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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BREAKING : Hong Kong Issues "Red Alert" Against South Korea Travel Due To MERS

All travel through ASEAN air hubs should be cancelled; do not travel by air in ASEAN  

REUTERS
By Ju-Min Park and James Pomfret 
06/10/2015

Hong Kong issued a "red alert" advisory on Tuesday against non-essential travel to South Korea, where eight new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported, bringing the total to 95 with seven fatalities.


Air travellers now subject to medical checks
The number of new South Korean cases was a sharp drop from 23 on Monday, but the number of schools closed grew to 2,208, including 20 universities. "At this stage, to issue a clear message is something the Hong Kong government thinks is necessary," Hong Kong's number two official, Carrie Lam, told reporters just before the travel warning was posted. A red alert, the second-highest outbound travel advisory on a three-point scale, is defined as a "significant threat" according to the Hong Kong government, and means people should "adjust travel plans" and "avoid non-essential travel."


On Monday, Hong Kong upgraded its response to the outbreak in South Korea to "serious".

Nam Kyung-pil, governor of Gyeonggi province, which surrounds the South Korean capital, Seoul, said 32 of its large general hospitals have joined the campaign to fight the outbreak by offering to take in anyone who is showing MERS symptoms.

"We are fighting two wars; The war against the disease and the war against fear," Nam said.

The head of the Korean Hospital Association, who accompanied the country's deputy prime minister on a visit on Tuesday to a Daejeon hospital where MERS patients were being treated, criticized the government for poor communication.




"The hospitals that did not receive information on patients have been wounded deeply," Park Sang-geun said during an open meeting.

It was only on Sunday that South Korean officials released the names of all the health facilities where MERS victims had been treated or visited, which now number 35.

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TOURISTS CANCEL TRIPS

The World Health Organization (WHO) began work on a joint mission with South Korean doctors and officials to review the country's response and analyze the virus. 

The WHO has not recommended any curb on travel, but thousands of tourists have canceled plans to visit South Korea.


MERS "novel" corona virus

The Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong has canceled all tours to South Korea that were scheduled to set off between now and June 30, excluding cruises, with 10,000 to 12,000 travelers to be affected, the city's public broadcaster reported.

South Korea's response has been aggressive and is getting better, a WHO specialist, Peter Ben Embarek, said in Geneva, adding it should still not be surprising if there were a few cases of infection coming outside of hospitals.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called for an all-out national effort to eradicate the outbreak, which has been spreading since a 68-year-old businessman brought it home from a Middle East trip last month.




All subsequent infections in South Korea have occurred in healthcare facilities and been traced to the original patient. 

South Korea has the second highest number of infections, after Saudi Arabia, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The seventh reported MERS death in South Korea was a 68-year-old woman who had an existing heart ailment and had been in the emergency room of a Seoul hospital, where a number of previous confirmed cases had been traced.

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South Korea's central bank is now expected to cut interest rates on Thursday in a preemptive move to dampen the economic impact of the MERS outbreak, according to a Reuters poll of analysts released on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs downgraded the 2015 GDP growth forecast for South Korea to 2.8 percent from a previous estimate of 3.3 percent. It said 0.2 percentage points of this reduction could be ascribed to the MERS outbreak.




The Chinese territory of Macau required masks for people entering local healthcare facilities as a precaution against MERS, and advised residents to avoid travel to South Korea unless absolutely necessary. 

Singapore said it would start screening body temperatures of passengers arriving from South Korea from late Tuesday.

Taiwanese health authorities issued a travel alert to cover all of South Korea late on Tuesday, widening its caution on travel to the country. Earlier, Taiwan had issued its travel alert only for Seoul, while putting the rest of the country on a less serious "watch" level.




Some 2,892 people who may have had contact with MERS patients have been put under quarantine, some in hospitals but most at home. Authorities are using mobile phones to track people who violate quarantine.

South Korea's new cases bring the total of MERS cases globally to 1,244, based on World Health Organization (WHO) data, with at least 446 related deaths.

Additional reporting by Seungyun Oh and Christine Kim in SEOUL, Stephanie Nebehay in GENEVA, J.R. Wu in Taipei and Manuel Mogato in MANILA; Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Tony Munroe and Raju Gopalakrishnan.



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Obama Lawyers Asked Secret Court To Ignore Public Court's Decision On Spying

Obama: "Don't like our spying on you? Tough shit."

THE GUARDIAN
By Spencer Ackerman
06/09/2015

The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.


The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop. US officials confirmed last week that they would ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court – better known as the Fisa court, a panel that meets in secret as a step in the surveillance process and thus far has only ever had the government argue before it – to turn the domestic bulk collection spigot back on.


Justice Department national security chief John A Carlin cited a six-month transition period provided in the USA Freedom Act – passed by the Senate last week to ban the bulk collection – as a reason to permit an “orderly transition” of the NSA’s domestic dragnet.


U.S. Justice Department traitor, Obama whore John Carlin
Carlin did not address whether the transition clause of the Freedom Act still applies now that a congressional deadlock meant the program shut down on 31 May.

But Carlin asked the Fisa court to set aside a landmark declaration by the second circuit court of appeals. Decided on 7 May, the appeals court ruled that the government had erroneously interpreted the Patriot Act’s authorization of data collection as “relevant” to an ongoing investigation to permit bulk collection.


Carlin, in his filing, wrote that the Patriot Act provision remained “in effect” during the transition period.

“This court may certainly consider ACLU v Clapper as part of its evaluation of the government’s application, but second circuit rulings do not constitute controlling precedent for this court,” Carlin wrote in the 2 June application. 


NSA scum Clapper and Alexander
Instead, the government asked the court to rely on its own body of once-secret precedent stretching back to 2006, which Carlin called “the better interpretation of the statute”. The second circuit court of appeals is supposed to bind only the circuit’s lower courts. 


But the unique nature of the Fisa court – whose rulings practically never became public before whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations – has left ambiguous which public court precedents it is obliged to follow.

“While the Fisa court isn’t formally bound by the second circuit’s ruling, it will certainly have to grapple with the second circuit’s interpretation of the ‘relevance’ requirement. The [court] will also have to consider whether Congress effectively adopted the second circuit’s interpretation of the relevance requirement when it passed the USA Freedom Act,” said Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director of the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit the second circuit decided.




The second circuit did not issue an injunction stopping the bulk collection. It deferred to the then-ongoing congressional debate over the USA Freedom Act, citing legislation as the more appropriate mode of relief. The ACLU, now confronting a potential return of bulk surveillance via the Fisa court, is considering seeking an injunction in the appropriate federal district court should the Fisa Court grant the government surveillance request.

Yet Carlin’s request to the Fisa court suggested the Obama administration would not consider the second circuit the last word – and might seek to challenge the injunction.


Carlin told the Fisa court that the government was “considering its litigation options in regard to the second circuit’s opinion”, which would have to mean a challenge before the US supreme court. Carlin added in a footnote: “In the event an injunction of some sort were to issue by the district court, the government would need to assess, in light of the nature and scope of whatever injunction the district court issued, its ability to carry out authority granted under an order issued by this court.”


But the Fisa court must first decide whether the new bulk-surveillance request is lawful.

On Friday, the conservative group FreedomWorks filed a rare motion before the Fisa court, asking it to reject the government’s surveillance request as a violation of the fourth amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. Fisa court judge Michael Moseman gave the justice department until this coming Friday to respond – and explicitly barred the government from arguing that FreedomWorks lacks the standing to petition the secret court.




“The only federal appeals court to have considered this surveillance concluded, after very careful analysis, that it’s unlawful. It’s disturbing and disappointing that the government is proposing to continue it,” said Jaffer, of the ACLU.



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China Takes Precautions As MERS Virus Spreads In South Korea

China was the initial target of this intentional release by the Obama criminals who attempted to use South Korea as a vector - an overt act of war - thereby obscuring the origin of this man-made "novel" virus; the same modus operandi as with SARS in Singapore in 2003    

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
By Peter Ford
06/09/2015

As Chinese authorities brace for a possible outbreak of the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus here they are so far steering clear of the sort of draconian steps they imposed when swine flu threatened the country six years ago.


MERS
But the government’s quarantine rules are still much stricter than in neighboring South Korea, where nearly 100 people have been infected and seven have died.

The virus is spreading in South Korea, forcing the closure of thousands of schools and leading the government to recommend that 2,300 people at risk stay at home in voluntary quarantine. The police have been asked to monitor those peoples’ cell phones to track their whereabouts.


In China, meanwhile, 75 people who came into contact with a visiting South Korean later found to be suffering from MERS were all located and immediately put into mandatory quarantine for two weeks. 

None of them have shown any symptoms; the tourist is so far the only case of MERS to have been diagnosed in China.


Patient one: A businessman brought the Middle East respiratory syndrome to South Korea in early May. Since then, he has likely spread the virus to more than 20 other people. Several of those have passed the virus onto others.  Maia Majumder/Health Map

“China has an advantage in these circumstances,” says Huang Yanzhong, a professor of public health at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. “As an authoritarian state it is able to mobilize the bureaucracy and the police to locate and quarantine people in a very efficient and speedy manner.”


"Novel" corona viruses such as H5N1, SARS and MERS
But the authorities have not gone nearly as far as they did in 2009, when H1N1 influenza appeared in Mexico and the US. 

At that time, China banned all flights from Mexico the day after it confirmed its first case. For two months, agents in full hazmat suits boarded every arriving international flight to take everybody’s temperature. 

If one passenger registered more than 37.5 C (99.5 F), everyone onboard was quarantined.



That was “perhaps a little bit of an over-reaction,” says Li Zhizhun, a doctor with the US Centers for Disease Control office in Beijing. “The response this time is more realistic. They are taking decisions more scientifically now.”

Containment, relying on quarantine for potential victims, “makes sense” in the current circumstances, since there is no known cure for the virus and it is still not widespread in Asia, says Prof. Huang. “Quarantine is the only effective approach,” he says.

LESS COMMUNICABLE THAN SARS

MERS is tied to the same viral family as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that for a time in 2002 panicked and immobilized China after spreading from Guangdong Province in the south. MERS first appeared in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and is thought to have originated in camels.


DO NOT listen to the CDC liars; MERS DID NOT EXIST 
BEFORE 2012,  and their ludicrous assertion that it
originated in camels is pure kindergarten FANTASY
The World Health Organization says there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of MERS, making it much less communicable than SARS or H1N1, though it is more deadly in those who are infected. 

South Korean authorities have come under fire for their handling of the outbreak of MERS following the return of a businessman from Saudi Arabia last month. 


Officials at first refused to identify the 24 hospitals where the virus had been identified, and gave conflicting advice over whether or not citizens should wear masks.

“South Korea did not handle this outbreak well,” says Huang. “There was miscommunication between government agencies and the government failed to communicate with the public in a consistent, authoritative and timely manner.”


Tourists and casual travellers should avoid South Korea, their airline carriers and all air travel in general until such time as this outbreak has been completely eradicated

The Korean authorities have also allowed most of the people sent into quarantine to stay at home and simply promise not to leave. Not all of them have kept that promise, officials in Seoul say, and potential victims meant to be in isolation can easily evade detection by leaving their mobile phones at home.

Chinese authorities, on the other hand, do not leave such things to chance. Under its MERS control protocol, updated last week, all patients with unexplained high temperatures must be questioned about their recent travel and contact with animals. People who have been in contact with confirmed cases face mandatory 14-day quarantine, and those who have been in contact with suspected cases are kept under medical surveillance at home.



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