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    • By Isabella
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    • By Isabella
      El amor de la hermandad espiritual se activa y se ve en acción en tiempos críticos, como en los días de la pandemia del coronavirus. “Los testigos de Jehová hemos hecho todo lo posible por obedecer las medidas preventivas y proteger nuestra salud durante esta crisis sanitaria, pero no somos inmunes a los efectos del COVID-19. Por desgracia, ya han perdido la vida 872 hermanos por culpa de este virus, pero la hermandad mundial ha reaccionado rápido para consolar y arropar a los que están sufriendo. Por encima de todo, confiamos en que Jehová siempre nos da su paz”, indica la organización de los testigos de Jehová en su espacio Prensa, en su página oficial, jw.org.
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )which says in part: "On occasion, raging storms or floods have prevented a congregation, or some of its members, from meeting together as planned. In rare cases, martial law has been in effect with armed soldiers barring citizens from being out-of-doors after sunset. Other Christians have not been able to be at the congregation’s celebration because of being hospitalized or seriously ill. What can be done in such instances?
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Unfortunately, it seems like some are viewing the memorial as some kind of religious ritual, and are even going to pass the emblems among themselves as if touching them somehow makes all the difference....Because I come from a Catholic family, I find this kind of reasoning a little disappointing...
      Also, I don't know if anyone has listened to the memorial talk, the brother says that Jehovah's Witnesses would risk their lives to be at the memorial. In view of all the above, isn't that statement a little far fetched?
      Any thoughts?
       
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    • By Michael Krewson
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      Guangzhou now under quarantine, 7 February
      http://m.xinhuanet.com/gd/2020-02/07/c_1125542462.htm
      Translation, per Google translate:
      At noon on February 7, the Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention Command for New Coronavirus Infection issued the No. 3 Circular on Further Strengthening Community and Rural Epidemic Prevention and Control, which requires the concentration of culture and entertainment in the village living room. Places are always closed. All residential communities (villages) in the city are closed. Strengthen the management of people (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owners (villages) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area. All entrances and exits shall be provided with prevention and control card points, and resident personnel shall enter and exit with their credentials and perform temperature monitoring.
      The notice also requires that enterprises, institutions, rental house owners or other house lessors must implement their prevention and control responsibilities. Enterprises, institutions, and owners of rental housing are responsible for the management of related personnel, and the management of rental housing is directly responsible.
      全文 The full text of the announcement is as follows:
      Guangzhou City Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters on Further Strengthening Communities and Rural Areas
      的 Notice of prevention and control of epidemic situation (No. 3)
      In order to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, to effectively protect the lives and health of the people, and to safeguard public interests, in accordance with laws and regulations such as the Law of the People's Republic of China on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Emergency Response, in accordance with Guangdong Province The first-level response requirements for major public health emergencies are hereby notified as follows:
      First, citizens must protect themselves. Citizens should wash their hands frequently, go out less, do not walk in, do not get together, do not gather meals, wear masks in and out of public places. All gathering places such as culture and entertainment in the village are closed.
      Ii. All residential communities (villages) shall be closed. Strengthen the management of personnel (vehicles) access, and restrict non-owner (village) owners, residents or users and vehicles from entering the property management area (including but not limited to people such as courier, takeaway and their vehicles). Items delivered by courier companies, takeaways, etc. should be sent to a designated area for centralized storage and management, and collected by customers themselves. All entrances and exits should be equipped with prevention and control card points. Residents must enter and exit and conduct body temperature monitoring. Those whose body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees Celsius are required to actively cooperate with medical observation and other related disposals in accordance with work guidelines, and promptly report to the residents (village) committee Will report.
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      24. Personnel who are still stranded in key epidemic areas shall not return to the province until the first-level response to a major public health emergency in the province is cancelled. Public officials (party and government agencies, institutions, and state-owned enterprise staff) who return to Guangzhou in advance shall be held accountable by the disciplinary inspection and supervisory organs at the same level; foreign visitors from Guangzhou have a history of staying in key epidemic areas. Eligibility for points-based household registration and eligibility for points-based public rental housing.
       
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