This virus has a new code name it seems, COVID19 as named by the WHO (World Health Organization), so far this virus has claimed a total of 1,115, there well maybe be more than this that China isn't letting on about, meanwhile, a vaccine for COVID19 maybe as little as 18 months away, if you believe what they are saying on the T.V/Radio.
Why would they not let on? Whether it's 1,000 or 2,000, the difference would be an irrelevance in the greater scheme of things.
Australian governments lie about figures and hide reports all the time, but that's OK because they're fair dinkum Aussies
1100 people have been reported in China to have died, I would suspect more than this die every year from farting in China.
We can 2nd guess what China may or may not have done, however the cases outside China in more transparent govt's even if some of them are not telling the full truth there is enough cases outside China that shows the rate of infection can be controlled via isolation and the death rate is around 1%.
The interesting part now is the "ethical" issues arising in the media of forced isolation, such as that cruise ship were people are basically kept in rooms not intended for permanent habitation of such duration. We went on a cruise 2 years ago, stayed as family of 4 in the cheaper rooms, we had a window. I would hate to contemplate staying in a cabin for a week at a time in a small room with no window.
The problem is the cruise ship cannot go anywhere as no foreign govt will accept it and likely use their navy to defend if they tried. The Japanese don't want these large numbers of foreign nationals in their country which are now confirmed some to be infected and will surely spread through the ship like wild fire. The ship's crew didn't sign up for this and will more than likely catch the virus and if too many do will likely cripple the ships operations and safety of the vessel and sustain public order on the boat if too many crew get sick or simply refuse to work.
I think in western culture we are used to having defined and well known rights, however the Corona Virus or COVID-19 is forcing govts to operate outside this defined rights for which those affected don't like. Just look at the bitching on Xmas island.
Me thinks if this continues expect to see military in bio-hazard suits forcing people under the threat of a gun into ghetto's where only the naturally immune survive.