Chi­nese shut down ‘virus’ city


The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Beijing

All res­i­den­tial com­pounds placed un­der ‘sealed man­age­ment’.

China tight­ened re­stric­tions at the locked­down epi­cen­tre of the coro­n­avirus out­break yes­ter­day, for­bid­ding fever­ish peo­ple in Wuhan from vis­it­ing hos­pi­tals out­side of their home dis­tricts.

The mea­sure comes a day af­ter au­thor­i­ties sealed off res­i­den­tial com­pounds in the cen­tral city, where the deadly novel coro­n­avirus is be­lieved to have orig­i­nated in a mar­ket sell­ing wild an­i­mals.

Wuhan has been un­der ef­fec­tive quar­an­tine since 23 Jan­uary when the gov­ern­ment sus­pended trans­port links out of the city in a bid to con­tain the virus, which has so far killed 1 016 peo­ple and in­fected more than 42 600 through­out China.

In or­der to “con­tain the spread of the epi­demic”, Wuhan res­i­dents with fever symp­toms are only al­lowed to seek treat­ment at des­ig­nated fa­cil­i­ties in the dis­trict they live in, the city’s health com­mis­sion said yes­ter­day.

Peo­ple di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia who re­quire ob­ser­va­tion must re­main at the clin­ics, or at al­ter­na­tive premises pro­vided by the fa­cil­i­ties, the com­mis­sion said in a no­tice.

Mean­while, all res­i­den­tial com­pounds will be placed un­der “sealed man­age­ment”, while build­ings with known or sus­pected virus cases must be placed un­der even stricter watch, the Wuhan gov­ern­ment said in a no­tice on Mon­day.

No fur­ther de­tails were pro­vided in the state­ment on what “sealed man­age­ment” in­volves.

The phrase has been used by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties else­where in China to de­scribe seal­ing off all but a few exit points in a com­pound and check­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of all who en­ter and leave. – AFP

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