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This is our future: countries w/ close ties to Beijing play down threat of #coronavirus. "Some governments have either played down the threat of the epidemic or openly worried about offending a superpower whose economic heft can propel their economies."nytimes.com/2020/02/02/wor…
Philippine President Duterte, "who has brought the Philippines closer to China while distancing it from the United States, said there was no reason to bar visitors from mainland China, bringing a barrage of criticism from local medical experts."
Even high-levl officials promote folk remedies. After FaceBook user in Myanmar wrote widely read tribute to onions as way to prevent transmission of #coronavirus, chief min U Myint Mg,shared on FB:"Chinese govt announcd people shld consume & hv on hand as many onions as they can”
“We are not as prepared as first-world countries,” said Anthony Leachon, a Philippine health advocate who had urged a temporary entry ban, even if it risked riling Beijing. “Countries should break protocols to save their people.”
"And China has been pressuring countries not to ban its travelers, with a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman calling an entry ban enacted by the United States 'not in keeping with the facts' and not 'in keeping with friendship.'” #coronavirus
PM Hun Sen "who has tethered his country close to China, has said he will not ban flights from China. Nor will he organize an effort to evacuate Cambodians from Wuhan, as othr nations hv done because they “hv to continue staying there & joining w/ Chinese to fight this disease”
And for all those people who @ at me, perhaps best to read the article first. #coronavirus
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