Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Faster please!! (UPDATE)

And now it seems that various corporations are getting in on containment, Global Corporate Giants Limit China Travel in Response to Coronavirus:
Multinational companies such as JPMorgan Chase JPM +0.70% & Co., Apple Inc. AAPL +3.15% and Kraft Heinz Co. KHC -0.30% are suspending business trips to China amid concerns about an outbreak of the fast-spreading coronavirus.\ 
JPMorgan JPM 0.68% banned travel into and out of mainland China and imposed a two-week, work-from-home quarantine on anyone who had been there in recent weeks.
All good, non-hysterical stuff with no need for conspiracy theories.

The financial market TV service CNBC is reporting that the White House has told airline executives it's considering suspending flights from China to the U.S. as the new coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across the world continues to spread:
The Trump administration is looking at a variety of measures to contain the fast-spreading virus that has infected roughly 4,700 people across the globe, U.S. health officials told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. White House officials called executives at major U.S. carriers on Tuesday, telling them that a temporary ban on China flights is on the table, according to people familiar with those conversations. 
But they haven't pulled the trigger yet. My Chicago rellies are starting to get nervous:
United Airlines, which has the most service of the U.S. airlines to Hong Kong and mainland China with about a dozen daily flights, on Tuesday announced it would cancel dozens of flights next month to Hong Kong and mainland China as the outbreak worsens.  
The Chicago-based airline said it has experienced "a significant decline in demand for travel to China." United and its rivals Delta and American are waiving cancellation and change fees for travelers booked to China. The restrictions could affect flights into and out of China, as well as airports across the United States, administration officials said. They declined to be named because no final decision has been made.
A significant decline? Frankly I'd have expected it to have fallen off a cliff by now, simply as a precaution. I take little notice of the MSM hysteria: judging from second-hand sources it sounds like it's pitched high, as usual.

But still, the best and simplest way to beat a virus is containment, the only problem being the degree of interconnection in our world. As a teenager I recall that our class had to study a 1970's British TV show that dealt with such a situation, although that was about a bio-warfare-connected outbreak: Survivors. Sadly the opening scene (linked above) and episode was the best of it. And I'd forgotten this:
It concerns the plight of a group of people who have survived an apocalyptic plague pandemic, which was accidentally released by a Chinese scientist and quickly spread across the world via air travel. 
I don't know the stats for NZ-China flights and passengers but given the tourism and business links that now exists between our two nations it's got to be up there.


pdm said...

It is okay Tom - the COL will arrange a working group tomorrow - or the next day.

Anonymous said...

There are 5 or 6 flights from mainland China a day into NZ - 4 or 5 to Auckland and 1 to Christchurch.


Anonymous said...

Don't worry Tom, I have the evil Dr Fu Manchu and his villainous slitty eyed henchmen firmly under lock and key. They shall bother you no more.

Kind regards,
Bulldog Drummond

Tom Hunter said...

You really don't have any idea how pathetic your 1960/70's anti-Right-Wing stance is, do you?

All this mindless taunting, as if you're some 60's protestor on the frontlines of yet another forever trendy Lefty march against a conservative status quo world, insulting old WWII vets just to get them all red-faced and angry.

How pathetic. It's 2020 and the world has changed.

Well, aside from Winston Peters, who you no doubt support.

Anonymous said...

Really Tom, you are a man/boy of many parts. I learned everything I know at your knee while gazing in adoration into your manly boyish eyes and listening to tales of mindless taunting.

Blogger Tom Hunter said...

It is doubtful now that Trump will survive the impeachment process...


You really don't have a fucking clue how the USA works, do ya chief.

January 17, 2020 at 1:37 AM

(A head back unrestrained belly laugh)

Anonymous said...

Too right Bulldog, the alt right blogs are kicking off with the conspiracy theories already.

"Zero Hedge, a blog with a track record of publishing false information, said in a Jan. 26 story that the coronavirus is part of a Chinese plot to develop a bioweapon. The article was republished from a website called Great Game India.

"Last year a mysterious shipment was caught smuggling Coronavirus from Canada. It was traced to Chinese agents working at a Canadian lab," the story reads. "Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to Chinese Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak."

The story weaves together unrelated facts to construct a conspiracy theory.

Anon 1:47 Good one, be careful the biter does not like being bit


ROFL said...

Anonymous said...

ROFL. Just bloody gobsmacked is the world that creepy.

John Petrie

Tom Hunter said...

Global Corporate Giants Limit China Travel in Response to Coronavirus

Perfectly sensible move. No need for hysteria or conspiracy theories either.