Over 2,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 and the city of Wuhan has been in lockdown mode for a month.
But that hasn’t stopped Sevilla vice-captain Daniel Carrico joining their football team.
The central defender was due to be out of contract this summer and had economic reasons for moving on.
Carrico made 12 first-team appearances under Julen Lopetegui this season – 11 as a starter – and had continued to be a key dressing room presence.
It might be due to the Spanish connection at Wuhan.
Experienced Spanish boss José González is at the helm of Wuhan with Leo Bapistao – formerly of Atletico de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano – their star attacking forward.
The new Chinese Super League [CSL] season was due to get underway this month, but all matches have been postponed amid fears over the fast-spreading disease.
The uncertainty hasn’t put off Carrico, however, who made three appearances in the Premier League for Reading back in 2013.
The 31-year-old won’t travel to China until the epidemic has passed, with all domestic games postponed in the meantime.
In his six and a half seasons with Sevilla, Carrico made 111 appearances and won the Europa League title three seasons in a row.
“With both the mentality and technique, Daniel will be the pillar on the defensive line, we expect a good performance in the future,” read a statement of Zall.