Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP
Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP
Lisa Lim
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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

The Italian origins of the word ‘quarantine’ and the extended isolation it implied

Meaning ‘space of 40 (days)’, it denoted the time ships from plague districts were confined in ports

Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP
Patients diagnosed with the coronavirus arrive at a temporary hospital in Wuhan. Photo: AP
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