Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force. Members of the Task Force have been meeting on a daily basis since Monday. At today’s meeting, which the President chaired, he charged the Task Force with leading the United States Government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments.
The Task Force is led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and is coordinated through the National Security Council. It is composed of subject matter experts from the White House and several United States Government agencies, and it includes some of the Nation’s foremost experts on infectious diseases.
The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.
Chinese officials said that the coronavirus death toll has climbed to 132 as of January 28, but the situation could be much worse.
The White House has told airline executives it’s considering suspending flights from China to the U.S. The restrictions could affect flights into and out of China, as well as airports across the United States, White House officials said.
American Airlines became the latest domestic airline to curtail flights between the U.S. and China Wednesday as carriers worldwide react to a growing and deadly coronavirus outbreak, according to USA Today.
American will suspend flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai and Beijing from Feb. 9 through March 27, according to spokesman Curtis Blessing. He said the airline’s reservations team would contact affected travelers directly by email or phone.
Earlier local media reports that United Airlines is temporarily reducing its schedule between the United States and three cities in China in light of the Wuhan virus.
The airline said in a statement that “significant decline in demand” has forced it to suspend flights from February 1 though February 8 between its US hubs and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
San Francisco city officials, including the mayor and airport director, said that the flight carrying passengers from Wuhan to San Francisco will not land at San Francisco International Airport. Instead, the flight will stop over in Anchorage and terminate in Ontario, California on Tuesday.
SFO Airport Director Ivar Satero said while a direct flight from Wuhan to SFO was recently canceled, the airport is continuing to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to screen any lingering passengers arriving into the airport whose itinerary might have included Wuhan.
The US has offered helped to the Chinese government at least twice but was rejected by China’s Health Department, the first time on January 6, according to White House officials.
Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now advising Americans against nonessential trips to anywhere in China– previously the warning only applied to travel to Wuhan.
Also on Monday, the US State Department raised its travel advisory for China from Level 2 to Level 3, recommending that Americans reconsider trips to China.
AP reports that nearly 240 Americans were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan early Wednesday morning, and are now on their way back to the United States where they’ll be screened by health officials for any signs of the coronavirus.
The passengers will reportedly be screened for the virus when the plane makes a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska, and those who are medically cleared will be allowed to continue on to the continental U.S.
The plane’s ultimate destination is Ontario, California, according to the U.S. Embassy in China. Hospitals will be on alert and are prepared to treat, or quarantine, any potential patients.
CNN reports that the flight carrying about 200 American evacuees landed Wednesday at a US military base in Southern California after leaving the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China.
The CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday revealed more details about the government’s plans to expand coronavirus screening efforts in the United States, with the list of participating airports increasing from 5 to 20.
The U.S. is monitoring the situation in China closely while seeking to send an expert team to china. President Donald Trump has tweeted to offer any help China needs to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Facebook has become the first major technology company known to have put a ban in place on its employees traveling to China as the spread of the coronavirus worsens.
Starbucks closes 2,000 stores in China over coronavirus outbreak.
Apple Inc. issued a wider-than-usual sales forecast to reflect what Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook called “uncertainty” caused by a virus that’s cutting retail traffic, shutting stores and prompting the company to limit employee travel in China, one of its most important markets.
The company is also taking steps to make up for production shortages, particularly in Wuhan. “We do have some suppliers in the Wuhan area. All of the suppliers there are alternate sources and we’re obviously working on mitigation plans to make up any expected production loss,” Cook said.
“Google works with China – but not the Pentagon,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk spoke to Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow in Tuesday’s episode of The Charlie Kirk Show, where the two discussed the looming threat of big tech censorship, and its cooperation with the communist regime in China, among other issues.
World Health Organization (WHO) is sending a delegation of international experts to China to better understand the situation after its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
The WHO chief has expressed confidence in the measures China has taken to control the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. WHO has refused to declare a global emergency.
Ghebreyesus said his organization is advising foreign countries that evacuating their citizens from Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province is unnecessary. Chinese state media eagerly promoted his remarks in a bid to control the political fallout from the outbreak.
CCP killer Guo Wengui said that “WHO is totally corrupt and it is the running dog of the Chinese Communist Regime.” He warns that all the so-called official figures released by the CCP government are fake.
The CCP regime is continuing its crimes and doing more harm to the Chinese by locking down more cities and covering up the truth. The dictatorship is dragging the last straw (WHO) to prolong its life doomed to end this year of 2020.
What the US is doing has significant implications in this regard.
Everything is just beginning.
By Cloudy Seagail