China's coronavirus outbreak spreads: 30 million people and 11 cities on lockdown



The deadly coronavirus has the whole world in the lookout. The virus that broke in China has restricted the travel of more than 30 million people. Dozens of people are dead in China and more than 900 infected as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and across the world. Also, recently two cases have been reported in USA, the recent one being from Illinois.


At least 11 cities in China's central Hubei province are facing travel restrictions, including Wuhan itself. Authorities in Beijing and other cities have canceled some or all large-scale Lunar New Year celebrations, a rare, drastic step to reign in spread of the virus. Among other public venues, a section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, Shanghai Disney Resort and McDonalds outlets in five cities will close.


Suizhou is the 11th city in China's Hubei province to have travel restrictions imposed on it, as authorities scramble to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. All the cities cover a population of roughly 32.2 million people. Restrictions include shutting down railway stations, bus stations, intercity transport links, or preventing private vehicles from driving on certain roads.



A second case of the Wuhan coronavirus in the United States has been identified in Chicago, the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions said in a Friday press briefing. The patient is a Chicago resident in her 60s. She is in isolation at a hospital in the city. The woman flew from Wuhan to Chicago on January 13. Since she was not ill while traveling, health authorities do not think she spread the virus during that time. Health authorities say she has had limited close contacts since returning to Chicago. Sixty-three patients from 22 states are under investigation.


Over the past couple of hours, the number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus has gone up to 22 beyond mainland China, according to government sources. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are often mild, but in rare cases are potentially lethal.

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