Top medical journal: Wuhan probably contains 130,000 infected

Scientists from Hong Kong University have made public a report indicating that the Chinese city of Wuhan is likely to be home to more than 130,000 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV.

The report was published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. To identify how many individuals are likely to be suffering from the illness, the researchers used data on the number of cases exported from Wuhan to find the rate of infection for the disease. The scientists then applied that rate to the population exposed to the virus.

The researchers predicted that epidemics are growing exponentially now in multiple major cities of China, with a lag time behind Wuhan of about 1-2 weeks.… Read the rest

Sydney median house prices crashed by up to half a million in 2019

Suburbs across Sydney saw record six-figure price falls in 2019, according to Domain. The data was recorded as part of the Domain House Price Report published at the end of January. 

The suburbs with the largest drops were mainly in the lower north shore, inner city and eastern suburbs of the city.

Woollahra, near Sydney’s eastern beaches, saw an average price fall of $501,887, or 15.2 per cent. The median price for a property in Woollahra remains $2.8 million.

Prices in Cremorne dropped approximately $486, 000, and Cronulla fell $477,000. Paddington, Mosman and Northbridge all fell about $228,000.

Prices recovered slightly after the federal election, interest rate cuts and the easing of lending restrictions by banks in response to the drops, however prices across the city are still significantly down from their mid-2017 highs.… Read the rest

Snow in Dubai, Saudi Arabia as wild weather strikes globally

A powerful storm has brought sub-zero temperatures and widespread snowfall to parts of the Middle East.

The unseasonably cold weather has led to spectacular images of camels navigating snow and ice in the usually hot, sandy region.

While media in Australia have attributed the bushfires and storms during January in Australia to global warming, the ABC played down the irregularity of the Middle Eastern cold snap in their reporting.… Read the rest

Chinese shoppers begin stripping Sydney shelves of health, medical supplies

Disturbing images have emerged on social media of empty supermarket shelves in the Sydney CBD as shoppers clear them out of disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser and face masks.

The images were uploaded on the evening of January 27, and follow on from images of Chinese supermarkets stripped bare by panicked citizens in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak this month.

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Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms

A team of eminent doctors published a report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet medical journal which found that persons may be infected with the China coronavirus without presenting any symptoms.

Such patients were described in the report as ‘afebrile’, a medical term indicating no fever or outward signs of sickness. The authors of the report indicated such carriers may help to spread the outbreak by remaining undetected.

The findings of the study cast doubt on the effectiveness of screenings procedures implemented at airports around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Shocking videos emerge of Wuhan outbreak

The fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, dubbed 2019-nCoV by authorities, has now spread to eight countries according to ABC News.

At this stage, eight Chinese cities remain under quarantine. The total population under emergency lockdown is now greater than the population of Australia, as Chinese authorities rush to prevent the spread of the virus during Chinese New Year this weekend.

The Chinese New Year period, during which Chinese travel to their ancestral villages to be with family, is the largest annual movement of people in the world. In Beijing, officials have closed the Forbidden Palace and also cancelled New Year events in the city.… Read the rest

First direct standoff between US & Russian troops occurs in Syria

US forces have blocked Russia troops from taking control of an oil field in Syria on Saturday, according to the Moscow Times.

It is the first time US and Russian soldiers have engaged directly in the region, marking a significant escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.

The US has 11 bases and military outposts in northeast Syria, more than three years after President Trump promised to bring troops home from the Middle East.

In the incident, US troops stopped Russian soldiers en route to an oilfield near the town of Rmelan, sending them back to Amuda, 100 kilometres to the west.… Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in US, authorities scramble to respond

The first case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the CDC reported Tuesday.

A Washington man in his 30s who just returned from Wuhan, China is now being treated for the illness.

Hundreds of cases have been confirmed across Asia, with six fatalities so far confirmed from the disease.

Authorities have been scrambling to respond to the new virus, although details about it are yet to be released to the public. The CDC, the peak body for the control of infectious diseases in the US, has activated its Emergency Response System after announcing the new case.… Read the rest

Newfoundland still under snow during unprecedented Canadian blizzard

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador remains under a crippling deluge of snow after a record-breaking ‘bomb cyclone’ hit eastern Canada last week.

The Canadian Armed Forces have been sent to assist the region as locals attempt to dig out from the inundation before another storm hits, according to local news outlet 660 City News.

“Monday morning, we woke up to another load of snow on top of what we already received over the weekend, so it’s just been unlike anything we’ve ever really seen here in the St. John’s area,” said local reporter Ben Murphy from VOCM Local News Now.… Read the rest

It’s the Grand Solar Minimum, stupid

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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair wasn’t right about much. He was a socialist, after all. But he was right about that.

To be fair though, Sinclair was a socialist back before the expansion of the welfare state ate the future of the West. Before Big Sister put us all under her neurotic thumb. Back then, the Leviathan state which steals your wealth and hands it to slobs and grabblers was just a harmless-looking little baby dragon that promised a utopia of perfect equality.… Read the rest