Beijing Hospitals Use AIDS Drugs To Fight Coronavirus As Vaccine Remains Elusive

Sunday, January 26, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sun, 01/26/2020

Summary:
2082 cases, 56 Official deaths

Incubation is asymptomatic, contagious, and can be as long as 14 days

5M may have left Wuhan for Lunar New Year

1st case was Dec 1 NOT Dec 31 so infect pop may be much bigger

US, Russia, Thailand begin plans for evacuation

Premier Li Keqiang charged with leading government’s task force

3 Beijing hospitals using AIDS drugs to treat virus

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Update (1240ET): Just as we expected, the outbreak-related news out of China went from bad to worse on Sunday, as Wuhan’s Mayor not only informed the public that he suspects the number of cases in the city to increase by a considerable margin (as we mentioned below), but also that some 5 million residents of Wuhan – roughly half of the city’s population – had already left the city before the quarantine was fully implemented. Some left early last week for the lunar new year holiday, while others fled after learning about Beijing’s plans to cut off the city from the outside world (except for the flow of personnel and supplies needed to fight the outbreak).

Anybody who tries to leave Wuhan on Sunday will find the roads blocked and guards ordering them to turn back.

The barricade, at one of the tolls for highways exiting the city, was blocked with red and yellow plastic barriers and cones.

“Nobody can leave,” a policeman told AFP.

But that’s far from the only disturbing news to emerge in the past few hours.

To try and assuage citizens’ frustration about the virus overshadowing the LNY holiday, Beijng announced an extension of the holiday. That should take a bigger bite out of China’s GDP as factories, offices and government services will remain shuttered – but ideally China’s battered travel and tourism industry might be able to make up for some of the hit. As we noted earlier, Suzhou, a factory hub, was the first city to announce a holiday-like shutdown of industry until Feb. 8. China’s top transportation official confirmed on Sunday that travel has plummeted for the holiday. On Saturday, overall transportation dropped by 28.8% from the same day last year. Railway transportation fell by 41.5%, roads 25% and passenger flights 41.6%.

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