Health authorities have isolated confirmed cases of the virus throughout Asia – in Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau – as well as Italy and the United States.
On Friday, the Chinese state propaganda outlet Global Times confirmed the deployment of troops to Wuhan to help health workers contain and treat patients.
The South China Morning Post specified that the military will be helping Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital’s intensive care unit treat patients and organize its treatment centers.
Anonymous health workers told the South China Morning Post they believe Beijing is not reporting all cases of health workers carrying the virus and refusing to test many who show clear symptoms of being infected.
Perhaps even more alarmingly, that also meant the hospital’s patients were not isolated from virus carriers, exposing individuals in potentially delicate condition to a virus now confirmed to be deadly in some cases.