China's desperate attempts to manipulate coronavirus "data" lower to ease public fears about a runaway pandemic and get more people back to work, are crossing into the outright laughable, if not surreal.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship is the largest controlled COVID-19 coronavirus infected population outside of China; 20% of the ship were infected over three weeks. This suggests the rate of official reported infections is likely too low
"As an increase in the number of cases poses a growing threat to the economy and public health," Japan plans to start trials of "HIV medications to treat coronavirus patients", the government’s top spokesman said on Tuesday.
"The quarantine process failed. I'd like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed. People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry. I don't know what it was, but a lot of people got infected on that ship."
The relative financial market optimism still seems to be based on the belief that central-bank liquidity supersedes virus transmissibility. That’s still quite optimistic given the uprise in uncertainty about the coronavirus.
"In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan."
...the main draw of looking for a stranger online was a larger set of choices than when leveraging friends and family, which was especially useful when “searching for something unusual or hard‐to‐find.“