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Situation on the ground: Live link-up with CGTN correspondent in Wuhan, China Updated: 2020-02-19 16:21:49 KST

As our Hong Yoo reported, the coronavirus epidemic topped two benchmarks according to new numbers released by Chinese officials.
The global death toll of the virus has climbed above 2-thousand and the total number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 75-thousand.
Most of the deaths have been in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicenter of the outbreak.
That province has been locked down to try to contain the virus, with tens of millions of people placed under effective quarantine.
We have a correspondent at ground zero joining us live from Wuhan, China. Zhao Yunfei is a correspondent for China's CGTN.

Yunfei, where you are, Wuhan - that's a city of 11 million people. But, I can hardly see anyone, anything behind you. It's surreal, really. First, bring us up to speed on the latest coronavirus situation in China.

Now, as we briefly mentioned at the top of the broadcast, Wuhan, the epicenter of COVID-19 is under lockdown. From what I hear, 150 million Chinese are under quarantine, as we speak.
We've also heard of thousands of healthcare professionals working around the clock on the front line of the outbreak. Some of them have become the latest victims of the new virus losing lives to it. Describe to us what the situation is like there.

The economic cost of the outbreak, which has paralyzed China, the world’s second-largest economy, also continues to grow. What is it like there and how is China coping with it?

Zhao Yunfei , China's CGTN correspondent reporting for us live from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks for a great coverage, make sure you stay safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in China.
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