After weeks of apparent delays in tackling the growing health emergency that first appeared from a Wuhan seafood market, the Chinese authorities suddenly swung into action this week with the draconian lockdown not only of the city of 11 million, but also severe travel curbs on more than 17 other cities in the surrounding Hubei province, corralling at least 56 million people. However, some outspoken doctors have warned that the severe restrictions are too little, too late. Others warned that road blocks and controls could be circumvented by the elite. “Especially people with money and connections, they’re going to make a run for it… and they’ll probably be successful,” Zi Yang, a senior analyst at the RSIS in Singapore, told AFP.
Last updated on 24/02/2020