Saturday, February 29, 2020

UPDATED: The Complete List of Countries with Confirmed Covid 19 Cases

By Timothy Gamble

2-29-2020 (noon) - The Covid 19 outbreak is now in over 60 countries. Here is the complete list, along with the "official" number of cases for each country. Unforntunately, the "official" numbers are unreliable in several cases (for more on that, see my article Here is what we officially know, and what we really know, about the Covid 19 pandemic from earlier today).

79,251 Mainland China (real numbers are 4X-10X greater)
94 Hong Kong

3,150 South Korea
889 Italy (likely under-reported)
593 Iran (very likely under-reported)
241 Japan
102 Singapore
79 Germany
73 France
66 US
45 Kuwait
42 Thailand
39 Taiwan
38 Bahrain
32 Spain
25 Australia
25 Malaysia
23 UK
21 United Arab Emirates
16 Canada
16 Vietnam
12 Sweden
10 Macau
9 Austria
8 Switzerland
8 Iraq
7 Norway
7 Israel
6 Oman
5 Croatia
4 Netherlands
4 Lebanon
4 Greece
3 India
3 Philippines
3 Finland
3 Romania
2 Russia
2 Pakistan
2 Mexico
1 Afghanistan
1 Qatar
1 Nepal
1 Lithuania
1 Cambodia
1 Georgia
1 North Ireland
1 Nigeria
1 Algeria
1 Iceland
1 Belgium
1 San Marino
1 Denmark
1 North Macedonia
1 Monaco
1 Belarus
1 New Zealand
1 Brazil
1 Estonia
1 Egypt
1 Azerbaijan
1 Sri Lanka


705 Others (Diamond Princess passengers unassigned to a country)
 
Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.
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Here is what we officially know, and what we really know, about the Covid 19 pandemic

By Timothy Gamble

Note: Information in this article has been updated as of 6:00 PM. 

2-29-2020 - At this point its pretty much useless to give "official" numbers for the coronavirus outbreak. We know China has been greatly understating its official numbers. Iran has likely been doing so, too. Now, there is reason to believe Italy, worried about its tourism business, has been less than honest with its numbers. The World Health Organization (WHO), beholden to China on many levels, seems intent on touting the CPC party line regarding the outbreak, rather than providing accurate information. It is a mess. Here is what we do know (or think we know) at this point:

** The outbreak of Covid 19 "officially" started in December of 2019. The is evidence to believe it actually started in November or even October.

** The outbreak's "official" cause is tainted meat (probably bat) sold at a Wuhan market. The BBC reports that Patient Zero, the first person to be infected, had no contact, direct or indirect, with that Wuhan market. This is in line with research published in the medical journal The Lancet, which found that 14 of the first 41 patients had no contact, direct or indirect, with that market.

** The is some reason to believe that the virus actually came from a bioweapons lab in Wuhan. This is dismissed as a conspiracy theory by China, WHO, and the mainstream media. However, many independent experts have voiced this opinion. Most notably, Dr. Francis Boyle, an expert on biological warfare who helped write the US Biological Weapons Act, believes that the Wuhan coronavirus is a biological weapon. "The coronavirus that we’re dealing with here is an offensive biological warfare weapon," according to Boyle, who points out that the Wuhan’s Institute of Virology is known to Western intelligence services as a bioweapons lab, with previous containment problems with other viruses.  

** There is no hard evidence for the biolab origins theory. However, there is equally no hard evidence for the tainted bat meat theory.

** China has not and is not cooperating with non-Chinese experts and organizations. They have allowed a small WHO team into China, but have greatly restricted their access to needed information and, in  particular, are not allowing them to research the origins of Covid 19. 

** China "officially" admits to 79,000 confirmed cases of Covid 19, resulting in over 2,700 deaths. China "officially" claims that the outbreak has decline sharply, with only a trickle of new cases each day.

**  Information leaking out of China, including testimony of medical professionals along with photos and videos, indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers. A study released last week claims the outbreak in China is up to 10X worse than Chinese officials are reporting.

** South Korea, which refused to close its doors to Chinese travellers early on, is experiencing a major outbreak of  Covid 19, including sustained local transmission of the disease. South Korea reports 3,150 cases, including 17 deaths, as of this morning. The South Korean numbers are likely accurate.

** Italy also is experiencing a major outbreak, including sustained local transmission, with 1,128 "official" cases, and 29 deaths. However, several news outlets are reporting that Italy appears to be downplaying the true extent of their outbreak over fears of losing tourism. Italy, which is a part of the open borders of the EU, has spread the disease to many European countries.

** Iran has become the epicenter for the spread of Covid 19 throughout the Middle East, "officially" claiming 593 confirmed cases. The real number of cases is likely much higher.  Iran reports 43 deaths so far. 

** Japan is also experiencing sustained local transmission of Covid 19, with 210 of 242 cases being domestic. There are three deaths due to the virus in Japan.

** In the United States, there are currently 70 confirmed cases - 44 of those are returnees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 3 are evacuees from Wuhan, 12 are other travel related, 3 are person-to-person spread (from travel related cases), and 8 are currently of unknown origin (and represent the first community spread of Covid 19 in the US if their origins cannot be traced). This includes the first death of a Covid 19 patient in the United States earlier today. The death was of a patient in Seattle, Washington.

** Economically, this outbreak has exposed major vulnerabilities in the US supply chain, making abundantly clear our over-reliance on China for many basic goods, parts, and components. These supply chain problems, along with uncertainty over the spread, duration, and severity of this global pandemic, was largely responsible for this past week's massive stock market sell-off.

** Those wishing to understand more about the US over-reliance on China for bio-tech, pharmaceutical, and medical supplies, should check out the 2018 book China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine.

** This is a chaotic and fast-paced breaking news event. As such, all information is subject to rapid change.
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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Reminder: Survivalist Articles Now on Dystopian Survival

Just a quick reminder to my long time readers: I am splitting this website into two websites. www.TimGamble.com is now the dedicated site for News, Politics, and Economics. www.DystopianSurvival.com is the new home of my prepper and survivalist writings. 

Most of my prepper and survivalist articles have been moved to Dystopian Survival already, but I still have a few dozen to move over in the coming weeks. All my future articles relating to preparedness will be posted on Dystopian Survival.

I still need to edit and update my FAQs and Bio pages for both websites. Hopefully, I will have time to do so in the near future. Please be patient.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Updated List of 48 Countries with Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

By Timothy Gamble

2-26-2020 (7:45PM) - Here is the list of all countries with confirmed cases of the Covid 19 coronavirus, as of 7:45PM today. The number of official cases appears first, followed by the country. Total countries with confirmed cases is 47 or 48, depending if you count China and Hong Kong as one or two. There are also 705 cases, mostly cruise ship passengers, not yet assigned to a country.

78,070 Mainland China* 

91 Hong Kong

1,261 South Korea
453 Italy
189 Japan
139 Iran
93 Singapore
60 US
40 Thailand
33 Bahrain
32 Taiwan
27 Germany
26 Kuwait
22 Australia
22 Malaysia
18 France
16 Vietnam
13 Spain
13 United Arab Emirates
13 UK
11 Canada
10 Macau
5 Iraq
4 Oman
3 Philippines
3 Croatia
3 India
2 Israel
2 Russia
2 Lebanon
2 Finland
2 Sweden
2 Pakistan
2 Austria
1 Afghanistan
1 Nepal
1 Cambodia
1 Norway
1 Algeria
1 Belgium
1 Georgia
1 North Macedonia
1 Switzerland
1 Brazil
1 Romania
1 Egypt
1 Greece
1 Sri Lanka


705 Others

* China is severely under-reporting both confirmed cases and deaths, according to epidemiologists.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

List of Countries with Confirmed COVID 19 Cases

By Timothy Gamble

UPDATE 9:45PM - Algeria reports its first case. This is the second case in Africa (other is in Egypt). 

2-25-2020 - Here is the list of all countries with confirmed cases of the Covid 19 coronavirus, as of 3:00PM today. The number of official cases appears first, followed by the country. Total countries with confirmed cases is 39 or 40, depending if you count China and Hong Kong as one or two. There are also 691 cases, mostly cruise ship passengers, not yet assigned to a country.

77,660 Mainland China* (no updates in several days)  

84 Hong Kong

977 South Korea
322 Italy
170 Japan
95 Iran
91 Singapore
53 US
37 Thailand
31 Taiwan
23 Bahrain
22 Australia
22 Malaysia
16 Germany
16 Vietnam
13 United Arab Emirates
13 UK
12 France
11 Canada
10 Macau
8 Kuwait
5 Spain
3 Philippines
3 India
2 Russia
2 Oman
2 Austria
1 Afghanistan
1 Nepal
1 Cambodia
1 Israel
1 Belgium
1 Lebanon
1 Finland
1 Sweden
1 Croatia
1 Switzerland
1 Iraq
1 Egypt
 
1 Algeria 

* China has stopped providing daily updates of confirmed cases.
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Coronavirus Updates for Feb. 25

By Timothy Gamble 

UPDATE 9:45PM - South Korea reports 169 new cases, bringing their total to 1,146. Algeria reports its first case. In the United States, four more confirmed cases have been announced, bringing the US total to 57. 

UPDATE 3:00PM - Italy reported 52 more coronavirus cases today, along with 3 deaths. Iran reported 34 more cases. Japan reported 10 more cases. Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland reported their first cases today, bringing the total number of countries with confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases to 40. 

2-25-2020 - The Wuhan cronavirus continues its slow march across the globe; now in 37 40 countries including China. In the Unted States, a California couple and a number of cruise ship returnees have tested positive for Covid 19, raising the number of US confirmed cases to 53. Fortunately, there is no indication of sustained local transmission of the virus in the US.

However, the situation is very different in South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran, where there is sustained local transmission and a fast raising number of confirmed cases and deaths.

South Korea: 977 confirmed cases and 10 deaths
Italy: 270 322 confirmed cases and 7 10 deaths
Japan: 160 170 confirmed cases and 1 death
Iran: 61 95 confirmed cases and 16 deaths

Italy, and perhaps Iran, will be releasing the numbers for new cases in a few hours. I will update this article to reflect those new numbers when they become available, so check back later today. 


Worldwide, there are 80,289 confirmed cases* of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,704 2,708 deaths.*
The virus is now in 37 40 countries, including China. 

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

* China (and probably Iran) is severly under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak, according to most experts. Information leaking out of China indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers.
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Monday, February 24, 2020

Coronavirus Explodes Outside China: South Korea 800+, Italy 200+, Japan 150+

By Timothy Gamble 

UPDATE 4:00PM: Italy has reported 15 new confirmed cases and 2 more deaths from the coronavirus, raising their death toll to 6.  

Today's steep drop in the stock market (DOW -1,030, S&P 500 -110, and Nasdaq -355) was caused in large part by the realization that the coronavirus has become a global pandemic, has not yet peaked, and will continue for some time (likely months) before the situation significatly improves. This adds up to a much larger impact on the economy than economists and professional investors were previously expecting. 

Oil and copper were down on expectations for lower demand due to the coronavirus. Gold and silver were up.

UPDATE 11:50AM: Afganistan, Bahrain, Iraq, and Oman announced their first cases of coronavirus this morning, bringing the total number of countries with confrimed cases to 36. 

2-24-2020 The Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, is spreading fast outside of China, having gained footholds in mulitple countries with sustained local transmission. South Korea is reporting 833 confirmed cases, including 8 deaths. Italy reports 215 cases, with 4 deaths. Japan reports 154 cases with 1 death.

Over the last several days, Iran has reported 61 confirmed cases with 12 deaths. As with China, there is reason to believe that Iran is under-reporting the severity of the outbreak there. 

What is troubling about these latest reports is that they show sustained local transmission, not just individuals who had recently travelled to China and been infected there.


Worldwide, there are 79,524 confirmed cases* of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,626 deaths.*
The virus is now in 32 countries, including China. 

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

* China (and probably Iran) is severly under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak, according to most experts. Information leaking out of China indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

New Coronavirus Updates

By Timothy Gamble 

2-21-2020 10:00 PM - There is a new batch of coronavirus updates to report. There are now 35 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, most of them contracting the virus overseas. Israel and Lebanon reported their first cases today. Italy put ten towns on voluntary lockdown, after 15 new cases were confirmed today. The virus is now in 32 countries, including China.

Iran reported two new deaths today (rumors of nine Iranian deaths today appear false at this time), making four deaths in Iran, so far.

Worldwide, there are 77,659 confirmed cases* of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,360 deaths.*

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

* China is severly under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak, according to most experts. Information leaking out of China indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers.
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Wuhan Coronavirus Updates - Two deaths in Iran; First case in Israel

By Timothy Gamble 

7:00 PM Update: Italy has reported its first coronavirus death.  

2-21-2020 -  Iran reported two more deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus earlier today. This brings to four the number of deaths in Iran from the coronavirus. Iran is reporting a total of 18 confirmed cases.

Israel confirmed its first case of the coronavirus today. The patient, now in quarantine, is among 11 returnees to Israel from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The others all tested negative for the virus, and are in a 14-day quarantine.

Worldwide, there are 76,798 confirmed cases* of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,250 deaths*, as of 2:00 pm updates.

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

* China is severly under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak, according to most experts. Information leaking out of China indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers.
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Coronavirus Outbreak worsening in South Korea

By Timothy Gamble 

2-21-2020 - Worldwide, there are 76,787 confirmed cases* of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,248 deaths*, as of 10:30 am updates.  The vast majority of both cases and deaths are still in mainland China, however the outbreak is worsening in South Korea, which confirmed 102 new cases on Friday morning. There are more cases in South Korea than in any other country outside of China. 

South Korea refused to close its borders to Chinese visitors, leading to the outbreak there. China expert Gordon G. Chang posted to Twitter this morning "COVID19 is now rapidly spreading through South Korea because President Moon Jaein, to please a heartless China, kept his border open to infected Chinese travelers." Firmly placing the blame on President Moon Jae-in, Chang went on to tweet "Moon Jaein made decisions that guaranteed the fast spread of COVID19 in his South Korea."

Moon himself is quoted in South Korean media stating that the coronavirus spread in local communities is now "very severe" but that "The government is significantly strengthening its infection response system in local communities."

The spread of the coronavirus in South Korea is causing other countries to close their doors to South Korea, banning or quarantining South Korean travellers coming into their countries.

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

* China is severly under-reporting the true extent of the outbreak, according to most experts. Information leaking out of China indicates the real numbers of cases and deaths are likely 4X-5X the "official" numbers released by the Chinese government.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Updates - more possible evidence of Chinese cover-ups

By Timothy Gamble 

Note: This article has been updated as of 9:15pm to reflect the most recent numbers.

2-20-2020 - Worldwide, there are 76,295 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,247 deaths, as of the latest updates. The vast majority of both cases and deaths are still in mainland China. However, there is no doubt that the number of cases and deaths in China are being severly under-reported by the Chinese government. The declining numbers currently being reported by the Chinese simply cannot be trusted.

Chinese media is reporting that 40 industrial incinerators, used for burning animal carcasses and medical waste, have been deployed to Wuhan. This is further stoking fears of a cover-up by the Chinese of the true number of deaths from the virus.

The BBC is reporting that Patient Zero, the first Covid 19 patient in China, did not have any contact with the wild animal and seafood market in Wuhan where China claims the outbreak began. This is in line with research published in the medical journal The Lancet, which found that 14 of the first 41 patients had no contact, direct or indirect, with that market. 

China continues to not cooperate with international organizations and experts regarding the origins of Covid 19.

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Worldwide Death Toll: 2,247 (2,236 in mainland China, 2 in Hong Kong, 2 in Iran, 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Japan, 1 in France, 1 in Taiwan, 1 in South Korea, 2 among the Diamond Princess cruise ship cases)

Confirmed Cases in US: 30 (includes Diamond Princess cruise ship cases now back in the US)

States with Confirmed Cases: California,  Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin

Countries with Confirmed Cases: China, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan,  Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Finland, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Egypt, Iran, the UK, and the Philippines. 

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Nigeria: After two years, Leah Sharibu is still held by her Islamic captors because she refuses to renounce Jesus and convert to Islam.

2-19-2020 - Today marks the two-year anniversary of the kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. Leah Sharibu remains the only one in captivity because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam, as her captors demnd. The following press release, by the human rights organization Save the Persecuted Christians, updates her situation.

Save the Persecuted Christians Keeps Close Watch on Plight of Kidnapped Nigerian Teen, Kept by Boko Haram for Not Renouncing Her Faith in Christ

WASHINGTON—On a horrible day two years ago, then-14-year-old Nigerian Christian teen Leah Sharibu was kidnapped by a Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West African Province, one of the most violent terrorist groups in the world, along with 109 of her female Dapchi schoolmates.

In the days following, five of the girls died in captivity, and 104 were released on March 20, 2018. Leah alone was kept because she refused to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ and convert to Islam, as demanded by her captors.

Save the Persecuted Christians, which advocates on behalf of hundreds of millions of Christians facing heavy persecution worldwide, has followed Leah’s story closely, calling on Christians worldwide to come together to demand her release. For many months, STPC has been working mightily for Leah to be freed—and continues to do so on this sad anniversary of her Feb. 19, 2018, kidnapping.

“Over many agonizing months for her family, it has been reported that Leah was alive, then killed in captivity, thought again to be alive and, most recently, that she is the mother of a newborn son,” said STPC Executive Director Dede Laugesen. 

“Just last week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claimed the Nigerian government is committed to ensuring that every child taken by insurgents will be released. Two years after Leah was taken, the world wants to see action rather than talk.”

At a Feb. 10 side event to the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit in Ethiopia, Buhari told those in attendance at a breakfast dialogue with the theme of “Stop the War on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts, Dividend of Silencing the Guns” that his government “will not relent until every child, boy or girl, every Nigerian adult in custody of Boko Haram, is freed.”

“Let me categorically reassure you of the steadfast commitment of the Government of Nigeria to ensure the freedom of all kidnapped children from the shackles of Boko Haram,” he said.

In an effort to protect believers like Leah, STPC has urged a U.S. special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region because of extreme and heightened violence against Christians there, and in fact delivered an open letter to President Donald Trump about this urgent need in January. At least 1,000 Christians were killed in 2019, with more than 5,000 killed since 2015, according to a U.K. report.

Another recent article quoted Leah’s father, who said his daughter’s ordeal will not cause him to stop attending church or serving God. He also said the Nigerian government knows Leah’s whereabouts.

In June 2019, STPC, along with the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), aided in bringing Leah’s mother, Rebecca Sharibu, to Washington, D.C., to discuss her daughter and the ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria. Dr. Gloria Paldu, the head of the Leah Foundation, was also in attendance, and the two met with members of Vice President Mike Pence’s senior staff.

The Leah Foundation, founded by Leah’s parents, advocates for Nigerian girls seeking to gain an education without fear or harm. Last year, UNICEF reported more than 13 million children in northern Nigeria are not in school—the highest in the world. Many refuse to go to school out of fear. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who visited Washington, D.C., last October to sound the alarm on incessant and increasing insecurity, told Laugesen the number of children out of school in Nigeria is likely higher than that reported by UNICEF.

Voice of America reports: “Education psychologist Mayowa Adegbile explains that increasing numbers of out of school children in Nigeria adversely affects economic growth. ‘Sixty percent of that population are girls only, and you know when you bring it back home, every girl becomes a mother or a woman who would in turn take care of other children. And for a woman who goes to school it has a ripple effect, an economical ripple effect. When she goes to school, she has education, she gets a job, even if she doesn’t have a job… even if it’s just basic secondary school education, she can communicate basic English and mathematics,’ Adegbile said.”

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation at 196 million in 2018, is among the world’s poorest nations. It is also growing very fast. The population, growing at 3.2% a year, is expected to double by 2050 and overtake the United States as the third most populous nation. In 2005, UNICEF reported that about 45% of the population was under age 15, and 40% of children aged 6 to 11 were not in school. The World Bank reports that, “While Nigeria has made some progress in socio-economic terms in recent years, its human capital development remains weak due to under-investment, and the country ranked 152 of 157 countries in the World Bank’s 2018 Human Capital Index.” Adding to these ominous numbers, the unemployment rate in Nigeria has skyrocketed to over 23%.

“Nigeria’s youth face massive hurdles regarding education, employment and dire poverty,” Laugesen added. “As we’ve seen in other countries, this means they are ripe for radicalization and vulnerable to violence and abuse. The nation itself is blessed with enormous natural resources, most especially oil, making it a target for terrorist groups and state-actors looking to profit from corruption and chaos. The United States must get ahead of this burgeoning crisis of international concern with grave national security implications. If Nigeria unravels, the fallout will be felt worldwide. The appointment of a trusted, experienced diplomat as a U.S. special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region is a good place to start.”

The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.

One way is through STPC’s newest traveling exhibit titled “Warfare on Women,” which reveals the specific terror-tactic used to demean and degrade female believers to instill fear into the heart of Christian communities. “Warfare on Women” highlights multiple stories of Christian women, many from Nigeria, who are harmed by religious violence.

The exhibit’s “Kidnapped” banner, which focuses on Nigeria and the abduction of Sharibu, states: “Nigerian girls are being terrorized and enslaved by three of the world’s most dangerous extremists, including Boko Haram, Islamic State in West Africa Province and Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Thousands of people are reportedly held captive in northern Nigeria and the Middle Belt, where kidnapping and banditry fund the terrorists’ genocidal agendas.”

The exhibit’s information banner further states: “In a growing number of countries, Christian women face many forms of discrimination and violence including: restrictions on freedom of dress and movement, employment and legal discrimination, violent assault, widowhood, forced abortions or death of children, false accusations, sexual harassment, forced conversion and marriage, kidnapping, rape, human trafficking and murder. If they survive and return, brutalized women and girls often face shame and exclusion from their families and communities. This must stop.”

Joining the “Warfare on Women” exhibit is “The People of the Cross,” which features images, facts and quotes about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries, including Nigeria. Additional banners feature countries such as Turkey, North Korea, China and others. A majority of the nations highlighted on the banners are high on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, including Nigeria at No. 12. After Pakistan, it ranks No. 2 on the list of most violent countries.

With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemicallythe suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.
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Wuhan Coronavirus Continues to Spread Globally - New Updates.

By Timothy Gamble 

2-19-2020 - A new case of the coronavirus is confirmed in Napa Valley, California, making the 30th confirmed case in the US. A second patient is in isolation in the same hosital pending test results for the virus.

Iran confirmed its first two cases for the coronavirus earlier tooday. [Update: These two cases are now confirmed to be deaths. ]

This morning, both Japan and South Korea reported large increases in their numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases. The increases are the largest one day increases so far for both countries. Hong Kong reported its second death from the coronavirus.

Worldwide, there are 75,285 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, officially named Covid 19, with 2,012 deaths, as of the latest updates. The vast majority of both cases and deaths are still in mainland China.

Worldwide Death Toll: 2,014 (2,006 in mainland China, 2 in Hong Kong, 2 in Iran, 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Japan, 1 in France, 1 in Taiwan)

Confirmed Cases in US: 30 

States with Confirmed Cases: California,  Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin

Countries with Confirmed Cases: China, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan,  Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Finland, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Egypt, Iran, the UK, and the Philippines. 

Data sources: Johns Hopkins CSSEWHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, and DXY.

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