BEIJING: China has on Thursday shut down at least five cities impacting more than 25 million citizens in a bid to prevent deadly coronavirus that has so far killed 18 individuals with hundreds of affected being under treatment currently.
The central Chinese cities of Huanggang and Ezhou, as well as smaller cities of Chibi and Zhijiang have imposed travel restrictions following the lockdown of Wuhan, a capital of Hubei’s province where the virus has been first reported leading to the deadly outbreak.
The administration has suspended buses, ferries, subways and shutting the airport and train stations to outgoing passengers.
China has also cancelled a number of mass events planned to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year falling on January 25, 2020.
Coronavirus has now spread to other countries including the United States and has lately emerged in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.
On Wednesday, a man in Washington has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Chinese authorities have confirmed that health workers have been infected with the virus. Healthcare professionals have claimed that it spread through the human transmission.
On Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting and issued a travel advisory.
On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, the WHO in a statement said.
On January 7, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus.