Chinese citizens abroad seek refuge from the coronavirus pandemic at home
So on Friday, the day the number of cases in New York state rose 30 percent overnight, she boarded a flight home to the Chinese capital. It just feels safer, she said, because authorities there have made more of an effort to ensure public health.
“The Chinese government basically pays for a patient’s recovery, so we don’t have to worry about how much treatment is going to cost,” she said, making a contrast with the U.S. health-care system.
Plus, she said, Americans didn’t seem to be taking the outbreak seriously enough.
In a matter of weeks, China has gone from being the epicenter of the virus to almost the only refuge from it, prompting hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens abroad to flock home. About 20,000 people are arriving on flights into China every day, while five times as many arrive by land or sea, state media reported.
With many flights to China canceled amid the outbreak, seats were already relatively scarce. But …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]