Media in Vientiane, Laos waiting
for China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi's arrival at Wattay Airport for
a Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the coronavirus
disease (COVID-19) on February 19, 2019 wear face masks to protect
The COVID-19 patient count has reached
to 74,185 and the death toll count has been confirmed to 2,004 so
far in China.
The Coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China,
continues to dominate the news.
Dr. Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang
Hospital in Wuhan, contracted the virus and has now died. He is just one
of more than 3,000 medical workers affected by the virus, with half that
number “in severe condition.”
This brings into focus the plight of medical
professionals on the ground in China.
One major handicap both for the people operating
in China and for the rest of the world as it attempts to gain a better
understanding of this unfolding story is the Chinese Government communication
firewall challenging transparency.
To date, China has not accepted any help
from the CDC and only marginal help from the WHO at a time when the best
medical minds in the world are desperately needed in China.
Wuhan has almost double the population of
New York City and yet it appears, according to reports, like a ghost town.
“Cities in China were vibrant until
two months ago,” said Dave Ramaswamy, Principal of data gathering
company Indus Latin Ventures on the YouTube program War Room Pandemic.
“Currently the view from the streets
of several China cities tells a story that no data can capture; cities
are dead, desolate, and that speaks volumes,” Ramaswamy declared.
His description of the speed in which the
virus is spreading is frightening:
“Imagine a petri dish full of virus
and these viruses are doubling every minute.
“The public health structure in China
has collapsed,” Dave Ramaswamy said.
Upcoming China Trade Show
In the face of what appears to be an out-of-control
epidemic in China that has seen, among other things, Disneyland in both
Shanghai and Hong Kong shuttered and even parts of the Great Wall of China
closed down temporarily, we asked Messe Muenchen if plans for Air Cargo
China ( June 16-18 at Shanghai Convention Center) were still a go.
Rudolf Schmid, Deputy Exhibition Director
at Messe Muenchen told FlyingTypers:
“We are observing developments in
China very closely and are naturally concerned about what has happened.
“But in regard to trade fairs or events
in China, there are currently no conditions or restrictions beyond the
next few months imposed by the Chinese authorities.
“So we do not intend to cancel the
fair and you should consider that there are still four months to go until
the show and by then the situation should have eased.
“We are still assuming that the trade
fair will open on June 16th,” Herr Schmid declared.
According to reports more than two dozen
large trade fairs and industry conferences in Asia have been postponed
with billions of dollars in deals waiting on hold.
The deferred events, including some scheduled
as late as April, show the ripple effect of the virus on global businesses.
Airlines are cancelling flights as governments and companies curb travel
and thousands of factories and shops remain shut.
China’s Wings Clipped
According to reports, more than seventy
international airlines have suspended flights to China, with another four
dozen flags shutting down altogether.
Right now, the China cargo market is miniscule.
The generated numbers are the result of one-way emergency traffic on main
deck freighters filled with medical supplies. This is what is left of
air service—essentially down to 20 percent of normal airline operations
in and out of China.
China flags still in the air total less
than half in normal service, according to some reports.
Casting a long, languid look at empty airline gates and terminals across
China, Official Airlines Guide (OAG) wrote:
“Five weeks ago, China was the third
largest international aviation market in the world; today it ranks 25th,
just behind Portugal and slightly ahead of Vietnam.”
The Boesch Factor
Speaking of the ongoing challenges in China,
Bill Boesch reports exclusively:
“There is a lot more than gentle concern
and in some quarters, actual panic as this terrible pandemic impacts millions
of people and the global airline industry.
“On the cargo side Amazon’s
effect on express carriers and the trade war with China had already delivered
a huge negative impact.
“That effect was heightened with changes
in agreements reached with Mexico, Canada and Europe that balanced trade
with the USA’s major trading partners.
“The China coronavirus pandemic may
just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back of some U.S. air
cargo charter carriers.”