The 9pm His Plague Diary 9

Cats occupy the COVID-19 social distancing markers in Quezon City, Philippines. The tweet has even better photos. (Philippine Star)

It’s Day 60 of Stilgherrian’s coronavirus isolation. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is starting to tell us it’s time to move towards opening the economy. But with COVID-19 infections in the US at such high levels, are we moving to early?

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Episode Links

  • TRUMP: “Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of the sudden she tested positive ... this is why the whole concept of tests aren't necessarily great ... today, I guess, for some reason, she tested positive."
  • We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook.... that they ignored. And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office... that they abolished. And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75%
  • The men tested positive for the virus after the aircraft carrier docked in Guam in March, but were cleared to return to the ship after a pair of negative tests spaced one or two days apart. The seemingly mysterious resurgence of infections interests researchers trying to understand the novel virus, including how immunity works.
  • The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, plans to conduct city-wide nucleic acid testing over a period of 10 days, according to an internal document seen by Reuters and two sources familiar with the situation. Every district in the city has been told to submit a detailed testing plan by Tuesday for their respective area, the document showed.
  • Oxford University epidemiologists have found that around half of COVID19 transmission occurred before individuals were symptomatic and looked at how a contact tracing app could help reduce this form of onward transmission.
  • The demonstrators a demanding the arrest of Bill Gates. A speaker has displayed a dossier “proving” coronavirus is a conspiracy theory. They’re blaming the government and the media for the spread of misinformation. @9NewsMelb
  • The crowd has broken into chants of "arrest Bill Gates" at the anti-lockdown protest at Parliament House in Melbourne @theage. The crowd has grown considerably since midday.
  • Orbital - Belfast (Official Music Video)
  • These stray cats were spotted occupying the circle marks intended for the implementation of social distancing protocols in front of a store in Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City on Sunday amid enhanced community quarantine.

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