Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/24/2020

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has been diagnosed with the Wuhan Coronavirus. Meanwhile, in London the British Army is helping to convert an exhibition center into a 4,000-bed hospital for victims of the disease. Also, Japan has postponed the Tokyo Olympics until next year due to the coronavirus.

In other news, two men from Ghana have been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman in Ireland.

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Financial Crisis
» Almost One Million Canadians Made EI Claims Last Week
» Dow Notches Biggest One-Day Gain Since 1933 on Hopes for a Coronavirus Stimulus Package
 
USA
» “We Have to Get Back to Work”: Trump Calls for Economy to Re-Open by Easter
» ADL Asks Congress for $60 Billion Coronavirus National Non-Profit Bailout Package
» Biden Can’t Stop Touching His Face During the View Appearance
» Jaboukie Young-White Banned From Twitter for Impersonating CNN, Dunks on Blue Checkmarks on His Way Out
» Joe Biden Makes a Fool of Himself in Yet Another Bizarre Interview
» Pelosi’s Kid Applauds Physical Assault on Rand Paul That Almost Killed Him
» Trump Tweet: We Must “Totally Protect Our Asian-American Community”
» Tucker: Dems Putting “Wokeness Above All” By Blocking Coronavirus Relief
» Twitter Suspends Popular News Account Breaking911
» Wisconsin Launches Website for Residents to Snitch on People That Violate Coronavirus Mass Gathering Rules
» YouTube Videos Will Default to Standard Definition for the Next Month
 
Europe and the EU
» 25th Anniversary of Europe Abolishing Borders Will be Marked With Closed Borders
» Alpine Breeding Grounds
» Assange Lawyer Baltasar Garzon Hospitalized With Coronavirus
» Coronavirus Causes Gun Buying Panic in Hungary
» Day After UK Lockdown, Police Forced to Break Up BBQ Parties
» Finland’s Former President Has Coronavirus
» France: Man Sentenced for Spitting on Police While Claiming to Have Coronavirus
» French Populist Marion Marechal Slams the EU for Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
» Germany: Merkel Negative in 1st Virus Test; More Tests to Come
» Germany: Coronavirus: Man Arrested for Licking Handrail, Ticket Machines of Munich Subway
» Greek Authorities Discover Tunnels Packed With Military-Grade Weapons; Extreme-Left Turkish Terrorists Arrested
» Ireland: Pair of Ghanaian Men Jailed for 9 Years for Raping Woman
» Italy: Crime Surges, People Defy Lockdown Orders
» Julian Assange’s Lawyers to Apply for Bail, Citing Virus Risk
» Left in the Lurch
» Local Official in France Bans Sales of All Alcohol During Coronavirus Lockdown
» Norway: Arson Attacks on Churches in Revenge for Quran-Burning
» Norwegian Health Officials: “We Don’t Think it’s Possible to Stop the COVID-19 Epidemic”
» Pictures: New Slovakian Prime Minister, President Don Masks for Inauguration
» Priest, 72, Dies After Giving Up Ventilator to Younger Coronavirus Patient in Italy
» Some Germans Intent on Spreading Coronavirus, Man Arrested for Licking Ticket Machine
» Sweden: Restaurants Give Out Prizes for Take-Out and Offer Free Delivery to Save Their Businesses Amidst Virus Outbreak
» The Road to Lockdown: How Britain Went From Coronavirus Light-Touch to National House-Arrest
» UK: Coronavirus Forces Police to be Deployed in Supermarkets to Stop Fights Breaking Out
» UK: Labour Chairman: Coronavirus ‘Great Opportunity’ to Advance Political Agenda
» UK: London Exhibition Centre Will be Converted Into 4,000 Bed Coronavirus Hospital
» UK: Muslim Rape Gang Continues Harassing Victim
» UK: Minister: ‘People You Love May Die’ Unless You Stay Home
» UK: Oxygen Thieves: Criminals Steal Crucial Gas Canisters From Hospital
» UK: Pictures: Army Delivers Supplies to Hospital During Coronavirus Lockdown
» UK: Video: Tommy Robinson Confronts “Youths” Who Purposefully Coughed on Elderly Couple
» UK: Your NHS Needs You: Govt Calls for Army of 250,000 Volunteers
 
Middle East
» ISIS Calls on God to ‘Increase Coronavirus Torment’ of Non-Believers and Boasts That ‘Crusader Nations’ Have Been Forced to Retreat Due to the Pandemic
» Turkey: Violence Against Women Continues to Escalate
 
South Asia
» All of India’s 1.3 Billion Residents Placed Under Lockdown
 
Far East
» Conspiracy Files: From Biowarfare to Changing the Batteries in the Birds; The Craziest Coronavirus Conspiracies on the Internet
» COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
» Report Compiles 41 Damning Early Coronavirus Outbreak Articles Deleted by China
» Tokyo Olympics Postponed
 
Australia — Pacific
» About Time! All Cruise Ship Passengers Disembarking in Sydney Will be Tested for Coronavirus — After 2,700 Were Allowed to Walk Off the Ruby Princess Without Any Checks
» Dentists Are Prescribing Themselves and Their Families With a ‘Secret’ Anti-Arthritis Drug That Could Protect Against Coronavirus — and the Authorities Aren’t Happy
» Exclusive: How Busloads of Selfish ‘Grape Pickers’ Plundered Shops in Small Winery Towns — Hoarding Supplies in Storage Units as Locals Were Left With Nothing on Supermarket Shelves
» Foreign Workers and Non-Citizens Could Soon be Entitled to Coronavirus Welfare Benefits After Students and Apprentices Were Given an Extra $550
» How Thousands of Australians Were Allowed to Get Off Coronavirus-Infested Cruise Ships Without Health Checks — and Spent Four Days Among the Public Before Finally Being Told to Self-Isolate
» Jacinda Ardern Calls on Scott Morrison to Give Unemployed Kiwis Access to Centrelink Payments if They Lose Their Jobs Because of Coronavirus
» Just Stop the Boats, Please! Seven More Cruise Ships With Thousands of Passengers Will Dock in Sydney This Week After 133 Infected People Were Let Off the Ruby Princess to Spread COVID-19
» Men Who Stole Over 500 Toilet Rolls by Holding Up a String of Woolworths Stores at Knifepoint Remain at Large
» ‘My Bad … I Didn’t Realise’: Government Services Minister Admits He Didn’t Know the National Lockdown Would Leave ‘Maybe One Million’ Workers Out of a Job Overnight — as the Desperate Detail Their Dire Situations in Hours Long Centrelink Queues
» Panic-Buying Shopper is Arrested for ‘Refusing to Leave Woolworths After Starting a Fight With a Worker’ — As Cop Shouts at Her to ‘Stop Resisting’
» Ruby Princess Passenger, 70, Dies From Coronavirus She Caught on the Cruise, Taking National Toll to Eight — as it is Revealed a Staggering 133 Passengers Have COVID-19
» You’re Queueing it Wrong: Australians Forget Social Distancing as They Form Huge Lines Outside Centrelinks and Shops — While Foreigners Show US How to Wait Safely
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» African Nun Found Brutally Murdered in Gabon
 
Immigration
» France: Police Struggle to Contain Migrants Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
» Muslim Migrant Sets Fire to Two Churches in Revenge for Alleged Qur’an-Burning by Norwegian
» Poll: Global Majority Supports Closing Borders Over Coronavirus
» Watch: Greeks Continue to Repel Violent Foreign Invaders Along Its Border
 

Almost One Million Canadians Made EI Claims Last Week

Nearly 5% of Canada’s workforce made jobless claims last week amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Financial Post, 929,000 people submitted EI applications during the week of Monday March 16 to Sunday March 22. In comparison, for the month of March 2019 Canadians made a total of 244,000 employment insurance claims.

The number is much higher than the 500,000 figure reported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last Friday, as it included claims made over the weekend.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Dow Notches Biggest One-Day Gain Since 1933 on Hopes for a Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The Dow Jones industrial average rebounded Tuesday, posting its biggest one-day gain in nearly 90 years on hopes that Congress would pass a stimulus bill to shield the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

The blue-chip average surged more than 2,100 points, or 11.4%, to close at 20,704.91, its largest percentage gain since March 1933 after slumping to a three-year low a day earlier. The Standard & Poor’s 500 jumped 9.4% to end at 2,447.33, its biggest gain since October 2008.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

“We Have to Get Back to Work”: Trump Calls for Economy to Re-Open by Easter

President Trump on Tuesday called for the American economy to be up-and-running by Easter, countering more claims from various officials that the coronavirus pandemic may necessitate a months-long shutdown of economic activity.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

ADL Asks Congress for $60 Billion Coronavirus National Non-Profit Bailout Package

Controversial non-profit The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been ratioed on Twitter after begging Congress for a bailout via coronavirus relief legislation.

The ADL and 200+ national non-profits asked legislators to include a $60 billion emergency stimulus fund to support their work and their 12 million employees.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Can’t Stop Touching His Face During the View Appearance

During an appearance earlier today on The View, Joe Biden repeatedly flouted coronavirus advice by constantly touching his mouth and face.

The presidential frontrunner couldn’t stop putting his hand to his mouth and rubbing his eye during the interview.

“Biden could not stop touching his face, even licking his fingers at times on live TV in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic,” tweeted Caleb Hull along with a compilation of all the times the former Vice President touched his face.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Jaboukie Young-White Banned From Twitter for Impersonating CNN, Dunks on Blue Checkmarks on His Way Out

The stand-up comedian, Daily Show correspondent and writer Jaboukie Young-White is now banned from Twitter.

Several times in the past, Young-White changed his account name on Twitter and made several humorous statements under the name of the FBI, Ted Cruz, and President Donald Trump — all while avoiding a ban.

But it wasn’t until he impersonated CNN and tweeted about the absence of Joe Biden that it became the final straw for Twitter, who swiftly banned the account.

With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, the absence of Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has been a widely discussed topic.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Joe Biden Makes a Fool of Himself in Yet Another Bizarre Interview

Joe Biden was humiliated again after a bizarre MSNBC interview during which he stumbled over his words and sounded semi-incoherant.

“In the history of live television interviews there has never been one this awkward, not ever,” commented one Twitter user who posted the clip.

During the interview, Biden complained that Trump wasn’t acting like a president in his response to the coronavirus outbreak, despite a new Gallup poll showing 60 per cent of Americans approve of Trump’s actions.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Pelosi’s Kid Applauds Physical Assault on Rand Paul That Almost Killed Him

Following the spread of fake news that Rand Paul has infected the entire Senate with the coronavirus, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter expressed support for violent assault on the Senator, tweeting that ‘Rand Paul’s neighbor was right’.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Tweet: We Must “Totally Protect Our Asian-American Community”

President Trump expressed support for Asian-Americans in a tweet on Monday, as well as during a White House Coronavirus Task Force update that evening.

His Monday tweets called for the nation to “totally protect our Asian-American community in the United States, and all around the world,” and stated the crisis “is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Tucker: Dems Putting “Wokeness Above All” By Blocking Coronavirus Relief

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson slammed Democrats for holding up the coronavirus relief legislation, urging that they are “indulging their creepy ideological obsessions” by inserting stuff that has absolutely “nothing to do with fighting the pandemic.”

Carlson highlighted several parts of the 1,400 page House Democratic bill, which is stuffed with pork, and noted that most of it is about being ‘woke’ rather than fighting the killer virus.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Twitter Suspends Popular News Account Breaking911

Twitter users are blasting the platform after it suddenly suspended another popular account — @Breaking911.

The account had over 485,000 followers and was one of the top accounts on the platform for breaking news.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Wisconsin Launches Website for Residents to Snitch on People That Violate Coronavirus Mass Gathering Rules

As the coronavirus continues to spread, there’s been growing concern by some over how some of the measures for dealing with the virus are threatening people’s civil liberties.

One of the latest measures that is raising alarm is a new website that encourages citizens in Dane County in Wisconsin to snitch on their fellow residents if they break the county’s mass gathering rules which prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

YouTube Videos Will Default to Standard Definition for the Next Month

YouTube videos will default to standard definition for the next month, the company confirmed this week, an effort aimed at reducing bandwith usage during the height of the coronavirus lockdowns.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

25th Anniversary of Europe Abolishing Borders Will be Marked With Closed Borders

The 25th anniversary of the open-border Schengen agreement is set to take place this year as most European Union member states have closed their borders due to the Wuhan coronavirus.

The Schengen open borders agreement was signed by Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, and Portugal on the 26th of March, 1995, and was long touted as a success of the European Union. But few are celebrating open borders, as coronavirus spreads throughout Europe, as Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung notes in their coverage of the virus in central Europe.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Alpine Breeding Grounds

Austrian Ski Resort Flings Coronavirus Around Europe

Tourists from around Europe became infected with the coronavirus in Austria’s Paznaun Valley. Despite mounting evidence, the lifts and bars stayed open until just a few days ago.

by Walter Mayr in Vienna

One thing, at least, has now become clear. Eros Ramazzotti can skip his planned trip to Paznaun Valley in the Tyrol region of Austria. The Italian popstar had been booked for Top of the Mountain Closing, the celebration marking the end of the ski season on May 2, 2020, at Idalp, located at an altitude of 2,320 meters (7,610 feet) — high above the winter sports hotspot of Ischgl.

The extravaganza has been cancelled, as was the rest of the season on Friday in response to the coronavirus outbreak — seven weeks earlier than originally planned. On the other hand, the closure came much later than it should have for hundreds of guests from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany. As has become clear, a huge number of skiers and other tourists became infected with the virus in Ischgl and brought the illness back to their home countries.

“Essentially, it is a catastrophe for Ischgl,” Werner Kurz, who has been mayor of the Alpine town for the last 10 years, said over the phone. Ischgl has since been sealed off. “But we aren’t yet talking about the economic consequences. We will overcome that, just as we have been able to overcome flooding and avalanches in the past.”

Around 1,000 men and women working in the tourism industry, along with at least two dozen Austrian tourists, are now stuck in the winter sports town due to the quarantine that has been imposed, says Kurz. He adds that he doesn’t know exactly how many Austrians in Ischgl are currently infected…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Assange Lawyer Baltasar Garzon Hospitalized With Coronavirus

Famous Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon has been admitted to a hospital in Madrid after testing positive for Covid-19. He has provided legal counsel to WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, among other things.

Garzon, 64, was admitted to the Ruber clinic in Madrid on Tuesday, after five days of high fever at home. He tested positive for the coronavirus and was given the prognosis of respiratory failure, Spanish media reported.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Coronavirus Causes Gun Buying Panic in Hungary

Fearing the potential breakdown of law and order as a result of the coronavirus, Hungarians are panic buying guns, with one store reporting a five fold increase in sales.

“We are selling five times as much as in a normal March,” Gabor Vass, a gun store owner in Budapest, told Al Jazeera.

“We could sell 15 times more if we had any more rubber bullet weapons, but we ran out,” he added.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Day After UK Lockdown, Police Forced to Break Up BBQ Parties

Even as the UK was supposed to be entering a virtual lockdown, police were forced to break up BBQ parties across the country.

Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures that banned gatherings of more than two people and only allowed people to go outside if they’re traveling to work, buying food or exercising.

Many Brits ignored the demands and behaved as normal.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Finland’s Former President Has Coronavirus

Finland’s former president, Martti Ahtisaari, has been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to a statement from the office of the president, reported Finnish public broadcaster Yle. Ahtisaari’s test results were confirmed on Monday. His wife, Eeva Ahtisaari, confirmed last Saturday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Both are 82 years old.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

France: Man Sentenced for Spitting on Police While Claiming to Have Coronavirus

A man in the French city of Montpellier has been sentenced to eight months in prison for spitting on police officers and telling them that he had tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

The arrest of the man took place last week on Thursday night as he had broken into a local pharmacy to allegedly steal surgical masks. But the spitting incident did not occur until officers had taken him back to the local police station.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

French Populist Marion Marechal Slams the EU for Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Former populist French MP Marion Maréchal has slammed the European Union’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying the health crisis has shattered the bloc’s notion of solidarity.

The former populist politician and niece of National Rally leader Marine Le Pen slammed the political bloc in an opinion article for news website Atlantico over the weekend writing: “How many financial, economic, health, and migratory shocks will it still take for our leaders to finally understand that this European ‘union’ is a masquerade?”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Merkel Negative in 1st Virus Test; More Tests to Come

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said Monday that the German leader has tested negative for the new coronavirus.

Spokesman Steffen Seibert told news agency dpa “the result of today’s test is negative” but that “further tests will be conducted in the coming days.”

Merkel went into quarantine at home on Sunday evening after being informed that a doctor who had administered a vaccination to her had tested positive for the new coronavirus. She received the precautionary vaccination against pneumococcal infection on Friday.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Germany: Coronavirus: Man Arrested for Licking Handrail, Ticket Machines of Munich Subway

A man in Munich, Germany who claimed to have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, has been arrested after filming himself licking ticket machines and handrails on the city’s subway.

The 33-year-old posted a video of himself licking objects on social media as part of a so-called “Corona Challenge” on Instagram and the video was also reposted on Twitter.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Greek Authorities Discover Tunnels Packed With Military-Grade Weapons; Extreme-Left Turkish Terrorists Arrested

Greek authorities have arrested several members of an extreme-left Turkish terrorist organization following a series of raids which led to the discovery of a tunnel in Athens filled with military-grade weapons.

A total of eleven members of the Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C) — all of whom are Turkish citizens — were rounded up during sweeps carried out by Greece’s National Intelligence Service and Anti-Terrorism service, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Ireland: Pair of Ghanaian Men Jailed for 9 Years for Raping Woman

Two men have been sentenced to nine years in prison after tricking the “blind drunk student” into their car and taking her back to their flat after promising to take her home, The Irish Times reports.

The woman said in court that she’d been about to pass out after a night clubbing with her friends. A video taken in the apartment showed the victim staggering around the apartment before collapsing. Despite this, one of the perpetrators said to the police that she was not too drunk to consent.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: Crime Surges, People Defy Lockdown Orders

Italy has been the European country hit the hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: as of today there are more than 64,000 confirmed cases, and more than 6,000 people have died, the latter number of which is more than any other country in the world so far apart from China. Nevertheless, Italy is struggling to control its population as it tries to slow the spread of the virus.

In particular the city of Palermo, in southern Italy, has seen an epidemic of crime since the lockdown of the country was ordered, according to a report in Il Ginorale. Last week, thieves stole five computers from a school, and televisions and protein supplements worth thousands were taken from a gym. Elsewhere, five thousand euros’ worth of supplies were stolen from an industrial complex.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Julian Assange’s Lawyers to Apply for Bail, Citing Virus Risk

LONDON (Reuters) — Julian Assange’s lawyers will apply for his release on bail because of the risk of contracting coronavirus while in prison, Wikileaks said on Monday.

The Wikileaks founder is being held at a prison in London on an extradition warrant for publishing classified information about the Iraq and Afghan wars.

“On Wednesday, 25th of March, Julian Assange’s lawyers will make a bail application at Westminster Magistrates Court,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Left in the Lurch

Europe Has Been the Greatest Disappointment in This Crisis

An Editorial By Nils Minkmar

The small-mindedness and competitive thinking within its member states and the lack of a concerted response to the coronavirus has revealed an uncomfortable truth: Solidarity within the European Union is a far-off dream. Once the pandemic passes, we will have to rethink the whole thing.

When the news began spreading on Sunday that the French luxury firm LVMH was converting its entire perfume production to the manufacture of disinfectant gel, the details of the matter may have been uncertain, but one thing was clear: It was a moment that would go down in history for the parent company of Dior and other legendary brands.

A pandemic sharpens perceptions, and the memory functions even more precisely. Things happen so quickly, our heads spin. We can’t take it all in, and much is registered with sheer astonishment. You quickly notice who among your friends gets in touch and who disappears, who lets their imagination get the better of them and who gets caught up in their routines. The Italians surely won’t forget the plane that landed full of medical personnel and relief supplies from China — or the fact that no such planes arrived from Frankfurt, Paris or Brussels. Indeed, Europe has been the greatest disappointment in this crisis so far.

It was a given that the American president, the British prime minister and the usual suspects would get tangled up in their statements and proffer up nutty plans they would soon abandon, all the while putting people’s lives at risk for obviously cynical short-term political gains. This may have happened to the chagrin of the people of their respective countries, but what else could be expected from them? It was also a given that Germany’s states would want to prove themselves in their autonomy and that they would always be a bit delayed in their communication and would make slightly different decisions. But it has come as a real shock to see the European Union, as a symbol, an institution and a project fade into obscurity without so much as a peep. How many politicians have dedicated endless speeches extolling the virtues of this grand project? And how often has Europe been evoked as the ultimate recipe against nationalism, irrationalism and illiberal tendencies?…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]
 

Local Official in France Bans Sales of All Alcohol During Coronavirus Lockdown

Residents on lockdown in an area of France are now prohibited from buying alcohol after a local official banned all sales.

The Préfet of the Aisne département in north east France issued a directive that went into force this morning which forbids shops from selling alcohol to be consumed off premises.

The order was given by Ziad Khoury, who has also mandated that shops cannot stay open after 8pm.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Norway: Arson Attacks on Churches in Revenge for Quran-Burning

A man believed to be from an immigrant background from the Middle East or North Africa has been charged with starting a fire at Dombås Church and trying to set Sel Church on fire, Document Norway reports.

The arson was reportedly revenge attacks for copies of the Quran being burnt at a demonstration by Stop Islamisation of Norway in Agder in late 2019. Anti-Islam protesters called the religion “fascist” and said the Prophet Mohammed was a paedophile. It is claimed that the police did not stop the demonstrators from setting fire to Islam’s primary text and this resulted in a brawl.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Norwegian Health Officials: “We Don’t Think it’s Possible to Stop the COVID-19 Epidemic”

Will the coronavirus disappear from Norway after weeks or months of social isolation? Not at all. In all likelihood, there will be more sick and infected people than ever. We have asked Geir Bukholm from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health about what the plan for Norway actually is.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]
 

Pictures: New Slovakian Prime Minister, President Don Masks for Inauguration

The President of Slovakia, the Prime of Slovakia, and members of his new right-leaning, anti-graft coalition government donned protective masks and gloves for their swearing-in.

Slovakia, which split from the neighbouring Czech Republic, or Czechia, in the 1990s, elected President Zuzana Caputova, of the left-liberal Progressive Slovakia party, in June 2019.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Priest, 72, Dies After Giving Up Ventilator to Younger Coronavirus Patient in Italy

An Italian priest made the ultimate sacrifice, hoping to save the life of someone younger than him in a battle with the novel coronavirus.

Don Giuseppe Berardelli gave up a respirator that parishioners had purchased for him in the weeks leading up to his death, according to Italian publication TgCom24.

While it seems he didn’t know whom it would go to, he gave it up in hopes of saving someone else’s life.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Some Germans Intent on Spreading Coronavirus, Man Arrested for Licking Ticket Machine

From “corona parties” to a man arrested for licking a ticket machine, some Germans appear intent on spreading the virus despite the majority of the country following the rules issued by authorities.

Others don’t believe the virus is such a bad as long as it kills the “right” people, with left-wing German hip-hop group K.I.Z. telling their audience that people are scared of a virus that only kills “old, white men”.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

Sweden: Restaurants Give Out Prizes for Take-Out and Offer Free Delivery to Save Their Businesses Amidst Virus Outbreak

The restaurant business in Sweden has been hit incredibly hard by the coronavirus pandemic because most people — just as they should — avoid places that are typically crowded with people. As a result, some restaurants have come up with new ways to keep their businesses afloat.

Björn Eriksson, who runs a pub in Vasastan in Stockholm says he was forced to fire all of his staff. To save his business, he started offering pensioners and other risk groups a takeaway lunch for 45 SEK (about 4 euros) instead of the usual price of 120 SEK (11 euros), Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

The Road to Lockdown: How Britain Went From Coronavirus Light-Touch to National House-Arrest

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson placed the country under effective house arrest Monday evening, the latest development in the country’s fight against coronavirus which has ranged from the simply sclerotic to the outright authoritarian.

Speaking to the nation on Monday evening, Boris Johnson ordered the public to stay at home except in a small number of circumstances, including infrequent trips to buy food, visits to the doctors, and essential work travel. The United Kingdom also banned public gatherings of more than two people, and empowered the police to enforce these rules.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Coronavirus Forces Police to be Deployed in Supermarkets to Stop Fights Breaking Out

POLICE will patrol supermarkets to ensure vulnerable people “can do their shopping safely”, one of Britain’s top chiefs confirmed yesterday.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, of Greater Manchester Police, said officers would also visit pharmacies to maintain order as demand for food and medicine grows. Nationally, officers will have powers to break up gatherings of more than two people and fine those caught flouting orders at least £30.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Labour Chairman: Coronavirus ‘Great Opportunity’ to Advance Political Agenda

Labour’s chairman Ian Lavery told activists that coronavirus was a “great opportunity” to organise and advance the party’s political agenda.

In a recording obtained by political news website Guido Fawkes, Mr Lavery is heard telling thousands of young Labour activists during an online chat on Friday night: “By the way when something like this happens, we’re going to see lots of our own dying as a consequence.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: London Exhibition Centre Will be Converted Into 4,000 Bed Coronavirus Hospital

The British Army will assist the UK state healthcare provider in establishing a temporary hospital in London, the government has announced, as it continues to ramp up its response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Speaking at the government’s daily coronavirus press conference — now performed to an empty room, with journalists appearing remotely to ask questions of the government by television-link — health secretary Matt Hancock christened the new hospital in the manner of a warship, calling it the NHS Nightingale.

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UK: Muslim Rape Gang Continues Harassing Victim

A girl sexually abused by a Muslim gang in Huddersfield, Yorkshire has spoken under the pseudonym ‘Lucy’ to The Independent about how her abusers harassed and intimidated her and her family throughout the trial.

The brave survivor, who is from a Muslim background herself, was preyed on at the young age of 11. Because of her mother’s drug addiction, she was seen as an easy target for men who initially befriended her with cigarettes and alcohol before sexually exploiting her. The girl was drugged and pimped out by the gang but when the police caught them, she was “thrown back onto the streets.” The local authorities put her into care, claiming they believed she was “prostituting herself” but the gang continued to abduct and rape her after she was put in a children’s home.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Minister: ‘People You Love May Die’ Unless You Stay Home

Michael Gove has warned Britons that unless they abide by government rules to self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak, then the “people you love most may die”.

On Monday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a nationwide lockdown after people were widely reported to have ignored the government’s recommendations to practise social distancing in order to slow the spread of the deadly Chinese coronavirus.

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UK: Oxygen Thieves: Criminals Steal Crucial Gas Canisters From Hospital

Callous thieves broke into Withington Community Hospital in Manchester, England, and stole canisters of oxygen and nitrous oxide — vital for treating patients struggling with respiratory infections such as coronavirus.

Police say three men were seen getting out of a black BMW at approximately 3:30 a.m. near the loading area for hospital deliveries and approaching a metal unit containing the oxygen. The lock securing it was cut and eight canisters stolen.

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UK: Pictures: Army Delivers Supplies to Hospital During Coronavirus Lockdown

Members of the British Army’s 101 Logistic Brigade have begun delivering consignments of personal protection equipment for medical staff to hospitals after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a strict lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

The army has begun assisting the National Health Service (NHS), with photographs from Tuesday morning showing the army’s logistics team delivering boxes of some 50,000 essential medical masks to St Thomas’ Hospital, which is directly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

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UK: Video: Tommy Robinson Confronts “Youths” Who Purposefully Coughed on Elderly Couple

Three teenagers assaulted a couple in their 70s in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on Friday afternoon. Fortunately, a passerby intervened and prevented the attackers from inflicting even more harm. The incident has been widely reported in the British media; the interesting thing is that none of the reports mention who the “passerby” was: Tommy Robinson.

The youths, who were reported to be boys aged 16, 18, and 19, approached the couple while they were walking through Paynes Park on their way to get groceries. According to media reports and eyewitness accounts, the boys spat on them and coughed in their faces — clearly an attempt to stoke fear in their victims amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

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UK: Your NHS Needs You: Govt Calls for Army of 250,000 Volunteers

Health secretary Matt Hancock has called for 250,000 Britons to volunteer in the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic to deliver medicines and shop for the vulnerable.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care made the call to arms during a public announcement from Downing Street on Tuesday.

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ISIS Calls on God to ‘Increase Coronavirus Torment’ of Non-Believers and Boasts That ‘Crusader Nations’ Have Been Forced to Retreat Due to the Pandemic

ISIS has called on God to increase the coronavirus torment of non-believers and boasts that crusader nations have been forced to retreat due to the pandemic, it has been reported.

The Islamic State has released a new newsletter from their al-Naba publication which follows up on the terror group’s previous article which instructed members on how to deal with the spread of the virus.

They begin the article by stating that God ‘has imposed something of his painful torment on the nations of his creation,’ claiming the virus is God’s response to idolatrous nations, according to Al-Masdar News.

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Turkey: Violence Against Women Continues to Escalate

It has become customary. As in previous years, on March 8, Turkish riot police brutally attacked demonstrators walking in central Istanbul to mark the International Women’s Day. A feminist march at midnight was dispersed by rubber bullets and scores of tear gas canisters shot by the police. All that Turkish women were asking for was equal treatment and protesting the growing “tradition” of women being murdered.

Ironically their grandmothers were luckier than some of their Western peers. The secular civil code of 1926, introduced as part of Atatürk’s reforms, gave Turkish women civil rights equal to that of men. The law meant that religious and polygamous marriages would not be officially recognized. It also gave women the right to initiate divorce. Shortly afterwards, in 1935, for the first time, Turkish women were allowed to vote in national elections: as a result, eighteen female candidates were elected to parliament — a decade or more earlier than women in Western countries such as France, Italy and Belgium. In 1935, only eight women served in the US Congress and nine in the British parliament.

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All of India’s 1.3 Billion Residents Placed Under Lockdown

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a 21-day nationwide lockdown of the country Tuesday night to combat the spread of coronavirus.

In the public address broadcasted on television, he asked all of the country’s 1.3 billion people to remain in their homes for three weeks, beginning at midnight. Modi said failure to adhere to the complete shutdown would result in a 21-year setback for India.

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Conspiracy Files: From Biowarfare to Changing the Batteries in the Birds; The Craziest Coronavirus Conspiracies on the Internet

The internet is a breeding ground for wild conspiracies and now the Coronavirus outbreak is leading to a whole new market for those who refuse to believe the official line.

ZeroHedge was banned on Twitter after claiming the virus was made in a Chinese lab — the city of Wuhan is home to a laboratory.

Others claim the virus is either a Chinese weapon that had escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan or an American one inflicted on Wuhan.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Cases:

422,785

view by country

Deaths:

18,903

Recovered:

109,102

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Report Compiles 41 Damning Early Coronavirus Outbreak Articles Deleted by China

After almost three months of the first reports suggesting a COVID-19 outbreak, a list has been released with some of the early news articles that were censored in China for allegedly being “negative.”

Although the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in late 2019, it wasn’t until January 1, 2020, that the disease began to appear in the news. The Chinese government’s reaction was even slower, who confirmed the virus’ existence on January 7, 2020.

Although it is common for some medical news stories to be tragic and critical of the nation’s health system, Beijing did not want to accept the negativity with which this news referred to the virus.

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Tokyo Olympics Postponed

MADRID (AP) — This summer’s Tokyo Olympics fell victim to the coronavirus crisis Tuesday as the death toll mounted rapidly in Europe and the United States, while American lawmakers closed in on a nearly $2 trillion deal to blunt the outbreak’s economic damage.

The International Olympic Committee postponed the Olympics until 2021 on the recommendation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adding the games to the long roster of sports events disrupted by the deadly outbreak.

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About Time! All Cruise Ship Passengers Disembarking in Sydney Will be Tested for Coronavirus — After 2,700 Were Allowed to Walk Off the Ruby Princess Without Any Checks

All cruise ship passengers disembarking in Sydney will be tested for coronavirus, the NSW health minister has revealed.

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Dentists Are Prescribing Themselves and Their Families With a ‘Secret’ Anti-Arthritis Drug That Could Protect Against Coronavirus — and the Authorities Aren’t Happy

Dentists have been prescribing themselves and their families an anti-arthritis drug that is being touted as a potential coronavirus treatment.

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Exclusive: How Busloads of Selfish ‘Grape Pickers’ Plundered Shops in Small Winery Towns — Hoarding Supplies in Storage Units as Locals Were Left With Nothing on Supermarket Shelves

Hoarders being bused into small communities on the pretext of picking fruit were plundering shops in the lead-up to the coronavirus meltdown.

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Foreign Workers and Non-Citizens Could Soon be Entitled to Coronavirus Welfare Benefits After Students and Apprentices Were Given an Extra $550

Foreign workers and non-citizens could soon be entitled to coronavirus welfare benefits

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How Thousands of Australians Were Allowed to Get Off Coronavirus-Infested Cruise Ships Without Health Checks — and Spent Four Days Among the Public Before Finally Being Told to Self-Isolate

Passengers disemabarked four ships — the Ovation of the Seas, Celebrity Solstice, Ruby Princess, and Voyager of the Seas — in Sydney in the past week without having to face health screenings.

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Jacinda Ardern Calls on Scott Morrison to Give Unemployed Kiwis Access to Centrelink Payments if They Lose Their Jobs Because of Coronavirus

Jacinda Ardern asks Scott Morrison to give Kiwis access to Centrelink payments

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Just Stop the Boats, Please! Seven More Cruise Ships With Thousands of Passengers Will Dock in Sydney This Week After 133 Infected People Were Let Off the Ruby Princess to Spread COVID-19

Seven cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers will dock in Sydney over the next seven days amid fears they will contain hundreds of coronavirus patients.

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Men Who Stole Over 500 Toilet Rolls by Holding Up a String of Woolworths Stores at Knifepoint Remain at Large

Two men accused of stealing more than 500 toilet paper rolls after breaking into a string of Woolworths supermarkets in Sydney are on the run from police.

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‘My Bad … I Didn’t Realise’: Government Services Minister Admits He Didn’t Know the National Lockdown Would Leave ‘Maybe One Million’ Workers Out of a Job Overnight — as the Desperate Detail Their Dire Situations in Hours Long Centrelink Queues

As thousands of newly unemployed workers spend a second day lined up outside Centrelink offices seeking financial support, the government has admitted they didn’t anticipate such a big rush.

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Panic-Buying Shopper is Arrested for ‘Refusing to Leave Woolworths After Starting a Fight With a Worker’ — As Cop Shouts at Her to ‘Stop Resisting’

Police were called to the shop in Bankstown, in Sydney’s west, last Thursday morning over a disturbance between the customer and a staff member.

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Ruby Princess Passenger, 70, Dies From Coronavirus She Caught on the Cruise, Taking National Toll to Eight — as it is Revealed a Staggering 133 Passengers Have COVID-19

An elderly woman has died in hospital after contracting coronavirus on board the Ruby Princess.

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You’re Queueing it Wrong: Australians Forget Social Distancing as They Form Huge Lines Outside Centrelinks and Shops — While Foreigners Show US How to Wait Safely

Pictures have emerged of Australians ignoring social distancing advice as they queue up outside shops and Centrelink offices amid the lethal coronavirus pandemic.

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African Nun Found Brutally Murdered in Gabon

Sister Lydie Oyane of the Catholic Congregation of Saint Mary in Gabon was found murdered in her room in Libreville on March 20, the alleged victim of a robbery.

The body of the nun showed signs of having been “brutalized,” according to local reports, and her car, housekeys, and mobile phone were stolen.

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France: Police Struggle to Contain Migrants Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

In Paris, the police are being stretched to the limit in their efforts to enforce the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines in the city’s migrant areas, or “no-go” zones.

In Saint-Denis, a suburb north of Paris which is inhabited mostly by immigrants, the locals largely ignore the quarantine. Many believe that the pandemic itself is a story invented by whites for the purpose of oppressing them, according to a report at Le Temps.

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Muslim Migrant Sets Fire to Two Churches in Revenge for Alleged Qur’an-Burning by Norwegian

The man (28) who is charged with the church fire at Dombås was avenging the fact that a Norwegian man had set fire to the Quran.

He was arrested on Saturday night in Dombås, and the same day imprisoned for four weeks for the fire at Dombås and attempted igniting of a church in Sel. The fire in the Dombås church happened on February 20. The Sel church was the subject of attempted arson on March 19. The man has admitted to the criminal charges.

“He has stated as a reason for his actions that he was angry and cursed because a Norwegian man had set fire to the Koran, without the police having done anything about it,” writes Hedmarken district court in the arrest warrant.

The 28-year-old “lives [in] Nord-Gudbrandsdal”, writes NTB, but his name indicates that he has an immigrant background from the Middle East or Africa.

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Poll: Global Majority Supports Closing Borders Over Coronavirus

A majority of people want their country’s borders closed in response to coronavirus, according to a new Ipsos Reuters poll.

Reuters surveyed 12,000 people across 12 of the world’s major nations between March 12 and March 15, with the poll showing that citizens are dropping open borders in favor of security. Most say their country’s borders should be closed until the coronavirus is contained.

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Watch: Greeks Continue to Repel Violent Foreign Invaders Along Its Border

Despite continued attacks on its border fence by Turkish regime leader Recep Erdogan’s army of 12,000 migrants, courageous Greeks continue to stand their ground and defend Europe against the foreign invasion.

As Voice of Europe reported on Sunday, hordes of fighting-age male migrant invaders gathered along Evros river near the Greek border and built makeshift ladders with the tree trunks designed to allow them to scale Greece’s border fence.

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4 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/24/2020

  1. I am watching this situation in Balkans very closely. This is about to explode. These are not “migrants” but invaders. Merkel is still ceding money and promises of visas to that creep Erdoggy. People need to wise up big time. The EU has closed its internal borders like that between Germany and France but continues to allow, even encourage the low life scum like these oiks with battering rams but also from Sub-Saharan Africa to enter. Why should we have to support these Gimmegrants for life via welfare. Why?

    This whole affair over Corona “virus” and this refusal to close off these bottom feeders smacks of Communism and a panicked attempt to destroy the West. We are witnessing the biggest inhumane crime in history right under our eyes. PM Johnson is a fraud and a known “Globalist” while his ‘advisor’ Cummings is a former member of a Far Left Marxist revolutionary party. Go figure?

    In truth the “Brexit” was a smoke and mirrors scam. We are still locked into the Bolshevik rump called the ‘EU’. We have not left. I believe this whole “Virus” hysteria is being whipped up on purpose. Look at these sent by a colleague yesterday. I have checked it out and regard it as legitimate.

    CORONAVIRUS
    Lockdown: An Unnecessary Measure
    (With thanks to our medical advisers for the following information)
    As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.
    A new French study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, titled SARS-CoV-2: fear versus data, concludes that “the problem of SARS-CoV-2 is probably overestimated“, since “the mortality rate for SARS-CoV-2 is not significantly different from that for common coronaviruses identified at the study hospital in France“.
    An Italian study of August 2019 found that flu deaths in Italy were between 7,000 and 25,000 in recent years. This value is higher than in most other European countries due to the large elderly population in Italy, and much higher than anything attributed to Covid-19 so far.
    In a new fact sheet, the World Health Organization WHO reports that Covid-19 is in fact spreading slower, not faster, than influenza by a factor of about 50%. Moreover, pre-symptomatic transmission appears to be much lower with Covid-19 than with influenza.
    A leading Italian doctor reports that “strange cases of pneumonia“ were seen in the Lombardy region already in November 2019, raising again the question if they were caused by the new virus (which officially only appeared in Italy in February 2020), or by other factors, such as the dangerously high smog levels in Northern Italy.
    Danish researcher Peter Gøtzsche, founder of the renowned Cochrane Medical Collaboration, writes that Corona is “an epidemic of mass panic“ and “logic was one of the first victims.“
    Former Israeli Health Minister, Professor Yoram Lass, says that the new coronavirus is “less dangerous than the flu“ and lockdown measures “will kill more people than the virus“. He adds that „the numbers do not match the panic“ and “psychology is prevailing over science“. He also notes that “Italy is known for its enormous morbidity in respiratory problems, more than three times any other European country.“
    Pietro Vernazza, a Swiss infectious disease specialist, argues that many of the imposed measures are not based on science and should be reversed. According to Vernazza, mass testing makes no sense because 90% of the population will see no symptoms, and lockdowns and closing schools are even „counterproductive“. He recommends protecting only risk groups while keeping the economy and society at large undisturbed.
    The President of the World Doctors Federation, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, argues that lockdown measures as in Italy are „unreasonable“ and „counterproductive“ and should be reversed.
    Switzerland: Despite media panic, excess mortality still at or near zero: the latest test-positive “victims“ were a 96yo in palliative care and a 97yo with pre-existing conditions.
    The latest statistical report of the Italian National Health Institute is now available in English.

  2. I believe everything You wrote bishop, this whole situation with Corona scum is to put people in fear and panic, to control them , it will be big economic Crash !!, that is all about it … it’s terrifying, Our Western civilization is dying in a speed way, Merkel the biggest Communist in the modern history in our civilization, Germany and Western Europe its toast big time .. our grandchildren will suffer the most…

  3. One can only take care of the affairs of their own life as the world melts down into a mutant THX 1138 vs. Idiocracy hybrid.
    Many Paul Revere types have sounded the alarm on pages such as this one.
    Thank You for fighting the good fight and it wasn’t all for naught.
    More and more are waking up each day which is why the controllers have put the pedal to the metal.

  4. The Ghana gang were probably upset that a native would dare resist. After all the flirting and free no questions asked come and get it available. Natural progression will have to rise from the deadbeat soon.

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