Chinese authorities are taking foreign residents from Lanzhou in the Gansu province into forced quarantine upon their return to the region. Footage filmed on Tuesday morning shows health workers in hazmat suits explaining to an Irishman who lives in Lanzhou but had been abroad in the last two weeks that despite the self-quarantine that he had undertaken over the last eight days, he will now be... Еще sent to a hotel with other quarantined locals for another five days.
China has now taken the position that anyone returning to the country, regardless of their situation, will be sent into mandatory quarantine in a hotel. If the authorities believe that the individual's situation is dangerous, it is possible that people returning could even be sent directly to the hospital.
Chinese extreme measures seem to be having a positive effect on the coronavirus outbreak. China remains the worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 crisis, however over the last week numbers of new cases have dropped dramatically, along with the number of deaths.
In total, over 80,000 confirmed cases have been reported in China with 3,226 deaths to date. However, the drastic measures taken over the past weeks by the Chinese government have led to the numbers of new cases dropping rapidly. Over the past 24 hours China has only reported 21 new cases, a tiny fraction of the numbers currently being reported in mainland Europe and North America.