Coronavirus- What is it?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronavirus-Chinese Cities New Orders
Chinese cities have ordered their citizens to use QR codes to prove that they are not potential carriers of the coronavirus when they go out.
A drone carrying a QR code placard is seen near an expressway toll station in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province. As a measure to help prevent and control novel coronavirus, an online register system for vehicles coming back to Shenzhen has been put into use since Feb. 8 pic.twitter.com/4JpTr79CTI
— Economic Daily, China (@EDNewsChina) February 18, 2020
Coronavirus- Special Barcodes
Residents of Wuhan, Hangzhou, and across Yunnan Province must now scan special barcodes at entrances to public places or transportation stations to confirm their health.
Coronavirus- Deaths per Night
The news came when China reported 105 new deaths per night, including 100 at the epicenter of Hubei, resulting in at least 1,775 deaths worldwide.
Strict regulations came into force today in Hangzhou, according to a government notice.
The capital of Zhejiang province has divided its citizens into three groups, represented by three relevant “health codes”.
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Residents who have not contacted confirmed or suspected patients are assigned a green code which will allow them to leave their home without restriction.
Those in quarantine are given a yellow or red code, depending on the number of days they have been isolated. If they have just started their quarantine, they will be marked with a red code; but if they have been isolated for more than a week, a yellow code will be issued.
Residents must undergo virtual health checks before visiting restaurants, shops, public buildings and residential complexes or using the metro and buses.
“When the test result is green, [they] can pass; when the verification code is red or yellow, [they] will be treated according to the rules, “reports Hangzhou News citing a government statement.