A man called ‘Wuhan’ has named his son after one of the districts where covid-19 is believed to have started.
Wu Hanshi – which translates as Wuhan City – lives in the city of Linyi in east China’s Shandong Province.
The mobilisation follows intelligence reports and satellite imagery showing refugee groups being moved from remote inland areas to Turkey’s western shores — regions traditionally used by traffickers to smuggle people to remote Greek islands kilometres away.
“We have noticed some suspicious movements,” a senior Greek government official said. “As a result we have ordered a heightened alert for the next few days during the Easter holiday.”
The two-week ‘hibernation’ of non-essential business was imposed on March 30, making the lockdown even tougher than in Britain where people have always been able to travel if they cannot work from home.
There was further encouragement for Spain today as the number of new cases fell to 3,477, the fewest since March 20. The daily death toll also dropped back to 517 after jumping sharply to 619 yesterday.
One company reopening, the Burgos-based industrial group Nicolas Correa, said it would take measures to prioritise the health of its staff.
“We will continue to work in shifts, with staggered entries and exits to avoid concentrations of staff,” it said, adding that all workers would be provided with protective equipment.
Governors in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi meanwhile declared states of emergency as residents grappled with stay-at-home orders caused by the pandemic, while also requiring emergency assistance for their damaged homes.
Chris Riotta has the very latest.