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UN GATE / SDNY COURT, March 11 – The United Nations has belatedly taken an action on Coronavirus COVID-19. It has banned the public from entering UN Headquarters on the East Side of Manhattan.  And now, the UN International School (see below).

But the UN under pro-China Secretary General Antonio Guterres was first dismissive of the virus, and now choose a broad-brush, "Screw the Public" approach as opposed to what, for example, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has done.

   At the entrance of the SDNY, from which Inner City Press now reports daily, a sign informs those entering that if they or someone close has recently visited China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran, they are not to enter but rather to inform the Court Security Officers.   

But Guterres, with a history of covering up Chinese state bribes in the UN including through censorship, has not done this. Instead, he used UN Security to rough up and still ban the Press which asked him about his murky connections to CEFC China Energy, whose Patrick Ho was convicted of UN bribery in the SDNY court.   

 On March 11, Ho is appealing in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Inner City Press will cover that, and exclusively publishes this on UNIS:

"From: Catherine Pollard <> Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 00:19 To: David Haeri; Stephen Margetts; Katharina Margetts Subject: Staff arrangements for UNIS school closure   Dear all,  As you will have seen, this evening the Executive Director of UNIS circulated a message to the school community with details on the updated situation regarding COVID-19 and the positive diagnosis of a teacher in the school.  We want to re-emphasize that all UN staff who have children in the school should telecommute for five days per week while the school is closed.  I would be grateful if you could share this information with other UN colleagues who are part of the UNIS community. We will obtain the list of the UN staff who are in the UNIS community tomorrow from the school and send them all a formal message.  Thank you for your help. We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our staff and will keep you updated.  Warmly, Catherine  Sent from my iPhone "

Likewise while a UN in-house organ brags that journalists with "resident passes" are still allowed in to largely produce propaganda for the UN, there is no review of the recent travel of correspondents from China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran, of whom there are many.

   Inner City Press has for weeks been asking Guterres, his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming, and 22 other UN officials not only their response to Coronavirus and Cameroon, but also specifics about the free entry, including with diplomatic license plates, of "media workers" from Xinhua and other Chinese state media. No answers at all. We will have more on this. 


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