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China closes off Wuhan city to stop spread of deadly virus

Updated : 2020-01-23 15:38:43

China closed off a city of more than one crore people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush.

Travellers in face masks walk past a display board showing a cancelled flight from Wuhan at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Travellers in face masks walk past a display board showing a cancelled flight from Wuhan at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Dr Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in China, speaks during an interview at the WHO's offices in Beijing. Galea said that “trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science,” as Wuhan cancelled departing trains and flights amid a viral outbreak that the representative said could infect thousands. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Dr Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in China, speaks during an interview at the WHO's offices in Beijing. Galea said that “trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science,” as Wuhan cancelled departing trains and flights amid a viral outbreak that the representative said could infect thousands. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in Wuhan were eerily quiet. Social media users posted that movie theatres were cancelling showings and complained that food vendors were exploiting the situation with huge price increases on fresh produce. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in Wuhan were eerily quiet. Social media users posted that movie theatres were cancelling showings and complained that food vendors were exploiting the situation with huge price increases on fresh produce. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded the city's train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 am sharp. Only travellers holding tickets for the last trains were allowed to enter, with those booked for later trains being turned away. Virtually everyone at the scene was wearing masks, news website The Paper's live broadcast showed.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded the city's train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 am sharp. Only travellers holding tickets for the last trains were allowed to enter, with those booked for later trains being turned away. Virtually everyone at the scene was wearing masks, news website The Paper's live broadcast showed.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Local authorities have demanded all residents wear masks in public places and urged government staff to wear them at work and for shopkeepers to post signs for their visitors, Xinhua news agency quoted a government notice as saying.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Local authorities have demanded all residents wear masks in public places and urged government staff to wear them at work and for shopkeepers to post signs for their visitors, Xinhua news agency quoted a government notice as saying.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Train stations, the airport, subways, ferries and long-distance shuttle buses were stopped in the city, an industrial and transportation hub in central China's Hubei province. Xinhua cited the city's anti-virus task force as saying the measures were taken in an attempt to “effectively cut off the virus spread, resolutely curb the outbreak and guarantee the people's health and safety.' (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Train stations, the airport, subways, ferries and long-distance shuttle buses were stopped in the city, an industrial and transportation hub in central China's Hubei province. Xinhua cited the city's anti-virus task force as saying the measures were taken in an attempt to “effectively cut off the virus spread, resolutely curb the outbreak and guarantee the people's health and safety.' (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
The illnesses from a newly identified coronavirus first appeared last month in Wuhan, and the vast majority of mainland China's 571 cases have been in the city. Other cases have been reported in Thailand, the United States, Japan and South Korea. One case was confirmed Thursday in Hong Kong after one was earlier confirmed in Macao. Most cases outside China were people from Wuhan or who had recently travelled there. A total of 17 people have died, all of them in and around Wuhan. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
The illnesses from a newly identified coronavirus first appeared last month in Wuhan, and the vast majority of mainland China's 571 cases have been in the city. Other cases have been reported in Thailand, the United States, Japan and South Korea. One case was confirmed Thursday in Hong Kong after one was earlier confirmed in Macao. Most cases outside China were people from Wuhan or who had recently travelled there. A total of 17 people have died, all of them in and around Wuhan. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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