China locks down city at center of deadly virus outbreak
Updated: 2020-01-23 16:25:37 KST
As the new coronavirus spreads quickly in China,.. the Chinese government isn't taking any chances especially ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
The city of Wuhan, where the virus first broke out is in lockdown, with transport in and out of the city being halted.
Neighboring Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and North Korea are also on high alert to prevent the possible influx of the virus.
Let's get more details from our Hong Yoo on the line for us.
So, Yoo, let's start with mainland China. How many cases have been confirmed so far?
Nearly 600 people have been confirmed infected with the Wuhan coronavirus in 25 regions.
Data collected by the national and provincial health authorities show the majority of patients are concentrated in Wuhan, where there are 444 patients, and in Guangdong where there are 32.
But ahead of the nLunar New Year during which millions of people will be traveling across the country to their hometowns, there's a big risk the virus could spread.
So China has ordered a lockdown of Wuhan to contain it.
Starting from 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, all public transportation has been suspended.
It is unclear when the lockdown will be lifted.
And like you mentioned, Daeun, 17 people have died from this virus so far.
These deaths mostly occurred 10 days to three weeks after the symptoms started.
As an additional measure, the city of Wuhan is requiring people to wear face masks when in public places.
What about outside China? Where are the other confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus and how many are there?
Near mainland China, other confirmed cases are in Taiwan, Macao and in Hong Kong.
Cases have also been confirmed in the U.S., South Korea, Thailand and Japan.
Most cases outside China were people from Wuhan or who had recently traveled the area.
North Korea has not reported any cases but it has banned foreigners from entering.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that they are working closely with the World Health Organization.
The WHO is currently holding another emergency meeting to take stock of the situation and decide whether it constitutes an international health emergency.
I'll be back with more details on our later newscast.