China’s Wuhan lockdown ends, but another begins as local coronavirus cases rise

first_imgThe Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave of infections in mainland China.China sealed off Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, in late January to stop the spread of the virus. Over 50,000 people in Wuhan caught the virus, and more than 2,500 of them died, about 80% of all deaths in China, according to official figures.Restrictions have eased in recent days as the capital of Hubei province saw just three new confirmed infections in the past 21 days and only two new infections in the past fortnight. But even as people leave the city, new imported cases in the northern province of Heilongjiang surged to a daily high of 25, fuelled by a continued influx of infected travellers arriving from Russia, which shares a land border with the province.Suifenhe City in Heilongjiang restricted the movement of its citizens on Wednesday in a similar fashion to that of Wuhan.Residents must stay in their residential compounds and one person from a family can leave once every three days to buy necessities and must return on the same day, said state-run CCTV.In Jiaozhou City in the eastern province of Shandong the risk level had risen from low to medium, according to a post on an official website, but it gave no details why. Topics :center_img Leaving Wuhan Around 55,000 people are expected to leave Wuhan by train on Wednesday. More than 10,000 travellers have left the city by plane so far as flights resume at Wuhan Tianhe airport. Flights to Beijing and international locations have not been restored.”I’m very happy, I’m going home today,” migrant worker Liu Xiaomin told Reuters as she stood with her suitcases inside Wuhan’s Hankou railway station, bound for Xiangyang city.Wuhan residents have also been urged not to leave their neighborhood, their city and even the province unless absolutely necessary.People from Wuhan arriving in the Chinese capital Beijing will have to undergo two rounds of testing for the virus.China maintains strict screening protocols, concerned about any resurgence in domestic transmissions due to virus carriers who exhibit no symptoms and infected travellers arriving from overseas.Imported cases Asymptomatic patients and imported infections have become China’s chief concern.Mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than quadrupled.Mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than quadrupled.New confirmed cases rose to 62 on Tuesday from 32 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said, the highest since March 25. New imported infections accounted for 59 of the cases.The number of new asymptomatic cases rose to 137 from 30 a day earlier, the health authority said on Wednesday, with incoming travellers accounting for 102 of the latest batch.Chinese authorities do not count asymptomatic cases as part of its tally of confirmed coronavirus infections until patients show symptoms such as a fever or a cough.As of Tuesday, 1,095 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation in China, with 358 of them travellers arriving from abroad.To stem infections from outside its borders, China has slashed the number of international flights and denied entry to virtually all foreigners. It also started testing all international arrivals for the virus this month.Screening of travellers arriving overland was also recently tightened.As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China stood at 81,802, including 3,333 fatalities, the National Health Commission said.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Wilson, Ball, can’t have one without the other

first_imgOn a team with two top-10 Heisman Trophy finalists, who’s the leader?Montee Ball’s appearance in New York Saturday night for the presentation of college football’s greatest honor was Wisconsin’s first since Ron Dayne won it back in 1999. Ball finished fourth while Russell Wilson finished ninth, a nice inclusion on the list that typified the season UW has had this year.Some might say the Badgers are two last-second heaves away from a perfect record and a more legitimate Heisman candidacy for both their running back and quarterback. A more rational mind would mention the offensive ineptitude Wisconsin suffered from in the second and third quarters of those games. Either way, the Badgers have been stunningly proficient in 2011 en route to the nation’s No. 4 scoring offense (44.6 points per game) and No. 6 scoring defense (17.0 points allowed per game).In Wisconsin’s first loss to Michigan State, Wilson threw two interceptions but did engineer a riveting fourth quarter comeback that, at the very least, put the Badgers in suitable position to win the game. Ball rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries (6.4 yards per) and one touchdown. He also added a two-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Wilson with 1:26 remaining in the game that tied the score at 31.At Ohio State the following week, Ball scored two touchdowns but was held to just 85 rushing yards. As a team, Wisconsin was held to only 89 rushing yards, a troubling number for a program renowned for its ability to maul opposing defenses and gash them with big plays on the ground. Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 253 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Once again, he engineered a fourth-quarter miracle that put the Badgers ahead 29-26 with 1:18 left on the clock.Of course, that was too much for the Buckeyes in what ultimately became a 33-29 OSU victory. But the point here, in the midst of these oddly quiet post-Heisman, post-Big Ten championship days, is that Wisconsin once again finds itself in consecutive Rose Bowls for the first time since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.Along the way, there was Wilson and Ball, Ball and Wilson, but rarely one without a significant performance from the other.Leadership’s always a funny thing to scrutinize from a media perspective, and football coaches would probably tell you it’s overblown. Teams thrive off players holding themselves accountable and staying earnest, but at this competitive level of the game, all the rah-rah stuff only goes so far if it doesn’t translate to production on the field.In that sense, it’s perfectly fine that this year’s Badger squad doesn’t live or die by one single player. Last season, it might’ve been defensive end J.J. Watt, as quarterback Scott Tolzien was a pretty reserved guy and the running backs took turns basking in the spotlight garnered by the three-headed monster of Ball, John Clay and James White. UW fed off Watt’s work ethic and never-say-die attitude, but his production on the field (62 tackles, 21 for loss, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries) spoke loudest.Off the field this season, Wilson’s been nearly perfect. Heck, you could’ve cut this guy from the Friday Night Lights mold of Hollywood quarterbacks. From his consistent expression of his faith as an explanation for his success to his ability to deflect criticisms with robotically phrased answers and his ending of all press conferences with “On Wisconsin,” Wilson made himself impossible not to root for as a Badger fan.On the field, he’s been, at best, brilliant. At his worst, Wilson’s still been remarkable. His lowest passer rating of the season came Nov. 26 in the regular season finale against Penn State, when Wilson completed 19 of 29 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns for a 142.2 rating.Wisconsin won that game 45-7. Not too bad, eh?Dissecting Ball’s season is even more difficult. In all likelihood, barring a total breakdown in Pasadena against Oregon, Ball will break Barry Sanders’ NCAA record of 39 total touchdowns in a single season. His fewest rushing yards (63 on 10 carries, also his lightest workload of the season) came in Wisconsin’s first game, a 51-17 drubbing of Nevada-Las Vegas. Ball rushed for at least one touchdown every Saturday – he’s scored at least two in all but two games – and he’s also caught a touchdown pass in six of the Badgers’ 13 contests.Wisconsin’s offense has been a marvel to watch all season, and with their proclivity for blowing the great majority of the team’s opponents utterly out of the water, it’s no surprise there’s no root cause for this sort of dominance.As opposed to previous seasons, the Badgers have thrived without one singular leader. Ball will shred defenses over and over until he’s finally in the endzone, and Wilson will certainly start games off with a bang and finish them with one even louder.But without them together? Who knows where Wisconsin would be at this junction.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. What have you thought of the Badgers’ leadership situation? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta and be sure to follow @BHeraldSports for all the latest Badgers news.last_img read more