ドイツの感染症専門家 人々に行動規制を強いる政府の政策に科学的根拠がない

German Infectologist Decimates COVID Doomsday Cult in Open Letter to Merkel
A medical expert with integrity asks the German Chancellor five devastating questions about her mindless coronavirus lockdown
Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
31 Mar 20
https://www.anti-empire.com/german-infectologist-decimates-covid-doomsday-cult-in-open-letter-to-merkel/

Editor’s note: Dr. Bhakdi released a now-viral video in which he calmly explained why nationwide lockdowns are “collective suicide”. Now he has written an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is fantastic

An Open Letter from Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, to the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Professor Bhakdi calls for an urgent reassessment of the response to Covid-19 and asks the Chancellor five crucial questions. The let­ter is dated March 26. This is an inofficial translation; see the original letter in German as a PDF.

Open Letter

Dear Chancellor,

As Emeritus of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz and longtime director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently taking on ourselves in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is expressly not my intention to play down the dangers of the virus or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to putting the current data and facts into perspective – and, in addition, to ask questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated debate.

The reason for my concern lies above all in the truly unforeseeable socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures which are currently being applied in large parts of Europe and which are also already being practiced on a large scale in Germany.

My wish is to discuss critically – and with the necessary foresight – the advantages and disadvantages of restricting public life and the resulting long-term effects.

To this end, I am confronted with five questions which have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.

I would like to ask you to comment quickly and, at the same time, appeal to the Federal Government to develop strategies that effectively protect risk groups without restricting public life across the board and sow the seeds for an even more intensive polarization of society than is already taking place.

With the utmost respect,

Prof. em. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi
1. Statistics

In infectiology – founded by Robert Koch himself – a traditional distinction is made between infection and disease. An illness requires a clinical manifestation. [1] Therefore, only patients with symptoms such as fever or cough should be included in the statistics as new cases.

In other words, a new infection – as measured by the COVID-19 test – does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a newly ill patient who needs a hospital bed. However, it is currently assumed that five percent of all infected people become seriously ill and require ventilation. Projections based on this estimate suggest that the healthcare system could be overburdened.

My question: Did the projections make a distinction between symptom-free infected people and actual, sick patients – i.e. people who develop symptoms?
2. Dangerousness

A number of coronaviruses have been circulating for a long time – largely unnoticed by the media. [2] If it should turn out that the COVID-19 virus should not be ascribed a significantly higher risk potential than the already circulating corona viruses, all countermeasures would obviously become unnecessary.

The internationally recognized International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents will soon publish a paper that addresses exactly this question. Preliminary results of the study can already be seen today and lead to the conclusion that the new virus is NOT different from traditional corona viruses in terms of dangerousness. The authors express this in the title of their paper „SARS-CoV-2: Fear versus Data“. [3]

My question: How does the current workload of intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compare to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent will this data be taken into account in further decision-making by the federal government? In addition: Has the above study been taken into account in the planning so far? Here too, of course, „diagnosed“ means that the virus plays a decisive role in the patient’s state of illness, and not that previous illnesses play a greater role.
3. Dissemination

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, not even the much-cited Robert Koch Institute knows exactly how much is tested for COVID-19. It is a fact, however, that a rapid increase in the number of cases has recently been observed in Germany as the volume of tests increases. [4]

It is therefore reasonable to suspect that the virus has already spread unnoticed in the healthy population. This would have two consequences: firstly, it would mean that the official death rate – on 26 March 2020, for example, there were 206 deaths from around 37,300 infections, or 0.55 percent [5] – is too high; and secondly, it would mean that it would hardly be possible to prevent the virus from spreading in the healthy population.

My question: Has there already been a random sample of the healthy general population to validate the real spread of the virus, or is this planned in the near future?
4. Mortality

The fear of a rise in the death rate in Germany (currently 0.55 percent) is currently the subject of particularly intense media attention. Many people are worried that it could shoot up like in Italy (10 percent) and Spain (7 percent) if action is not taken in time.

At the same time, the mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors. This violates a basic principle of infectiology: only when it is certain that an agent has played a significant role in the disease or death may a diagnosis be made. The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies of Germany expressly writes in its guidelines: „In addition to the cause of death, a causal chain must be stated, with the corresponding underlying disease in third place on the death certificate. Occasionally, four-linked causal chains must also be stated.“ [6]

At present there is no official information on whether, at least in retrospect, more critical analyses of medical records have been undertaken to determine how many deaths were actually caused by the virus.

My question: Has Germany simply followed this trend of a COVID-19 general suspicion? And: is it intended to continue this categorisation uncritically as in other countries? How, then, is a distinction to be made between genuine corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?
5. Comparability

The appalling situation in Italy is repeatedly used as a reference scenario. However, the true role of the virus in that country is completely unclear for many reasons – not only because points 3 and 4 above also apply here, but also because exceptional external factors exist which make these regions particularly vulnerable.

One of these factors is the increased air pollution in the north of Italy. According to WHO estimates, this situation, even without the virus, led to over 8,000 additional deaths per year in 2006 in the 13 largest cities in Italy alone. [7] The situation has not changed significantly since then. [8] Finally, it has also been shown that air pollution greatly increases the risk of viral lung diseases in very young and elderly people. [9]

Moreover, 27.4 percent of the particularly vulnerable population in this country live with young people, and in Spain as many as 33.5 percent. In Germany, the figure is only seven percent [10]. In addition, according to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, head of the Department of Management in Health Care at the TU Berlin, Germany is significantly better equipped than Italy in terms of intensive care units – by a factor of about 2.5 [11].

My question: What efforts are being made to make the population aware of these elementary differences and to make people understand that scenarios like those in Italy or Spain are not realistic here?

References:

[1] Fachwörterbuch Infektionsschutz und Infektionsepidemiologie. Fachwörter – Definitionen – Interpretationen. Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 2015. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[2] Killerby et al., Human Coronavirus Circulation in the United States 2014–2017. J Clin Virol. 2018, 101, 52-56

[3] Roussel et al. SARS-CoV-2: Fear Versus Data. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 2020, 105947

[4] Charisius, H. Covid-19: Wie gut testet Deutschland? Süddeutsche Zeitung. (abgerufen am 27.3.2020)

[5] Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[6] S1-Leitlinie 054-001, Regeln zur Durchführung der ärztlichen Leichenschau. AWMF Online (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[7] Martuzzi et al. Health Impact of PM10 and Ozone in 13 Italian Cities. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. WHOLIS number E88700 2006

[8] European Environment Agency, Air Pollution Country Fact Sheets 2019, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[9] Croft et al. The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change. Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2019, 16, 321–330.

[10] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Living Arrange­ments of Older Persons: A Report on an Expanded International Dataset (ST/ESA/SER.A/407). 2017

[11] Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Überlastung deutscher Krankenhäuser durch COVID-19 laut Experten unwahrscheinlich, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

Translation generously provided by SPR

コロナ イスラエル首相とモサド長官が自主隔離 保健相は感染

イスラエルでユダヤ教の超保守派が、政府による宗教施設の閉鎖・行事や習慣の中止政策に猛反発しているが、保健大臣を務める超保守派のおじいさんがコロナに感染し、ほら見たことかという批判が沸き上がっている。

政府としては様々な禁止を決定したが、超保守派については「政府の政策」ではなく「政府の推奨」として受け止めることが許されている。

シナゴーグ閉鎖等の措置に反発し、超保守派が路上で抗議活動。10人以上の集会を禁止する措置を徹底するため出動した機動隊に対し、超保守派のじいさんが隊員にわざと咳を吐きかけ、「ナチ!」と罵倒した。

あちこちで火を付けたり、石を投げたりと、まるでパレスチナ人とイスラエル占領軍との間の闘争のような様子を呈している。
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-riots-jewish-neighborhoods-israeli-police-move-close-synagogues-amid-outbreak
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Coronavirus-Israels-ultra-Orthodox-endanger-the-public-opinion-623249

感染した保健大臣と同席していたネタンヤフ首相、モサド長官、国家安全保障会議議長らも、自主隔離を余儀なくされた(笑)。
https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Health-Minister-Yaacvov-Litzman-diagnosed-with-coronavirus-623267

先にネタンヤフ首相が、外国からイスラエルに入国する全ての外国人を隔離する方針を発表したが、その業務を担当する国防大臣は発表直後に、そんなことは物理的に無理と反応。また、国内法上、そのような措置は違法である。
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bennett-Netanyahus-quarantine-policy-for-arrivals-is-impractical-costly-623179

コロナ タイ国王がドイツに避難

国難の時に国外逃亡する国王って、存在価値あるの?



タイ国王、ドイツのホテルで20人の女性と自主隔離
© REUTERS / Sukree Sukplan
2020年04月02日 16:44
https://jp.sputniknews.com/life/202004027322976/

タイのワチラロンコン国王は、新型コロナウイルス感染防止の自主隔離のため、20人の女性とドイツへ避難し、南部バイエルンにある4星ホテル「グランド・ホテル・ゾネンビッ匕ル」を貸し切った。独タブロイド紙ビルトが報じた。

ドイツでは検疫が行われ、国境が封鎖されているが、ドイツ当局は国王の入国及び滞在を正式に許可したという。

国王の4人の妻が同伴しているかは不明。

国王「逃亡」のニュースがSNSで広まると、タイの人々は、君主制への侮辱が法律で禁止されているものの、「なぜ我々に国王は必要なのか」を意味するタイ語のハッシュタグを作成した。ニューヨーク・ポストによると、このハッシュタグ付きの投稿はすでに100万件を超えているという。

韓国・釜山 日本総領事館乱入「国民が共感」 事実上の“無罪”に

このような思考をする韓国朝鮮人(いわゆる在日)が、密入国という重犯罪の責任を一切問われることなく、私たちの社会に奥深く浸透している現実は、背筋が寒くなるほど恐ろしいことです。現行法では、日本人を1人殺してもビザ剥奪、国外追放することすらできない。

教室や職場で、草野球や趣味の会などあらゆる場所で、国籍と本性を隠して私たちの隣りに常に存在している。

公務員には自国民しかなれないのが世界標準なのに、日本ではいつのまにかこの人たちが役所のカウンターの内側に座っていて、私たちの公文書と公金に触れ、操作している。役所内の会話を聞き、各種回覧にも目を通している。



【速報】韓国・釜山 日本総領事館乱入「国民が共感」 事実上の“無罪”に
2020年4月2日 木曜 午後12:09
https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/27757

2019年7月に、韓国・釜山(プサン)の日本総領事館に不法侵入した韓国人学生7人に対し、韓国の裁判所は「国民が共感した」として、罰金支払いを猶予する極めて軽い判決を言い渡した。

韓国人学生7人は2019年7月、日本政府が韓国向け輸出管理の強化措置をとったことに反発し、釜山の日本総領事館に不法侵入して抗議デモを行ったとして、住居侵入の罪に問われている。

釜山地方裁判所は2日、「被告人たちの行動に国民も共感したが手続きの違反があった」などとして、罰金支払いを命じる判決の言い渡しを猶予した。

7人が、2年間違法行為をしなければ、判決自体がなかったことになる。

クラスター対策班代表の西浦博教授が敗北宣言か 「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備を」「見たくない未来が」

じゃあ、オリンピックは中止ということで。両立しないのだから、オリンピックは潰せ。

コロナについて「国民一人ひとりが大人の対応をするよう」求め、いかなる行動規制も導入してこなかったスウェーデン政府は、方針転換を決めた。



2020.04.01 21:00
クラスター対策班代表の西浦博教授が敗北宣言か 「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備を」「見たくない未来が」
https://johosokuhou.com/2020/04/01/28572/?fbclid=IwAR3nClg4vzh_KKIkiEgezqodqgMCCoIVeoAmXAqA8RLqgaHv768YAGCMcmo

厚生労働省のクラスター対策班代表・西浦博教授が新型コロナウイルスの感染爆発阻止は厳しいとして、国民全員に戦争状態となっても冷静な対応をするように呼び掛けました。

西浦教授は自身のツイッターで、「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備をして下さい。見たくない未来が待っているかも知れません。僕と僕の好きな若手たちが今までできたことは結果論として可能な限りの時間稼ぎ、というだけになるかも知れません。これまで日本で見られなかったレベルの流行に成り得ます」と述べ、日本でも欧米のような感染爆発が起きる恐れがあると指摘。

これからの感染爆発によって事実上の戦争状態に突入する可能性があるとして、「皆さん、たとえ流行があっても冷静に受け止めて乗り越えましょう。皆さんとならできると信じてます。僕は最後まで流行抑止をあきらめませんが、皆と一緒に頑張りたい。乗り越えよう」と呼び掛けていました。

西浦教授の話だと、数ヶ月間に及ぶ厳しい外出自粛が出される可能性もあり、今までのライフスタイル全般が変わることを考えて動く必要があるとしています。

新型コロナウイルスの驚異についても「助けてほしいのに病院が溢れる。助けたい医師や看護師も数多く感染する。近しい親族や好きな人の安全が守れない。そんな事態が十分に想定されます」と触れ、ネット上では事実上の敗北宣言だとして注目を集めているところです。

Twitterの深さ、ちょうど半徹夜の日だったので休憩がてらに楽しませていただきました。ここまでTwitterの民のレベルが高いことに気付いたので、いまから仕事に戻る06:33、皆さんにお願いです。さっしーにあんなインスタをさせてしまって専門家として反省しつつ、いま、これを書く時と思います。1/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

この流行はWar-like(戦争のよう)と表現され、皆さん既に実感されつつあると思います。過去に自身でTweetしたのですが、この流行では、都会での密な接触や屋内活動、国際移動を伴う私たちのライフスタイルの見直しが迫られています。それに対峙する心構えをお伝えしたいです。2/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

僕への応援メッセージをいただき感謝しますが、いつも僕はジミー大西さんみたいに「お前もがんばれよ」って思って皆さんの声を受け取ってます。外出自粛と言っても2か月以上続く場合も有り得ます。それに備えて、皆と「たたかうぞ」という闘争心を一緒にもってもらいたいと思っています。3/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備をして下さい。見たくない未来が待っているかも知れません。僕と僕の好きな若手たちが今までできたことは結果論として可能な限りの時間稼ぎ、というだけになるかも知れません。これまで日本で見られなかったレベルの流行に成り得ます。 4/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

呼吸が苦しいのに助けられず死んでいく人が出る。助けてほしいのに病院が溢れる。助けたい医師や看護師も数多く感染する。近しい親族や好きな人の安全が守れない。そんな事態が十分に想定されます。そんな事態でも、僕と押谷先生でクラスター対策でやったように、僕は日本人を信じてます。5/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

地震とか台風で自然災害にあっても暴動を起こさない日本。お粗末すぎる非難所で靴を揃えて大人しく我慢できる日本人。そんなとこ、他にないですよ。みんな、すっげー公徳心の高さ。海外生活が長い自分には強い実感があり。。小遣いはたいてマスク作る小学生やセンバツなくて泣く野球人 6/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

僕はその国民性の強さはハンパでないと思ってます。そんな若手だらけの日本には希望しかありません。だから、皆さん、たとえ流行があっても冷静に受け止めて乗り越えましょう。皆さんとならできると信じてます。僕は最後まで流行抑止をあきらめませんが、皆と一緒に頑張りたい。乗り越えよう。 7/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

麻生副総理 WHOは中国保健機関と名称変更すべき 国会で答弁

Japanese VP: The WHO Should be Renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’
For its role in helping Beijing cover up coronavirus.
1 April, 2020
Paul Joseph Watson
https://summit.news/2020/04/01/japanese-vp-the-who-should-be-renamed-the-chinese-health-organization/

(リンク先に英訳動画あり)

The deputy prime minister of Japan says that the WHO should be renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’ for its role in helping Beijing cover-up the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.

Referring to a petition which now has almost 700,000 signatures calling on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to resign, Taro Aso tore into the organization for conspiring with China and failing to stop a global pandemic that could have been prevented.

“People think the World Health Organization should change its name. It shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the Chinese Health Organization (CHO). This appeal is truly resonating with the people,” said Aso.

“Early on, if the WHO had not insisted to the world that China had no pneumonia epidemic, then everybody would have taken precautions,” he added, noting that Taiwan had to face coronavirus on its own because it was excluded from the WHO.

Indeed, as we have highlighted, the World Health Organization repeatedly amplified Chinese propaganda that the coronavirus outbreak was under control, including a January 14th tweet which falsely claimed there was no human to human transmission of the disease, despite this having occurred in December.

Throughout January, the WHO praised China for its open and “speedy” response to COVID-19, even as Beijing authorities were silencing and disappearing doctors like Ai Fen who tried to warn the world that China was engaged in a cover-up.

The global health body also repeatedly told countries not to enforce border controls that could have stopped the spread of the virus, instead placing more importance on avoiding the “stigmatization” of Chinese people.

コロナ外出規制で離婚が増加 中国

「もうこれ以上一緒にいるのは嫌!」(笑)。



China Reports Surge In Divorces As Marriages Crumbled Under Lockdown, Dashing Hopes For 'Baby Boom'
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 23:05
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-reports-surge-divorces-marriages-crumbled-under-lockdown-dashing-hopes-baby-boom

As China lifts its lockdown rules and the country gradually gets 'back to normal' following the outbreak of novel coronavirus and COVID-19, Bloomberg News reports that divorce rates have suddenly jumped as the quarantines caused unprecedented levels of interpersonal strike that was more than many marriages could withstand.

Arguments over money, children, household duties and suspicions of infidelity festered in many homes, driving many couples apart.

One Shanghai divorce lawyer said cases started climbing shortly after the lockdowns ended. The outbreak, combined with the Lunar New Year holiday, was just too much for some couples, forced to spend weeks trapped together, sometimes along with extended family, was just too much.

Shanghai divorce lawyer Steve Li at Gentle & Trust Law Firm says his caseload has increased 25% since the city’s lockdown eased in mid-March. Infidelity used to be the No. 1 reason clients showed up at his office door, he says, adding that “people have time to have love affairs when they’re not at home.” Like Christmas in the West, China’s multiday Lunar New Year holiday can strain familial bonds. When the virus hit in late January, on the eve of the festivities, couples in many cities had to endure an additional two months trapped under the same roof, sometimes with extended family. For many it was too much. “The more time they spent together, the more they hate each other,” Li says of his new cases. “People need space. Not just for couples—this applies to everybody.”

China only publishes data on divorce rates once a year, but there's been a wealth of anecdotal and preliminary indicators suggesting that the lockdowns led to a surge, as well as a wealth of data reports from individual cities backing this up. At this point, it's safe to say it's a nation-wide trend (or at least for the half of the population - 760 million - who were impacted by the lockdowns and restrictions on movement).

But more alarming, is that the situation on Greenland, where a "surge" in domestic violence cases led to a ban on alcohol sales, isn't isolated to Greenland, apparently. Across China, incidents of domestic violence also multiplied. The trend may be an ominous warning for couples in the US and Europe who are still in the relatively early stages of isolation.

Hopefully, we don't see too many couples re-enacting those scenes from "the Shining" in their living rooms. But it seems likely incidents will rise in the US and elsewhere.

Two provinces that reported sharp rises in divorce filings told BBG that simple trivial matters ended up becoming deal-breakers for many companies. In many cases, poor communication skills were to blame. It's just a lesson for individuals: Communication truly is critical for a healthy marriage.

The city of Xian, in central China, and Dazhou, in Sichuan province, both reported record-high numbers of divorce filings in early March, leading to long backlogs at government offices. In Hunan province’s Miluo, “staff members didn’t even have time to drink water” because so many couples lined up to file, according to a report in mid-March on the city government website. Clerks struggled to keep up, processing a record number in a single day, it said. “Trivial matters in life led to the escalation of conflicts, and poor communication has caused everyone to be disappointed in marriage and make the decision to divorce,” the city registration center’s director, Yi Xiaoyan, was quoted as saying.

As China's economy as grown, divorce rates have climbed, much as they did in the US during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

China’s divorce rate has been ticking up steadily since 2003, when laws were liberalized. More than 1.3 million couples divorced that year, and the numbers rose gradually for 15 years, peaking at 4.5 million in 2018, according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Last year, 4.15 million Chinese couples untied the knot.

Ironically, Chinese officials had hoped that locking up couples with nothing else to do for two months would lead to a mini 'baby boom' - of course, we've seen no shortage of speculation about a similar boom in the US. But these divorces are the first sign that the effect might indeed be the opposite: Instead of a jump in birth rates, divorces will skyrocket.

Unless that shortage in condoms lasts longer than we expect.

フランスが購入した中国製マスクを、米国が横から奪い取った(笑)

フランスの複数地方が購入した6000万枚の中国製マスクを積んだ飛行機が、中国の飛行場で離陸を前に待機していたが、米国が2倍、3倍の現金を支払って横から奪い取った。飛行機は米国に向けて飛び去った。

フランスは大手輸送会社に対し、飛行機の行き先を変更したり、契約が決まり搬送作業場にある商品を販売に出さないよう保証を強く求めていくとしている。

中国を連日批判している米国が、マスクの供給を中国に全面依存している点が、もう一つ笑えるところ。「中国と関係を切れ」と叫んでいる張本人が、ズブズブの関係に陥っている。



US bought France-bound face masks for CASH from China – French official to RT
1 Apr, 2020 20:29
https://www.rt.com/news/484723-us-france-face-masks/

The US bought out a planeload of Chinese-made face masks right on the tarmac just as the haul of the much needed protective gear was about to set off for France, the head of a French region told RT.

Facing shortages of protective equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak, France has turned to China to procure the much-needed face masks.

After French legislature adopted a law on the emergent medical situation, local authorities were able to place an order on the equipment in China, paying for it upfront. All in all, his and other regions ordered some 60 million masks, the head of the south-eastern Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region Renaud Muselier told RT France on Wednesday.

“The masks have been already produced and are currently in China. There are troubles with their delivery, though,” Muselier said, adding that the haul was set to arrive in France on Thursday evening.

The country, however, ran into unexpected logistics troubles and not-that-friendly competition from the US, Muselier revealed.

Today in the morning in China, the Americans bought out the French order for cash right on the tarmac. The France-bound plane departed to the US afterwards.

The local authorities will now have to stick to major logistics companies, Muselier said, to ensure that the haul is not outbid or bought out in the loading area again. He added that the delivery is now expected later this week.

The Americans are trying to procure any masks already available, disrupting deliveries to other nations, another report by French daily Liberation indicated.

“They pay double and cash, even before seeing the goods,” an anonymous source told the newspaper.
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The US is by far the worst pandemic-affected country in the world as its coronavirus tally is rapidly approaching the 200,000 mark and its death toll surpasses 4,100. France is badly hit by the outbreak as well, with over 50,000 cases registered and some 4,000 dead (all numbers updated for the time of publication).