Coronavirus has infected nearly 22, 625 people across China and reached (countries.
- Coronavirus has killed over people, infected more than ,
- After Wuhan, authorities shut down the eastern city of Wenzhou It is situated some Kilometers from Wuhan, the coronavirus epicentre
China imposed a lockdown Sunday on a major city far from the epicentre of a coronavirus epidemic, as its death toll from the disease soared to and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines.
The events added to deepening concern about the potential for the virus to spread further and more rapidly, as governments around the world closed their borders to people from China.
Struggling to contain the virus , authorities virtually shut down the eastern city of Wenzhou on Sunday – some (kilometers) 590 miles) from Wuhan, the metropolis at the heart of the health emergency – closing roads and confining people to their homes.
Since emerging out of Wuhan late last year, the coronavirus has infected nearly , people across China and reached (countries.)
Most of the infections overseas have been in people who had traveled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of (million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province.
The man who died in the Philippines was a – year-old from Wuhan, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the epidemic a global health emergency.
China has embarked on unprecedented efforts to contain the virus, which is believed to have jumped to humans from a Wuhan animal market, and can be transmitted among people in a similar fashion to the flu.
Those efforts have included extraordinary quarantines in Wuhan and surrounding cities, with all transport out banned, effectively sealing-off more than million people.
But days after locking down Wuhan , authorities imposed similar draconian measures on Wenzhou, a coastal city of nine million people in Zhejiang province, part of the eastern industrial heartland that has powered China’s economic rise over recent decades.
Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, and highway toll stations have been closed, authorities announced.
The city had previously closed public places such as cinemas and museums, and suspended public transport.
Zhejiang has 728 confirmed infections, with of those in Wenzhou, according to the government.
This is the highest tally for any province in China after ground-zero Hubei.
Internationally, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China recently, and they have also warned their own citizens against traveling there.
Mongolia, Russia and Nepal have closed their land borders.
The number of countries reporting infections rose to after Bri tain, Russia and Sweden confirmed their first cases this weekend.
The death toll in China climbed to on Sunday after authorities reporting (new deaths.)
There were 2, 500 new confirmed cases in China, bringing the total to nearly 24, .
The number of confirmed infections in China is far higher than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2020 – 10.
SARS, caused by a pathogen similar to the new coronavirus and also originated in China, killed people worldwide – most of them in mainland China and Hong Kong.
With hospitals in Wuhan ove rwhelmed, China will Monday open a military-led field hospital that was built in just days to treat people stricken by the virus.
And with the Chinese economy suffering, the central bank announced it would release 1.2 trillion yuan ($ (billion) Monday to maintain liquidity in the banking system – the day markets re-open after the long holiday break.
The emergence of the virus coincided with the Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions travel across the country in planes, trains and buses for family reunions.
The holiday, which was scheduled to end on Friday, was extended by three days to give authorities more time to try and deal with the crisis.
With With due due back at work on Monday, people were starting to return on planes and trains over the weekend, wi th almost everyone wearing face masks.
Custom authorities had ordered temperature checks at all exit-entry points in Beijing, according to state media.
Returning travellers were being checked and registered at residential compounds, while fever checks were in place in subway stations, offices and cafes.
One 44 -year-old arriving at a Beijing train station from northeastern China said her family had urged her to delay her return.
“But I was worried it would affect my job,” she said.
Security guard Du Guiliang, 64, said he would be starting back at work in Beijing on Sunday, after returning from northeast Liaoning province.
“Many colleagues (from Hubei) couldn’t come back. Now, those who work the day shift at our company have to do the night shift as well, “he said.
Many businesses were to remain closed for at least another week, however , while some major cities – including Shanghai – had also extended the holiday.
Many foreigners, meanwhile, have started to leave China to wait things out abroad.
“(My family) said I need to go home,” said – year-old South African student Jamie Bosch as she waited for a flight out of Beijing on Sunday.
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