China starts return to normality as UK media struggles to find some genuine cases

‘Fake, Fake’: senior Chinese leader heckled by residents on visit to coronavirus city….

Videos posted online showed Sun and a delegation walking along the grounds while residents appeared to shout from their apartment windows, “fake, fake,” “it’s all fake,” as well as “we protest”. Some could be heard yelling, “formalism,” a term that has employed frequently recently to criticise ineffective measures taken by government representatives for the sake of appearances.

Wuhan reported 126 new coronavirus cases on Thursday but the wider province of Hubei excluding the capital recorded none for the first time during the outbreak, authorities said on Friday.

Versions of the video were still being posted on social media on Friday. “If they were not pushed to the edge, Chinese people would not shout,” one Weibo user wrote.

Another comment read: “What were they shouting? They were shouting the truth. For years, when these high-level meetings or inspections took place, those who would tell the truth would be sent away or shut up.” Another said: “Do you hear the people?”

Elsewhere in China, schools in provinces reporting no new cases for a number of days, started to set their opening dates in a sign of the country returning to normal.

Qinghai, a northwestern province in China that had reported no new infections for 29 days as of 5 March said it would stagger the start date of different school days from 11 March to 20 March, according to a notice posted on an official website on Friday.

Separately, the southwestern province of Guizhou, which reported no new infections for 18 days, had said at the end of February that schools would start from 16 March.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/06/fake-fake-senior-chinese-leader-heckled-by-residents-on-visit-to-coronavirus-epicentre?fbclid=IwAR0rqNv0w-AeR7mYYpxAR73-kjDBOjZx0GGbLgipT5PZLIUvBKtiZk9i4Rg

In the UK, the news media is struggling to get the virus going at all –

The UK reported its first death linked to Covid-19 on Thursday after a woman, believed to be in her 70s, died after being diagnosed with the virus at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed a second death on Friday after an “older” man with “underlying health conditions” died.

It is understood the man, who is believed to have died at a hospital in Milton Keynes, tested positive for the disease in an initial screening. More tests are due to be carried out.

Note the lack of names, the use of weasel phrases like ‘it is understood that…’  and ‘is believed to have died‘.  Well did he he or didn’t he?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-news-uk-latest-june-andrews-bed-blockers-hospitals-scottish-parliament-a9384116.html

Nice day here in the UK.

No floods.  Sun shining.  This won’t sell any newspapers.  What lies can we tell today to keep the fear level nice and high?

FRONT BENCH –

Meanwhile a new “counter disinformation unit” has been set up to counteract disinformation about coronavirus. Its purpose will be “to protect and secure the UK from interference and disinformation linked to the coronavirus”.

It will remind many of the unit Theresa May set up in 2018 to counteract the “era of fake news” the UK has found itself living in.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, said that “defending the country from misinformation and digital interference is a top priority”.

“As part of our ongoing work to tackle these threats we have brought together expert teams to make sure we can respond effectively should these threats be identified in relation to the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

“This work includes regular engagement with the social media companies, which are well placed to monitor interference and limit the spread of disinformation, and will make sure we are on the front foot to act if required.”

‘Fake, Fake’: senior Chinese leader heckled by residents on visit to coronavirus city….

Videos posted online showed Sun and a delegation walking along the grounds while residents appeared to shout from their apartment windows, “fake, fake,” “it’s all fake,” as well as “we protest”. Some could be heard yelling, “formalism,” a term that has employed frequently recently to criticise ineffective measures taken by government representatives for the sake of appearances.

Wuhan reported 126 new coronavirus cases on Thursday but the wider province of Hubei excluding the capital recorded none for the first time during the outbreak, authorities said on Friday.

Versions of the video were still being posted on social media on Friday. “If they were not pushed to the edge, Chinese people would not shout,” one Weibo user wrote.

Another comment read: “What were they shouting? They were shouting the truth. For years, when these high-level meetings or inspections took place, those who would tell the truth would be sent away or shut up.” Another said: “Do you hear the people?”

Elsewhere in China, schools in provinces reporting no new cases for a number of days, started to set their opening dates in a sign of the country returning to normal.

Qinghai, a northwestern province in China that had reported no new infections for 29 days as of 5 March said it would stagger the start date of different school days from 11 March to 20 March, according to a notice posted on an official website on Friday.

Separately, the southwestern province of Guizhou, which reported no new infections for 18 days, had said at the end of February that schools would start from 16 March.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/06/fake-fake-senior-chinese-leader-heckled-by-residents-on-visit-to-coronavirus-epicentre?fbclid=IwAR0rqNv0w-AeR7mYYpxAR73-kjDBOjZx0GGbLgipT5PZLIUvBKtiZk9i4Rg

In the UK, the news media is struggling to get the virus going at all –

The UK reported its first death linked to Covid-19 on Thursday after a woman, believed to be in her 70s, died after being diagnosed with the virus at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed a second death on Friday after an “older” man with “underlying health conditions” died.

It is understood the man, who is believed to have died at a hospital in Milton Keynes, tested positive for the disease in an initial screening. More tests are due to be carried out.

Note the lack of names, the use of weasel phrases like ‘it is understood that…’  and ‘is believed to have died‘.  Well did he he or didn’t he?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-news-uk-latest-june-andrews-bed-blockers-hospitals-scottish-parliament-a9384116.html

Nice day here in the UK.

No floods.  Sun shining.  This won’t sell any newspapers.  What lies can we tell today to keep the fear level nice and high?

The Government is so worried the panic isn’t gaining traction they are even trying to stop truth from escaping onto the internet that the whole thing is a fake epidemic.

FRONT BENCH –

Meanwhile a new “counter disinformation unit” has been set up to counteract disinformation about coronavirus. Its purpose will be “to protect and secure the UK from interference and disinformation linked to the coronavirus”.

It will remind many of the unit Theresa May set up in 2018 to counteract the “era of fake news” the UK has found itself living in.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, said that “defending the country from misinformation and digital interference is a top priority”.

“As part of our ongoing work to tackle these threats we have brought together expert teams to make sure we can respond effectively should these threats be identified in relation to the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

“This work includes regular engagement with the social media companies, which are well placed to monitor interference and limit the spread of disinformation, and will make sure we are on the front foot to act if required.”

 

 

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