So on Friday, the day of the number of cases in the state of New York rose 30 percent overnightShe boarded a flight home to the Chinese capital. It just feels safer, she said, because the authorities there have made more efforts to ensure public health.
“The Chinese government is basically paying for a patient’s recovery, so we don’t have to worry about how much the treatment will cost,” she said, contrasting with the US healthcare system.
In addition, the Americans did not seem to take the outbreak seriously enough.
In just a few weeks, China has evolved from the epicenter of the virus to almost the only refuge for the virus, causing hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens abroad to flock home. Around 20,000 people arrive on flights to China every day, five times as many by land or sea, state media reported.
As many flights to China were canceled due to the outbreak, the seats were already relatively scarce. But the sudden surge in demand means that prices have skyrocketed and the few remaining economy class seats at US airports are four or five times as usual.
Xiangyuan Li, a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, had already decided to return to Chengdu after being told on March 12 that his classes would go online. It would be boring if everyone was gone from his university town and he was worried that he would not be able to come to China for his summer internship.
“Of course, China is indeed very safe now,” said Li, as the United States becomes more dangerous.
“The United States cannot test everyone, as it does in China. In the United States, it is impossible to test an entire load of aircraft and deliver results the next day,” he said, referring to the immigration procedures he had upon arrival in his Home country.
There has also been a rush of returnees from the UK since a government adviser a Herd Immunity StrategyThis suggests that it could be helpful if 60 percent of the population is infected.
Tickets from the UK are incredibly expensive, if you can find them at all. A business-class charter flight from London to Geneva, operated by China Eastern Airlines, sold seats for more than $ 25,000 at the weekend, according to Yicai Global’s news site.
However, this mass influx of people has created a problem for the Chinese authorities, as they trumpet their success in containing the coronavirus and reducing infection rates to a negligible level: people are coming with the disease.
For the fourth year in a row, the Chinese Health Commission reported Tuesday that the number of imported cases exceeded domestic transmissions. The previous day, 21 infections were diagnosed, 20 of which were “imported” from abroad. A total of 143 people have come to the country with coronavirus, many of them from crisis areas such as Iran and Italy.
“Preventing imported cases has become a key part of China’s work in preventing and combating epidemics,” Wang Jun, a general customs officer, told reporters in Beijing this week. “We have to decisively curb the spread across the border.”
Nine of the cases reported on Tuesday were discovered in Beijing, which explains why authorities in the capital are taking extreme measures to prevent the virus from spreading in the city where top Communist Party officials live.
The Beijing city government introduced rules on Sunday that all people arriving in the capital must go to a “centralized quarantine” in hotels for 14 days after their arrival at their own expense.
The rules came into force when an American, Jacob Gunter, was in the air on the way to Beijing. He tweeted live His journey through various airport controls and stopovers before arriving at his quarantine hotel a full 12 hours later.
Other videos posted on social media showed large crowds at Beijing Capital International Airport after being empty for weeks and several packed planes landing at the same time.
Areas across the country, from Inner Mongolia in the north to Sanya on the island of Hainan in the south, have taken similar measures that require stays in quarantine centers instead of trusting people to isolate themselves at home. Other local authorities are expected to follow.
All sorts of methods are used to track down and punish those who break the rules.
Beijing police have cited an example of a 37-year-old Chinese woman who works for the biotechnology company Biogen in Massachusetts and attended the conference in Boston associated with other infectionsaccording to local media reports.
She failed to report that she felt sick before boarding her flight, took painkillers to suppress her fever, and then lied to flight attendants about her condition, the local police said.
Upon arrival, the suspect escorts reported her to the police, who quarantined her and tested her for the virus. It came back positive. Not only is she ill, she is also under criminal investigation because it hinders the prevention of infectious diseases.
Wang Yuan in Beijing contributed to this report.