China on Thursday stepped up measures to contain the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak is centered. Authorities ordered house-to-house searches to find sick people to be sent to large quarantine centers. The improvised quarantine centers have minimal medical care, leaving many patients in Wuhan feeling abandoned and many residents fearing they will be next. The death rate for cases of the flu-like virus is 4.1 percent, far higher than the 0.17 percent rate in the rest of the country. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said on a Thursday visit to Wuhan that the city and nation face “wartime conditions,” and said “there must be no deserters.” Chinese health officials said the death toll from the virus is now above 600.
Source: [The New York Times]