China has gone into lockdown today as authorities and businesses scramble to shut tourist attractions and public transport systems in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed at least 26 people.
In a drastic turn of events, part of the Great Wall of China and Disneyland in Shanghai have been closed as authorities desperately try to stop people spreading the Wuhan coronavirus amid fears as many as 10,000 are already infected with the killer virus.
It is not clear if the intended surveillance of Cengiz was electronic or physical, or if it was successful.
However, the revelation that intelligence agencies feared Cengiz was being targeted in this way – and that Saudi Arabia was preparing to do so in the UK so soon after the outcry over Khashoggi’s murder – will have caused alarm in the diplomatic community.
The government’s Cobra emergency committee has met to discuss the threat to the UK from the coronavirus.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said the risk to the public “remains low” as he left the Cabinet Office.
Snake ‘flu, as it will surely become known, could turn out to be worse than all of those. The incubation period is 14 days, the Chinese government isn’t known for telling people the truth, and if early work showing it jumped from bats to snakes to humans is true, this is a virus which evolved in a warm-blooded mammal, move to a cold-blooded reptile, and then hooked onto another warm-blooded mammal.
It’s the equivalent of humans being able to survive happily under the polar ice cap, as well as inside a volcanic crater, and being able to mutate our DNA to switch between them. Hollywood scriptwriters would get laughed out of the room for suggesting it as a plot device in a horror movie.
In the early 1990s Ms Sciorra’s career as an actress had taken off and she had appeared in several successful films.
She had met Mr Weinstein at a party at a house in Los Angeles, she said. At the end of the night, “my agent was driving me back to where I was staying and the defendant offered to drive me there himself”.