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Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:16 AM

Wuhan ends lockdown as health workers buckle under strain

Source: AP

By DANICA KIRKA AND ELENA BECATOROS

LONDON (AP) — After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopened Wednesday, and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to leave. Elsewhere, the economic, political and psychological toll of fighting the virus grew increasingly clear and more difficult to bear.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care with his country in the grips of its biggest crisis since World War II. The 55-year-old Johnson, the first major world leader confirmed to have COVID-19, was stable and responding to treatment, spokesman James Slack said.

Across the Atlantic, New York City endured one of its darkest days yet, with the death toll surging past 4,000, hundreds more than the number killed on 9/11. New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, its biggest one-day jump yet, for a statewide total of nearly 5,500.

New York’s mayor acknowledged Wednesday that the true death toll is even higher because the city’s count does not include people who died at home without ever being tested for the virus.



A worker directs travelers wearing face masks and suits to protect against the spread of new coronavirus at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:33 AM

1. This sounds awful. Tens of thousands dispersed all over? nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:41 AM

3. If they've been quarantined, they're not infectious

Anyone isolated for weeks is either going to be recovered from the virus or didn’t have it in the first place. Either way, shouldn’t be infectious.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:53 AM

4. I'm worried about the carriers who could be

spreading this to those who never had it.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:37 AM

6. If the carrier has been quarantined

They’ve had time to get over their a symptomatic case.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:03 AM

5. +1. Everyone in Wuhan who had it is now either dead or immune

Of course, it's a different story for people who were never exposed



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 10:38 AM

2. Hold on.......this should be interesting...............there is no vaccine............

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 11:56 AM

7. I see a second wave coming.

This is not close to over.

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Response to Doreen (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 02:52 PM

9. Sadly, that's what I'm anticipating as well.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 04:20 PM

10. there is a video showing the toll gate out of wuhan,

there are total of 75 hw exits in Wuhan that opened at the same time midnight, there were already a long line. they estimated about 100,000 people all left in one day out of Wuhan. let hope they all are not asymptomatic carriers.

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Response to catsudon (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 05:23 PM

11. It is horrible to say, but another country went first,

and now we will see what happens to them.

If only Trump would wait and watch and learn.
I know. Hahaha.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Apr 8, 2020, 12:08 PM

8. But before boarding any public transportation, the Chinese have to get scanned and given green light

https://time.com/5814724/china-health-code-smartphones-coronavirus/

Inside China's Smartphone 'Health Code' System Ruling Post-Coronavirus Life



(WUHAN, China) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen.

Green is the “health code” that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the pandemic began in December.

The system is made possible by the Chinese public’s almost universal adoption of smartphones and the ruling Communist Party’s embrace of “Big Data” to extend its surveillance and control over society.

Walking into a Wuhan subway station Wednesday, Wu Shenghong, a manager for a clothing manufacturer, used her smartphone to scan a barcode on a poster that triggered her health code app. A green code and part of her identity card number appeared on the screen. A guard wearing a mask and goggles waved her through.

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I like this system as it affords some form of protection for others.

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