Australia Reports First Monkeypox Case, a Traveler Returning from Britain

Australian health officials on Friday reported their first confirmed case of monkeypox, diagnosed in a traveler who recently returned from Britain to Melbourne. A possible second case in a Sydney man who recently traveled to Europe is under observation.

Kerry Chant, chief health officer of New South Wales, told reporters both cases were considered mild. The Melbourne man is reportedly in his 30s, while the Sydney patient is in his 40s. The patients and people they have been in close contact with were asked to isolate themselves at home.

Chant said Australian health officials are implementing measures to “identify and manage any monkeypox cases including clinical alerts to doctors and hospitals.”

“Cases are occasionally reported in non-endemic countries in returning travelers or their close contacts, or in owners of imported pets. People can contract monkeypox through very close contact with people who are infected with the virus. The infection is usually a mild illness and most people recover within a few weeks,” she said.

Victoria Deputy Chief Health Officer Deborah Friedman suggested monkeypox testing for all travelers with relevant symptoms, which include fever, headaches, and highly visible rashes that begin on the victim’s face and spread across the body.

Monkeypox cases have been reported in the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal. 

The virus, a form of smallpox, is most commonly encountered in Africa, especially the Congo region and Nigeria. The Democratic Republic of Congo logs a few thousand cases of human infection every year, usually caused by bites and scratches from infected monkeys or by eating infected meat. The West African strain of monkeypox is regarded as less serious than the Congo Basin strain.

The suspected American cases were detected in Massachusetts and New York City on Wednesday and Thursday. The Massachusetts patient recently traveled to Canada, where a cluster of over a dozen cases is being tracked around Montreal.

The virus is considered rare, relatively mild, and not highly contagious among humans, which makes the intercontinental spread of the current outbreak a little puzzling. Transmission between humans is believed to occur through respiratory droplets and body fluids, including secretions from the sores caused by the virus. Monkeypox can also spread between humans through sexual contact.

“This is the most important outbreak in the history of monkeypox in the Western Hemisphere,” UCLA epidemiology professor Anne Rimoin told NBC News on Thursday.

“What we’re facing right now seems to be at least a subset of cases that don’t have any history of travel to one of those countries in Africa where the monkeypox virus naturally occurs, and also don’t report any exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox. So what we’re seeing right now is unusual,” said Dr. Agam Rao of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“We are telling people this is an emerging issue. Some emerging issues end up becoming benign in the end. Other ones escalate. As an emerging issue, we’re asking people to keep it top of mind at the moment,” said Rao.

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday that monkeypox is unlikely to become a “major epidemic” like Chinese coronavirus because “this is a virus that’s difficult to spread.”

However, Gottlieb added that monkeypox has a long incubation period during which it is difficult to detect, so countries outside of Africa could be facing “low-level persistent spread” and pop-up “outbreaks.”

Gottlieb noted monkeypox is only fatal in one to four percent of cases, but it can be a “disabling” illness whose effects linger for two to four months.

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Communist China is suspected of building models of Taiwan’s military bases in desert, actively preparing for invasion

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It is reported on May 12th, Communist China built a simulated attack training site for large ships in Taklamakan Desert, and suspected it would use long-range missiles to attack large ships from United States, Japan and other countries moored in the harbour. However, Lishi Lu, a Taiwanese military expert and former captain of the Xinjiang warship (not to be mistaken with the Xinjiang Province), posted on Facebook and  analyzed the new model set up by PLA in Xinjiang Region is targeting Yokosuka, Sasebo, and Subic Bay, which looks like the Su’ao military port of Taiwan. Based on available information, it is really a serious challenge for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Navy.

Yellow: Northern Ao Military Port in Taiwan
Blue: Southern Ao Military Port
Red: Su’ao Commercial Port
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Lu said a new model site was found beside of an aircraft carrier model built up last November by the PLA in the Taklamakan Desert as per the news released with USNI News on 11th, which was finished last December and situated 8 miles southwest from the aircraft carrier model. Not only does it have a full-scale dock, but what is astonishing is it is targeting not the aircraft carrier anymore as before, but the destroyer, which was quickly dismantled after a real combat simulation verification in February this year, and is currently no longer exists.

中國在塔克拉瑪干沙漠建造模擬港口大型艦船的攻擊訓練場地,經過比對後,最像的是蘇澳軍港。(USNINews推特、本報資料照、Google地圖,本報合成)
Simulate attack training site built by the CCP in the Taklamakan Desert.
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The PLA’s Type 055 guided missile destroyer equipped with the Eagle Strike 21 ballistic missile possesses deterrent on the US aircraft carrier strike group that recently need to pass through the Verde Island waterway in Philippines. Meanwhile, If the model in the Xinjiang desert simulates the Kidd-class destroyer of the Su’ao naval port this time, it will be a serious challenge for the CCP navy.

Miles Guo mentioned many times in his recent live broadcast that the CCP has never given up its ambition to invade Taiwan, and the Taiwanese military has been deeply infiltrated by the CCP. Besides, Putin’s failure in Ukraine would not affect the determination of the CCP high-level leaders, headed by Xi Jinping, to take over Taiwan using force. Furthermore, Miles reveals there is a very big possibility for Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan and recognizes its international status before the end of this June. It will further stimulate the CCP to launch a war of aggression against Taiwan. Xi Jinping’s administration have insisted on going all out to prepare for the war, and the situation in Taiwan Strait is on the verge of breaking out.

We pled all Taiwan compatriots make early plans in case of unexpected events.

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Joe Biden Quiet on Hate Crime Against Taiwanese Church as He Leaves for Asia

Joe Biden Quiet on Hate Crime Against Taiwanese Church as He Leaves for Asia

President Joe Biden has yet to comment at press time on the specifics of a mass shooting in California this weekend that law enforcement officials said was motivated by hate against the country of Taiwan as he prepares to leave Thursday for a trip to Asia.

David Chou (Chou Wenwei), 68, an American born in Taiwan and later identified as a member of a Chinese Communist Party umbrella organization, allegedly chained shut the doors of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, and opened fire on a group of Taiwanese congregants during a luncheon to honor a pastor.

He shot and killed one man and injured five others before being subdued by members of the congregation.

The victims in the attack ranged between 66 and 92 years of age.

Authorities said they found items in Chou’s car that indicated he was “upset” by the existence of a Taiwanese state.

68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas

68-year-old David Chou (Chou Wenwei), 68, an American born in Taiwan

Taiwan is an island country off the coast of China. It has a democratic government fully independent of Beijing, but the Communist Party insists that the island is a “province” of China. Taiwan has never been governed by any government headquartered in Beijing and China has no practical state powers over Taiwan currently.

The suspect previously appeared at a local Las Vegas protest, holding up a banner against Taiwanese “demons.”

Biden has remained quiet on the attack even during a White House reception to celebrate Asian-American heritage on Tuesday.

The president mentioned “hate crime shootings in Orange County, California; Dallas, Texas, just last week” but did not specifically call out the anti-Tawainese hatred of the shooter.

On Tuesday, Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, repeatedly promising to call out and expose racism after a shooter, believed to be an anti-black racist, shot and killed ten people in a grocery store.

“Silence is complicity. It’s complicity. We cannot remain silent,” he said.

Police investigate after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. - One person was dead and four people were "critically" injured in a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, law enforcement said Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in New York state.

Police investigate after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. (Getty)

Vice President Kamala Harris also vowed to speak up and condemn racism but has abstained from addressing the California shooting. Harris was celebrated upon her election as the first Asian American vice president, as her mother was born in India.

“The President and I, and all of us as leaders, will not be silent,” Harris said during the White House celebration. “We will not stand by. We must always speak out against violence, against hate crime and discrimination, whenever and wherever it occurs.”

The White House could not explain why Biden remained quiet about the California shooting when reporters asked if he had made calls to the leaders of China and Taiwan or was concerned about tensions between the two countries.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed the question on Thursday, lumping the allegedly Chinese nationalist-inspired shooting into shooting crimes around the country.

“I don’t have any calls to preview of — calls with Chinese and Taiwan as it relates to this particular case,” she said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by gun violence, including the incidents — the other incidents that at — that happened this weekend in Houston, in Milwaukee, in Chicago, and, as we know, in Buffalo.”

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The Ukrainian National Football Team Thanked NFSC’s Humanitarian Efforts

The Ukrainian National Football Team Thanked NFSC’s Humanitarian Efforts

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On their way to France for training, the Ukrainian national football team stopped by NFSC’s camp in Medyka, Poland. They visited the tent of the NFSC and ROLF to rest and drink coffee. They thanked the NFSC for its humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

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The U.S. House passes $40 billion bill to bolster assistance to Ukraine

The U.S. House passes $40 billion bill to bolster assistance to Ukraine

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According to Reuters on May 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a US$40 billion bill to extend further assistance to Ukraine by 368 to 57. Besides funds for security assistance and replenishing stocks of U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine, the legislation authorized a further $11 billion in Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows the President to authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

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In addition, the bill authorized $4 billion in Foreign Military Financing to provide support for Ukraine as well as other countries affected by the crisis and $14 billion in humanitarian assistance, including $5 billion to address global food insecurity and $9 billion for an economic support fund for Ukraine.

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UK, Sweden, and Finland Reach A Security Agreement

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Following the Russo-Ukrainian war, Sweden and Finland have been threatened by Russia for expressing a strong desire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

On May 11, UK Prime Minister Johnson announced that the UK had reached a security agreement with Sweden and Finland, committing military support from the UK for the two countries should they be under attack. In addition, the pact also intensifies intelligence sharing among the three states and accelerates joint military training, exercises, and deployments.

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Johnson, echoing the same account as Miles Guo who has previously stated that the Russian-Ukrainian war had certainly changed the political landscape in Europe and around the world, said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had changed the landscape of European security and Russia has failed.

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Shanghai Lockdown Causing Global Medical Imaging Supply Shortage

Shanghai Lockdown Causing Global Medical Imaging Supply Shortage

General Electric (GE) Healthcare said on Wednesday a shortage of medical dye caused by a Chinese coronavirus lockdown of its production plant in Shanghai, China, has affected not only hospitals in the U.S. and Germany but also in other regions of the world, Reuters reported.

Reuters on May 11 paraphrased a spokesman for GE Healthcare as saying that “the weeks-long outage at the company’s Shanghai production plant due to the city’s COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] lockdown is not only affecting U.S. hospitals but also other world regions it did not specify, though to a less extent.”

Some of the largest hospitals in the U.S. prepared this week to endure critical shortages of medical dye normally sourced from GE Healthcare’s Shanghai factory. The medical imaging-focused company, which is a subsidiary of the U.S.-based multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE), has responded to the shortage by asking its manufacturing plant in Ireland to increase its output of medical dye agents and sending the products to hospitals via expedited air freight shipments.

TOPSHOT - A transit officer, wearing a protective gear, controls access to a tunnel in the direction of Pudong district in lockdown as a measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Shanghai on March 28, 2022. - Millions of people in China's financial hub were confined to their homes on March 28 as the eastern half of Shanghai went into lockdown to curb the nation's biggest Covid outbreak. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

A transit officer wearing protective gear controls access to a tunnel in Shanghai on March 28, 2022. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are working around the clock to expand capacity of our iodinated contrast media products, including drawing on our global manufacturing network,” GE Healthcare said through a spokesman Wednesday.

The association of German hospitals told Reuters on May 11 that “one of its members had been alerted by the GE unit [in Shanghai] that its contrast agent could go out of stock in June, citing the Shanghai outage.”

The German hospital association said it was “uncertain whether diagnostics procedures would have to be cancelled or to what degree the affected hospital could draw on inventories.”

GE Healthcare’s manufacturing plant in Shanghai reopened earlier this week after a month-long closure caused by the city’s lockdown, which began April 5. Local health officials had yet to allow the factory to return to full capacity as of May 11 due to the Communist Party’s strict anti-epidemic policies, meaning the medical dye shortages continued unabated.

GE Healthcare has been suffering from a shortage of its Shanghai-produced medical dye products since at least mid-April. The medical equipment company issued a letter to customers April 19 in which it revealed it was “rationing orders for its iohexol products after a COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] lockdown temporarily shut down its production facility for iodinated contrast media in Shanghai, China.”

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5/12/2022 Galaxy News: Toyota Motor Suspends 8 Plants in Japan, 30,000 Vehicles Affected by Shanghai Lockdown; Kishida Administration’s Signature Policy, the Economic Security Law Is Enacted

5/12/2022 Galaxy News: Toyota Motor Suspends 8 Plants in Japan, 30,000 Vehicles Affected by Shanghai Lockdown; Kishida Administration’s Signature Policy, the Economic Security Law Is Enacted

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1. Toyota Motor Suspends 8 Plants in Japan, 30,000 Vehicles Affected by Shanghai Lockdown

According to Kyodo News, Toyota Motor Corporation announced on May 10 that it will suspend operations of 14 lines at its 8 plants in Japan from May 16 to 21 due to parts delivery difficulties caused by the lockdown of Shanghai, Communist China due to the CCP virus (new coronavirus COVID-19). The 8 plants include Motomachi Plant (Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture), Gifu Auto Body Industries’ main plant (Kakamigahara City, Gifu Prefecture), Toyota Auto Body’s Inabe Plant (Inabe City, Mie Prefecture), and Toyota Motor Kyushu’s Miyata Plant (Miyawaka City, Fukuoka Prefecture), which will suspend operations for two to six days.

2. Kishida Administration’s Signature Policy, the Economic Security Law Is Enacted

Reported by TBS NEWS on May 11, Economic Security Bill, a key policy of the Kishida administration, was passed and enacted by the plenary session of the House of Councilors. Economic Security Bill includes, among other things, authorizing the government to investigate suppliers and their inventories to ensure a stable supply of semiconductors and other critical goods against the backdrop of Communist China’s rise in the high-tech sector. The bill also provides for imprisonment of up to two years or a fine of up to one million yen in cases where a business has made a false notification to the government when installing critical infrastructure equipment.

3. PM Kishida and Finnish Prime Minister Agree to “Continue to Respond Firmly to Russia

PM Kishida said, “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an act that shakes the very foundations of the international order, not only in Europe but also in Asia. At this juncture in history, unity with Finland and other countries that share common values is required. We would also like to work together toward a free and open Indo-Pacific”. Prime Minister Marin responded, “We share common values. Russia’s war against Ukraine has brought about major changes not only to European security but also to the global environment. I believe that Communist China is planning how to use its power”, reported by NHK on May 11.

4. Matsuno Chief Cabinet Secretary: Outdoor Masks, Not Required If Distance Is Kept

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated at a press conference on May 11, “It is not necessary to wear masks outdoors as long as you can keep a sufficient distance from others. The risk of heat stroke is particularly high when temperatures and humidity are high”. Haruo Ozaki, chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, proposed a review of the use of masks outdoors. Dr. Matsuno stated, “Even outdoors, people need to wear masks when conversing with others closely.” but added, “We would like to consider whether or not to revise this rule, considering the infection situation and the scientific opinions of experts”. 

5. House Foods Raises Prices of Vermont Curry and Other Products for the First Time in 7 years, 5-10%

House Foods announced on May 11 that it will raise the prices of 181, including curry roux “Vermont Curry,” by 5-10% starting from deliveries on August 15. The company cited soaring raw material prices and rising distribution costs as the reasons. This is the first-time price increase for home-use products in about seven years since February 2015. The suggested retail price of “Vermont Curry” (230 grams) without tax will increase from 318 yen to 349 yen. In addition to “Java Curry,” “Hokkaido Stew,” ” Tomato Hayashi Rice Sauce,” and other roux products, the company will also raise the prices of “Flûche” and the retort pouch foods “Cockless Curry” and “Curry Marche”, reported by Yomiuri News on May 11.

6. Foreign Minister Hayashi: “Resumption of Embassy operations in Ukraine will be considered after assessing the situation there.”

In response to the move by Western countries to resume embassy operations in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi expressed his intention to comprehensively consider how to respond to the situation at Japanese embassies in Ukraine, while keeping a close eye on the situation. At a press conference, Foreign Minister Hayashi stated, “Japan is currently using the Japanese Embassy in Poland as a base, doing its best to provide information to Japanese residents, ensure their safety, and support their departure. Regarding the reopening of the embassy in Ukraine, we will closely monitor the situation in the region and consider the matter comprehensively”.

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