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China to bar 11 million residents from leaving Wuhan, the city at the centre of coronavirus outbreak

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    Loire
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    Only in China would such a feat be possible. One of the few instances where authoritarian disregard for personal liberties might be a positive.

    Only in China would such a feat be possible. One of the few instances where authoritarian disregard for personal liberties might be a positive.

    16 votes
    1. vegai
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      Also vaccinations. Health care in general doesn't seem compatible with freedom. Some people just make idiotic choices if they can.

      Also vaccinations. Health care in general doesn't seem compatible with freedom. Some people just make idiotic choices if they can.

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  2. jcdl
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    A bit of Googling led me to this interview from about two weeks ago. The virus has already been sequenced and bears more resemblance to some bat viruses than to SARS or MERS (to my surprise, given...

    A bit of Googling led me to this interview from about two weeks ago. The virus has already been sequenced and bears more resemblance to some bat viruses than to SARS or MERS (to my surprise, given the headlines have been suggesting as much).

    Q: How close is this new virus to the SARS coronavirus?
    A: The virus is similar to some of the published viruses collected from bats. But it is not close to SARS and not close to MERS.

    11 votes
  3. ReapersGale
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    Some of the important bits:

    Some of the important bits:

    Chinese authorities will suspend all outbound transport from Wuhan, the city at the centre of an outbreak of the mysterious Sars-like coronavirus, which has so far killed 17 people.

    Bus, subway, ferry and long-distance passenger transportation networks from the city will be suspended from 10am local time on Thursday, state media reported. The city’s airport and train stations will also be closed to outgoing passengers.

    The government is also asking citizens not to leave the city of 11 million unless there are special circumstances, state media said.

    The local government has cancelled public activities during the holiday, including the annual prayer-giving at the city’s Guiyan Temple, which attracted 700,000 tourists last year.

    Fever scanners have been set up at the city’s train station and airport and officials check the temperatures of drivers at highway checkpoints, while outbound tour groups have been banned from leaving the city.

    The commission noted the virus is being treated as a class A disease, which means authorities can quarantine patients and put affected areas on lockdown.

    6 votes
  4. [2]
    JoylessAubergine
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    Just for a bit of reference Wuhan would be 10th most populous country in the EU, just behind Belgium A second city (Huanggang) in the same province is also going into lockdown (6 Million people).

    Just for a bit of reference Wuhan would be 10th most populous country in the EU, just behind Belgium

    A second city (Huanggang) in the same province is also going into lockdown (6 Million people).

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    1. AnthonyB
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      China reminds me of California in that there are cities that no one has ever really heard of but they have massive populations.

      China reminds me of California in that there are cities that no one has ever really heard of but they have massive populations.

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  5. HoolaBoola
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    I don't really like the authoritative system of China, but I think this is a case where it makes something possible that would be very impossible almost anywhere in the world. It's not right to...

    I don't really like the authoritative system of China, but I think this is a case where it makes something possible that would be very impossible almost anywhere in the world. It's not right to force 11 million people to stay in the city (against their wills, possibly), but I think it is better than what I could've come up with and possibly saves many many lives.

    4 votes