1. Wuhan COVID-19 Group Infectious Emergency - Power Check, Partial Blockage
In the wake of a mass infection in Wuhan, Hubei, China, known as the origin of the new coronavirus infection, Chinese authorities have decided to block parts of Wuhan and conduct nuclear acid tests on all residents.
It is interpreted as a drastic measure to prevent the recurrence of the infection, a massive control measure that was imposed again after Wuhan, the hardest affected area of COVID-19, was lifted from the blockade on April 8.
In particular, the decision to conduct a COVID-19 test on all residents of Wuhan, which has reached 10 million people, is seen as a willingness to root out concerns about the recurrence of the epidemic.
According to the Beijing Youth Daily on the 12th, the Wuhan Health and Welfare Committee announced that it will block the Sanmin district on Changqing Street in Dongshihu District, Wuhan City, where six confirmed patients were reported for two days from the 9th, for 14.
In the Sanmin area, a total of six confirmed patients, including one on the 9th and five on the 10th, were identified as two couples and one patient in their 40s and 20s, respectively.
The total number of residents in the Sanmin district in the old city area is about 5,000, mostly middle-aged and elderly.
Residents of the Sanmin area will be restricted from outside access during the blockade period, and daily necessities such as food will be provided by the Sanmin Residents' Committee through a demand survey.
The Beijing Youth Daily said, "The 89-year-old Ko, the first patient in the Sanshan area, has never left the neighborhood since the Lunar New Year's Day," adding, "We are conducting an investigation into the remaining five patients."
2. Pouch "Hasty opening of the economy, causing unnecessary pain and death"
Anthony Pouch, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the National Institutes of Health, a new U.S.-based coronavirus infection specialist, warned that any hasty resumption of economic activities would cause "unnecessary pain and death."
Director Pouch, who is scheduled to attend a Senate hearing on COVID-19 on the 12th (local time), said in an email to the New York Times (NYT) on the night of the 11th that he would deliver the message to the Senate, AFP reported.
"The key message I want to convey to the Senate Education, Health, and Environment Committee is the risk of premature (economic activities) resumption," Pouch said, pointing out that if the government ignores the guidelines for resuming economic activities, COVID-19 could rise again across the U.S.
He added, "This will not only lead to unnecessary pain and death, but also to our goal of returning to our daily lives."
Pouch, who has been at the forefront of the U.S. response to COVID-19, is one of four medical experts who will attend the Senate hearing remotely.
In addition to Pouch, Stephen Hahn, director of the Food and Drug Administration, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Brett Giroer, assistant secretary of health and welfare, will testify.