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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus
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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now getting takers for a vaccine and the US has already committed a whooping figure in developing a cure. Vietnam healthy ministry has proudly declared that all the 16 people who was suffering from the virus have been cured.

While political analysts believe that America is very ill equipped under Trump’s leadership to handle an outbreak in America, the White House seems to have sent off an urgent request to lawmakers with a $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus outbreak is rapidly spreading to Iran and Middle Eastern countries also and has started to threat the global economy that has now started to rock financial markets too.

The White House budget office has indicated that the funds are being kept away for vaccines, treatment, and protective equipment. The request could advance quickly through Congress and came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrials and are increasingly seen as a potential political threat to President Donald Trump.

Late in January, the World Health Organization has already declared the virus, named COVID-19, a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” and urged an immediate international response. There are still suspicions that the virus could have been triggered through a biological weapon and may not have been bat induced at all.

Everyone is foxed about when did the virus make the jump from animals to humans, and from which species? How widespread are cases, how infectious is the disease and how fatal is it?

Back home, as Trump makes a political statement with his presence in India, the US stocks seemed to have dived amid growing concerns about a deadly virus spreading quickly across continents. The whole situation looks like a bubble about to burst when it comes to Trump’s tall claims and re-election bids while the country isn’t looking prepared to handle the pandemic like conditions. The president has been using a downplaying strategy reassuring public that ‘all is well’.

According to Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, “for a president who has governed by tweet and circus a potential global health crisis that blunts economic growth could expose one of Trump’s main weaknesses as he prepares to face voters in November.”Trump has systematically crippled the emergency response system and medical backbone of the country. By ridding himself of experienced officials and those in the scientific community, he has literally chopped the legs off under him. The time is near when America might find itself extremely ill equipped to handle a catastrophe as declared by WHO.

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UK PM Boris Johnson says anticipating meeting Trump in the G7 summit in June
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UK PM Boris Johnson says anticipating meeting Trump in the G7 summit in June

Boris Johnson’s office announced after reports that an expected meeting between US-UK in early 2020 is delayed. British PM Boris Johnson is anticipating meeting U.S. President Donald Trump is likely in June.

“The pioneers highlighted their commitment to the UK-U.S. bilateral relationship and anticipated seeing each other at the G7 Summit in the United States this June.”

Relations among Washington and London have been strained by Britain’s decision to permit the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei [HWT.UL] a restricted role in its mobile network, proposed the Iran atomic agreement and British digital services tax.

The Trump administration has spent last year irately lobbying it allies to bar Huawei from their 5G framework, as it claims the Chinese tech organization works as a proxy for the Chinese government to spy. Huawei has more than once declined this, and claims the US’ quest for the company is politically roused.

Johnson had been anticipated to visit Washington early this year. However, the visit got delayed till June when a summit of pioneers of the G7 is due to take place in the United States, The Sun newspaper announced.

“President Trump and the Prime Minister talked over telephone tonight and discussed a variety of international and bilateral issues,” Downing Street said in an announcement on Thursday.

Article Credit: The Guardian

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Tokyo Unhappy With London Indication To Host Olympics 2020
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Tokyo Unhappy With London Indication To Host Olympics 2020

The coronavirus outbreak might be giving Olympic organizers second thoughts about Tokyo as the venue. This has indeed left the governor of Tokyo feeling upset that he made a public statement stating that it was inappropriate for candidates in London’s mayoral election to push for their city as venue instead.

It seems that talks are doing rounds that London could be considered a more appropriate host for the 2020 Olympic Games if the coronavirus outbreak could not be contained.

This thought has been floated by Shaun Bailey, a Conservative candidate for mayor of the British capital. Further, the International Olympic Committee has already received a note from the World Health Organization that says that there was no case for contingency plans to cancel or relocate the Games from Tokyo.

On the other side of the globe, Australian Olympic boss John Coates has already reassured athletes and spectators that they will be safe to attend the Tokyo Games amid the coronavirus outbreak in neighbouring China.

There is no news of any players pulling out from the Olympics in the wake of the outbreak. However, confirmed reports claim that the virus has already hit a number of international sports events within China. It has led to either cancelation or postponement. These include events like Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai and indoor world track and field championships in Nanjing and rescheduling of women’s Olympic football qualifiers from disease epicentre Wuhan to Sydney.

The coronavirus situation of 2020 does resembles the 2016 Rio Olympics when the IOC relied on WHO guidance about the dangers of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. At that time, many high profile sportsmen had withdrawn participation. This included Australian golfers Jason Day and Marc Leishman. But, up to this point, Coates has no knowledge of coronavirus scaring Australian athletes away from the Tokyo Games.

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Trump Retracts Stance Over High End Technological Share With China
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Trump Retracts Stance Over High End Technological Share With China

As a classic case of a turnaround yet again, Mr. Donald Trump has denounced his own people who were going ahead with what had been pushed by him in the first place.

It has been reported that through a series of tweets, Mr. Trump retracted his own statements of withholding technological know-how to China. In the previous weeks, the White House and Commerce Department had decided to halt the export of controlled technologies including jet engines and semiconductors to China. This would cost General Electric Co. dearly because they had taken due clearance from the concerned authorities in 2014 itself to supply engines for China’s homegrown airliner, in collaboration with French company Safran.

The halt in deliverable was being proposed out of concern that the products could be pirated and used to undermine U.S. commercial advantage in those sectors. GE, on its part has explained that it is not possible to reverse engineer the kind of technology they are sharing with China. Such technology has already existed with them before hand and they could have already done so, if they wanted. They had enough time to do so since 2014.

Trump has now done a turnaround, something which he is known to have done in the past, on the pretext that he does not want the wrong message to out in the market about the American sensibilities. Speaking to the media he said, “We don’t want to make it impossible to do business with us,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “That will only mean that orders will go to someplace else.”

It has been noted that America is threatened with China’s growing prowess in technology. Going ahead with everything which revolves around that fear, American officials are also considering changes to the foreign direct product rule. This will limit the use of U.S. technology in military and national-security functions. The changes would also require semiconductor manufacturers to obtain export licenses to use U.S. equipment when producing chips for Huawei Technologies Co. of China, people familiar with the discussions said.

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Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province
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Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province

Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak of the Corona virus in China, announced that the number of deaths due to infection with the virus rose to a record level on Thursday after using a new diagnostic method, while the government dismissed two local officials after criticizing their handling of the crisis.

Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people died from the virus on Wednesday, the highest daily increase in the number of deaths since the outbreak was monitored in December. This brings the deaths in the region to 1,310 cases. The latest daily increase in deaths was on February 10, at 103 people.

According to official media reports, the authorities dismissed Jiang Zhaoliang, secretary of the ruling Communist Party Committee of Hubei Province, and Ma Guoxiang, chairman of the Party Committee, in Wuhan, the provincial capital.

These reports did not mention the reason for the dismissal, but they are the most senior officials who have been fired until now since the outbreak of the Coruna virus in Wuhan began at the end of last year.

Dozens of health officials across the country lost their jobs after failing to contain the spread of the epidemic believed to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that is experiencing an illegal trade in wild animals.

The increase in deaths comes a day after China announced the lowest number of infections in two weeks, which reinforced speculation by the Chinese health advisor ; that the epidemic may end by April.

Hubei Province announced that the number of infected people had increased by 14,840 on Thursday, compared to 2015 across the country on Wednesday.For more Latest Asia Pacific News visit us.

Trump Administration Drops Numbers Of  Exemptions  To Tariff Requests
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Trump Administration Drops Numbers Of Exemptions To Tariff Requests

Trump administration is now denying any more tariff exemption requests on Chinese imports, something that continues to cripple the American market.

The approval rates have plunged to 3 percent.  This has been reported after the third round of levies from 35% in the first two. There is a steep decrease seen here.

In the last few months, almost 4500 companies are known to have requested for exemptions. Many companies are known to have made more than one exemption and as of now, more than 8700 such requests had been made. This shows the level of loss and dependency that American businesses have on Chinese products.

Since September, the Trump administration has kept a strict control over the number of exemptions they have approved. Media reports confirm that it has kept a strict control on the use of Chinese goods and approved merely 3%of all the exclusion requests under the $200 billion tranche of tariffs of Chinese goods.

Somewhere inspired by the Indian example to become domestically more independent, the administration has stated a viable reason for its pressure tactic. For one, it insists the American businesses depend more on their own domestic product than that of Chinese.See more News of America Today

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