China: Cities in lockdown as coronavirus spreads
At least 17 people are dead in China and more than 600 confirmed infected as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and across the world.
Wuhan, the city of 11 million people where the outbreak began, is under lockdown in an effort to contain the spread. Roads from the city and into the city are closed.
Neighboring cities of Huanggang and Ezhou are also under restrictions.
Buses, subways and ferries in and around the cities have been suspended, while the airport and train stations have been closed to outgoing passengers.
Cafes, cinemas, theatres and exhibitions in both cities have been shut.
Other cities are also taking action. Ezhou – a city of more than a million people just south of Huanggang – announced it had shut its train stations.
Authorities in Beijing have also canceled events including two well-known lunar new year temple fairs.
There have been 634 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, from the same family of viruses that gave rise to Sars.
Countries including the US, UK and Australia will begin health screenings at airports.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization will decide today whether the virus constitutes “a public health emergency of international concern.”
Cases have also been reported in the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Macau and Hong Kong.
The first US case was confirmed on Tuesday. President Trump said the situation was “totally under control” and that he trusted the information being provided by Chinese authorities.