Now that health officials in China have admitted that patients infected with the novel coronavirus often become contagious long before symptoms emerge, and Canada may or may not have just confirmed its first case of human-to-human transmission, health officials around the world are finally listening to some of the experts who warned about the virus’s lethal potential (and were rewarded with accusations of being an alarmist).
And nowhere is that advice being followed more closely than Hong Kong, where the city government has already inspired riots after considering using a new public housing project as a quarantine for virus victims.
The pushback to that plan was surprising and appears to be an isolated incident. Because University of Hong Kong academics are urging the city’s government to embrace “draconian” measures to stop history from repeating itself.
Hong Kong was rocked by SARS 17 years ago, when the virus – one of seven coronavirus strains (a family that also includes nCoV and MERS) – tore through the city’s financial district, causing 300 deaths, according to the SCMP.
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