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Robyn Mak 3 Min Read Passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan arrive at Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo January 23, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - An epidemic will shape China’s vision of intelligent cities. The metropolis of Wuhan, with a population of 11 million, is under unprecedented quarantine as a deadly virus, believed to have originated there, spreads around the world ahead of the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel. Big investments in healthcare, artificial intelligence, and even surveillance could help curb future pandemics and cushion some institutional weaknesses. A new strain of coronavirus, responsible for the benign common cold and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, has already killed 25 people and infected more than 800 worldwide since its emergence in Wuhan in December. Chinese scientists promptly informed global health organisations but local bureaucrats may have procrastinated in the early stages of the outbreak. The situation is worsened by chronic underinvestment in basic healthcare infrastructure like hospital beds, plus exclusion of migrant workers from health benefits, which has complicated containment. The future may be less grim: President Xi Jinping has pushed to upgrade the country’s rickety healthcare system, enlisting technology giants including $474 billion Tencent and insurance group Ping An. A unit of the latter has partnered with local governments in Shenzhen and Chongqing to develop an algorithm it claims can predict the transmission of influenza and other infectious diseases with 90%-plus accuracy. Elsewhere, the likes of $50 billion video-surveillance specialist, Hikvision, are helping Beijing develop high-tech, digitally-connected urban areas. More than 500 so-called smart cities are already being built across China, according to government figures, equipped with sensors, cameras, and other gadgets that can crunch data on everything from traffic and pollution, to public health and security. That market could top 103 billion yuan ($15 billion) in revenue by 2023, according to research commissioned by facial-recognition startup Megvii. Until now the push has focused on automating political surveillance, including ugly applications in restive ethnic minority regions like Xinjiang, with little regard to human rights or privacy concerns. But there’s a potential public good if the tech can be re-deployed to detect unusual numbers of feverish people in train stations, for example, while simultaneously cross-referencing healthcare history, travel records and weather patterns. After Wuhan, the pressure to deliver health security, not just political security, will be higher. Breakingviews Reuters Breakingviews is the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at Read more: Reuters Top News

Breakingviews mak_robyn What, Reuters used this photo for China and Japan? Breakingviews mak_robyn Ya think? MadeInChina Wuhan Lab 🦠 😷 Breakingviews mak_robyn Research chemical jobs, centres in the wuhan area, it's full of companies universities all dabbling in pushing limits.

Wuhan virus 'super spreader' alarms disease detectivesOf all the aspects of the rapidly spreading Wuhan virus, this is perhaps the most alarming: A single patient has infected 14 health care workers. That's what's called a 'super spreader' -- and identifying them is a key element of fighting the virus. Don’t worry. Trump said he has it under control. So we can all relax. I’m sure he knows more about Coronavirus than the CDC and world experts. I once dated a 'super spreader'. Not the kind of girl you bring home to mom. Let’s open up the borders and welcome every disease infected person and every kind of terrorist into America. Some people will just never learn.

Wuhan virus: Flight attendant union says airlines need more precautions - Business InsiderThe American Airlines flight attendant union is calling on US airlines to step up precautions for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus

Japan confirms second case of Wuhan virus: health ministryJapan has confirmed a second case of infection by the new coronavirus from China... Allegedly it incubates for a few days to a week before causing brochiole failure, which causes you to cough up blood and drown in your own bodily fluids. I've seen mortality rates between 5% and 30%. Next few weeks will be interesting What?Reuters for Japan and China used this photo. What is World Health Organisation waiting for, what's criteria for declaring Health Emergency

Wuhan urges people to stay away in bid to contain China virusChinese health authorities announced measures to combat the spread of the Sars-like virus as the related death toll reached nine with more than 400 people confirmed infected in 13 provinces and municipalities. JKWtidakSampai2024 bi'iznillah

Football: Olympic qualifiers shifted out of Wuhan following virus fearsWuhan was supposed to host China, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia for the Group B qualifiers February 3-9, but they will now be held on the same dates in the eastern city of Nanjing.

How dangerous is the Wuhan virus from China?Speaking with TRT World, Dr Onder Ergonul, a professor at Koc University’s School of Medicine, said the mortality rate of the new virus is nowhere near SARS or MERS, yet recommends caution.

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