News Burst 12 February 2020

News Burst 12 February 2020

News Burst 12 February 2020. By Disclosure News.

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News Burst 12 February 2020

  • As reported by local media this morning, the Chinese National Health Commission quietly changed its definition of Coronavirus “confirmed case” in the latest guideline dated 7/2. As a result, going forward patients who tested positive for the virus but have no symptoms will no longer be regarded as confirmed. As Alex Lam observes, “this inevitably will lower the numbers.”
  • Uganda scrambled to respond to the arrival of the biggest locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in decades, while the United Nations warned that “we simply cannot afford another major shock” to an already vulnerable region. An emergency government meeting hours after the locusts were spotted inside Uganda on the weekend decided to deploy military forces to help with ground-based pesticide spraying, while two planes for aerial spraying will arrive as soon as possible, a statement said. Aerial spraying is considered the only effective control.
  • Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking, its health minister said on Tuesday, the latest country to turn it away amid fears of the coronavirus despite no confirmed infections on board.
  • Italy’s largest bank, UniCredit, announced it expects to cut 6,000 jobs and close 450 branches in Italy as CEO Jean Pierre Mustier sets his three year “efficiency” (read mass layoffs and cost-cutting) plan in motion. The reductions and closures will take place through 2023, and are part of a plan announced in December to cut about 8,000 positions, or more than 9% of the workforce.


  • Hong Kong has evacuated more than 100 people from a residential building in the New Territories district of Tsing Yi, after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus. Locals were forced to leave in the early hours as health officials in masks and white overalls scrambled to work out whether the virus had spread through the 35-storey complex that houses some 3,000 people.
  • A British man managed to pass on the coronavirus to at least 11 other people without ever setting foot in the epicentre of the outbreak in China. The adult British citizen, who has not been named publicly, caught the virus while attending a conference in Singapore and then passed it on to several compatriots while on holiday in the French Alps, before finally being diagnosed back in the UK.
  • Iran: President Rouhani and his administration keep urging people to go to the polls for the February 21 elections but at the same time keep warning the establishment in veiled words that the Islamic Republic is not going to last if it keeps going in the same direction as it is now. His speech to thousands of people at Tehran’s Azadi Square included a loosely veiled warning of a revolution-in-the-making if the Iranian people are not allowed to vote in “healthy and free national elections”.
  • Anyone running any sort of online enterprise should be wary of DDoS attacks. Or distributed denial of service attacks. Which is basically a long way of saying that someone wants to shut down your website or service, so they send floods of traffic from various points to overwhelm you and make it hard to shut down or even track down where the attack is coming from. They bottleneck your servers so that your normal visitors are denied service. It is one of the pettiest and most frustrating things that can happen to an online presence. Most DDoS attacks are carried out by botnets, a “group of computers which have been infected by malware and have come under the control of a malicious user.” These machines are then hijacked and used against whatever service the attacker wants denied service. A DDoS attack is not an attempt at exploiting a vulnerability to gain access to a site.
  • A little more than one week ago, the mainstream press branded the notion that nCoV might have originated as a bioweapon developed in a secretive Wuhan lab as a deranged conspiracy theory. Is it merely a coincidence that the Canadian scientist at the center of a bio-espionage probe was recently found dead in Africa last week? Or that a doctor who helped draft a critical international bioweapons convention has said that the virus might be tied to “biological warfare?” Now Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton believes Beijing needs to address these questions.


  • Russia’s Transport Ministry estimates the losses national airlines suffer because of suspension of flights to China at 1.6 billion rubles ($25.2 mln).
  • A video circulating on social media has led to the closure of three upscale restaurants in Tehran, a local court announced. The video shows men and women in a restaurant dancing in violation of the Islamic Republic law that bans people from dancing in public. The managers of the three restaurants are behind bars for allowing their customers to hold a mixed-gender party. The prosecutor has charged the managers with preparing an environment for men and women to mix and creating an “atmosphere against moral and religious principles.”
  • HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said that the domestic pork supply is forecast to increase from February. The pork supply is estimated to reach 330,000 tonnes in February, and it will surge to 350,000 tonnes in March, 360,000 tonnes in April and May, and 365,000 tonnes in June. It is expected to increase to about 1.1 million tonnes in the third quarter and 1.15 million tonnes in the fourth quarter this year.



Weekely Asteroid

  • 2020 CH 2020-Feb-12 11.6 LD 9.5 km/s 31 m.
  • 2020 CF 2020-Feb-12 14.8 LD 5.3 km/s 12 m.

LD > Lunar Distance = 384,401 km



Active Weather

  • Tropical Cyclone Uesi – West of New Caledonia – Moving S-SW at 10 Kts – 65 kts↓ 976 hPa
  • As early as this Friday the next storm will be forming north to north east of Fiji. The islands of Tonga look most exposed next Monday, Feb 17th, to a possible direct hit. This tropical cyclone may also feed very heavy rain into Samoa.



Strongest EQ in Europe M3.4 Poland
Strongest EQ in US M3.2 Alaska
Strongest EQ on the Planet M5.4 Fiji Islands
Deepest EQ M5.4 477 km Fiji Islands

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