The Coronavirus outbreak in China (and now beyond) hasn’t yet been declared a global health emergency by The World Health Organization. But as WHO’s director general explains: “Make no mistake, this is an emergency in China.” Whether or not it goes global depends on China’s ability to lock it down. Here’s the latest from CNN and the NYT: “The authorities expanded travel restrictions to several Chinese cities near Wuhan hours after announcing that the death toll and number of cases had risen sharply. Currently, at least 18 victims have been confirmed dead and more than 600 infected. The restrictions on train and other forms of travel will apply to tens of millions of people and come just days before the Lunar New Year holiday.”

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