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posted by martyb on Monday January 27 2020, @08:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the stay-aware-and-wash-your-hands dept.

China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates:

The virus thought to have originated in a Wuhan food market continues to spread as China steps up containment efforts.

[...] China is extending the Lunar New Year holiday for three days and enforcing strict containment measures in an attempt to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 80 people and infected at more than 2,700, most of them in the central province of Hubei where the virus first emerged.

The holiday season was due to end on Friday but will now be extended until February 2.

More than 56 million people in almost 20 cities, including the Hubei capital of Wuhan, have been affected by travel restrictions, introduced amid fears the transmission rate will balloon as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

[...] Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a pandemic as more countries report cases. Confirmed cases have so far been announced in several Asiancountries, Europe and North America.

[...] The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the respiratory illness, which has been traced to the city of Wuhan, is an emergency in China but the organisation said on Thursday it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @05:12PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @05:12PM (#949400)

    Not sure how people do not understand this [].

    Linear vs exponential growth. If you ever reach the point that a new plague is scaring people who don't appreciate exponential growth, then it's far far too late to do anything.

    And no, 99% of the time it will be fine - but that's only because people treat this things extremely seriously. China is literally canceling New Years festivities in most major cities in the country. New Years is a much larger celebration in China than the US so it's more analogous to something like the government 'cancelling Christmas.' The analogy doesn't quite work because of the difference between public and private gatherings, but I speaking of the magnitude of this act. The point being that this is an absolutely appropriate reaction on their part.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @06:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27 2020, @06:31PM (#949455)

    Everyone understrands exponential growth, but only idiots spout off about it when that has never been observed to happen ever. The only way it continues into the summer is if we get one of those grand solar minimum years without a summer.