The Wuhan coronavirus is apparently spreading much faster than SARS. The Chinese government, it seems, is concerned:
Shutting down outbound transportation of a provincial capital city is unprecedented in China since 1949. Didn't do so even during SARS in 2003. This is a forced step since virus is expanding fiercely. It will greatly increase the chance of epidemic being contained. https://t.co/mzVVX3OTr7
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) January 22, 2020
I visited Wuhan a couple times, many years ago. Even at the time it was described as “the Chicago of China.” A thriving economic, manufacturing and education hub.
Perhaps the US should be more concerned than it is:
Twenty-one students and five chaperones from the province at the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China arrived in the D.C. region two days ago to take part in a school exchange program with Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia.
Fairfax County Public Schools has confirmed with FOX 5 that the students will no longer take part in classes at the school, which were supposed to begin Wednesday, and they will not stay with host families in the area “out of an abundance of caution.” Instead, the students will stay at hotels until February 3, and visit tourist and cultural sites.
Oh, they will be visiting museums instead of attending school. That’s reassuring.
My modest proposal: shut down international travel until we get this thing firmly under control.
— CNW (@ConflictsW) January 22, 2020