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The reported deaths in Iran from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ just went from 9 to 5 without explanation. Must have been some bad data entry.
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Sometimes it must be said people look at the odd or dare I say funny side (no there probably is not one) but He had been telling people to remove masks, but the Chinese are putting them on their pets.

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Dogs wearing masks are seen at a main shopping area in downtown Shanghai, China, on Feb. 16, as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak.
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The negative economic impact on small business and tourism is kicking in throughout Asia.

Starting to see virus fears in South Korea and Japan growing and their populations reviewing travel plans. This on top of Chinese tourist numbers coming to a complete halt spells tougher times ahead.

Vietnamese Government is trying to come up with plans to stimulate their tourist industry. One proposal says Vietnam should issue unilateral visa exemptions to Western and Northern European markets as well as Canada; and abolish visa fees for all international visitors in 2020.

2020 could be the year people avoid Asia as a travel destination.
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paparazzi wrote: Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:38 am Vietnamese Government is trying to come up with plans to stimulate their tourist industry. One proposal says Vietnam should issue unilateral visa exemptions to Western and Northern European markets as well as Canada; and abolish visa fees for all international visitors in 2020.
Not a bad idea. Visa to VN cost me like $110 as I recall.
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'Crazy auntie' and secretive church at heart of spike of coronavirus cases in South Korea
Residents sanitising the interior of a church in Seoul yesterday. Daegu city's 2.5 million residents have been urged to stay indoors and avoid gatherings and religious activities as the authorities scramble to curb the virus' spread.
Feb 23, 2020, 5:00 am SGT
231 cases linked to church that woman 'super spreader' is from; may rise to hundreds more
Chang May Choon South Korean Correspondent In Seoul

A "crazy auntie" super spreader and a secretive church are now at the centre of the spread of the coronavirus in South Korea, with the tally of cases doubling to 433.

So far, 231 patients have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the south-eastern city of Daegu, but health officials warned that number could rise further as more than 1,200 church followers are displaying flu-like symptoms.

The authorities are scrambling to strengthen measures to prevent the virus from spreading even further, as Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin urged the city's 2.5 million residents to stay indoors and avoid gatherings and religious activities.

"Korea is not fighting the coronavirus, but the Daegu Shincheonji virus," a netizen named Leslie commented on Web portal Daum that drew over 40,000 likes.

Doctors are still trying to figure out how Daegu's first patient, a 61-year-old woman, could have been infected despite having no recent travel history and no contact with previous cases.

Known as Patient No. 31, the church member tested positive for the virus on Feb 18, after which infection figures in Daegu skyrocketed and the authorities started labelling her as a "super spreader".

Angry netizens, however, are calling her "crazy ajumma" (auntie in Korean) for the way she refused twice to test for the coronavirus despite developing symptoms such as a sore throat and fever, then attending church twice despite her condition worsening, and how she roamed freely even though she was warded for 10 days in a hospital after a car accident.

The woman also left the hospital to have lunch with friends at a buffet restaurant and spent time at a jimjilbang (Korea spa with large resting areas) in the neighbouring city of Cheongdo, where infections linked to a hospital are multiplying.

She even argued with a health official for an hour before finally agreeing to take the coronavirus test, according to local reports.

People familiar with the Shincheonji church, however, know that illness is no excuse for followers to neglect their duties.

Founded in 1984 by religious leader Lee Man-hee, the church has 12 branches in South Korea and claims to have some 200,000 followers.

It has expanded overseas and set up a branch last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan - the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected nearly 78,000 people worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.

The church claimed on its website that the Wuhan branch recruited 103,764 members in just 10 months.

Shincheonji, which means "new heaven and earth" in Korean, has been described as an apocalyptic Christian group and branded a cult.

Observers say the church's unorthodox practices could have contributed to the rapid spread of the virus.
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Cultural and religous meetings are also making the control of the virus difficult.

In Iran reported a Mayor of a city has been tested positive for virus. He still attends Friday prayers!!! The custom of shaking hands and face kissing makes the rapid spread of the virus very likely.

The church in Korea where there has been a major outbreak is another example of rapid spread after a religous meeting.

We are now seeing the beginning of a pandemic it seems.

Avoiding crowds is smart.
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NO worries :stir:
Thailand's tourism minister: Everything will be fine after Songkran - the hot weather will blow the virus away!
He told Thai Rath after a meeting in the south that the virus does not like hot weather and along with other countries entering summer its impact will lessen.
Plus he expected his Chinese friends to have come up with a vaccine by then.
"We'll be back to normal within half a year," he said. "After Songkran the worst will be behind us".
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phuketrichard wrote: Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:13 am NO worries :stir:
Thailand's tourism minister: Everything will be fine after Songkran - the hot weather will blow the virus away!
He told Thai Rath after a meeting in the south that the virus does not like hot weather and along with other countries entering summer its impact will lessen.
Plus he expected his Chinese friends to have come up with a vaccine by then.
"We'll be back to normal within half a year," he said. "After Songkran the worst will be behind us".
https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/114986 ... j5lGQvQPmA
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New cases in Gulf; Wuhan still in lockdown: Virus update
published : 24 Feb 2020 at 15:21

Kuwait, Bahrain confirm first cases (1.21pm)

The virus continued its spread in the Middle East, with Kuwait reporting three cases and Bahrain one, according to their respective state-run news agencies. The infections in Kuwait were linked to people returning from the Muslim pilgrim site of Mashhad, in Iran.

Iran has eight deaths so far, giving it the highest number of coronavirus cases in the region. Other neighbouring countries that have reported cases of the virus are the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel.
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In case anybody else was curious about what the unorthodox practice was "During worship, Shincheonji members sit on the floor, elbow-to-elbow and knee-to-knee, in services that typically last one to two hours. South Korea’s health authorities say such close proximity for long periods may have caused the infection to spread rapidly among the congregation." Vaguely disappointed not sure what I expected but something more interesting I guess lol.

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