Listen to this guy, Dr Leung, very carefully. He was the guy who first went very public in HK about just how serious things are in China.
He and the people around him waded into a very political dangerous situation with the HK government trying to force Lam to bring in an immediate quarantine for HK. She was under direct orders from Beijing to keep the border open but eventually, but only after the HK health system medical staff went on strike, did she eventually relent. In very bad grace.
It looks like the defaco martial law in Chinese cities has less to do with epidemic control than with the Communist Party keeping control of the situation. Social distancing is more important than movement control once an epidemic reaches breakout point. The epidemic seems to have seriously effected the police, interior police and various CCP cadres which are normally used to enforce civil control of the population.
Other interesting stories out of China. A lot of people are talking about the multiple scandals in the last decade of people in research institutes illegally selling lab animals, like this one…
From the judgment (Chinese language source)
"From July 2008 to February 2012, during the research, related subjects purchased scientific research funds for pigs and cattle required for experiments, and the proceeds from the sale of experimental recipients of pigs, cattle, and milk eliminated during the research process The defendant Zhang Lei (an executive of the company controlled by Li Ning) asked Li Ning how to deal with it. Li Ning instructed Zhang Lei to hand over the money to the accountant Ou Moujia and Xie Mojia separately, and do not hand it over. A then deposited this amount into a personal bank card, with a cumulative amount of RMB 10,179,201.86. "
So selling dead lab animals used in genetic engineering experiments into the food chain.
Detailed discussion in public forums of the 2019 nCoV genetic structure seems to have gone pretty quiet the last few weeks. My guess it is all back channel now. For various very good reasons. One guy with a serious heavy duty genetic engineering / microbiology background did make some interesting claims. That there are certain markers, basically modification processing scaffolding, in 2019 nCoV than never occurs naturally. He was very convincing right up the moment I checked his CV and it turned out he was also a crazy anti-vaxer crank. Which pretty much invalidates his theory of why it might have been originally developed ( as a SARs vax ) but other stuff he talks about might give hints as where to look for non natural element in the genetic structure. If they exist.
A lot of the initial response to 2019 nCoV by the political authorities in China was pretty similar to SAR back in 2003, to suppress the story. But there just enough difference to make one very suspicious of a possible non natural origin for the virus. Nothing malicious or malevolent to the story I would guess. Just a usual mainland Chinese style total balls up of serial incompetence. Animal(s) from a non military research unit reaches the outside world one way or another and directly or in directly end up the in the Seafood Market in the Wuhan in November. Which would fit with an initial lab release sometime in October.
I’m sure we will find out eventually. Meanwhile, the West is now on a 60 to 90 day countdown to see if we have dodged a full blown epidemic. With a R0 of 3+, non specific initial symptoms, common to colds and flu and the primary clinical test successful positive detection rate of 20% the odds dont look too good at the moment.