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World alert: Governments prepare for pandemic – Scientists: ”Virus mutates aggressively”

Scientists around the world are now trying to find the antidote. Russia, China and laboratories in Europe are constantly testing to find the drug that will kill the virus.

Governments are preparing

More and more governments around the world are preparing and announcing emergency measures to be ready to manage the scenario in which the current coronavirus epidemic has become a pandemic.

Although the World Health Organization is distancing itself from declaring a pandemic for coronavirus, it is characteristic that the number of cases recorded worldwide is more than that recorded in China.

Many scientists believe that the window of opportunity for controlling the virus has now closed, and that States should henceforth put their weight on the proper preparation of their health systems to manage the outbreaks.

In this context, Australia has announced emergency measures, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying there is every indication that the world will be confronted with a pandemic, with Taiwan raising its backlash against the coronavirus, while in the US, the president Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to handle this health crisis.

It is noteworthy that the US and South Korea have announced that they are suspending their joint military exercises due to the coronavirus while the IMF and World Bank spring meetings are in the air.

Scientists find that Covid-19 has a mutation of HIV type AIDS

While most scientists insist the new coronavirus did not come from humans, new research by scientists in China and Europe reveals that the disease exhibits an “HIV-type mutation” that allows it to bind to human cells up to 1,000 times stronger than the Sars virus, according to SCMP, according to Chinese media, but also according to theGuardian

It is recalled that at the end of January 2020, a team of scientists from India wrote in a scientific paper arguing that the coronavirus may have been genetically modified to incorporate parts of the HIV genome.

This unusual similarity of the nCoV protein as well as the HIV-1 gp120 and Gag are unlikely to be random in nature which means it is unlikely to occur naturally.
New research from a team from Nankai University believes that COV-19 does indeed exhibit an “HIV-type mutation” that allows it to enter the human body quickly by binding to an ACE2 receptor.

Highly contagious viruses, including HIV and Ebola, target an enzyme called furin, which acts as a protein activator in the human body.

When looking at the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, Professor Ruan Jishou and his team at Nankai University in Tianjin, found a portion of mutated genes that did not exist in Sars but were similar to those found in HIV and Ebola.
Coronavirus may indeed contain a specific HIV-like trait that makes it highly infectious, the result of a rather curious “mutation”.

”Headache” in Europe from the rapid spread of the virus

The epidemic of the new coronavirus is spreading with geometrical progress in European countries, with more and more new cases being added. The situation is still more critical in Italy, with the government ready to approve new financial measures.

More specifically, according to Italian media, cases in Italy amount to 474 and tomorrow the cabinet of Giuseppe Conte’s government is to adopt new financial measures in support of businessmen and all business affected by the virus.

First confirmed case in Vienna

Vienna has the first confirmed infection with the new coronavirus, as announced shortly before noon by the office of City Councilor Peter Hacker, responsible for Health in the City and Vienna State.

Without giving further details, which are expected to be given at a press conference later, the announcement states that this is an elderly man hospitalized at one of the municipal hospitals in the Austrian capital.

Switzerland: Three new confirmed cases

At the same time, the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Switzerland has increased to 4, the country’s health authorities announced today.

In the Geneva canton of western Switzerland, a man has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, and it has also been confirmed that a couple in the southeastern canton of Grayson have also been infected, they said in a statement.

Two new cases in the UK

Two new cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, bringing their total number to 15, England’s Archbishop Chris Whittier announced today.

“Patients have been infected with the virus in Italy and Tenerife and have been transferred to specialist NHS (National Health Service) treatment centers at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital in London,” it said in a statement.

Ten new cases in Germany

Ten new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have been confirmed by authorities over the last 24 hours in Germany, with suspected cases being investigated in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 100

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 101

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 102

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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