After quarantining 11 million people in the city of Wuhan, Chinese officials have deployed the military and have taken the extraordinary steps of quarantining seven additional cities increasing the size of the lockdown to include a total of 40 million people.
“The containment of a city hasn’t been done in the history of international public health policy,” said Shigeru Omi, who headed the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Region during the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. “It’s a balance between respecting freedom of movement of people, and also prevention of further disease and public interest. It’s not a simple sort of thing; it’s very complex.”
WATCH: I do think this was meant to be calming but it’s much more unsettling. The bizarre optics of Wuhan medical staff dressed in full biohazard suits wishing people a happy Chinese New Year and that they’ll be safe under their care…now I’m even more nervous. @CBSNews is here. https://t.co/Kubv0mfAxj— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) January 24, 2020
Local Reports of Chaos throughout the Region
Local reports are slowly starting to leak online, and the situation seems like it could be worse than the Chinese government is telling us.
Huge public hygiene crisis seems to have erupted in #Wuhan. This video clip was once posted on Weibo but now deleted. The lady in the clip says dead bodies were left at hospital aisles untreated whereas doctors are taking care of other patients alongside them. #WuhanPneumonia pic.twitter.com/8ARaEHDbXC— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) January 24, 2020
Chinese Military Deployed to Fight Deadly Virus
This morning, the Chinese news outlet Global Times confirmed the deployment of Chinese troops to Wuhan to help health workers contain and treat patients.
These following three video clips were filmed by a source of mine near the Hankou high-speed rail station this morning after a city-wide quarantine was put in place.— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) January 23, 2020
Security officers in black masks are guarding the border to prevent people from leaving #Wuhan. #WuhanPneumonia pic.twitter.com/GWNm8XlLfe
“The Chinese military are being deployed to help control Wuhan Coronavirus. 40 medical personnel of troops in Wuhan have been dispatched to a civilian hospital,” the news outlet announced.
More cases Confirmed in the United States
This morning we learned that another case of Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States with U.S. health officials now admitting that they are investigating 63 possible cases spread throughout 22 states.
There are 63 cases being monitored in the U.S. that stretch across 22 states, including the first patient in Washington state and the new case in Illinois, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
“CDC believes the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly,” Messonnier said, adding that there is likely to be more cases in coming days. “We have our best people working on this problem.”
On Tuesday, after knowing for over a week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the country’s first case — a Washington state man who is now quarantined in a hospital outside of Seattle.
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