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posted by martyb on Saturday January 25 2020, @04:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the happy-new-year? dept.

Chinese Authorities Begin Quarantine Of Wuhan City As Coronavirus Cases Multiply:

Wuhan's public health authorities say they are in a "state of war" as they quarantine the Chinese city in an attempt to halt the spread of a never-before-seen strain of coronavirus. "Strictly implement emergency response requirements, enter into a state of war and implement wartime measures to resolutely curb the spread of this epidemic," urged a committee of Wuhan's top officials. "Homes must be segregated, neighbors must be watched."

Later Thursday, health officials from the World Health Organization decided not to declare the outbreak an international health emergency. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that after two days of meetings in Geneva with the organization's Emergency Committee, the group was divided. "Make no mistake. This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency," Tedros said. "It may yet become one." The WHO is not recommending any international restrictions on trade or travel, but does recommend exit screenings at airports.

Beginning at 10 a.m. local time (9 p.m. Wednesday ET), authorities in Wuhan, about 500 miles west of Shanghai, started sealing off public transportation, including its metro system, airport, train station and long-haul bus hubs. Livestreamed videos from the city show soldiers wearing face masks barricading the entrances to the city's train station Thursday morning to prevent passengers from entering and leaving the city.

Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days to treat coronavirus patients as its health system gets overwhelmed:

The Chinese city of Wuhan is rushing to build a new hospital within six days to treat patients of the coronavirus that has killed at least 26 people across the country and is overwhelming the quarantined city's health system.

The 2019-nCoV virus, which had infected more than 870 people as of Friday morning, originated in Wuhan. China has closed down public-transport links in the city and at least nine others, sealing off a combined 30 million people.

Chinese tourist says she evaded coronavirus checks to fly to France

The Chinese embassy in France has urged its citizens to comply with airport coronavirus checks after a woman from Wuhan said she had evaded screenings in order to fly to France and dine in restaurants there.

The woman told on social media how she took fever medicine to mask flu-like symptoms to bypass temperature checks. Wuhan has temporarily shut down public transport to contain the deadly virus.

Coronavirus has reached Chicago, North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, etc. 😷

See also: Wuhan's 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread
Scientist who simulated the global impact of a coronavirus outbreak says 'the cat's already out of the bag' and China's efforts to contain the disease 'unlikely to be effective'
Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens

Previously:
China Reports 3rd Death, Nearly 140 New Cases of Coronavirus
China Confirms Human-To-Human Transmission of New Coronavirus; CDC Confirms First US Case


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by deimtee on Saturday January 25 2020, @07:58AM (11 children)

    by deimtee (3272) on Saturday January 25 2020, @07:58AM (#948398) Journal
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:04AM (#948400)

    Believe in the fires, they will protect you from Corona-chan.

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by PartTimeZombie on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:06AM (9 children)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:06AM (#948401)

    Meanwhile our government is saying the likelihood of it reaching here is "very low" despite the fact thousands of Chinese students will arrive next month for the start of the school year.

    Yeah, we're getting it shortly.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:50AM (#948410)

      Is somebody being funny with the soylent QOTD ?

      Death comes on every passing breeze, He lurks in every flower;
      Each season has its own disease, Its peril -- every hour. -- Reginald Heber

    • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:51AM (1 child)

      by Sulla (5173) on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:51AM (#948412) Journal

      Four scenarios,

      We don't close the borders and shut down air travel
      1. China manages containment
      2. China fails containment and we demand to know why the US gov't didn't shut it all down

      We close the borders
      3. China manages containment and we demand to know why the US gov't overreacted and damaged the world economy so much (SARS was like 1% China's GDP
      4. China fails containment and everyone is okay with it

      I prefer option three although it might have been pointless because even by the time we knew we already had pretty significant world spread. This thing kicked off in mid to late December with a 14 day incubation period some people being able to spread but not show symptoms.

      RO 3.8, earlier today of the total CCP reported numbers ~20% of those infected were critical, 3% died, and 3% were not getting worse.

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      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday January 25 2020, @10:00AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 25 2020, @10:00AM (#948428) Journal
        Keep in mind that we don't know the percentage that are asymptomatic. For example, if 1% infected show symptoms, it's going to be a vastly different scenario than if 50% do.
    • (Score: 2, Troll) by Chocolate on Saturday January 25 2020, @09:02AM (5 children)

      by Chocolate (8044) on Saturday January 25 2020, @09:02AM (#948415) Journal

      Ban people from China. Fixes this problem and the housing market at the same time.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @05:29PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @05:29PM (#948508)

        What will germophobe Trump do?

        • (Score: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:47PM (1 child)

          by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:47PM (#948602) Homepage

          I don't know what Trump will do, but what I do know is that all these "epidemic" jumpscares turn out to be overhyped nothingburgers like Bird flu and swine flu.

          And of course (((big pharma))) gets to profit from the resulting hysteria vaccinations.

          • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:49PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 25 2020, @08:49PM (#948604)

            Racist EF chimes in with his stupidity. Are you just so upset you aren't a billionaire yet that every rich person == jewish oppression of your potential?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @08:30AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @08:30AM (#949233)

        It's too late!
        https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/young-female-chinese-student-likely-to-be-fifth-case-in-australia-to-contract-coronavirus/news-story/f42f2e520b4a757cf748c7fba1617cba [news.com.au]

        Health officials have confirmed that a fifth case of the deadly coronavirus has been diagnosed in Australia, in a 21-year-old Chinese student

        The woman travelled on a direct flight from Wuhan to Sydney on January 22 and presented herself to hospital when she noticed symptoms.

        The University of NSW confirmed the woman had been staying in student accommodation but had kept herself isolated.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @09:58AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @09:58AM (#949245)

        This post was marked as a troll but it seems that this is exactly what should have been done to contain the outbreak.