The US Navy has ordered one of its Atlantic-based fleet carriers, The USS Harry S. Truman, to extend its duration at sea to avoid the coronavirus.
This comes as another ship; the USS Theodore Roosevelt is stuck in Guam with nearly 600 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least one death.
Many people have compared this situation with TNT’s hit show ‘The Last Ship,’ where the crew of a destroyer, The USS Nathan James, was the world’s last hope after a deadly virus devastated the earth.
Coincidentially, the Nathan James’s homeport was in Norfolk, Virginia, the same port where the USS Harry S Truman calls home.
According to the Navy, this action will help maintain the war-fighting capabilities of the strike group and ensure the crew is safe.
With over 40 days since the ship’s last port of call and no newcomers during this time, it is safe to say that there are no coronavirus cases on board.
Do you think keeping the carrier out to sea is a smart move to keep the crew safe?
Trump Threatens to Cut Off Funds to the WHO – Again
The battle of words between the world’s most powerful man and the UN’s primary health body continues for the umpteenth time.
Since the eruption of the coronavirus, there has been no love lost between President Donald Trump and the World Health Organization.
From accusing the WHO of being ‘China-centric,’ to pointing out their poor handling of the pandemic, to many other claims, it seems that Trump sees the WHO as the ‘bad guy.’
In yet another barrage against the WHO, Trump threatened to halt US funding to the global health body.
Don’t you think President Trump should make up his mind once and for all whether to quit funding the WHO? Or do you believe he’s doing this on purpose. Share your thoughts with us.
IMF to Offer Immediate Debt Relief to 25 Member States
With world economies battered down by the coronavirus, more countries are starting to feel the pain.
Already, many nations have come up with economic stimulus packages to support their economies. But while the world’s super-economies can effortlessly access these massive sums, others cannot even raise a fraction.
This is where the International Monetary Fund came in on Monday, offering immediate debt relief to 25 member states under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).
According to IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, the relief will allow the most needy countries to direct their resources to the fight against coronavirus.
About 19 out of the 25 countries set to receive this debt relief are in Africa.
Which begs the question: With massive natural resources at its disposal, why is Africa always receiving financial relief?
World Gangs Up Against China as Letter Calls Coronavirus ‘China’s Chernobyl Moment’
Imaginations have been running wild, and conspiracy theories regarding the origin of the coronavirus have been thrown left, right and center.
Most of the accusations have been thrown in China’s direction, and if a recent public petition is anything to go by, these accusations are starting to ring true.
More than a hundred public figures, academics, and parliamentarians from Australia and Europe are signatories of an open letter that criticizes China’s role in the coronavirus pandemic.
According to them, the pandemic was caused by a dysfunctional regime that most people have tolerated and supported for decades.
Published on Tuesday in the Hong Kong Free Press, the letter states that we shouldn’t ever forget that China’s Chernobyl moment was a self-inflicted wound.
The letter also states that the signatories, which include independent-minded academics, entrepreneurs, doctors, citizen journalists, young students and public interest lawyers, no longer accept the Communist Party of China’s tactic of rule by fear. And neither should anyone else.
In your own opinion, do you think China is solely to blame for the coronavirus?
Increased Surveillance Might Be Impossible to Scale Back after Coronavirus
With coronavirus threatening the very existence of humanity, it goes without saying that governments will do everything in their power to deal with the pandemic.
And that includes enhanced surveillance measures aimed at stopping the spread.
Because of the massive surge in infections, billions of people are now under global digital surveillance in a desperate attempt to monitor infected people.
In nearly 25 countries, governments have initiated massive programs, including CCTV systems equipped with facial recognition software, mobile data tracking, social isolation enforcing drones, inter-person contact recording apps, and many other measures.
With these surveillance measures in place, Christmas has come early for firms that extract, analyze, and sell private data.
Now, experts fear that once the pandemic has passed, it might be difficult to scale back on the sophisticated measures that have been rolled forward.
What do you think? Post coronavirus, will the surveillance measures adopted today be taken down a notch?