Wuhan is a city of 11 million in Central China and is said to be the origin of a new strain of coronavirus that is spreading globally. The mayor of Wuhan on Tuesday told potential visitors to avoid the city as health officials warned the virus could mutate the more rapidly it spreads. Here we see people clearing out of Wuhan right before the lockdown.
Now, we learn that sixteen cities:
Wuhan: 11mln Huanggang: 7.5mln Xiangyang: 6.1mln Yichang: 4.2mln Jingmen: 3mln Xianning: 2.8mln Huangshi: 2.5mln Suizhou: 2.2mln Xiantao: 1.6mln Ezhou: 1mln Qianjiang: 962k Enshi: 780k Xiaogan: 780k Zhijiang: 550k Dangyang: 560k Chibi: 530k totaling 46 million are being quarantined and public transport shut down. There are also concerns about a winter food shortage.
Chinese officials have raised the alert level to 1 (highest possible level).
The numbers announced as shown at left are going to lag, as China, faces such a shortage of coronavirus test-kits that people say getting one is like ‘winning the lottery’.
We see the eternal truth bomb problem:
8 people has been arrested “Spreading rumors” over the internet about the coronavirus in Wuhan! Again, 唯恐天下不亂！ pic.twitter.com/7VQaIEb5mL
— Facing The Fact 3.0 (@FactFacing3) January 24, 2020
The economic impact looks to be immense. China’s 70,000 movie theaters — the most of any country in the world — are closing their doors at the busiest time of year. Cathay Pacific offers refunds on all flights to and from China until end of February. Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations. Shanghai Disney Resort shut down. China orders all travel agencies to suspend sales of domestic and international tours.