COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates: Monday / Tuesday, Jan. 3-4


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Yuzhou, 700 km (434 miles) southwest of Beijing, has ordered all residents to remain indoors and not to leave town, the local Communist Party said in a statement late on Monday.

“So far, the source of the virus is unknown, the number of cases is unclear … the virus control and prevention situation in our city is very severe,” authorities in Xuchang city, which has jurisdiction over Yuzhou, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“To curb and quash the epidemic within the shortest amount of time is a high-priority political task facing all officials and people in the city,” they said.

The greater Xuchang area reported two locally transmitted infections with confirmed clinical symptoms, and 18 local asymptomatic carriers for Monday, official data showed. It was not clear how many were in Yuzhou.

Vehicles were banned from Yuzhou’s roads unless they have clearance from virus control authorities, and authorities ordered a halt to activity in supermarkets apart from the supply of daily necessities.

Yuzhou’s case count is tiny compared with outbreaks in many other places around the world. But China is keen to keep outbreaks under control ahead of the Feb. 4-20 Winter Olympics, being held in Beijing and the nearby province of Hebei, and the Communist Party’s once-every-five-years congress expected later in the year…

There were no new fatalities in mainland China for Monday, leaving the death toll since the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019 unchanged at 4,636.

Mainland China has had 102,841 confirmed symptomatic cases as of late Monday, including both local and imported ones.

Read the stats here, discount the happy talk:

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Masshole Gov. Chickenshite Charlie Baker (R-of course) has pretty well checked out on the whole ‘governance’ thing: How hard can it be to deliver a busload of children, many of them too young to find their way home alone, some of them with special needs, through Boston’s notoriously congested streets? Especially when it’s only public-school kids we’re talking about?

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