VICE compiled a review of reported incidents of China probing social media for posts about the outbreak of COVID-19, and then tracking down dissenters. Expert observers note how more of it came after president Xi Jinping’s first public comments on the coronavirus on January 20. The effects have seemingly spread to news outlets.
Experts are predicting the coronavirus will cost the U.S. travel industry more than $10 billion over the next four years, 38 per cent of S&P 500 member earnings calls in 2020 cited its effect, Apple’s stock had 34 per cent shaved off its stock market value after the tech giant warned of its impact, and the Chinese restaurants struggle all around.
Friends and family of 34-year-old Chen Qiushi fear that he may have been forcibly quarantined by the government after he posted videos and messages that criticized hardship in Wuhan due to what’s been formally called COVID-19. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to reveal his whereabouts, to no avail.
The first patients of Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital were admitted on Monday, 10 days after construction began on the 1,000-bed facility designed for coronavirus patients. Chinese state media promoted the fast turnaround, which was based on experience