“Humanity Now Has A Common Enemy”: WHO Puts Virtue-Signaling Above Virus-Fighting As Deaths Climb: Live Updates

Monday, March 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 03/02/2020

Summary:

2nd US death reported in Washington State
Gottlieb warns US cases likely in ‘low thousands’
BMW tells 150 to quarantine after Munich employee infected
WHO’s Tedros: Virus is “common enemy” of humanity so don’t focus on blame
Jordan reports first two cases
Death toll in France doubles
Tunisia reports first case
UK total climbs to 40
OECD warns global growth could fall by half
Indonesia reports first cases
“Progress is being made” toward a vaccine
Cuomo says NY expects more cases
India confirms 2 more cases
‘Official’ Iran death toll hits 66
EU confirms 38 deaths across 18 members
First cases confirmed in Fla.
2 Amazon employees test positive in Milan
Virus now in 7 US states: Washington, California, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Oregon
San Antonio virus patient re-hospitalized after testing positive
China warns it could face ‘locust invasion’
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Update (1130ET): Toward the end of the Q&A with reporters following Monday’s press briefing, Dr. Tedros told a reporter that humanity now has a “common enemy” and should focus on fighting it instead of apportioning blame. The WHO Director-General made the remark in response to a question about the culpability of certain governments for the global spread of the coronavirus.

The outbreak only kills roughly 2% of those it infects, Dr. Tedros said. Because of this, he said, Dr. Tedros believes that “the stigma to be honest is more dangerous than the virus itself,” he said. “Let’s really underline that. The stigma is the most dangerous enemy, for me it’s more than the virus itself.”

Translation: The WHO is prioritizing defending Beijing’s actions – i.e. ‘battling racism’ – over its responsibility to combat the virus.

“Concerns and worries are understandable. It’s fine to be concerned and worried, but let’s calm down and do the right thing,” he added later before ending the briefing.

WHO’S TEDROS SAYS HUMANITY NOW HAS A COMMON ENEMY
WHO’S TEDROS SAYS STIGMA IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN VIRUS ITSELF

Dr. Tedros then launched into a defense of the WHO’s decision to delay the decision to declare the virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), before pointing out the fact that in 55 countries have confirmed less than 100 cases.

“Even if it’s more, it can be contained.”

So, Dr. Tedros started the press conference explaining why it’s not appropriate to describe the outbreak as a pandemic, before declaring it a “common enemy” of the human race.

We seem to have lost the thread.

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Update (1100ET): The WHO’s daily presser is still ongoing. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday after two people were diagnosed with the virus that 23 Floridians have now been tested, and 184 are under monitoring by publi health officials.

California has warned about how the virus could impact its finances.

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Update (10:55ET): Mary Lou McDonald, the leader of Ireland’s Sinn Fein, has revealed that her children attend the Dublin school that has been temporarily shuttered after a student who recently returned from Italy was diagnosed with the virus, according to the Guardian.

The roughly 400 students and staff at the school have been advised to ‘stay home’ and ‘restrict their movements’.

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Update (1045ET): WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday that he wouldn’t call the outbreak a pandemic until “evidence warrants.”

WHO’S TEDROS SAYS WILL CALL IT A PANDEMIC IF EVIDENCE WARRANTS
WHO’S RYAN SAYS STILL HOPEFUL CONTAINMENT IS RIGHT STRATEGY
TRUMP SAYS HE ASKED TO ACCELERATE WORK ON VIRUS VACCINES
WHO’S TEDROS STILL URGES CONTAINMENT FOR KOREA, CHINA, ITALY
CHINA HAS SENT TECHNICAL TEAM TO AID RESPONSE IN IRAN

In other news, Qatar’s public health officials have announced 4 new cases of the virus.

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Update (1030ET): Tunisia has reported its first case of coronavirus, joining a growing list of major cities and countries that have reported their first cases of the virus on Monday, drawing even more scrutiny to the WHO and its unwillingness to call the outbreak a ‘pandemic’.

Meanwhile, the WHO will hold its daily press breifing at 10:30 am ET.

Watch live below:

One Response to ““Humanity Now Has A Common Enemy”: WHO Puts Virtue-Signaling Above Virus-Fighting As Deaths Climb: Live Updates”

  1. Marie Joy

    The leaders of WHO should be on trial for crimes against humanity.

    #1358
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