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This page is dedicated to news on the coronavirus, but mainly focusing on the geo-political and economic aspects.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the economic impact

(3/4/20) The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected more than 550,000 people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs. Here is a selection of maps and charts to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far. Read the full post on BBC news online.

Still Confused About Corona

(3/4/20) I know I’m no scientist or doctor, and I’m starting to doubt myself, because I can find few people who share my scepticism about the ‘Corona pandemic’, the World Health Organisation (WHO), politicians in general, and the MSM (mainstream media), but here are some of the facts and figures that have been getting my attention. Read the full post in African Unauthorised.

Has the government overreacted to the Coronavirus Crisis?

(31/3/20) Like a growing number of people, I’m beginning to suspect the Government has overreacted to the coronavirus crisis. I’m not talking about the cost to our liberty, although that’s worrying, but the economic cost. Read the full post in The Critic.

Lord Sumption warns against police overstepping limits

(31/3/20) Draconian police crackdowns on drivers and walkers during the Covid-19 outbreak are disgraceful, a former Supreme Court judge said yesterday. Lord Sumption said that the UK was in danger of becoming a “police state” if other chiefs mirrored the recent approach taken in Derbyshire as he warned of forces becoming a “disciplined hierarchy” operating at the command of ministers. Read the full post in The Times/a>.

China has hit back hard at accusations it has lied about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, as foreign politicians call for a “reckoning”

(3/4/20) China hit back hard today at accusations it has lied about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak, rubbishing warnings from foreign politicians that it must face a “reckoning” when the pandemic is over. The catalyst for the diplomatic sniping was a classified report by US intelligence agencies, which concluded China was providing the world with inaccurate numbers of confirmed cases and deaths within its borders. Read the full post on

China reopens markets selling bats, pangolins after COVID-19 effect dips

(31/3/20) China's "wet markets" have reopened - selling bats, pangolins and dogs for human consumption. The markets are under watchful eyes of guards, who ensure no one is able to take pictures of the blood-soaked floors, slaughtering of dogs and rabbits, and scared animals cramped in cages. The move is dangerous as scientists believe that the Covid-19 causing coronavirus first lurked in a bat in China and hopped to another animal, before getting passed on to humans. Read the full post on

Faulty virus tests cloud China’s European outreach over Covid-19

(1/4/20) The 1.2 million Chinese antibody tests that the Slovak government bought from local middlemen for 15 million euros ($16 million) are inaccurate and unable to detect Covid-19 in its early stages, according to Prime Minister Igor Matovic, who only took office last month. “We have a ton and no use for them,” he said. They should “just be thrown straight into the Danube.” Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Delay Brexit deadline amid coronavirus, say MEPs

(30/3/20) Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by a group of MEPs to delay his Brexit deadline as countries around the world battle the coronavirus. The European Parliament’s largest group of MEPs said the pandemic puts pressure on the chance of securing a trade deal by the planned date. Read the full post on BBC online.

Coronavirus means that we must now treat China like a hostile state

(1/4/20) When the Government says that there needs to be a “reckoning” with China once the coronavirus emergency is over, its focus must be much broader than simply examining Beijing’s culpability in creating the pandemic. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

Coronavirus: 20 per cent of small businesses could collapse within a month

(2/4/20) Almost a fifth of all the UK’s small businesses will collapse in the next month, despite the government’s current support measures, it is feared. According to accountancy group the Corporate Finance Network, the current coronavirus lockdown measures mean that 18 per cent of all SMEs will have to close within the next four weeks, putting around 4m people out of work. Read the full post in Conservative Woman.

If the virus is so bad, why are European death rates down?

(4/4/20) It will be some time before we fully understand the true nature of this coronavirus crisis. However even at this stage a picture is beginning to emerge based on some initial hard data. It is a picture that is quite different to the one routinely presented in the mainstream media, where a fixation on the reported case and death statistics (which understate cases and overstate deaths) gives a misleading impression of the real situation. Read the full post on Conservative Woman.

China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. Intelligence says

(1/4/20) China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Faulty virus tests cloud China’s European outreach over Covid-19

(1/4/20) As the coronavirus landed in Italy and began to sweep across the continent, European leaders turned to China for testing kits to quickly identify infection hot spots. Some are already regretting it. Read the full post in Bloomberg.

Coronavirus: How to understand the death toll


The death figures being reported daily are hospital cases where a person dies with the coronavirus infection in their body. It could be the major cause, a contributory factor or simply present when they are dying of something else. And most people who die with coronavirus have an underlying health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, that may be more of a factor in their death. Read the full post in BBC online.

Coronavirus timeline: How the world will change over the next 18 months

(25/3/20) Countries – and people – are resilient. Coronavirus will bring about a revolution in the way that Britain lives and works, but many of the long-term shifts it ushers in would likely have occurred anyway, even if not quite this quickly. The test for our society is how we look after those who lose out once society reorders itself. Read the full post in Esquire.

Curtailment of our freedom must not go on indefinitely

(29/3/20) The UK is enduring restrictions of liberty that three weeks ago were unthinkable. A rapid return to normal life is vital. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

How to understand – and report – figures for ‘Covid deaths’

Every day, now, we are seeing figures for ‘Covid deaths’. These numbers are often expressed on graphs showing an exponential rise. But care must be taken when reading (and reporting) these figures. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Delingpole: #CovidNazis – UK Police force clamps down on rural dog walkers

(26/3/20) The coronavirus pandemic is turning sections of the populace into tinpot fascists. I call them #CovidNazis. Today I’ve been running a Twitter competition to see who can find the most egregious example. Read the full post in Breitbart London.

Chinese-backed company's mission to source Australian medical supplies

According to a company newsletter, the Greenland Group sourced 3 million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of protective gloves from "Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries." Read the full post in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Video: How wildlife trade is linked to coronavirus and why the disease first appeared in China.

(6/3/20) Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge. View the 9 minute video on YouTube.

Pandemic Panic: Can Governments Protect Jobs and Markets?

(24/3/20) Mauro Guillen, professor of international management at Wharton and the creator of an online course on the coronavirus crisis that the school plans to launch on March 25, believes that the challenge on the economic front is whether policy makers can find a way to prevent firms from laying off workers and if they can help calm panicky markets. Read the full post in Knowledge @ Wharton.

COVID-19 and the NHS—“a national scandal”

(28/3/20) “When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. Read the full post in The Lancet.

How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear

(28/3/20) Governments must remember that rushed science is almost always bad science. We have decided on policies of extraordinary magnitude without concrete evidence of excess harm already occurring, and without proper scrutiny of the science used to justify them. Read the full post in The Spectator.

Can globalism survive COVID-19?

As COVID-19 sweeps the world, it is toward the nation-state model that many countries are racing in the hopes of salvaging their population and their economies. But the salesmen of globalism have decided that the way out of this particular crisis is yet more globalism. Read the full post on Liberty Nation.

Is the Coronavirus as deadly as they say?

(24/3/20) If it’s true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried out in cities and states around the country are surely justified. But there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high. Read the full post in Wall Street Journal.

Abolish the World Health Organization - the WHO has become another pointless organization pandering to the world’s worst actors

(24/3/20) The direction in which the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has steered the WHO, and his unwillingness to diverge from Beijing’s public pronouncements, should trouble the world. Read the full post in The US Spectator.

Downing Street says China faces a 'reckoning' over the coronavirus and risks becoming a 'pariah state' as Boris Johnson faces pressure to scrap the Huawei deal

(28/3/20) Boris Johnson’s allies turned on China over the coronavirus crisis yesterday, as Britain’s death toll from the epidemic reached four figures. Ministers and senior Downing Street officials said the Communist state now faces a ‘reckoning’ over its handling of the outbreak and risks becoming a ‘pariah state’. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

'Confused, dangerous, flippant': rest of world pans PM's handling of coronavirus

(24/3/20) The international verdict on Boris Johnson and his zigzag handling of the pandemic has been damning, with responses ranging from bafflement and disbelief to anger. Many consider the prime minister’s initial laissez-faire approach to the crisis, followed by contradictory signals about his government’s strategy, as an inexplicable bout of British exceptionalism. Read the full post in The Guardian.

Coronavirus is a one-off opportunity for the EU – can they take it?

(23/3/20) For a long time, Europe has been a relatively dwindling force, economically sclerotic, politically divided and strategically (with the exception of France) an afterthought in terms of having full spectrum militaries, who can do everything from warfighting to peacekeeping. All of these power realties contrast with the two superpowers of the era, the US and China. The coronavirus upends the game, thrusting all the cards high into the air. Read the full post on CapX.

Coronavirus: The unintended consequences of the UK lockdown and why millions of people could already be infected

(20/3/20) Documents studied by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) showed that social-distancing "lockdown" measures to keep people apart may need to be in place for most of the year to control the spread, and millions may already be infected, according to worst-case modelling. Read the full post in The Telegraph.

COVID-19 Is the Chinese Government’s Curse upon the World

(17/3/20) If the Chinese government spent as much time working on educating its people and regulating dangerous markets as it does on secrecy and propaganda efforts, maybe it wouldn’t have to worry as much about diseases being named after it. Read the full post on National Review.

Nigel Farage: The coronavirus is yet another reason to rethink the West's relationship with China

(18/3/20) The West appears to be facing its worst crisis since 1939 because of a new global pandemic. Thousands of people have died. More, we are told, will die. And the economic shock to the system has been profound. Yet one country, China, seems to be above criticism. As China begins to expel American journalists, I am left wondering: who are the villains of this piece? Read the full post on Newsweek.

French border guards impound trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for Britain for NHS workers battling coronavirus

(21/3/20) French border guards impounded trucks filled with 130,000 face masks bound for the UK leading to hurried negotiations between the British and French governments. The masks were meant for brave NHS workers battling coronavirus across the country. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

The Other Chinese Virus

(18/3/20) There is a long history of attaching geographic names to diseases. If the present instances are unfair to the Chinese people, who have suffered massively from the outbreak, a better name would be “Xi’s disease.” Read the full post on National Review.

Coronavirus is leading Great Britain towards economic Armageddon

(18/3/20) The war against the coronavirus is primarily medical, but also increasingly economic. The UK is now in the midst of its worst recession in living memory: the collapse in output has been sharper than during the credit crunch, the ERM crisis, the recession of 1982 or the turmoil of the Seventies. Read the full post on The Telegraph.

Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Welcome to Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center. Here you will find expert, curated information for the research and health community on Novel Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19 and its temporary title 2019-nCoV). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients. Read the full post on

Coronavirus: How does COVID-19 attack the human body?

(2/3/20) The most common signs that you may be infected with coronavirus are breathing problems, and that is because its first port of call is the lungs. Just like the flu, coronaviruses are respiratory diseases and can spread when an infected patient coughs or sneezes, spraying small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. Read the full post on Sky News.

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

(22/2/20) The Chinese government hasn't actually admitted that the coronavirus now devastating large swaths of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs. But evidence has emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened. Read the full post on New York Daily Post.

Chinese laboratory that first shared coronavirus genome with world ordered to close for ‘rectification’, hindering its Covid-19 research

(28/2/20) The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has been shut down.
The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team published the genome sequence on open platforms. Read the full post on South China Morning Post.

How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?

(19/2/20) The new coronavirus outbreak has made headlines in recent weeks, but there's another viral epidemic hitting countries around the world: flu season. But how do these viruses compare, and which one is really more worrisome? Read the full post on

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