January 30, 2020
The Wuhan pneumonia is continuing to spread its toxic tentacles. With confirmed cases in nearly 20 countries around the world, many overseas infectious disease experts have issued dire warnings that the spread of the new coronavirus in China may be uncontrollable. It would be wise of Governments to prepare for the possible spread of the plague around the world.
Wuhan pneumonia attack rate as high as 83%
On January 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that the risk of the epidemic had been seriously underestimated, and the risk of assessing the epidemic was “very high”, “high at the regional level and high at the global level,” the report said.
Researchers from Hong Kong and China said in an authoritative medical journal “Lancet” on the 24th that the incidence of new-type coronavirus in 2019 is as high as 83% and the fatality rate is 15%.
U.S. experts have estimated through simulations of the outbreak that the number of people that may perish from infections in the next 18 months could reach 65 million.
Confirmed cases in nearly 20 countries worldwide
The figures of the infected are in flux. The latest confirmed cases of pneumonia in Wuhan are around 6,151 plus, 6074 in mainland China encompassing 77 in other countries and regions.
Presently among them are, 7 in Singapore, 7 in Malaysia, 14 in Thailand, 8 in Taiwan, 8 in Japan, 4 in South Korea, 2 in Vietnam, 1 in Nepal, 1 in Cambodia, 1 in Sri Lanka, 5 in the United States, 3 in Canada, Australia 7 cases, 4 cases in Germany, 4 cases in France, and 1 case in the United Arab Emirates.
The limited effectiveness of isolation
Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang said at a press conference on January 26 that around 5 million people have left Wuhan.
Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London said, “We need to be prepared for the possibility that this infectious disease possibly could become uncontrollable.”
Experts point out that although the new coronavirus and SARS belong to the same type of virus, the SARS virus only spreads after the infected person has symptoms, so isolation can play a key role; On the other hand, the Wuhan new coronavirus is contracted when patients are asymptomatic. It is already spreading, so isolation has limited effectiveness.
People track virus source
The source of the epidemic is still inconclusive. Some netizens found that in September last year, the Wuhan authorities held an emergency response drill.
This exercise simulated the entire process of handling a case of a new type of coronavirus infection found at the Wuhan airport port corridor.
Netizens question: “Why was it a “New” Coronavirus treatment simulation? and why was it called a “new” coronavirus?” Some netizens pulled out a news article by CCTV-13, on April 5, 2018, which contained information regarding a “new” Wuhan virus. “Researcher scientists have discovered a new coronavirus,” said the report.
According to The Daily Mail, a 2017 article warned of the unpredictability of lab animals that scientists at the Wuhan lab intended to inject with viruses. In fact, according to an article in Nature the SARS virus escaped multiple times from a lab in Beijing, The Wuhan national biosafety laboratory was set up in the hopes of helping China contribute research o the world’s most dangerous viruses.
China rejects US expert assistance
The United States leads the world in medical technology and professionalism. After the Chinese provided the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a rapid diagnostic test within a week.
U.S. President Trump and Pence issued statements announcing they are ready to support China. On January 28, US Secretary of Health Alex Azar stated that he twice proposed to the Chinese Minister of Health to send experts to China to help fight the new coronavirus in Wuhan. they were rejected by the Chinese government. Hazard urged China to increase the transparency of the epidemic and accept international assistance.
Multinational airlines reduce or cancel Chinese flights
Affected by the epidemic, multinational airlines have announced plans to reduce or cancel flights to and from China.
United Airlines has the most flights to China. The airline canceled dozens of flights to Hong Kong and mainland China in February; Air Canada, Canada’s major international airline, announced the cancellation of some flights to China; British Airways said it has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China. In addition, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Lion Air, Myanmar International Airlines, KBZ Airlines (Burma), Myanmar National Airlines and Ural Airlines (Russia) have all followed suit.
20 US airports launch epidemic screening
On January 27, the United States increased restrictions on Americans ’travel to China; on the 28th, it increased the number of entry screening at airports.
U.S. Evacuation charter planes land at Mudgee Air Force Base, California
The evacuation charter plane originally planned to land at Ontario Airport, California, USA changed its landing location. The new landing point is March Air Force Base, 35 miles east of Ontario.
The special plane transported 210 US citizens who were withdrawn from Wuhan on January 29.
The CDC said that while ensuring that these American citizens return home safely, it will also protect the health of the American public.
U.S. cities, network masks sold out
The United States has reported five new cases of pneumonia, and medical masks in Seattle, New York, Washington, Los Angeles including other cities have sold out. Even online stores, medical masks, and industrial masks are out of stock. In Chinese social networks and WeChat groups, masks are been sold at high prices.
Hubei, and a desperate Chinese City
During the new year, Hubei Province was isolated. The road to neighboring provinces has been blocked by megaliths, cutting it off.
The highways between counties and villages in Hubei are also blocked. Many people are displaced, and some wait in despair at home.
China’s 30 provinces have successively initiated a first-level emergency response to major public health emergencies, and Beijing and Tianjin are also experiencing interrupting traffic to other regions.
Construction of “Little Tangshan Hospital”
Following the construction of “Xiaotangshan Hospital” in Wuhan and Henan, Lu Media reported that construction has begun in the hospital of Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing, with construction teams and doctors stationed.
Beijing Xiaotangshan Hospital was a specialized hospital built during the outbreak of SARS in 2003. The SARS hospitals were abandoned in the past, but now it is being rebuilt, which is frightening.
Multiple online videos show an increase of crows flying around in Yichang, Jingzhou, and other places in Beijing; Beijing residents posted videos reporting, “a large number of large mosquitoes emerged in Beijing, even in winter.”
Two department-level officials in Hubei died of new coronavirus pneumonia. They were Wang Xianliang, former director of Wuhan Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, and the former mayor of Huangshi, chairman of Yangtze River Property Insurance Company.
Dozens of online videos reveal that many people are “falling in the streets” without warning. Some Macau licensing staff suddenly collapsed. Some people who left the train station also fell onto the ground.
On January 23, the head nurse of Wuhan Xiehe Hospital sent a group recording to his family members, saying that with the virus, if he could survive it, he would survive it. If he could not survive it, his lungs would “rot into a black hole” and burn his organs.
Source: Watch China