More than 200 residents of Hong Kong's Amoy Gardens apartment
complex, to which SARS has spread, are sent to quarantine camps.
World Health Organization urges travelers to avoid Hong Kong and
China's southern Guangdong province.
The Chinese Minister of Health disputes the WHO travel warning,
denying that the Chinese government was slow to release information
on the disease.
Liming, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, issues
an apology for his country's handling of SARS. "Our medical
departments and our mass media suffered poor coordination. We
weren't able to muster our forces in helping to provide everyone
with scientific publicity and allowing the masses to get hold
of this sort of knowledge," he says.
Bush issues an executive order allowing forced quarantine of people
who have been exposed to SARS. The order also names cholera, diphtheria,
infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever and viral
hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Lassa and Marburg. White House
spokesman Scott McClellan says there are no plans to use the quarantine
authority at this time. "This is just to make sure we are
prepared for any eventuality," he tells reporters.
Dr. Jiang Yanyong, a retired chief of surgery for a Beijing military
hospital, accuses his government of covering up the extent of
SARS infections in Beijing. He says medical staff at two other
hospitals told him at least seven deaths have occurred in their
facilities, and that there were 106 SARS cases in Beijing, more
than five times the number of cases announced. The Chinese Health
Ministry had reported four deaths and 19 cases in Beijing.
a 10-day quarantine on arriving foreign workers from regions hard-hit
by SARS and steps up enforcement of quarantine orders on hundreds
of people suspected of exposure to the virus.
says anyone who resides with a confirmed SARS patient will be
quarantined for up to 10 days. Health Director Dr. Margaret Chan
says police will make unannounced visits to homes to ensure people
don't violate their quarantine.
The WHO contradicts the Chinese government's claims
that it is including cases in military hospitals in its tally
of patients with SARS. WHO team member Dr. Wolfgang Preiser reports
"there indeed have been cases of SARS, there is no doubt
about that, that have not been reported officially, in that the
military seems to have its own reporting system that doesn't link
in presently to the municipal one."
Alan Schnur, head of communicable disease control in WHO's Beijing
office offers a "guesstimate" that Beijing has 100-200
SARS cases -- far more than the 37 publicly reported.
The WHO also
reports that a new form of the coronavirus family -- also the
source of the common cold virus -- causes SARS.
China's Communist Party leadership declares an all-out war on
SARS, ordering officials to fully disclose the extent of the disease's
spread. The move comes after accusations that China has masked
the extent of the SARS outbreak within its borders and only half-heartedly
cooperating with international efforts to combat the disease.
The WHO warns against travel to Toronto, Beijing and China's Shanxi
Province as the number of SARS cases in those areas continues
The SARS outbreak appears to have peaked in Singapore, Hong Kong
and Canada and has been successfully contained in Vietnam, the
WHO reports. But the U.N. agency also cautions that the disease
is still spreading in China.
The WHO announces that starting on April 30 it will lift the warning
against unnecessary travel to Toronto that it imposed on April
23 amid fears over the spread of the SARS virus.