Samson: In a historic decline .. US oil falls to 11 dollars a barrel
16:49 – 04/20/2020
Oil futures saw heavy losses on Monday, as US crude fell 40% in an unprecedented decline in one day.
The price of a barrel of US oil, “WTI”, fell to the level of $ 11.31, a decrease of about 40%, and it is the largest since 1998.
While oil from the European “Brent” mix saw a decline of 6.1% and fell to the level of 26.38 dollars per barrel.
The drop in oil is due to the decline in global demand due to the repercussions of the Corona Virus pandemic, coinciding with the increase in US crude stocks. LINK
Don961: “Epidemiology” … a Chinese laboratory which Washington suspects of leakage of corona
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On a hill in Wuhan, the Epidemiology Laboratory, set up with help from France, is the site of American suspicions about the source of the Covid-19 epidemic that appeared in this big city in central China.
According to the majority of scientists, the new Corona virus is most likely to be transmitted to humans from an animal, and all information indicates a market in the city where wild animals were being sold alive, according to Agence France-Presse.
However, the presence of the Institute of Epidemiology just meters away from that place raises months of suspicions of the leakage of the SARS-Cove-7 virus from these sensitive facilities, and after several press articles were issued, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke this week of an “investigation” to study this hypothesis that Not yet based on anything concrete.
The following are the most prominent questions about the Epidemiological Institute in Wuhan:
According to the Washington Post, the US embassy in Beijing, after several visits to the institute, in 2018 alerted US authorities to inadequate safety measures, apparently in a laboratory conducting studies on the corona virus caused by bats.
The American Fox News Network quoted several unidentified sources as saying that the current Corona virus, which was announced in December, had its first appearance in Wuhan itself, the source of this particular laboratory, even if it was a natural virus that was not installed Before the Chinese, it may be an involuntary “leak”, but rather due to improper preventive measures.
The laboratory is a highly protected facility with the most dangerous strains of known viruses such as “Ebola”, a B-4 laboratory for level 4 biological safety.
This ultra-sensitive site, created with the help of France, allows for accurate research to be undertaken in order to respond quickly in the event of infectious diseases.
It cost him about 40 million euros and was funded by China. Researchers work in it amid total isolation. There are at least 30 B-4 laboratories in the world, half of which are in the United States.
On the other hand, the Institute of Epidemiology in Wuhan has the largest group of virus strains in Asia with 1500 different samples according to its website.
Although the American press constantly talks about B-4, less serious studies such as those related to the emerging coronavirus are usually conducted in B-3 laboratories, a type of laboratory also owned by the institute.
The institute refused to answer the questions of the French Press Agency, and therefore the agency cannot officially confirm that Corona viruses were studied prior to the spread of the epidemic, in these laboratories, nothing allows this to be confirmed.
The Washington Post newspaper and Fox News quoted their information from unidentified sources who expressed concern about the possibility of an accidental leak of the virus. According to the TV network, the “first patient” who was behind the spread of the epidemic may have been an employee of the Institute who was infected and later transferred to Other places in Wuhan.
In response to a question about this hypothesis, the American President, Donald Trump, announced that he is hearing “increasingly this narration”, adding that it is currently “a very in-depth lesson development” by Washington.
When the epidemic began to spread in China, Mike Pompeo said in an interview, Friday, “The local authorities asked whether the Institute of Epidemiology was its source.” He added: “We know that they did not allow scientists from all over the world to go to this laboratory in order to know what happened there. ».
Several theories have been circulated in the past months on the Internet pointing the finger of this laboratory.
In February, the institute published a statement denying these first rumors, and also announced that, as of December 30, it had received samples of the virus, which was unknown and was spreading in Wuhan (then later identified as SARS-Cove-2) and dismantled His genome sequence on January 2, and then transferred this information to the World Health Organization on December 11, then the World Health Organization announced that it had received the genome sequence on January 11 from China.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian rejected the US accusations targeting the institute.
Many researchers believe that the emerging corona virus is undoubtedly the source of bats, but they believe it was transmitted through another medium before it reaches humans.
Chinese scientists have confirmed that this intermediate animal is the scaly anteater, a small mammal that is threatened with extinction because it is exploited because of its skin scales.
In contrast, studies by other Chinese researchers have been published in well-known scientific journals that the first patient with the emerging coronavirus did not visit the Wuhan wild animal market.
“The source of the epidemic is still a pending question,” Philippa Linzos, a biosafety researcher at Kings College in London, told the French press. She added that nothing suggests the hypothesis of the virus leaking from a laboratory “and there is no real evidence” that the emerging Corona virus It is already sourced from the Wuhan Wild Animal Market.
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