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Wuhan and Huanggang in lockdown as coronavirus spreads

Christian Fernsby |
Huanggang today became the second Chinese city to go into lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected more than 630.

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Topics: WUHAN    HUANGGANG    CORONAVIRUS   

Health authorities in the city of around 7.5 million, which is 70km from the Central city of Wuhan where the outbreak is centered, said they would suspend public bus and railway operations from midnight, Reuters reported.

They also ordered indoor entertainment venues including movie theatres and internet cafes to shut, and asked citizens not to leave the city other than under special circumstances.

Another nearby city, Ezhou, announced on Thursday it had shut its train stations.

Huanggang had reported 12 cases of the coronavirus as of the end of Monday.

Health officials fear the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during week-long holidays for the Chinese New Year, which begins on Saturday.

Wuhan is already on lockdown, shutting all urban transport networks and suspending outgoing flights from today.


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