Still no deaths on the Diamond Princess, 24 days after the 80-year-old man boarded the ship, 10 days after he became the first nCoV case.
The passengers are pretty elderly:
As of last Wednesday, about 80 percent of the 2,666 passengers were age 60 or older, with 215 in their 80s and 11 in their 90s.
Should the world be concerned? Perhaps.
Will there be a terrible Wuhan pandemic? Probably not.
Again, the analogy to climate change alarm is striking. Alarm based on lack of underlying scientific knowledge plus unfounded worst case projections
Tobacco smoke alarmism is another example, of course.
The WHO is busy stoking the alarmism:
Killer coronavirus is ‘the worst enemy you can ever imagine’ and may pose a greater global threat than terrorism, World Health Organisation warns
The real crisis may prove to be an economic and political crisis far greater than the original medical crisis. After shutting down much of the Chinese economy, attempts are being made to restart it. But since the virus appears to have spread to all regions of China, the Chinese appear to have lost control of it anyway.
In his 2016 book The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century, Norwegian political scientist Stein Ringen describes contemporary China as a “controlocracy,” arguing that its system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than what came before. China’s “controlocracy” now bears primary responsibility for the coronavirus epidemic that is sweeping across that country and the world…
The first coronavirus case appeared in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, on December 1, 2019, and, as early as the middle of the month, the Chinese authorities had evidence that the virus could be transmitted between humans. Nonetheless, the government did not officially acknowledge the epidemic on national television until January 20. During those seven weeks, Wuhan police punished eight health workers for attempting to sound the alarm on social media. They were accused of “spreading rumors” and disrupting “social order.”
It would seem that it was during those seven weeks that the epidemic gathered momentum, and spread across China, just when it might have been possible to prevent this happening.
This is what happens with top-down control. The truth is suppressed in order to preserve the appearance of normality.
Having failed to contain the epidemic, the lockdown of Wuhan and multiple other cities is a further example of top-down control.
And with an economic crisis resulting from the lockdown, the attempts to restart the economy are a further example of top-down control.
The top-down controlling Communist Chinese government is blundering from one crisis to another. And the Chinese people are losing confidence in them. So now there’s a political crisis rapidly developing in China. What happens when China is being simultaneously ravaged by a country-wide epidemic, and its industry has ground to a standstill, and the political class are being shown to be incompetent/ineffectual?
What happens when more or less every country in the world then has pretty much the same experience?
And what if there was no real cause for alarm? What if 2019-nCoV turns out to be not much different from a run-of-the-mill flu epidemic. Nobody on the Diamond Princess has yet died.
And isn’t it interesting that much of the news about it all is coming from ordinary people bottom-up posting up their own video reports online, rather than from top-down mainstream news media?