Flight diverted to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County
A flight carrying government employees evacuated from the U.S. Consulate in the Chinese city of Wuhan amid a coronavirus outbreak will land at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County instead of Ontario International Airport, officials announced Tuesday night.
Curt Hagman, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said in a video news release that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told local officials that the flight will be diverted to the base “for the logistics that they have.”
‘There’s no one here’: In Beijing, shops, restaurants that cater to tourists are quiet
The east gate to the Forbidden City in Beijing is usually bustling with visitors. But on Monday, with the former imperial palace closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus, only a few people in protective masks strolled beside the frozen moats.
Restaurants and souvenir shops that cater to tourists were empty.
“There’s no one here,” said an employee at a shop that features Chinese-style children’s outfits, cigarettes, sodas and plates emblazoned with images of Chinese leaders Mao Tse-tung and Xi Jinping.
The woman, who would not give her name, was philosophical about the disruption.
“There’s nothing we can do,” she said. “Anyway, the people’s safety is the most important thing.”
Down the street at Beijing Specialties, which sells sesame cakes, fruit-filled pastries and other local treats, Ruan Chuan said his shop is usually so busy that he doesn’t have time to eat lunch.
“We’ll see how long it lasts,” Ruan said. “If it’s a long time, it could really affect us.”
During the Lunar New Year holiday, many Beijingers leave town while those from other parts of China use the time off from work to visit the capital city.
Beijing’s major historical attractions, from the Summer Palace to parts of the Great Wall, are closed as a precaution to keep the virus from spreading, though only a handful of confirmed cases have been announced in the city.
At subway stations, workers in white protective suits held thermometers up to passengers’ foreheads as part of a mass screening effort. A woman’s voice on a loudspeaker ordered people to wear masks while taking public transportation.
The Beijing city government has said that people returning from the outbreak’s epicenter should confine themselves at home for two weeks.
Chinese President Xi Jinping calls situation serious as China scrambles to contain virus
BEIJING — As Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a public warning Saturday of “serious” concerns over the deadly coronavirus outbreak, officials in the epicenter of Wuhan scrambled for more beds amid chaos at local hospitals, with the effects rippling across China and beyond.
In Beijing, tourist attractions, including exhibitions at the Summer Palace and parts of the Great Wall, were closed indefinitely. Ice skating rinks popular with locals were also shut down.