Via Reuters, this official protest
about the detentions in mainland China (as mentioned here
last night) and the sealing off of hundreds of people in a hotel in Hong Kong.
The apparent waning of worldwide panic about the virus's lethality and ease of transmission probably means that we'll see fewer stories about over-reaction as the days go on. As always, it is instructive to see the way governments and institutions react in time of stress.
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