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Deadliest Day In China Yet As Coronavirus Outbreak Continues To Spread Rapidly

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China saw the most deadly day since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak began with a horrific 64 deaths, taking the total up to a shocking 425. Things are getting bad out there, folks.

The country’s health commission has reported that there are now 3,235 cases of the virus as of Monday. This boosts the total number of individuals infected by the coronavirus to over 20,000. To give you a little perspective, that’s an 18 percent leap in the number of cases from the previous day.

In other words, this illness is spreading like wildfire.

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Officials across the globe are struggling to contain the burgeoning contagion, which has spread to more than two dozen countries, including the United States, which has reported 11 confirmed cases of the virus. The U.S. confirmed on Monday that it saw its second case of human-to-human transmission.

Hong Kong also reported its first death from coronavirus, a 39-year-old man who had underlying health issues and had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus. He was the second person to die outside of mainland China, the first being a man in the Philippines.

Scientists across the globe are racing for a cure to the illness, with about 10 pharmaceutical companies working to develop a vaccine or treatment for the virus. The infection was first reported in late December and is thought to have originated from a market in Wuhan.

The rapidly spreading coronavirus has killed more people in China than the SARS outbreak of 2002-03, stoking fears of a global pandemic. Despite the virus’s faster spread than SARS, its mortality rate is lower. About 2% of those infected with coronavirus have died, compared to 9.6% from SARS.

The State Department recently issued the top level warning about traveling to China in an attempt to keep the disease from spreading around over here in the United States.

This disease is the real deal and is not something that should be taken lightly. Proper precautions, like those being taken by the Trump administration, will only go so far. It takes each and every one of us to make sure this nightmare doesn’t hit our shores.

Here’s hoping and praying things get better for the people of China.

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Russia Backs Down; Begins Removing Troop Buildup from Ukraine Border

Putin’s puffery is over…for now.

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After several weeks of back-and-forth bantering, it appears as though Vladimir Putin is done puffing out his chest. The Russian President has been a fly in the ointment of global diplomacy for months now, as he continued to move a grand number of troops to strategic locations near the Ukrainian border.  After forcefully annexing Crimea from Ukraine years ago, many believed that Putin would simply steamroll into Kiev and take the whole of Ukraine sometime in the near future. His massive troop buildups on the border, complete with “invasion stripes” being painted on military vehicles, drew harsh criticism from US President Joe Biden, as well as from a number of international agencies. After some tough talk between Biden and Putin, it appears as though Putin is backing down. Russia’s defense minister on Thursday ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills in Crimea that involved dozens of navy ships, hundreds of warplanes and thousands of troops in a show of force amid tensions with Ukraine. After watching the drills, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared the maneuvers over and ordered the military to pull the troops taking part in maneuvers in Crimea and western Russia back to their permanent bases. “I consider the goals of the snap check of readiness fulfilled,” Shoigu said. “The troops have shown their defense capability and I decided to complete the drills in the South and Western military districts.” Putin has been a big fan of bluster in recent years, intercepting a number of US jets in sovereign airspace, blocking access to the Black Sea, and constantly touting his “hypersonic” missiles capable of evading even the most robust defense systems.

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Border Governor Trounces Biden by Declaring State of Emergency

There’s no denying it anymore.

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For many Republicans, there is a great fear that the White House is either in denial that a humanitarian crisis is occurring on the southern border, or that they are actively looking to tamp down the reality of the situation to save political face. In either case, many within the GOP are unwilling to wait any longer for the federal government to take the issue seriously, and are simply taking matters into their own hands this week. In Arizona… Gov. Doug Ducey will dispatch National Guard troops to the southern border in response to a recent increase in migrants being apprehended by the Border Patrol, his office announced Tuesday. The Republican leader also declared a state of emergency in four border counties — Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz and Yuma — as well as in Maricopa and Pinal. “The U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed. Local law enforcement and mayors are calling out for help,” Ducey said in a video outlining his rationale. “Citizens in our border communities are concerned for their safety, and nonprofits, left to pick up the pieces of broken federal policies, are strained … and yet we still haven’t received an adequate response from the (Joe) Biden administration.” Ducey was quite perturbed with the response from the Biden team. The governor for weeks has held Biden solely responsible for the migrant surge, pointing to the Democrat’s decision to reverse a series of aggressive immigration policies implemented by his predecessor. During a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border last month, Ducey blasted Biden and his administration for being “totally divorced from the reality on the ground.” Vice President Kamala Harris has been tapped to lead the effort to rein in the migrant crisis, but has yet to either visit the border or hold a press conference detailing her work.

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