Three Cities In China Quarantined As Deadly Coronavirus Spreads

Daniel Fowler
January 24, 2020

Chinese regime authorities on Thursday placed quarantines on three cities in an attempt to reduce the outbreak of the virus, putting almost 20 million people on lockdown. To date, 584 cases have been reported to the World Health Organization, including those in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Singapore and Vietnam.

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"In order to control the epidemic, protect people's lives and health, reduce the mass gathering and ensure people to have a harmonious and peaceful Spring Festival, it is chose to cancel all the large-scale events, including temple fairs, in Beijing as of today", the government said in a statement seen by CNN.

Coronavirus - the so-called "mystery virus" in China - has understandably made headlines in recent days, as it begins to spread beyond China.

In response, Chinese authorities have shut down transport from and within Wuhan, as well as the cities of Huanggang and Ezhou, essentially quarantining 20 million people.

Huanggang, a city of 7 million people located around 70 kilometers (30 miles) from Wuhan, is set to have its bus and train networks closed at 4pm local time today and residents have been asked not to leave the city. One case was confirmed Thursday in Hong Kong after one was earlier confirmed in Macao.

The coronavirus family includes the common cold as well as viruses that can be much more severe, like SARS or MERS - Middle East respiratory syndrome, which developed from camels.

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Local health officials say that the patient traveled from Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus originated.

Tedros said experts have not seen evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China at this point, but emphasized all that remained unknown about the virus, including the source, how it is spread, and the full range of how it affects people it's infected.

While departures were banned, trains and planes were still allowed into the city - although there were no train tickets available on booking sites into Wuhan from most major cities and few flights available over the next few days. They are still trying to determine whether spread among people is limited or whether it might be spreading in a sustained manner, meaning it easily passes from one person to the next and then onward.

In all, about 584 cases have been reported to the global health agency, including 17 deaths.

Viruses can make the jump from animals to humans, especially when wild animals are kept and sold in food markets, as is alleged to be the case in Wuhan.

At present, the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus form in China has risen to at least 571. Chinese health officials warned it could mutate and spread further.

But scientists at the Imperial College in London estimate that 4,000 people have been infected in Wuhan.

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