These days, China is having grim flashbacks from the latest outbreak of SARS-Corona (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) - the virus that infected 8,098 people in 2002/2003 and resulted in 774 deaths - mainly in Mainland China and Hong Kong. A new corona virus (which, like SARS, spreads from animal to human - and from human to human) has now been identified and is causing great concern. As of yesterday, there were 544 confirmed cases of Corona virus in China - and 17 deaths.
There has been speculation that authorities were trying to downplay the seriousness of this outbreak - but President Xi has said that it must be taken seriously and that “Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first.”
Everyday life precautions and consequences