Hong Kong’s government acted rapidly in response to the virus, which reports estimate to have first infected a person in December 2019. While Chinese officials confirmed the identity of the virus this week, Hong Kong Chief Executive expanded the city’s quarantine powers in early January in anticipation of Wuhan travelers bringing the virus to the country. At the time, Hong Kong had identified 30 cases of pneumonia that could potentially be caused by the Wuhan virus, ultimately failing to link those cases to the coronavirus until Tuesday. The new provisions allow Hong Kong authorities to isolate anyone suspected of carrying the virus. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong Confirms First Wuhan Virus Case, Endangering Protests
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Zhou said that Wuhan had implemented mandatory temperature scans at points of entry – Wuhan is a transportation hub with a three major train stations, through which 700,000 people pass a day, and an airport – and a “prevention and control center” to exclusively treat patients. Wuhan is also inspecting anyone entering or leaving the city with any live animals in an attempt to find the original source of the virus and contain it. … [Read more...] about China Expands Quarantine Powers, Mayor Says ‘Stay Away’ as Wuhan Virus Toll Nears 500
RFA noted that health experts are concerned that China has lied about the number of cases documented. Given the exponential growth of the number of proven cases – the number was under 300 on Monday – the virus appears to spread rapidly. Chinese officials also initially denied they had evidence that the virus spread person-to-person, claiming that all patients had had contact with the original source of the virus, but ultimately conceded this was not the case when health workers outside of Wuhan tested positive for the coronavirus. Authorities claim to believe the source is animal meat from a Wuhan seafood market. … [Read more...] about China ‘Handles’ Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media
Ben: It’s time for another one of our periodic discussions centering on the question: “Is the economy about to be screwed?” At the moment, we’ve got a volatile stock market (down 391 points today), a trade war that shows no sign of ending, pessimistic investors, and increasingly disruptive protests in Hong Kong that may presage violence, among other bearish global economic indicators. Is it time to freak out yet? … [Read more...] about Are Recession Fears More Justified Now?
Again, most civic-minded Americans would find Zuckerberg’s general stance agreeable: Free speech is good. But the content of speech is only one half of the criticism Facebook faces. There is a difference, as many have pointed out, between speech and reach. The First Amendment (which Facebook is not beholden to) protects the right to say disagreeable and untrue things. It does not say that person has a right to have those statements disseminated widely. For all of the time Zuckerberg spent defending free-speech principles, he spent no time defending the algorithmic weighting that decides what Facebook users see when they scroll through their News Feed. … [Read more...] about The Zuck’s Speech