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Ecuador Struggles to Collect the Dead as Coronavirus Spreads

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador—Ecuadorean authorities said on Monday they would improve the collection of corpses, as delays related to the rapid spread of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, has left families keeping their loved ones bodies in their homes for days in some cases. Residents of Guayaquil, Ecuadors largest city, have complained they have no way to dispose of relatives remains due to strict quarantine and curfew measures designed to prevent spread of the disease. Last week, authorities said they had removed 100 corpses from homes in Guayaquil. But delays in collecting bodies in the Andean country, which has reported 1,966 cases of the CCP virus and 62 deaths, were evident midday on Monday in downtown Guayaquil, where a mans dead body lay on a sidewalk under a blue plastic sheet, according to a Reuters witness. Police said the man had collapsed while waiting in line to enter a store. Reuters could not identify the man or the cause of his death. Hours later on Mon..

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Canadian Forces Prepare to Do Battle With CCP Virus

The Canadian Armed Forces are preparing to fight an invisible enemy. As many as 24,000 members could be engaged against the CCP virus, doing everything from delivering supplies to helping enforce quarantine orders. “We will be there. Were ready to help,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said at a press conference March 30. Sajjan gave three directives to Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance: slow the virus; support vulnerable communities, especially the Indigenous and northern ones; and preserve the forces ability to assist with fires and floods. Regular members, reservists, and rangers have been put on the ready for what could be the greatest response at home since the Quebec and Eastern Ontario ice storms of 1998. At the discretion of Ottawa, the forces could be asked to come alongside provincial, federal, or municipal efforts. Military brass are considering both short- and long-term scenarios. “These forces will be organized down to individual level into task forces abl..

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NGO Urges Adoption of New Pandemic Paradigm for COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Researchers at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), an international nongovernmental organization, are calling for a new model of vaccine development for pandemics. The team argues in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine that overlapping otherwise linear stages of vaccine development and investing early in manufacturing capacity can bring pandemic vaccines to market faster and blunt the impact of a major outbreak such as COVID-19. “Vaccine development is a lengthy, expensive process. Attrition is high, and it typically takes multiple candidates and many years to produce a licensed vaccine,” the CEPI team explained in the scientific article, published on March 30. A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on March 26, 2020. (Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images) The team says overlapping phases of vaccine development would shorten the time-to-market for a viable candidate, bu..

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Pompeo Calls on Countries to Provide Transparent CCP Virus Information to Save Lives

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said other countries should ramp up efforts to share “transparent” information about the CCP virus as the world battles the new illness from China. Trump administration officials need data from Italy, China, and Iran, Pompeo told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night. “We need every country to step up and provide accurate, transparent information. And if we cant have that, if we have disinformation instead, there are more lives that will be at risk not only today but in the weeks ahead as we battle this enormous challenge,” he said. When other countries share information with the United States, America will then share information it has, Pompeo said. “And well keep people safe not only here in the United States but all across the world,” he said. Internal documents obtained by The Epoch Times show the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has repeatedly skewed figures on how widespread the pandemic is inside the country. It falsely claimed recently that ..

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Australia Bans Exports of Medical Supplies After Items Sent in Bulk to China Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Australian government on Sunday enacted new laws banning price gouging as well as the export of personal protective equipment and disinfectant products as supplies in hospitals, aged-care centers, and other centers across the country are running dry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has moved to ban the exports of disposable face masks, gloves, and gowns, as well as eye visors, and disinfectant products including alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer. Those breaching the law can be punished with up to five years in jail. Australias Customs can seize the critical items and incorporate them into the national stockpile for use by healthcare workers, provided the items are not defective. The latest measure comes after Chinese companies operating in Australia have reportedly sent back bulk medical supplies to China in recent months. In one case, Chinese state-backed global property giant Greenland Group hoarded 3 million face masks, hand sanitizer, half a mil..

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World Champion Boxer Billy Joe Saunders Suspended Following Domestic Violence Advice Video

British boxer Billy Joe Saunders has had his license suspended following a social media video in which he seemingly advocated domestic violence. In the video, the world super-middleweight champion appeared to demonstrate how men could hit their partners if “your old woman is giving you mouth” during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus lockdown. The video, in which Saunders used a punching bag to show how to hit a woman “on the chin,” has been deleted, but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has since punished the 30-year-old. “Having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media we have suspended his boxers license pending a hearing under the Boards misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible,” the BBBofC said in a statement. Idiotic, Unacceptable Saunders later apologized for the video, saying in a tweet he “would never condone domestic violence” and revealed he has received death threats as a result. “I am getting ..

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Furniture Giant IKEA Making Masks to Help Fight CCP Virus

Furniture giant IKEA is producing face masks and other protective gear for hospitals, joining a growing list of companies branching out of their regular business areas to help meet equipment shortages in the fight against the CCP virus. Having started with masks for staff in China in the early stages of the pandemic, the Swedish group is working with several suppliers to ramp up output of masks for health workers, as well as hand sanitizer, visors, and single-use aprons. The first batches for European healthcare facilities are in transit, Henrik Elm, global supply manager at brand owner Inter IKEA Group, which is in charge of supply, told Reuters. Several other companies are also working to help address an acute shortage of medical supplies, with vacuum cleaner company Dyson making ventilators, fashion group Armani producing medical overalls and spirits brand Ricard donating alcohol for sanitizers. An employee shows products to visitors inside a van in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 26, 2..

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In Taiwan, Anger at China Over Virus Drives Identity Debate

TAIPEI—Anger at being confused with China amid the coronavirus outbreak and Beijings stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty is stirring heated debate in Taiwan about how to further distance itself from its giant and often threatening neighbor. At its core is a debate about whether to drop “China” from the islands official name, the Republic of China. During the virus crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO), which considers the island part of China, has listed Taiwans far lower case number under Chinas, and China has repeatedly insisted only it has the right to speak for Taiwan on the global stage, including about health issues. Taipei says this has confused countries and led them to impose the same restrictions on Taiwanese travelers as on Chinese, and has minimized Taiwans own successful efforts to control the virus. Taiwan has been debating for years who it is and what exactly its relationship should be with the Chinese regime—including the islands name. But the pandemic ha..

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Russian Plane With Medical Equipment Takes Off for the US to Help Amidst the Outbreak: State TV

MOSCOW—A Russian military transport plane took off from an airfield outside Moscow early on Wednesday and headed for the United States with a load of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight the CCP virus, Russian state TV reported. President Vladimir Putin offered Russian help in a phone conversation with President Donald Trump on Monday, when the two leaders discussed how best to respond to the virus. “Trump gratefully accepted this humanitarian aid,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by the Interfax news agency on Tuesday night. Trump himself spoke enthusiastically about the Russian help after his call with Putin. Russias Rossiya 24 channel on Wednesday morning showed the plane taking off from a military air base outside Moscow in darkness. Its cargo hold was filled with cardboard boxes and other packages. Confirmed U.S. cases have surged to 187,000 and nearly 3,900 people have already died there from COVID-19, the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese..

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Taiwan to Spend $35 Billion Fighting Virus, to Donate 10 Million Masks

TAIPEI—Taiwan dramatically upped its estimate for how much it would spend helping the economy deal with the impact of the coronavirus to $35 billion on April 1, and said it would donate 10 million face masks to the most needy countries. Taiwan has reported 329 cases of the virus, including five deaths, winning plaudits for its early and so far effective measures to control the virus, especially compared to many of its neighbors. But, the export-reliant islands economy has wilted in the face of the pandemics spread. The government is already rolling out a stimulus package, and President Tsai Ing-wen said in total they would be spending T$1.05 trillion ($35 billion), including a second round of measures. “We expect the scale of these two stimulus steps will in total reach T$1.05 trillion,” Tsai said from the presidential office. The central bank last month cut its full-year economic growth outlook to 1.92 percent from 2.57 percent forecasted in December. But the virus fight has also..

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