Lion of the Blogosphere

Saturday morning virus update


There are now more than 51 confirmed cases in northern Italy according to Sky TG24 news. 39 in Lombardy, 12 in Veneto. Two are dead.

Train service has been suspended to 11 cities in northern Italy. Schools have been ordered closed and public events canceled, people are advised to stay home, etc.

South Korea

There are now a total of 433 confirmed cases. According to the NY Times, more than half of the cases are members of the religous cult, 111 cases are patients and staff of a hospital (mostly in the mental ward of that hospital). More than 1,250 members of the cult (the Sincheonji Church of Jesus) have reported potential symptoms, and 700 members can’t be located to be screened.

Samsung has closed down a factory over the weekend because an employee tested positive. They say they are going to disinfect everything and re-open on Monday.


133 total cases, an increase of 29 since my Friday morning update. The biggest one-day increase. What’s troubling for Japan is that they have occurred in just about every part of the country, so the virus is all over the place in Japan.


Only 3 new cases for total of 89 total. Singapore has it’s stuff together and may be the only country in the world to keep its citizens safe.


The official number of reported deaths is now 5. Among additional confirmed cases, a mayor from district 13 of Tehran. But I don’t believe the numbers being released by Iran are relevant because even if they wanted to be open with their information, they probably lack the abilities to test everyone. The assumption is that the virus is epidemic in Iran like it is in China.

Cruise Ships

More people evacuated from the cruise ship that was quarantined have tested positive. On the other hand, the woman who Malaysia claimed was positive, now she tests negative. I think that was a false positive. I think that if the virus was really present on the cruise ship, it would have spread around to many more people than just one old woman. So hopefully, good news there.

United States

We haven’t tested anyone, so there are no new cases if you don’t test anyone. Given that there was a whole lot more plane travel between the U.S. and China than between China and Italy or China and Iran, it would be very foolish to think that the virus isn’t spreading here.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 22, 2020 at EST am

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  1. With events like this you get to see which countries are run by “serious” types, for example Italy and Singapore.


    February 22, 2020 at EST am

  2. And then there is this interesting development


    February 22, 2020 at EST am

  3. Singapore is tropical. The success of Singapore with Coronavirus is simply an artifact of their climate. This is a positive sign. It means Coronavirus will lessen down in summer.


    February 22, 2020 at EST am

    • Singapore has tested many people and through contact tracing have been able to find other infected and quarantine them. Plus the citizenry has been alerted and are taking extra precautions. Without those two things, there would probably be an epidemic in Singapore right now.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 22, 2020 at EST pm

  4. Ot/ the following article about ‘garbage language’ could easily have been written about HR, sociology, critical theory and any NYT or WAPO opinion piece following a victim seeking train of thought.


    February 22, 2020 at EST pm

    • I read it. Makes me happier than ever that I’m unemployed. But sociology or victimhood editorializing are actually more straightforward: “We’re marginalized” can be refuted. Not bizspeak.


      February 23, 2020 at EST pm

  5. The Daily Mail has reported that Australian researchers have developed a vaccine.


    February 22, 2020 at EST pm

    • There’s hope in vaccines, but we have to prevent the virus from infecting everyone before the vaccine is ready, and we’re doing a crappy job with that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 22, 2020 at EST pm

    • There is no vaccine against AIDS or common cold. Mostly likely, there will be no vaccine against this. The Daily Mail is not a very reputable source.


      February 22, 2020 at EST pm

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