China shuts down multi-million city of Wuhan due to spread of deadly virus

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Chinese authorities have banned leaving from Wuhan, where the deadly type of coronavirus was first detected, reports with reference to the South China Morning Post.

According to the publication, citing central television in China, Wuhan announced a complete ban on travel for its residents in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus, which killed 17 people and more than 550 people were infected throughout China. It is also reported that from 10 am on Thursday the movement of city buses, metro, ferries and intercity passenger routes will be suspended in the city.

"Flights and trains departing from Wuhan will also be temporarily suspended. The message did not specify when services would resume. Wuhan is one of the four main railway junctions in China. The city airport and train station are crowded as travelers are desperate to get out of the city located at the epicenter of the outbreak," the report said.

It is noted that with a population of 11 million, Wuhan is larger than London or New York. The virus has already spread to the United States, Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

Ekaterina Eliseyeva
10:39, 23 January 2020