Coronavirus Live Updates: Millions Across China Are Under Lockdown – The New York Times,

Coronavirus Live Updates: Millions Across China Are Under Lockdown – The New York Times,

More than 19 percent of the country’s population faces restrictions on how often they can leave their homes.

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Newly released data finds the new coronavirus is roughly times deadlier than the seasonal flu.


Volunteers in Beijing wore face masks while guarding the entrance to a residential area on Monday. Credit … Roman Pilipey / EPA, via Shutterstock

Roughly half of China’s population is facing new restrictions on travel.

Across China, officials have imposed controls of various kinds on people movements, hoping that minimizing contact will prevent the virus from circulating further.

To gauge the scale and breadth of these policies, the New York Times examined dozens of local government announcements and reports from state-run news outlets.

Times’s analysis found that at least 390 million people in China – over percent of the country population – are facing government restrictions about how often they can leave their homes.

They represent a subset of the more than 823 million people in China whose neighborhoods and villages have imposed strictures of some sort on residents’ comings and goings, as the Times reported over the weekend . That larger figure represents more than half of the country’s population, and roughly one in 18 People on the planet.

China’s lockdowns vary widely in their strictness. Neighborhoods in some places require residents only to show ID, sign in and have their temperature checked when they enter. Others prohibit residents from bringing guests.

But in places with more stringent policies, only one person from each household is allowed to leave their home at a time, and not necessarily every day. Many neighborhoods have issued the equivalent of paper hall passes to ensure that residents comply.

In one district in the city of Xi’an, the authorities have stipulated that residents may leave their homes only once every three days to shop for food and other essentials. They also specify that the shopping may not take longer than two hours.

Tens of millions of other people are living in places where local officials have “encouraged” but not ordered neighborhoods to restrict militant ability to leave their homes, The Times found.

And with many neighborhoods and localities deciding their own policies on residents’ movements, it is possible that the total number of affected people is even higher still.

Japan announced 150 more cases on the Diamond Princess, bringing the total to .


Japan’s Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that 96 additional cases of coronavirus were confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to as the quarantine period neared an end for a cohort of passengers set to leave the vessel on Wednesday.

Officials said that as of Tuesday, 2, (out of the 3, 823 passengers and crew initially on board had been tested for the virus. The new cases include people who did not show symptoms. Health officials said those who had tested positive would be taken to medical facilities.

A – day quarantine period for passengers is set to end on Wednesday. People who have tested negative for the virus and do not have fever or respiratory symptoms will be checked a final time by an infrared camera before disembarking, according to a notice given to passengers. (But those bunking with someone who tested positive would not be allowed to disembark, the notice said.)

More passengers will leave on Thursday and Friday if their test results are negative, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The ship’s crew members will also undergo a quarantine period, the notice said, although it was unclear when it would begin.






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                                                       What is a Coronavirus? It is a novel virus named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.                                                                                                  

                                                       How contagious is the virus? According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, (similar to SARS , and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.                                                                                                  

                                                       Where has the virus spread? The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and at least two dozen other countries .                                                                                                  


  • How worried should I be? While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.                                                                                                  
                                                           Who is working to contain the virus? World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance .                                                                                                  


  • What if I’m traveling?
  • The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights





    On Sunday, the US government evacuated American passengers opting to leave the ship and be taken to a military base for another – day quarantine period. The 75 remaining American passengers still on the ship will not be able to return to the United States until March 4, the US Embassy in Tokyo said.

    The governments of Australia, Canada and Hong Kong have also said they would evacuate citizens from the ship.

    The new virus is deadlier than the one that causes the flu.


    An analysis of 66, 760 coronavirus patients in China whose diagnoses were confirmed by laboratory testing has found that 1, 44 had died by Feb. 26. 18. That’s a fatality rate of 2.3 percent. Figures released on a daily basis suggest the rate has further increased in recent days.

    That is far higher than the mortality rate of the seasonal flu, with which the new coronavirus has sometimes been compared. In the United States, flu fatality rates hover around 0.1 percent.

    The new analysis was posted online by researchers at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Over all, about 98 percent of patients with confirmed diagnoses experienced mild illness, the researchers found. Nearly 20 percent had severe cases of COVID – 31, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and about 5 percent had critical illnesses.

    Thirty percent of those who died were in their s, (percent were in their s and percent were age 92 or older. Though men and women were roughly equally represented among the confirmed cases, men made up nearly 80 percent of the deaths. Patients with underlying medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, died at higher rates.

    The fatality rate among patients in Hubei Province, the center of China’s outbreak, was more than seven times higher than that of other provinces.

    China on Tuesday announced new figures for the outbreak. The number of cases was put at , – up 1, (from) , the day before – and the death toll now stands at 1, , up from 1, 910, the authorities said.

    Xi Jinping, China’s leader, told Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain in a phone call on Tuesday that China was making “visible progress” in containing the epidemic , according to Chinese state media.

    (The director of a hospital at the heart of the outbreak has died from the virus.
    The director of a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the epidemic, died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus , the latest in a series of medical professionals to be killed in the outbreak.
    Liu Zhiming, , a neurosurgeon and the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died shortly before 16 am on Tuesday, the Wuhan health commission said .

    “From the start of the outbreak, Comrade Liu Zhiming, without regard to his personal safety, led the medical staff of Wuchang Hospital at the front lines of the fight against the epidemic, “The commission said. Dr. Liu “made significant contributions to our city’s fight to prevent and control the novel coronavirus,” it added.

    Last week the Chinese government said that more than 1, (medical workers had contracted the virus , and six had died.

    Chinese medical workers at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic are often becoming its victims, partly because of government missteps and logistical hurdles. After the virus emerged in Wuhan late last year, city leaders played down its risks , and doctors did not take the strongest precautions.

    The death nearly two weeks ago of Li Wenliang , an ophthalmologist who was initially reprimanded for warning medical school classmates about the virus, stirred an outpouring of grief and anger. Dr. Li, , has emerged as a symbol of How the authorities controlled information and have moved to stifle online criticism and aggressive reporting on the outbreak.

    HSBC, one of Hong Kong’s most important banks, will cut 64, jobs amid virus and protests.


    HSBC plans to cut , jobs over the next three years as the global bank struggles to revive a business that has come to depend on on China for growth.

    The London-based bank said on Tuesday that it aimed to cut $ 4.5 billion in costs as it faces headwinds that include the coronavirus outbreak in China and months of political strife in Hong Kong , one of its most important bases.

    The coronavirus is causing economic disruptions in Hong Kong and mainland China that could have a negative impact on perf ormance this year, the bank warned. The bank lowered expectations for growth across Asia for this year but added that it expected to see some improvement once the virus was contained. Nearly half of the bank’s revenue comes from Asia.

    HSBC shares trading in Hong Kong slumped by more than 3 percent.

    It is the latest company to shed light on the impact of a fast-moving virus that has gripped China over recent weeks and led to a near-nationwide economic standstill. While parts of the country are getting back to work, the reopening of business operations for many companies has been slow .

    Airlines cut flights as ripples from coronavirus spread.

    Weeks after airlines cut flights to China over the coronavirus outbreak, airlines in Asia are cutting flights elsewhere.

    Singapore Airlines on Tuesday said it would temporarily cut flights between the city-state and major destinations like New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney. It (cited weak demand) as fears over the outbreak keep more travelers at home.

    The announcement follows a similar notice two weeks ago by Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong carrier. In announcing the cancellation of nearly all its flights to mainland China, it also said it would reduce service elsewhere over the next two months depending on how the market fares. Over all, it said, the cuts represent nearly one-third of the airline’s capacity.

    Containment efforts have sidelined Chinese tourists, a powerful economic force responsible for $ 436 billion in spending a year, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. But the spreading coronavirus has unnerved tourists from elsewhere, especially when it comes to flying back and forth from Asia. As of Tuesday, Japan had reported (cases, not counting 700 linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama. Singapore reported cases, Hong Kong had cases and South Korea reported (cases.

    Domestic workers from the Philippines will be permitted to return to Hong Kong.


    The Philippines has lifted its travel ban on citizens employed as domestic workers in Hong Kong and Macau, officials said Tuesday.

    The nation had enacted a ban on Feb. 2 on travel to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, preventing workers from traveling to jobs in those places.

    Hong Kong alone is home to about , migrant domestic workers, many of who are from the Philippines. The travel ban had left many anxious about the sudden loss of income, along with the risk of infection.