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5-story holding hotel for Coronavirus quarantined patients in China collapses. Feel safe, yet?

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Recent events in China have some Americans questioning why the United States as a whole relies so much on the Asian nation for its goods, including medical supplies.

One event in particular — the sudden collapse late Saturday of a hotel in Quanzhou City that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine — especially drove the point home for some critics, as seen below (*Language warning):

The collapse reportedly occurred late Saturday evening.

“A five-story hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou on Saturday trapping about 70 people, state media said,” CNBC has confirmed.

“A video stream posted by the government-backed Beijing News site showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over the rubble of the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel and carrying people towards ambulances.”

That video stream may be seen below:

There were no known immediate deaths, though an estimated 70 people were in need of rescue.

“A woman named only by her surname, Chen, told the Beijing News website that relatives including her sister had been under quarantine at the hotel as prescribed by local regulations after returning from Hubei province, where the coronavirus emerged,” CNBC reported. “She said they had been scheduled to leave soon after completing their 14 days of isolation.”

“I can’t contact them, they’re not answering their phones,” Chen said. “I’m under quarantine too (at another hotel) and I’m very worried, I don’t know what to do. They were healthy, they took their temperatures every day, and the tests showed that everything was normal.”

See more footage and updates from the collapse below:

While tragic, the hotel’s collapse is one of innumerable events — all of them potentially preventable — that have plagued the Eastern country this year.

From its widely criticized handling of the coronavirus outbreak to its lying about the crisis and its punishment of those willing to speak the truth, China has failed at every step of the process, including at maintaining a quarantine.

Yet China, a country beset by endless failure, remains the source of so many supermarket products, including medical supplies. In fact, the U.S. government has in recent days reduced tariffs on incoming medical supplies from China.

“The U.S. Trade Representative’s office in recent days granted exclusions from import tariffs for dozens of medical products imported from China, including face masks, hand sanitizing wipes and examination gloves, filings with the agency showed on Friday,” Reuters reported.

“Medline International Inc. has already received exclusions on 30 products ranging from surgical gowns to face masks and medicine cups, most of which the company applied for at the end of January. A number of the exclusions were granted on Thursday, USTR documents showed.”

And that’s just medical supplies. The list of imports from China including billions and billions of dollars in computer equipment, furniture, etc.

(Source: MarketWatch)

“The U.S. imported a record $539.5 billion in goods from China in 2018. The U.S. is a net importer from China in most market segments such as consumer electronics, apparel, furniture and industrial supplies. The one major exception: agriculture,” MarketWatch noted last year.

“By contrast, the U.S. shipped a much smaller $120.3 billion in goods to China last year, Census trade figures showed.”

And by even greater contrast, the U.S. isn’t known for its collapsing quarantines …

Vivek Saxena

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