Archive | November 24, 2020


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China coronavirus panic: Hundreds of flights cancelled in major airport after outbreak

Coronavirus Alert

CHINA is experiencing a full-scale coronavirus outbreak at Shanghai’s Pudong airport where authorities have rushed to lockdown the site by cancelling flights and putting thousands of people into immediate quarantine.

Half of the flights scheduled to arrive at Shanghai have been redirected to other airports. The outbreak has also affected nearby Tianjin airport, with over half of inbound flights there also being redirected. Response to the outbreak from authorities came on Sunday when cargo workers tested positive for the deadly pathogen.

This led to authorities corralling thousands of people into the basement area of a section of the airport to have immediate anti-body tests.

An estimated 17,000 people at the airport have already been swabbed in the race to halt the spread of the pathogen.

Workers that had previously left the airport were ordered back to the site via taxi for testing.

Thousands of people have been ordered into quarantine and up to 500 flights have been cancelled.

The news coming from Shanghai has come as a blow to China’s president Xi Jinping who has been praised across the nation for the draconian rules he implemented to bring the virus under control.

However, confidence in the leader has now been shaken as China is struggling to contain a number of domestic outbreaks in different cities.

The outbreak in Shanghai has led to rumours that workers will be given an experimental vaccination that China has not fully tested through the usual three stages of medicine development.

Speaking about the scenes of panic and confusion at the airport ABC China correspondent Bill Birtles tweeted: “Wild scenes at Shanghai Pudong airport.

“There are now multiple videos going around of what appears to be a sudden decision by authorities to test all staff for COVID19.

“This comes after two positive cases were detected.

“Reports say authorities ultimately relented as things were getting out of hand.”

Another Twitter user describing videos that show the alarming scenes at the airport said: “Some workers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Authorities then tried to force thousands of people into the parking garage for mandatory testing.

“The people weren’t happy about it.

“Many escaped.”

Alarmingly, many of the videos showing the scenes of panic at the airport have now disappeared from Chinese online platforms, suggesting that authorities are trying to hide the situation.

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Asteroid the size of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa heading towards Earth at 90,000kph

As a battered and beleaguered planet approaches the finish line of 2020, the universe appears to be playing a dark joke on humanity by sending five asteroids in two days, with a 2,700ft space rock to follow just days later.

The behemoth dubbed 2000 WO107, estimated to measure up to 0.51km in diameter, or roughly the height of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be paying Earth a visit (cosmically speaking) at 10.09am GMT (5.09am ET) on Sunday, November 29.

The visitor won’t be sticking around for long as, despite its enormous size, it is traveling at a whopping 25.07km per second – or roughly the equivalent of 90,000kph. For reference, the average bullet travels at around 4,500kph. It also won’t be visible to most Earthlings as it is set for what NASA deems a “close flyby” at a paltry 0.02876 Astronomical Units (AU) from Earth – or 2,673,409 miles.

NASA defines a Near Earth Object (NEO) as any asteroid or comet coming within 1.3 AU of Earth.

In the meantime, there will be plenty of activity in our cosmic backyard, with five asteroids due in the area on Monday and Tuesday alone.

On Monday three space rocks, 2020 WN (9.5m in diameter), 2020 VW2 (14m) and 2020 WC (10m) will shoot past Earth at 1.6 million kilometers, seven million kilometers, and 1.6 million kilometers respectively.

The average distance between Earth and the Moon is about 385,000km but NASA considers all objects within a 7.5 million-kilometer range (or 19.5 times the distance to the Moon) to be worthy of monitoring, just in case any succumb to a sudden course correction.

Tuesday will see the 47-meter 2017 WJ16 and 31-meter 2020 TJ8 pass the planet at two million kilometers and 6.4 million kilometers, before the next round of space rocks buzzes our planetary defenses.

NASA and other space agencies around the globe keep a watchful eye 24/7 but there’s a lot of sky to cover, so sometimes humanity misses these close flybys, as was the case with a new record-holding close flyby which took place this month.

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