Divergence

The three main online counters/mappers of confirmed Covid-19 cases are in close agreement. Although several hours separate their update postings, the totals are, as I write, the same for 26 countries admitting to infections. And for the Plague Ship.

Worldometers is possibly the most responsive counter. It has two more confirmed cases than Johns Hopkins in Mainland China; 1 more than WuFlu. It has one more case than WuFlu in Japan; one less than WuFlu in Hong Kong. Pretty much even Stevens. You could say that all countries are conspiring to under-report cases in lockstep.

The odd country out, though, is the United States. Twenty-four hours ago, I noticed that the US total on WuFlu had jumped from 15 to 29. Both Johns Hopkins and Worldometers are sticking at 15; Wu Flu at 29. I have only looked for a current figure on one US mainstream media channel. CNBC has 15. Wu Flu seems to know something the other counters don’t.

The what and why of this are not worth pursuing. The US infections must be well into the thousands by now. Multiply the Chinese government total of infections by a hundred and you are approaching 7,500,000. If that seems ridiculously high to you – it is about 1% of the population currently in enforced quarantine (or “lockdown”). The WHO is offering a SARS-COV-2 virus mortality rate of 2%, “though it is still too early to tell”.

The highest figure I heard today for deaths-to-date on the Chinese mainland was a far-out 50 million, on the frighteningly persuasive Hal Turner Radio Show. Nothing to worry about everywhere else in the world then? On another “independent” TV News channel I learned that only a small percentage of “ordinary Chinese” believe the outbreak began in the Wuhan Wet Market.

Being told the truth would be great.

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