- Wuhan Virus: China Quarantines City, Shuts Down Flights and Public Transport as Outbreak Grows
BEIJING (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – The Chinese city at the centre of a widening respiratory virus outbreak suspended outbound flights and rail service as China ramped up efforts to contain an illness that has killed at least 17 people and infected more than 500.
The travel halt by the city of Wuhan was reported by state broadcaster CCTV. The city also suspended travel by bus, subway and ferry. Citizens shouldn’t leave the city without special reasons, the report said. CCTV reported earlier that the death toll has nearly doubled from a previous total of nine.
Chinese state television reported on Thursday (Jan 23) that China has confirmed 571 total cases of the new coronavirus outbreak. At the end of Wednesday, 17 deaths from the virus had been reported, all in Hubei province whose capital is Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, CCTV said.
There were two “preliminary positive” reports of the pneumonia-causing virus in Hong Kong, with one diagnosis in the United States and patients under examination in Mexico and Russia.