US to Top Up Strategic Oil Reserve With 77 Mln Barrels - Department of Energy

US to Top Up Strategic Oil Reserve With 77 Mln Barrels - Department of Energy
The Trump administration cancelled plans to sell off a portion of the country's emergency oil reserves earlier this month as OPEC+'s failure to reach an agreement on production cuts amid coronavirus fears prompted crude prices to nosedive.

The US Department of Energy has announced plans to purchase 77 million barrels of oil on the domestic market to shore up the country's strategic reserve, including an initial purchase of 30 million barrels in the immediate future.

"DOE is moving quickly to support US oil producers facing potentially catastrophic losses from the impacts of COVID-19 and the intentional disruption to world oil markets by foreign actors," Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette was quoted as saying in a press statement on the department's website.

The initial 30 million barrel purchase is expected to pay special focus to small and medium-size US producers, the department press release notes. The next step is said to be tapping Congress to approve the purchase of an additional 47 million barrels of oil.

"The [Strategic Petroleum Reserve] is mission-ready to receive up to 685,000 barrels per day," Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg was quoted as saying. "With its extensive storage, pipeline and maritime infrastructure along the Gulf Coast, the SPR will help relieve oil-related disruptions to our economy," he said.

Deliveries of the initial 30 million barrel purchase are expected to start as soon as early April, although the department expects much of the supplies to begin arriving in May and June, accounting for logistics.
With a breakeven price of as much as $68 per barrel, US shale oil has been hit harder than most other major producers by the recent downturn in prices. At the same time, oil and gas account for about 7 percent of the country's GDP, with over 10 million Americans depending on the energy sector for jobs.

President Trump ordered for the US's strategic oil reserve to be filled "up to the top" last week, cancelling earlier plans to sell off part of the rainy day supply. Washington announced an $800 billion+ package of measures Monday to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with the measures including a payroll tax holiday, filling up the SPR, and other initiatives. On Sunday, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates and began buying up bonds and turning on the dollar printing presses to shore up cash flow and liquidity.

Oil prices have continued to plummet into this week following the March 6 OPEC+ meeting in Vienna which sparked the crash. On Wednesday, the WTI benchmark futures fell to as little as $25 per barrel, while Brent slipped to below $27, their poorest showings since the early 2000s.

OPEC+ failed to reach agreement amid a Saudi push to raise production cuts by 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) through the end of 2020, on top of the 2.1 million bpd in cuts already agreed upon. Russia did not agree to the additional cuts, prompting Riyadh to unleash a price war, offering discounts for April futures and announcing an increase in production of several million bpd.

The oil price fears, combined with growing market panic over the impact of COVID-19 has led market analysts to predict a global recession starting later this year.
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Convoy of Italian army trucks haul away corpses as local crematorium flooded with coronavirus dead (VIDEO)
The Italian military has been called in to help transport dead bodies as the northern city of Bergamo reels from the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The city’s crematorium is reportedly now working around-the-clock.

The head of Lega Nord, Matteo Salvini, posted a photograph on Twitter showing a seemingly endless line of army trucks moving their way through the Italian town, located in the Lombardy region.

The military vehicles were dispatched to help remove corpses that couldn’t be dealt with at the local level, Salvini said.

A video posted on social media shows the green and camouflage trucks parked in the street as they prepare to transport bodies.
According to media reports, Bergamo’s crematorium has been overwhelmed by the amount of coronavirus victims. The city has recorded at least 93 Covid-19 deaths, and local officials have expressed fear that the worst is yet to come.

Italy has been the hardest-hit country outside of China, where the virus is believed to have originated. Italian officials reported 475 new deaths from the illness on Wednesday alone. The country now has 35,713 infections and nearly 3,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
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Russian Scientists Make Coronavirus Whole Genome Sequencing

Russian Scientists Make Coronavirus Whole Genome Sequencing
Scientists in countries around the world have rushed to learn everything they can about COVID-19 in a bid to create a vaccine.

Russian scientists have sequenced the whole genome of the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced.

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry explained that the genome, sourced from a patient infected with the virus, will help in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs for treatment.

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Iranian Doctors Urge Neighbours to Liquidate Any US Biological Labs Amid Coronavirus Fears

Iranian Doctors Urge Neighbours to Liquidate Any US Biological Labs Amid Coronavirus Fears

With over 17,300 cases and 1,135 deaths to date, Iran has been one of the countries hit hardest by COVID-19, with the virus affecting not only the population at large, but a big portion of the political elite as well. Last week, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said there was evidence that the pandemic may have been a “biological attack.”

A group of 101 Iranian doctors has penned a letter addressed to the leaders of Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan to take ‘immediate action’ to destroy “all of the US biological laboratories” in their countries amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic may have been spread deliberately as a form of biological warfare, Press TV has reported, citing the letter.

“We, as a group of Iranian physicians specializing in infectious and pulmonary diseases, asthma and allergy are witnessing that many of our compatriots are infected with the virus, and like all doctors across the world, we are trying day and night to cure and save them,” the letter states.

“But there has been plenty of evidence in both the world’s leading scientific articles and in the media, citing geneticists and biologists and WikiLeaks documents, that reinforces speculation about the COVID-19 manipulation in biological laboratories and a biological attack by the US through the virus against rival countries,” the letter continues.

As evidence, the doctors cite the recent questions asked by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian about the virus’s origins, and speculation that “it might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan.” President Trump dismissed those claims Tuesday, calling them “false” and saying that the US military “didn’t give [COVID-19] to anybody.”

In their letter, Iranian doctors accuse the United States of having a history of using biological weapons, and suggest that given its habit of withdrawing from international agreements and treaties, the US could “defy” international agreements aimed at controlling the development of biological weapons, such as the Geneva Protocol and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons.

On Wednesday, Iranian Supreme National Security Council chief Ali Shamkhani tweeted that the United States should “respond to international inquiries about America’s role in creating and spreading the coronavirus” instead of “falsely accusing Iran and China.” According to Shamkhani, “blame games” are the “typical US way of escaping accountability.”

Earlier, in a press conference on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China for spreading “outlandish rumours” about US responsibility for COVID-19 outbreak, and alleged that “the Wuhan virus is a killer and the Iranian regime is an accomplice.” Pompeo’s remarks follow repeated instances of President Trump calling the new coronavirus “the Chinese Virus.”
Suspected US Bioweapons Programme

As a party to the Convention on Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons, the United States is prohibited from the development, production and storage of bioweapons agent. However, the Federation of American Scientists has accused Washington of continuing experimentation with “non-lethal” biological agents. Furthermore, Russia, former officials in Georgia and media have repeatedly expressed suspicions that the Lugar Center for Public Health Research in Tbilisi may contain a secret biological weapons programme run by the US military and private contractors.

Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, an independent Bulgarian investigative journalist and Middle East correspondent, has reported extensively on an alleged multi-billion-dollar US military programme said to include Pentagon-funded biolaboratories in over two dozen countries, including ten countries in Africa, six in Southeast Asia and nine in countries surrounding Iran and Russia including Iraq, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

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The #Pentagon’s laboratory in #Georgia, the Lugar Center (300,000.000 USD) was opened in 2011 and received the attention of both journalists and intelligence agencies, including #Russia's FSB, which suspects that the lab has been involved in bioweapons research. 1/3

'Immoral' US Sanctions

The US slapped sanctions on three individuals and nine entities Tuesday over the trade of Iranian oil, a week after the US extended restrictions on the country’s crude exports for another year. The sanctions, including restrictions preventing the import of medical equipment, have put Iran’s coronavirus response under severe strain, with the country facing a shortage of test kits, protective face masks and other equipment. Iranian officials have slammed Washington for its “adversarial and inhumane” attitude to Iran’s plight. Russia, Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates and UNICEF have dispatched aid to the country, while China has called on the US to lift its Iran sanctions “immediately.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed that US sanctions “literally kill innocents,” and added that it is “immoral to observe them.”
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With death rates from Covid-19 varying wildly around the globe, you might be wondering about your chances of survival if you contract the virus. There are no simple answers − but there are some things that put you at higher risk.

It’s no surprise that people are confused as to how deadly the virus is, given the differing figures and conflicting information. In early March, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a global ‘snapshot’ death rate of 3.4 percent. Yet Italy − the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe − has reported a death rate of over 7 percent. Meanwhile, the death rate in Spain is hovering nearer the WHO estimate at 3.1 percent − and in some countries, it’s much lower than that.
数字の違いや情報の矛盾を考えると、人々がウイルスの致命性について混乱しているのは驚くことではありません。 3月上旬に、世界保健機関(WHO)が世界的な「スナップショット」死亡率3.4%を報告しました。しかし、ヨーロッパのパンデミックの震源地であるイタリアでは、死亡率が7%を超えると報告されています。一方、スペインの死亡率は、WHOの推定値である3.1%に近づいています。一部の国では、それよりはるかに低いです。

There is much speculation about the reasons for the big variations by country (we’ll get back to that later), but a better way to estimate your chances of recovery is to look at some more personal risk factors.

How old are you?

It’s commonly known at this stage that the older you are, the worse the stats look. With the pandemic in full swing across the world and figures changing hourly, it makes sense to look at the latest figures from China, which has had the most experience with the virus (and has finally managed to contain it).

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) reported a death rate of 14.8 percent for patients over 80 years old and 8 percent for patients in their 70s. It dropped to 3.6 percent for people in their 60s and 1.3 percent for the 50-59 age group. Fortunately, the death rate for everyone under the age of 49 was below 0.5 percent − so clearly, age is one of the most major factors to consider.
中国疾病管理予防センター(CCDC)は、80歳以上の患者の死亡率は14.8%、70代の患者の死亡率は8%と報告しました。 60代の人は3.6%、50〜59歳の年齢層は1.3%に低下しました。幸いなことに、49歳未満のすべての人の死亡率は0.5%未満でした。したがって、明らかに、年齢が考慮すべき最も大きな要因の1つです。

Pre-existing conditions? Smoker?

The other certainty in all of this is that people with underlying medical conditions are also in the higher risk categories.

The CCDC study found a 10.5 percent death rate for those with cardiovascular diseases and a 7.3 percent fatality rate for those with diabetes. Sufferers of chronic respiratory disease and hypertension had a death rate around 6 percent, while the death rate for cancer patients was 5.6 percent. So, if you fall into any of those categories, it might be time to start ‘socially distancing’ or ‘self-quarantining’ yourself to be on the safe side.

Are you a man?

There’s some bad news in the Chinese stats for men, as the Covid-19 fatality rate was higher for men at 2.8 percent to 1.7 percent for women. Men were also slightly more likely to contract the disease than women, accounting for 51 percent of the total cases.

Experts are not exactly sure why this is, but there are plenty of theories. One is that generally speaking men smoke more than women (particularly in China) − another theory is that women have stronger immune systems for babies during pregnancy. The fact that men are also more likely to have high-risk pre-existing conditions might also be a factor.
専門家はこれがなぜそうなのかわからないが、多くの理論がある。 1つは、一般的に男性は女性よりも喫煙量が多いということです(特に中国では)。もう1つの理論は、女性は妊娠中は赤ちゃんのための免疫システムが強いということです。男性もリスクの高い既存の条件を持っている可能性が高いという事実も要因かもしれません。

Where do you live?

This is a tricky one. As we know, the death rates have varied significantly around the world and the most worrying numbers come from Italy, which has seen a 7 percent fatality rate − but of course, that doesn’t mean Italians specifically are somehow more susceptible or likely to die.

Some have speculated that Italy’s high rate is due to the country’s aging population, but the median age of Germans is higher than in Italy and Germany has experienced a death rate of 0.2 percent so far. Similarly, the theory that the high death rate is related to high prevalence of smoking in Italy doesn't make total sense, since China and South Korea have higher smoking rates.

Many experts have warned that Italy failed to take early action (urging ‘social distancing’ measures, canceling mass public events etc.) to “flatten the curve” of infections, which led to a flood of patients suddenly overwhelming the health system.

In the end, the numbers here may be more indicative of how a country acts to contain the virus more than anything else.

The real death rate: 7%, 3.4%, or much lower?

When the worst of the crisis is over, the real overall death rate will potentially be significantly lower than the reported one − since many people will contract the virus but remain asymptomatic or display only mild symptoms and will never get tested at all.

Indeed, Jeremy Samuel Faust, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital wrote in Slate that the frightening death rates are “unlikely to hold” as time goes on and that the true fatality rate is “likely to be far lower than current reports suggest.”

Yet, Italy’s experience seems to suggest that failing to get control of the spread early or “flatten the curve” could lead to unnecessarily high fatality rates in some countries.

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金融市場混乱続くダウ2万ドル割れへ 市場観察


朝日ニューヨーク=江渕崇 2020年3月16日 8時56分
ダウ先物、急落で取引停止 抑えられないコロナ懸念


共同2020/3/16 10:03 (JST)

共同2020/3/16 14:09 (JST)











[16日 ロイター] - 米ゴールドマン・サックス(GS)は、現在の市場の供給超過量を勘案すると、米政府が緊急時に備えて積み立てている戦略石油備蓄(SPR)の積み増しに向け購入量を増大させても、第2・四半期および第3・四半期の原油価格30ドル割れを防ぐには不十分、との見方を示した。


大証の先物価格は16610円を指していますから、東証の日経平均の年初来安値16,690.60 (20/03/13)を下回りました。

大証の先物価格は16270円 20:44


※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/3/16のツイート
何を根拠に? トランプが頼っているシェール石油産業の連鎖倒産が不可避。それに伴いジャンクボンド、ディリバティブが大爆発! 金融大不況の危機。逆の意味でリーマンショック級ではない! 黒田のあほ、辞めろ!

大証の先物価格は16070円 21:33 16000円割れ寸前です。





共同2020/3/17 06:21 (JST)3/17 06:33 (JST)updated

[ニューヨーク 16日 ロイター] - 米市場で、米連邦準備理事会(FRB)に対しコマーシャル・ペーパー(CP)市場への流動性供給策を求める声が高まっている。新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大による信用市場の動揺で、ここ数週間にCP市場の流動性が枯渇しているためだ。また、資本市場から締め出された企業が短期の資金調達に走り、新規発行が急増するとの観測から、CPの価格は下落している。


2020年3月17日 / 17:22 / 3時間前更新
[ソウル 17日 ロイター] - 韓国政府は18日、国内市場におけるドル資金不足を和らげるための措置を発表する見通し。事情に詳しい政府関係者2人が明らかにした。


[17日 ロイター] - 米連邦準備理事会(FRB)は17日、新型コロナウイルス危機によるクレジット市場の緊張緩和に向け、2008年の金融危機時に導入したコマーシャルペーパー・ファンディング・ファシリティー(CPFF)を再び導入すると発表した。


問題の根は深い 予想外のことが起きる 日銀はめちゃくちゃやっている

※ mko@trappedsoldier氏の2020/3/18のツイート
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