Chinese Lockdown Continues: 56 Million Now Quarantined

  • 01/27/2020 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Chinese Lockdown Continues: 56 Million Now Quarantined
Fifty-six million people in China find themselves in quarantine zones, with the landlocked Hubei province effectively shut down by the coronavirus outbreak. 

As concerns grow, China's largest cities, hundreds – even thousands – of miles from the hardest-hit areas are taking extraordinary measures.

Suzhou (population 10.7 million) and Shanghai (population 24.2 million) are prohibiting people from coming into work until February 9. Officials strongly recommend daycares, primary schools, high schools, and universities should be closed until February 17.

Other cities are likely to follow suit. The plan from the Chinese communist government appears to demand that people stay home for two weeks to see who has the virus. 

The unprecedented quarantine has many medical researchers concerned that the infection is far more contagious than initially thought.

Per the Daily Wire:
 

Ma Xiaowei, director of China's National Health Commission, said that Chinese officials have learned that those who are infected with the virus but who are not yet showing symptoms may still be able to infect other people, making containment of the virus a significantly harder goal to achieve.

"The epidemic is now entering a more serious and complex period," Ma said on Sunday. "It looks like it will continue for some time, and the number of cases may increase."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the following statement about the outbreak:
 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States, where 5 cases in travelers from Wuhan have been confirmed in four states (AZ, CA, IL, WA) as of January 26, 2020. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.


The CDC added that while there haven't been reported cases of "person-to-person spread in the United States," the reality that the virus spreads by coughing and sneezing makes this "likely to occur to some extent."
 Source: AAN
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