Hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, China by the U.S. government after the coronavirus outbreak. They were placed in 14-day quarantines on military bases. One of them shared her experiences.
Amy QinWhat was it like to spend 2 wks in quarantine on a US military base? Read this fascinating visual diary by one of my fellow evacuees, Blair Zong, a Chinese American woman who grew up in Wuhan. The part about saying goodbye to her grandparents...💔😢
Within weeks of a man with virus symptoms being turned away from city’s hospitals, he was dead along with his wife, son and daughter
Amy QinEntire families devastated - Chang Kai, a film director at Hubei Film Studios, died on Feb. 14 from coronavirus. He was 55. Over the past month, his father, mother, and older sister have also died from the virus. That's four in one family.
The “wartime” campaign to round up all who might be sick was extended to cities beyond the epicenter, even as it was marred by confusion that has isolated vulnerable patients and left some to die.
Amy Qin"How could he suddenly be gone?” asked the son of a man who died in isolation at a converted hotel. So many heartbreaking stories still coming out of Wuhan, where China is expanding an all-out effort to round up anyone suspected of having the coronavirus
It’s not clear how patients are screened or treated in China’s makeshift wards, nor even how long they are to remain.
Amy QinOn the mass quarantine centers in Wuhan: “This is taking us back to the 19th century,” Dr. Markel said. “It’s an old-fashioned approach to an epidemic, because you care more about the healthy than the people who are sick.”
“What kind of government is this?’ asks a family of three generations sickened by the new virus and desperate for care in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak.
Amy Qin"We’ve already lost one.” Three generations - all diagnosed with the coronavirus. Our latest from Wuhan, on how the virus has spread through entire families, leaving the sick to take care of the even sicker. w/@elsiechenyi
Xi Jinping has backed out of the spotlight as the country faces its worst crisis in years, reflecting the political risks he faces if efforts to contain the virus fail.
Amy QinOn Xi's disappearance from public view during the recent coronavirus crisis: “He’s doing what Mao and Deng would have done in similar circumstances: stepping back into the shadows while remaining firmly in charge.”
The authorities hunt for people from Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, encouraging citizens to inform on others. Even those without symptoms are being ostracized.
Amy QinOne county offered bounties of $140 for each Wuhan person reported by residents. Elsewhere, authorities used metal poles to barricade the door of a family recently returned from Wuhan.
China, Desperate to Stop Coronavirus, Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor
State news outlets reported that the 1,000-bed facility would accept patients from Monday even as construction workers raced to complete it.
Amy QinChinese state media has given the two new coronavirus hospitals in Wuhan adoring coverage, even live-streaming the opening of one tonight. But when we visited the site earlier today, it appeared far from complete.
It is nearly impossible to get the care they need to treat, or even diagnose, the coronavirus, say residents at the crisis’ center.
Amy Qin“I can’t let my mom die at home,” said her son, He Jun. “Every day I want to cry, but when I cry there are no tears. There is no hope.”
Virus Pummels Wuhan, a City Short of Supplies and Overwhelmed nyti.ms/36Nj8aR our report from Wuhan with @elsiechenyi
At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment.
Amy QinTo understand how we got to this point in the coronavirus outbreak requires understanding China's emphasis on information control and stability at all costs. Masterful reconstruct by @ChuBailiang & @stevenleemyers together w/our star researchers & editors
The number of deaths from the virus outbreak rose to 259 and the number of cases soared to nearly 12,000. Australia and Japan joined the United States in imposing travel restrictions.
Amy QinAround the world, walls are going up to block off China - except Cambodia, home to many Chinese businessmen and largely dependent on Chinese aid. Hun Sen: “I don’t care what other countries think — Cambodia does not behave this way.” nytimes.com/2020/02/01/wor… @jotted
China has separated nearly half a million children from their families in Xinjiang, aiming to instill loyalty to party and country.
Amy QinAs China built up a vast network of internment camps for Muslims, it oversaw a parallel effort to corral Uighur children into boarding schools. The aim? To indoctrinate a new generation of Uighurs who are secular and more loyal to the party and the nation.