Thoughts on the Coronavirus
by David Sims
THE CORONAVIRUS was first brought to Italy by a Pakistani migrant who worked at a Chinese restaurant. He served food to customers, and he made home deliveries, spreading COVID-19 everywhere he went.
When his infection was discovered, the Italian civil authorities asked him to self-isolate. He ignored them. When his unlawful disobedience was discovered, Italian military forces chased him down and returned him to his home, and warned him sternly to remain there.
The migrant has been charged and faces up to three months in jail for failing to self-isolate as required by article 650 of the Italian penal code. Because of this migrant, more than 10,000 Italians have the coronavirus disease, and 631 of them have died of it.
Italy’s number of cumulative known cases has doubled in three days.
The number of cases outside China has now surpassed 30,000. In the USA, coronavirus cases are known to exist in 35 states.
The variant of ncov19 that is most likely to affect Americans has a fatality rate of about three per cent. Of course, that is averaged over all demographic groups. The rate is lower for younger people, and it is higher for older people.
As of 20h UTC on 10 March 2020, here are the latest figures. China is omitted because of its dishonest reported numbers.
10149 cases in Italy, with 631 deaths
8042 cases in Iran, with 291 deaths
7513 cases in South Korea, with 60 deaths
1784 cases in France, with 33 deaths
1674 cases in Spain, with 35 deaths
1458 cases in Germany, with 2 deaths
805 cases in the United States, with 28 deaths
581 cases in Japan, with 17 deaths
497 cases in Switzerland, with 3 deaths
382 cases in the Netherlands, with 4 deaths
375 cases in the United Kingdom, with 6 deaths
351 cases in Sweden, no deaths reported
304 cases in Norway, no deaths reported
267 cases in Belgium, no deaths reported
264 cases in Denmark, no deaths reported
182 cases in Austria, no deaths reported
166 cases in Singapore, no deaths reported
129 cases in Malaysia, no deaths reported
120 cases in Hong Kong, with 3 deaths
110 cases in Bahrain, no deaths reported
103 cases in Australia, with 3 deaths
Coronavirus is teaching us lessons that we should have learned long ago, which we had better learn now:
Open borders – stupid idea
Economic interdependence – stupid idea
Just-in-time supply practice – stupid idea
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