All Outbound Transport From Wuhan To Be Shutdown Amid China Coronavirus Outbreak
CHINA CORONAVIRUS – Chinese authorities ordered the suspension of all outbound transport from Wuhan, the city believed to be ground zero for the new strain of coronavirus.
Busses, subways, ferries, and long-distance passenger transport networks from the city would be shut down from 10 a.m. local time on Thursday. With this, the government urged residents not to leave the city.
Wuhan is one of China’s biggest cities. It holds over 11 million residents and is in the center of a potentially massive outbreak.
According to a report from The Guardian, more than 540 people have been diagnosed with the virus. Officials have also stated that China was now at the most critical stage of prevention and control.
With the Chinese New Year Holidays around the corner, health officials and agencies from China are in a race to contain the virus. During the holiday seasons, millions of Chinese travel both domestically and internationally increasing the risk of spreading the virus.
Based on a statement from Li Bin, deputy director of the commission, the virus may mutate and pose a greater risk to the public.
In lieu of this, he advised the public to avoid densely populated areas. In addition, the World Health Organization had put off a decision regarding whether or not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.
What they are doing is a very, very strong measure and with full commitment
We stressed to them that by having a strong action not only they will control the outbreak in their country but they will also minimise the chances of this outbreak spreading internationallyDr Tedros Ahanom Ghebreyesus
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