Looks like the ChiComs have had to stop their usual SOP of denial, lying and hiding how bad things are and admit they have a little bit of an issue. I would probably cancel any plans I had of going to Asia for a while if I was you. They have even cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations in major cities, That is a pretty big sign of just how serious things are.
- 7 Chinese cities, around 23 million people, effectively under quarantine
- Multiple cases across the world – from Scotland to Singapore and USA
- 634 Infected (according to Chinese officials), 647 including cases outside China.
- 18 Dead (following 1st death outside Wuhan)
- WHO says “not the time to declare a global health emergency”
“Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China,” Tedros said. “But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one.”
The World Health Organization, after a second day of meetings, have decided AGAINST declaring an international virus alarm. The panel was reportedly split on the decision and may revise the decision but for now states that “now is not the time” to declare an emergency.
“Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one.”
The cities under effective martial law – with all travel in, around, and out halted – are Wuhan, Huanggang, Zhijiang, Ezhou, Qianjiang, Chibi, and Xiantao.
That is more people quarantined than the population of Florida (21.6m).
Outside of China, cases keep appearing (map does not include recent cases in Scotland and Ireland):
That’s not exactly reassuring.
Meanwhile, in Wuhan, shortages of medical supplies and facemasks are already prompting hospitals, universities and charities to reach out to the surrounding area for donations.