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    Austria: Wearing masks in supermarkets now compulsory



    A new measure introduced by Austria’s conservative government designed to curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus will require shoppers to wear face masks at the supermarket.

    Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced earlier this week that basic face masks would be handed out at the entrances of supermarkets and that shoppers must wear them to help halt the spread of the virus, Reuters news agency reports.

    The 33-year-old Austrian head of state also noted that the measure was also crafted to get people to wear the masks in public more generally.

    Thus far, to stop the proliferation of the virus, Kurz’s government has closed schools, cafes, bars, other gathering places, and all non-essential work. Citizens have also been ordered to stay home and to work remotely, if at all possible.

    Rudolf Anschober, the country’s Minister of Health and a member of the Green Party said that the policy would help to ensure that hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

    As of this report, Austria has recorded 9,772 cases of the virus and has a death toll 128. Kurz has noted that if the virus continues to spread at its current rate that the country’s intensive care capacity could be exceeded by the middle of April.

    “How long the overload lasts, especially in intensive care medicine, depends on all of us. It is already clear that many people will die from this disease. But we have to do our utmost to ensure that no more people die than have to die,” Kurz said.

    “Currently the infections are far too high,” he added.

    Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler, leader of the Green Party, described Austria’s current situation as the “calm before the storm”, adding: “If we listen to the experts, I am in favour of orienting ourselves to those who draw the more dramatic scenarios.”

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    The Impact of the Chinese Virus?

    As the Chinese virus is on a rampage throughout the world, many wonder what the impact for their life, employment or family will be. We at Defend Europa are wondering what the impact on the peoples of Europe and the right-wing movement will be. This Chinese virus will not just touch our personal lives in a practical way, it has the possibility to fundamentally change peoples minds and ways of life in the long run. We have lined up some of the possible impacts of the Chinese virus for you to ponder over.

    Demographics

    While it is common knowledge that the Chinese virus has a higher mortality rate for the elderly, it will be interesting to see what this specifically means for Europe. The main reason for this being that Europe has a lot of old people. Especially compared with third world nations around us. We can assume quite safely that native Europeans on average are older and will probably be more heavily represented in the higher age groups than ‘new Europeans’. This Chinese virus will accelerate the great replacement that is happening within Europe, because it will probably take a bigger toll on our native peoples than on other peoples. While this author suspects it won’t be a radical change noticed by many, it will still be an acceleration with consequences worth knowing about.

    Politics: The EU

    The Chinese virus has shown Europeans one thing about the European Union. It is completely useless in tackling big problems. While i am no fan of the EU, this was a moment for it to shine. If the EU had a coordinated approach, effectively pooled resources and acted at least a bit determined. It would have probably been able to mitigate damages and spare lives in the process. What we got, however, was bickering, bureaucracy and countries all taking their own paths. It is undermining not only the faith people have in the EU as an institution, it shows us that when a little pressure is applied. The system does not work as we were told. The EU’s non-handling of the Chinese virus will play a big role in anti-EU sentiment & arguments for years to come.

    Politics: Globalism versus Nationalism

    Some within the movement are hopeful that this Chinese virus will awaken people to the many troubles which globalism brings upon us. While I am sympathetic to this view, I think that ordinary people will view this issue more on a party basis. While many establishment parties are now in power, this disaster brings many political challenges and opportunities to them. Initially, some governments and leaders will temporarily receive a unity boost in the polls due to the people wanting leadership.

    However, when the economical impact of the Chinese virus becomes clear when unemployment and poverty go on the rise. Times of great uncertainty and political turmoil have always provided opportunities. The question will be if our movement is ready to seize the moment and truly make use of the situation. I suspect that the virus itself will not impact the political landscape significantly, it will be the economical chaos that might follow. If the economies get bad enough, the extremes of the political spectrum will benefit. This all being caused indirectly by a Chinese virus might help people to better understand that living globally ain’t working out locally. But it will require a lot of hard work from Nationalist across Europe to make that a reality.



    State of Mind & Body

    The people who are currently in a state of lock-down are experiencing something completely new. There is a very unnatural situation where people are forced to not socialize, to isolate and to do this all within the confinement of their own homes. Netflix, TV and the internet are an ever larger part of life in a country attacked by the Chinese virus. The people are now almost constantly spoon-fed sub-par entertainment / propaganda combined with nearly no ways to exercise, it will surely have a negative effect on the mental and physical well-being of many Europeans. If lock-downs are extended deep into the summer, expect this to be a become a bigger & bigger topic.

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    Germany Closes Border to Europeans, But Migrants Still Allowed In

    Refugee red carpet will continue, despite global pandemic.



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    Germany has closed its border to visitors from Europe due to coronavirus, but migrants claiming asylum from the Middle East and Africa are still allowed to enter the country.

    Aside from exemptions for people from France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland who are providing essential services, German authorities closed the country’s border to all foreign citizens last week.

    However, according to the German Ministry of the Interior, so-called “asylum seekers,” a catch-all term that basically describes economic migrants fleeing from the Middle East and Africa, are still welcome.

    “At Germany’s EU external borders [airports and seaports], there has been no change in the [asylum] procedure,” a representative of the Ministry of the Interior told Junge Freiheit.

    This means that Europeans who previously had a right to enter Germany are being treated as second class citizens compared to migrants from the third world, who merely have to utter the word “asylum” to enter Germany and have their case heard, even in the midst of a deadly global pandemic.

    “In practice, this means that if a migrant were to illegally enter the European Union’s Schengen Zone via Italy or Greece and make it to France or Switzerland, he can still demand asylum in Germany, and thus must be allowed to traverse these countries so that he can formally request it on German territory,” reports Voice of Europe.

    The situation is similar in Sweden, where asylum seekers will continue to be processed and allowed to stay in the country despite a global pandemic.

    Given that migrants already in Germany rioted and displayed ISIS flags when told their refugee camp had to be put in quarantine, one wonders whether newly arrived asylum seekers will obey lockdown rules.

    As Breitbart highlights, attempts to enforce a quarantine in migrant-heavy areas of Paris are proving “impossible” because migrants just ignore the law and congregate in large crowds if confronted by police. Authorities cannot hand out fines to migrants due to fears of a violent “backlash.”

    An Ipsos survey released last week showed that a majority of people in 12 different countries supported closing the borders until the coronavirus outbreak is contained.

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    Prominent German Doctor Slams Coronavirus FAKE Crisis, says its an Attack on Our Freedoms

    Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a prominent German pulmonologist and respiratory disease specialist, explains that there is absolutely no proof that the current so-called coronavirus ‘pandemic’ is any worse than annual seasonal flu-related deaths that we expect every year:

    “The corona hype is not based on any extraordinary public health danger. However, it causes considerable damage to our freedom and personal rights through frivolous and unjustified quarantine measures and restrictions.”

    He also shows why the tests that are being used to diagnose COVID-19 can produce very misleading results. In all, he concludes that the ‘pandemic’ is no different from the ’emperor has no clothes’, and anyone who dares to point out that the emperor is naked is marginalized and ignored.

    Remember that scene in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind when Roy Neary, played by Richard Dreyfuss, takes off his protective face mask because he suspects the alleged viral pandemic is completely fake?

    https://www.eutimes.net/2020/03/prom...-our-freedoms/

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    Just an hypothesis:

    China has bought private dna-testing companies in US, and an insider whistle-blower have claimed they're using the genetic information from these companies to experiment on bio-weapons specifically targeting Europeans. The virus is discovered near the bio-weapons lab in Wuhan, and is then spread to the West and the rest of the World.

    The virus has caused only minor casualties in Asia, but efficiently spread out from there. The casualties are much higher in European-descended countries, and negligible in Africa and S.E. Asia. Perhaps due to genetic dissimilarity with Europeans. Iran has a closer genetic similarity to Europeans, and has experienced high casualties as well.

    If the Chinese already had developed an efficient vaccine before releasing the virus, they could release it in their own population without risking too many domestic casualties and the chance of it becoming endemic, while still obtaining reasonable deniability, and letting the virus spread outside of China. Then they use the vaccine to blackmail the West behind closed doors.

    Notice also that Russia is hardly touched by the pandemic, and closed their borders to China already at the end of January. Well over a month before any Western countries had experienced any major transmission rates or implemented any counter-measures. Russia and China have been increasing their level of partnership in the recent decade.
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    The CDC will set up a coronavirus 'surveillance and data collection system' as part of the $2 trillion stimulus bill, which President Trump just signed into law



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    The CDC will launch a new "surveillance and data collection system" to track the spread of coronavirus in the US, per the coronavirus relief bill signed into law Friday.
    The agency would receive emergency funding as part of the bipartisan stimulus package. Of that, $500 million will go public health data surveillance and analytics infrastructure modernization.
    Tracking the spread of the virus will be a balancing act for the agency, which will have to navigate privacy laws as it expands its surveillance.


    President Donald Trump signed into law a sweeping stimulus bill that will pump emergency funding into the CDC to combat the coronavirus, including a system to gather data on how the virus is spreading.

    The CDC's new funding is part of an emergency stimulus package that provides $2 trillion in funding to boost government health programs and stabilize the American economy during the coronavirus crisis.

    Of the funding allocated to the CDC, the stimulus sets aside at least $500 million for public health data surveillance and modernizing the analytics infrastructure. The CDC must report on the development of a "surveillance and data collection system" within the next 30 days. While it's not clear what form that surveillance system will take, the federal government has reportedly expressed interest in aggregating data that can be gleaned from tech platforms and smartphone use to monitor movement patterns.

    Other countries have already turned to high-tech surveillance systems in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. China rolled out a mandatory smartphone app that asks citizens questions about their level of exposure to people who have demonstrated symptoms, and automatically orders certain users to quarantine themselves. Singapore has issued a similar app that uses Bluetooth to detect people's proximity to those who have been exposed to coronavirus and warns them to get tested if they come in close contact.

    If launched in the US, a smartphone app for tracking people's health would have to comply with privacy laws like HIPAA, which prevents the sharing of people's health information between hospitals, the government, and third parties.

    More broadly, a CDC surveillance system could aim to help the US speed up testing for the people who are the most at risk of COVID-19. The US lags behind most other developed countries in coronavirus testing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verđandi View Post
    Last week, all of the European Union’s national leaders had a virtual conference in which they discussed the possibility of issuing “corona bonds” intended to share the enormous debts that will be incurred during the coronavirus crisis among all the member states. Germany and the Netherlands rejected the suggestion, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
    I've heard the Deutsche bank like many banks are carrying hefty debts and who knows how many will collapse as massive debts loom over both US and Europe. I wouldn't be surprised if a banking or economy crisis has some disguise among the Cornoavirus problems. The broke governments can't afford a disaster with high elderly and migrant populations. Has anyone else thought about this? I'm not surprised of a suicide as he may know much more information than the general public.

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    President of Belarus: COVID Wildly Exaggerated, 'World Is Going Nuts', Keeps Country Operating As Normal, Advises Drinking Vodka



    Time to annex surrender-happy Russia to great Belarus? Have the whole thing run from Minsk where there are still some men around.

    The only “dictator” in Europe also the only leader not rushing to crack down on his people’s freedoms on (social) media’s whim.

    Lukashenko asked about coronavirus: “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

    How refreshing. A leader who will actually lead and isn’t a poodle addicted to kneeling before everything, including a glorified cold.

    And how ironic, supposedly “Europe’s last dictator” but when the push comes to shove he’s the only one on the entire continent refusing to take advantage of the hysteria to crack down on his people’s freedoms:

    [T]hanks to President Alexander Lukashenko, a man who is sometimes referred to as “Europe’s last dictator,” Belarus is the only European country that is still playing soccer.

    With Lukashenko insisting that his country should not “panic” like countries in Western Europe, the Belarusian Premier League’s 2020 season began last Thursday as planned, and games are scheduled to be played this weekend.

    Though Lukashenko has advised citizens to observe social distancing protocols, he has also suggested the coronavirus is a “psychosis.”

    “The civilized world is going nuts. It is absolute stupidity to close state borders,” Lukashenko said last week. “No one is talking about the virus. In the villages, the tractor will heal everyone. The fields heal everyone.” To help combat COVID-19, Lukashenko has recommended having 40–50 grams of vodka daily, frequenting saunas and farm work.


    That’s right, it is a psychosis, and an insane and feeble-minded overreaction.

    Recently, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko displayed an iron calm, saying, “The most important thing is not to panic.”

    The president of the country, where 86 cases have been identified so far, said that they would not take any precautions against the coronavirus, adding, “it happens.”

    Lukashenko stated that everyone who came from abroad was tested, saying: “Two to three people a day have been tested positive for the coronavirus. These people are quarantined for 1.5-2 weeks.”


    Displaying iron calm? We need some more of that. Calm and rationality — not emotion, hysteria and hype. The stupid feelings of excitable simpletons can’t take precedent before the freedom of entire peoples. And in Belarus’ case, they’re not allowed to.



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    Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming around

    In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus.

    For those living in Asia, such announcements will be a vindication of a tactic that has been adopted across much of the region since the beginning of the crisis and appears to have been borne out by lower rates of infection and faster containment of outbreaks.

    In other parts of the world, this message may be confusing, coming after weeks of public health authorities, politicians and media figures confidently claiming masks do not help and urging people instead to focus on washing their hands and maintaining social distancing.

    The tone of such claims ranged from condescending to frustrated, with the US Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeting in late February -- in all caps -- "STOP BUYING MASKS!"

    "They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can't get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk," he added, in a post that has since been retweeted over 43,000 times.

    That same week, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared before lawmakers. Asked if people should wear masks, he had a straightforward answer: "No."

    Now he's not so sure. On Monday, Redfield said told NPR that the CDC was reviewing its guidelines and may recommend general mask use to guard against community infection. It's likely only a matter of time before other mask holdouts, most prominently the World Health Organization (WHO), follow suit.

    Pivot to protection

    Writing last month, Adrien Burch, an expert in microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley, noted that "despite hearing that face masks 'don't work,' you probably haven't seen any strong evidence to support that claim. That's because it doesn't exist."

    In fact, there is evidence of the exact opposite: that masks help prevent viral infections like the current pandemic.

    Burch pointed to a Cochrane Review -- a systemic analysis of published studies on a given topic -- which found strong evidence during the 2003 SARS epidemic in support of wearing masks. One study of community transmission in Beijing found that "consistently wearing a mask in public was associated with a 70% reduction in the risk of catching SARS."

    SARS, like Covid-19, is a respiratory illnesses caused by the same family of viruses called coronavirus.

    While SARS spread around the world, the worst of the epidemic was focused in Asia, particularly mainland China and Hong Kong. The legacy of this experience could be seen early on in the current pandemic, as news of a virus spreading led people across the region to don face masks to protect themselves.

    From the beginning, Hong Kong and many other Asian governments have recommended people wear masks in public, whether they are showing virus symptoms or not.

    Despite eye-rolling in some parts of the Western press, and talk of Asia's "obsession" with face masks, the tactic appears to have contributed in helping to stem the outbreak.
    Taiwan, South Korea and mainland China, all places with widespread mask use, have seen greater success in preventing major outbreaks or reigning them in once they begin than in Europe and North America where masks are either not used or hard to come by.

    Speaking to CNN, Ivan Hung, an infectious diseases specialist at the Hong Kong University School of Medicine, said that "if you look at the data in Hong Kong, wearing a mask is probably the most important thing in terms of infection control."

    "And it not only brings down the cases of coronaviruses, it also brings down the influenza," he said. "In fact, this is now the influenza season, and we hardly see any influenza cases. And that is because the masks actually protected not only against coronaviruses but also against the influenza viruses as well."

    At the beginning of March, Hong Kong had only around 150 cases of the virus, despite being on the frontlines of the pandemic since it began and not instituting many of the more draconian population controls seen elsewhere. The city has only seen a spike recently after people began returning to the city from Europe and the US.

    "Based on the research, face masks are much more likely to help than to hurt," according to Burch. "Even if it's just a homemade cloth mask, if you wear it correctly and avoid touching it, the science suggests that it won't hurt you and will most likely reduce your exposure to the virus."

    Heightened contradictions

    In its guidance on the coronavirus, the CDC notes that it spreads primarily "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneeze," which "can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs."

    The agency recommends that people who are sick wear a face mask or otherwise attempt "to cover your coughs and sneezes," while those caring for them should also wear a face mask whenever they are in the same room.

    Yet, in the same advice, the CDC said that non-symptomatic "do not need" to wear face masks, adding that they "may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers."

    And this is what has been so frustrating and confusing for many people, particularly those who advocate for wearing face masks as a precaution. The CDC, along with the WHO and several other public health bodies and experts, has been simultaneously claiming that masks do not offer protection in ordinary circumstances, while stating they are necessary for health workers and caregivers.

    This conflicting advice helped create confusion and no small amount of hostility towards officials who people felt were lying to them and putting them at risk. There were numerous replies to Adams' tweet about masks in February asking "why are masks good for healthcare workers but not for the public?" Writing last month in the New York Times, Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of information science, said that "to help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy."

    "Providing top-down guidance with such obvious contradictions backfires exactly because lack of trust is what fuels hoarding and misinformation," she said, adding that if officials were concerned about shortages, they should have stated this outright, and asked people to donate masks they had bought to hospitals, not claimed they were ineffective in the first place.

    "When people feel as though they may not be getting the full truth from the authorities, snake-oil sellers and price gougers have an easier time."

    Masks work

    Trying to avoid mask shortages for healthcare workers appears to have been the main priority of those arguing against widespread their widespread use. But while the motivation behind this may have been good, such advice may have actually helped spread the virus, thus adding to the number of patients overwhelming hospitals.
    One of the reasons the CDC's Redfield gave for potentially changing the guidance on masks is that the coronavirus can be spread when people are asymptomatic, and therefore having everyone covering their faces -- as has been the norm in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia since January -- could help rein in transmission.
    That the virus is spread before people feel sick is not news, however. It's been widely supposed since the first weeks of the outbreak, and evidence has only grown stronger in recent months.

    And even if there was not asymptomatic transmission, universal or near universal mask wearing has its uses. As others have noted, instructing only the sick to wear masks is essentially asking people to put a sign on themselves inviting fear and hostility, whereas if everyone wears a mask when outside, the sick are more likely to do so, thus protecting people around them.

    The lack of masks and other protective equipment in hospitals across the US and other countries should be remedied as fast as possible. But these shortages were caused by policy failures and supply chain issues, not a sudden run on 75 cent paper masks by concerned members of the public.

    As the evidence increasingly comes round in favor of masks, we must ask how many infections might have been avoided if in January, instead of saying masks wouldn't help, officials and the media had instead lobbied for factories to ramp up domestic production, provided guidance on how to make masks at home, and asked other countries to donate surplus materials?
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    NYC mayor to synagogues: Close for coronavirus or be shut down permanently



    "I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faith in this time of crisis. But we do not need gatherings that will endanger people."

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned the Jewish community that synagogues that continue to defy coronavirus regulations and hold services will be permanently shut down. While the majority of synagogues have closed in accordance with city orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus by limiting social gathering, others have stayed open.

    "We’ve had extraordinary, across the board rabbinical support from all the different elements of the Jewish community and the same is true of other faiths as well," de Blasio said in his Friday news briefing, according to The Jewish Press.

    Some synagogues, however, are still holding minyanim, gatherings of 10 worshipers or more, to hold prayer services.

    “A small number of religious communities, specific churches and specific synagogues, are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s so widespread," de Blasio said.

    "I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church, and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services," he warned, however admitting that he does not "say this with joy."

    "I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faith in this time of crisis. But we do not need gatherings that will endanger people."
    The mayor called on religious citizens, asking that anyone who witnesses services taking place to report to the congregation's officials and request them to stop services. Should that not be enough, the authorities may "need to take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently."

    De Blasio said people should find other ways to practice their faiths.
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    Sweden allows migrant protest despite banning gatherings



    The Swedish government on Tuesday afternoon allowed a large group of pro-Palestinian activists to protest outside of the migration office without a permit despite there being a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more.

    Roughly 70 activists protesters gathered outside the Migration Board’s premises in Gothenburg to express their discontent that so that some Palestinian migrants have been denied residence permits, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.

    The protests have been ongoing since January 8th.

    “They sit there more or less every day, as I understand it,” said police spokesman Peter Adlersson.

    The protests were allowed to take place despite the fact that the group of migrant activists failed to obtain a permit and violated the country’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 peoples to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

    “At the moment we will let them hold it. We will dissolve it if we feel it is needed, those assessments are made all the time. For this particular demonstration, it is very quiet because they sit down and even are silent. They seem unhappy with the Swedish Migration Board,” said Johan Ljung, a police officer who was on duty at the time of the protest.

    As of this report, Sweden currently has recorded 4,435 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, according to data from John Hopkins University

    Sweden’s leftist government has been widely criticized for the way it has approached the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike most countries, Sweden has not closed its borders and hasn’t made social distancing compulsory.

    A week ago, Voice of Europe reported that Sweden’s Somali community has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with at least 6 of the 15 victims who have died of the disease at the time in Sweden being of Somali background.

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