Coronavirus: Anxiety rises as Chinese city goes into lockdown

Sun Online Desk

23rd January, 2020 01:58:44 printer

Coronavirus: Anxiety rises as Chinese city goes into lockdown


A sense of anxiety is growing in Wuhan as the Chinese city goes into lockdown in an effort to control the spread of a deadly coronavirus which has left 17 dead.

The authorities have suspended outbound planes and trains into the city, as well as buses, subways and ferries.

Residents have been told not to leave the city of 11 million people. Voicing fear about food shortages, one said it felt like "the end of the world".

There are more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus which has spread overseas.

Officials in Hong Kong reported the territory's first two cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and one case was reported in the nearby city of Macau.

The first US case was confirmed on Tuesday.

The lockdown in Wuhan comes as millions of Chinese people in other parts of China are travelling across the country for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

All outbound flights from Wuhan have been suspended as of Thursday.

On Thursday, China's National Health Commission released details of the 17 victims.

Most of them were elderly and suffered from other chronic diseases including Parkinson's disease and diabetes.


Source: BBC