’t alone can help even more.

5.  For a small business near you, buy a gift card or two that can be redeemed later on a birthday, for your anniversary, or even for Christmas presents to relatives and friends. Buy directly from the business online or by calling (rather than through a secondary source) to really make a difference, and if you can, make sure to encourage the employee, manager, or owner by telling them you care.

6.  For medical professionals, send a text and let them know you support them as they stand on the frontlines of this fight. Remember to encourage their family members too who may be waiting anxiously at home. Offer to mow their lawn or wash their car. To help with other maintenance needs. Most of all, just make sure they don’t feel alone. If you’re concerned, you can be sure they’re even more concerned, especially about what they could be bringing home to their families. So be sensitive and show them love.

7.  For out-of-school children, if your child’s class has a private email chain or some other way of electronically connecting, send out a message to the other students’ parents of that class offering to provide a PB & J sack lunch once a week left on your porch for any child who might want or need it for whatever reason. If that seems too invasive or unsafe, consider leaving some non-perishable, prepackaged snacks that kids can come and take. Just make sure you remember parents and children alike want dignity. No parent will willingly admit they’re struggling to feed their child. They might, however, accept a gesture like this one.

8.  For the homeless and needy, take an extra sack of groceries, soap, blankets, or clothes to your local food bank or homeless shelter. Food banks will likely be overrun with those who need help, and they depend heavily upon donations from others to stay stocked with provision and supplies.

9.  If you can and are healthy, donate blood. Those who are seriously sick often need invasive medical treatments, and those treatments can include extra pints of blood. Even a single pint could help save a life, so consider finding a local donation bank and becoming a volunteer blood donor.

10.  Last of all, pray. This is probably the greatest thing you can do. Pray that God will show you creative ways in which you personally can love and serve those around you while still keeping you and your family safe. Pray for those who are anxious, pray for those who are struggling financially, pray for your pastors, pray for your civic leaders, and pray for those who may be sick. Pray often but also be willing to tell others you are praying for them too.

This is a time not to judge or criticize, to hoard or unreasonably hide (of course, follow social distancing!). Rather, it is a time to reach out to one person at a time. It is a time to serve and show compassion. To be moved with compassion, in fact, as Jesus was when He saw a crowd “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

We have an opportunity to let our faith shine right now, to live the gospel even from within the walls of our own homes, so let’s not waste it.

Instead let’s all choose to give lavishly that life-changing hope Jesus’ light abundantly brings.  (Click to Source)

Ginger McPherson is a college professor turned stay-at-home mom of three.  She has a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. She is also a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, and devotional writer at https://www.glmcpherson.com/  She currently resides in Oklahoma where her husband serves as the Minister of Discipleship at First Baptist Church of Tulsa.

 

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American Woman Living In Italy Writes Down A Coronavirus Warning To Americans And It Goes Viral

For about two weeks, Cristina Higgins, an American who lives in Italy, hasn’t traveled further from her apartment building than the driveway. She begins her days at the breakfast table with her husband and three children. Then, the kids go online to do their schoolwork from home. Throughout the day, Cristina looks at the news for updates on the coronavirus and checks in on her friends. The family usually spend their evenings by sitting down to play Monopoly.

“We have friends who are getting sick. It’s very stressful,” Higgins told NBC News from her home in Bergamo where she, just like everyone else, is under government-ordered home isolation even though she and her family are not sick. “I am nauseous all day long because every time I look at the news or talk to somebody else, something terrible has happened. And I don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

Documenting her thoughts, Cristina made a Facebook post where she explained what her experience has been like. Her story soon went viral, generating over 186,000 reactions, 116,000 comments, and 915,000 shares.

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Recently, Italy restricted movement and closed all stores except for pharmacies, groceries, and other essential services to fight the spread of the virus. But it’s a question of whether they did it in time. For example, Lombardy, the country’s wealthiest region, boasts a health-care system as proficient as any in Western Europe. But The Washington Post reports that its facilities are still forced to delay surgeries, stop HIV treatments, convert regular hospital space into COVID-19 units, and depend on exhausted doctors and nurses in order to keep up.

“This is a war,” said Massimo Puoti, the head of infectious medicine at Milan’s Niguarda hospital, one of the largest in Lombardy. According to him, the goal — just like Christina said — is to limit infections, stave off the epidemic and learn more about the enemy. “We need time.”

However, as difficult as the situation is, the country still manages to get by. Gabriel Gatehouse of BBC Newsnight talked with a senior ICU doctor in Milan and he learned that even though around 10-15% of people who are infected need intensive care units, they’re coping at the moment, and they’re still able to bring into ICU departments everyone who needs them.

While facing the virus, people are reminding one another how important official information as well as staying calm and safe really is

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Leaked medical conference documents reveal US hospitals preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections and 480,000 deaths

Sunday, March 08, 2020 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) Leaked documents from a lecturer at the American Hospital Association (AHA) conference in February reveal that US hospitals are preparing for:

– 96 million coronavirus infections
– 4.8 million hospitalizations
– 480,000 deaths in the USA

This is now reported by both the UK Daily Mail as well as Business Insider. As the UK Daily Mail reports:

Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, presented the harrowing ‘best guess’ estimates of the extent of the outbreak to hospitals and health professionals as part of the AHA webinar called ‘What healthcare leaders need to know: Preparing for the COVID-19’ on February 26.

The slides projected very high death rates for people older than 60. As explained:

People aged 80 and over have a 14.8% chance of dying if they contract the infection, the slides revealed. The risk declines with youth, though those aged 70-79 and 60-69 are still placed at a significant risk, with 8% and 3.6% mortality rates respectively.

Those numbers are based on a low estimate of just 5% needing hospitalization

Based on the numbers from the leaked presentation, Dr. Lawler expects the coronavirus to infect around 30% of the U.S. population and result in only a 5% hospitalization rate. In contrast, Dr. Fauci of the NIH has estimated that 15 – 20% of coronavirus patients would need hospitalization, meaning that the estimate of “4.8 million hospitalizations” may actually be over 15 million.

The United States has fewer than one million hospital beds, and they are typically around 75% occupied by existing patients, unrelated to the coronavirus. We have calculated that U.S. hospital beds will be overrun by May 30th if nothing is done to stop the exponential spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Lawler’s estimate of 480,000 deaths would indicate a death rate of just half a percent (0.5%), which is significantly lower than death rates being reported by the WHO (3.4%) and the nation of Italy (5%).

If the death rate in the United States reached just 2% while 96 million Americans are infected, that would translate to 1.92 million deaths.

My pandemic projection model has estimated 2.16 million deaths in America by July 4th if nothing is done to stop the spread of the virus. Currently, nothing is being done to stop the spread of the virus, unless you count “happy talk” from VP Pence and the MAGA cheerleading squad who surround the president with bad information and terrifyingly bad advice that’s utterly lacking in any realistic grasp of science, medicine or mathematics.

Here’s what that model projects will happen unless extreme social isolation and travel restrictions are put in place across the USA:

By April 4th, 2020, if no travel restrictions are put in place:

  • 8,645 actively infected and transmitting on this day
  • 580 cumulative dead since day one, with 58 deaths on this day
  • 5,432 cumulative recovered since day one

By May 4th, 2020, if no travel restrictions are put in place:

  • 122,529 actively infected and transmitting on this day
  • 10,432 cumulative dead since day one, with 910 deaths on this day
  • 85,332 cumulative recovered since day one

By June 4th, 2020, if no travel restrictions are put in place:

  • 1.7 million actively infected and transmitting on this day
  • 153,000 cumulative dead since day one, with 12,960 deaths on this day
  • 1.2 million cumulative recovered since day one

By July 4th, 2020, if no travel restrictions are put in place:

  • 24.3 million actively infected and transmitting on this day
  • 2.16 million cumulative dead since day one, with 183,000 deaths on this day
  • 17.1 million cumulative recovered since day one

Each day, more and more smart people who can do math are coming to realize that the coronavirus will sweep across the U.S. population and cause millions of infections and deaths unless domestic travel is locked down soon.

We are predicting that unless President Trump takes drastic action soon, the coronavirus will result in the end of the Trump presidency long before the November election.

The fact that some Trump supporters have recently become coronavirus denialists — the “Flat Earthers” of medicine — isn’t helping anyone solve this nationwide epidemic, by the way. Denying the existence of the problem will not solve the problem. And you can’t make America great again if millions of Americans are dead before Election Day.

We urgently seek to wake up President Trump to the reality of this situation so that he can succeed in deploying a nationwide response that might limit the national deaths to just a few thousand people instead of a few million. But that window of opportunity to act is collapsing by the day, and there is zero indication that Trump will ever admit the coronavirus has already broken containment across America and is replicating freely across every U.S. city and state. (Click to Source)

 

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Israel Extends Coronavirus Quarantine Orders to All Arrivals, 50 Cases Confirmed

Netanyahu announces ‘tough, but vital decision’ ■ Order for Israelis effective as of Monday, foreigners as of Thursday ■ Visitors in Bethlehem told to self-isolate ■ Four cases confirmed at AIPAC conference

Haaretz – Mar 09, 2020 11:04 PM

As the novel coronavirus continues to rattle the world, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are grappling with containing the outbreak.

■ All Israelis returning from abroad are ordered into a 14-day quarantine. Starting Thursday, non-Israelis will have to prove they are able to self-quarantine

■ Wary of Trump, Netanyahu overrules Health Ministry on U.S. coronavirus quarantine

■ 50 Israelis have so far tested positive for coronavirus, known as COVID-19; thousands have been placed in isolation; 38-year-old Israeli man from East Jerusalem’s condition worsens

■ Palestinian Authority bars all foreign tourists for two weeks, closes Bethlehem churches and mosques with 25 confirmed cases of virus and one in Tul Karm. Thirteen U.S. nationals are quarantined in Bethlehem hotel

■ Energy, tourism shares fall sharply at the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in keeping with stocks worldwide (Click to Source)

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The Bible Says That There Will Be “Pestilences” In The Last Days

 

Jesus specifically warned us that there would be “pestilences” in the end times, and so if we really are approaching the time of His return this is one of the things that we should be watching for.  Of course we don’t know if COVID-19 is one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but in recent days it has greatly distressed me to see so many Christians attempting to downplay the severity of this virus.  The number of confirmed cases and the global death toll have both been rising at an exponential rate day after day, and experts are warning that over half of the population of the world could eventually get this virus, but so many voices out there are boldly assuring people that they don’t have anything to be concerned about even though they don’t have any medical credentials at all.  Personally, I think that it pays to listen to the experts during a crisis like this, and the experts are telling us that millions could soon die.  In fact, as you will see below, a doctor that sat on the White House Homeland Security Council is saying that this is the most “frightening disease” that he has ever encountered.  After everything that we have already learned about this virus, anyone that is not taking this pandemic seriously is not being wise.

But is this just another pandemic that will come and go, or is this one of the “pestilences” that we were warned about almost 2000 years ago?

In Luke chapter 21, Jesus explained to His disciples what conditions would be like just prior to His return, and in verse 11 He specifically warned that there would be “pestilences”.  The following comes from the King James Version…

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

We have definitely seen a rise in seismic activity in recent years, billions of locusts are devouring crops from eastern Africa all the way to China right now, and Australia just had the worst harvest season that they have ever recorded.

So it is interesting to note that the stage is being set for some of the other signs that Jesus mentioned at the very same time that this coronavirus outbreak is starting to spiral out of control.

Only time will tell if COVID-19 is truly one of the “pestilences” that Jesus was referring to, but at this point it has become exceedingly clear that we should all be taking it very seriously.

This virus jumps from person to person with incredible ease, and it has a death rate that is about 34 times higher than the ordinary flu.  In fact, the death rate for COVID-19 is actually higher than the death rate during the Spanish Flu pandemic.  And let us never forget that the Spanish Flu pandemic killed between 50 million and 100 million people from 1918 to 1920.

I do not understand why anyone would possibly want to try to downplay this outbreak, and those that are doing so could end up greatly contributing to the spread of this virus.

Proverbs 22:3 says this…

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Fortunately for us, this outbreak started on the other side of the globe and so we had some time to prepare before it got here.

But now the number of confirmed cases inside the United States is starting to explode, and we are being warned that millions could die.

So will you be like the prudent man in the Book of Proverbs?

Sadly, a lot of people out there don’t seem to grasp the seriousness of what we are potentially facing.

According to Dr.Richard Hatchett, “50 – 70 percent of the global population” could eventually end up catching this virus…

An infectious diseases expert at the forefront of the search for a coronavirus vaccine said on Friday that it was the most “frightening disease he’s ever encountered, and that “war is an appropriate analogy” for what the country is facing, as “50 – 70 percent of the global population” may become infected.

Dr. Richard Hatchett, who sat on the White House Homeland Security Council in 2005 – 2006 and was a principal author of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, and currently heads the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, told the UK’s Channel 4:

This is the most frightening disease I’ve ever encountered in my career, and that includes Ebola, it includes MERS, it includes SARS. And it’s frightening because of the combination of infectiousness and a lethality that appears to be manyfold higher than flu.”

That sure sounds like a “global pestilence” to me.

Let us pray that he is completely wrong.

But as we pray, it will also be important for us to take recommended precautions.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the elderly and those with “underlying conditions” will need to make adjustments to their lifestyles immediately…

“If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it’s our responsibility to protect the vulnerable,” he said.

“When I say ‘protect,’ I mean right now. Not wait until things get worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don’t get on a cruise ship.”

Personally, I think that is great advice for all of us.

If you have family members or friends that are not taking this outbreak seriously, you need to try to get through to them.

According to documents that have been leaked to the public, U.S. hospitals “are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections”…

US hospitals are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections and nearly half a million deaths from the outbreak, leaked documents have revealed.

The spread of the deadly disease could be far worse than officials claim, with 480,000 Americans expected to die from the virus and 4.8 million hospitalized, according to a presentation hosted by The American Hospital Association (AHA) in February.

Of course there are some experts that are warning that this outbreak will be even worse, and if that happens we could be facing a societal meltdown of epic proportions.

For years, Bible-believing Christians all over America have been preaching that Jesus is coming back soon.

And for years, we have seen so many other pieces of the end times prophetic scenario start to come together.

Now a global pestilence has erupted, and in Luke 21 we were specifically warned to watch for “pestilences” in the last days.

Once again, only time will tell if COVID-19 is one of those “pestilences”, but without a doubt all of us should be taking this virus very, very seriously. (Click to Source)

 

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Locust populations continue to explode in size: Some areas expecting a 400x increase in the coming months representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

New swarms forming in Somalia and starting in Kenya. 

The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.

EASTERN AFRICA Kenya. Widespread swarm breeding continues in northern and central counties where an increasing number of hopper bands are forming and, in the past few days, the new generation of immature swarms have started to form. This may be supplemented by new-generation immature swarms arriving from Somalia. Further concentration is expected in Marsabit and Turkana. Aerial and ground control operations continue.

Ethiopia. Swarms continue to mature and breed over a widespread area of Oromiya and SNNPR regions, including the Rift Valley. Cross-border movements continued to be reported from adjacent areas of Somalia and Kenya. Somalia. In the northwest, late instar hopper bands and immature adult groups are forming between Berbera and Burao. In the northeast, new immature swarms are forming near Garowe. Some swarms may be moving south towards NE Kenya. South Sudan. The mature swarm was seen on 23 February near Laboni and the Uganda border dispersed into many small swarms.

Uganda. No new reports of swarms since 24 February. DRC (the Democratic Republic of the Congo). No new reports of Desert Locust in the northeast near the Uganda border.

OTHER HOTSPOTS Sudan. Scattered adults are maturing on the central coast of the Red Sea. No locusts reported elsewhere.

Eritrea. Breeding continued on the central and northern Red Sea coast where groups of hoppers and immature adults formed. A mature swarm appeared on the coast near Massawa and laid eggs.

Saudi Arabia. Ground control operations against hopper bands on the Red Sea coast near Qunfidah finished on 26 February but continued against immature groups in the interior between Wadi Dawasir and the Persian Gulf.

Yemen. Another generation of breeding is in progress on the Red Sea coast where hatching and early instar hopper bands continue to form. An immature swarm was seen in Sana’a on 29 February. New breeding was seen on the southern coast near Aden where early and late instar hopper bands were present, the latter forming immature adult groups. Control could not be carried out.

Oman. Breeding continues on the north and east coasts where hopper groups and bands have formed. Swarms were reported recently on the north coast.

Iraq. Swarms were reportedly flying in the southeast between Basrah and Nasiriyah.

Iran. 22 immature swarms spread out along the southwest coast between Bushehr and Bander-e-Lengheh in Fars, Khozestan, Bushehr and Hormozgan provinces where they quickly matured within four days to lay eggs. Local breeding continued in the southeast. Control operations are in progress.

Pakistan. Mature adult groups and swarms were seen copulating in Okara district of Punjab and Dera Ismail Khan and Lucky Marwat districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Spring breeding is in progress in the interior of Baluchistan between Khuzdar and Dalbandin, and on the southwest coast near Turbat where adult groups are laying eggs and early instar hopper groups are already forming. New generation immature groups and swarms could start forming in Baluchistan by the end of March.

Afghanistan. Three swarms reportedly arrived in Khost province from adjacent areas of NW Pakistan on about 21 February. Locust watch

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Thousands Of Bees Attack Police, Firefighters Responding To Sting Report

First responders to a 911 call in Pasadena, California, were met with an estimated 30,000-40,000 aggressive bees.