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MARCH 2021

Transport Restricted in 11 Chinese Cities. Officers in Hazmat Suits with Automatic Rifles Deployed


Transport Restricted in 11 Chinese Cities. Officers in Hazmat Suits with Automatic Rifles Deployed

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On January 24th, Chinese health authorities announced that 830 confirmed cases the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 29 provincial-level regions in the country.

Among them, 34 had been cured and discharged from hospitals, according to the National Health Commission.

A total of 1,072 suspected cases have been reported in 20 provincial-level regions, according to the commission.

So far, 25 had died, 24 of them in central China’s Hubei Province and one in north China’s Hebei Province.

As of midnight, on January 24th, five confirmed cases had been reported in Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and Taiwan, with two in Hong Kong, two in Macao and one in Taiwan.

Overseas, three cases had been confirmed in Thailand, with two of them already cured.

One case was cured in Japan.

The Republic of Korea, the United States and Singapore had confirmed one case each, with Vietnam confirming two.

The first cases of coronavirus in Europe have been confirmed by French health authorities. French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said that one patient is being treated in Paris, and the other is in Bordeaux.

Finally, a total of 9,507 close contacts have been traced. Out of them 8,420 are under observation, 1,087 were discharged.

National outlet Xinhua reported that China was mobilizing medical teams to aid in Wuhan. The first group of 135 medical workers from hospitals in Shanghai is scheduled to fly to Wuhan on the evening of January 24th. Shanghai will dispatch 405 medical workers in three groups to Wuhan.

An aid team consisting of 205 experienced doctors and nurses from nine hospitals in Guangdong Province has been set up and stands ready to leave for Wuhan.

On January 24th, Hubei province upgraded its public health emergency response from Level II to Level I. Other provincial-level regions, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hunan and Anhui have also activated the top-level response to the epidemic situation.

The Wuhan headquarters for the control and treatment of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus said that Wuhan will follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model to build a special hospital for admitting patients infected in the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus.

The makeshift hospital designed to have an area of 25,000 square meters with 1,000 beds is expected to be completed and put into use prior to February 3rd.

Despite the reports of the situation seemingly coming under presumed control, cities are still on lockdown and their numbers are increasing.

Travel restrictions have been imposed on 11 cities as of the early hours of January 25th Beijing Time.

Transport bans of varying degrees have also been placed on the following cities: Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Chibi, Xiantoa, Zhijiang, Qianjjiang, Huangshi, Xianning and Yichang.

The latest one to be imposed a travel ban was Suizhou.

No timeline of the restrictions being lifted has been announced. All the cities cover a population of roughly 32.2 million people.

The following map shows the size of the cities and their locations:

Transport Restricted in 11 Chinese Cities. Officers in Hazmat Suits with Automatic Rifles Deployed

Map of the closed off cities in China, by CNN. Click to see full-size image.

There are also videos showing individuals, presumably security officers or policemen in hazmat suits with automatic rifles.


Nationwide, large-scale activities for the Lunar New Year celebrations, including temple fairs, winter sports and exhibitions, have been canceled. The Lunar New Year takes place on January 25th in 2020.

On January 23rd, the World Health Organization it was too early to declare the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China a public health emergency of international concern, while warning that the number of cases may rise as much about the virus remains unknown.




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