PH On 31st Banned Hubei Wuhan(Lockdown 23rd); Coronavirus Declared Spreads to All China Regions

Updated: Feb 1, 2020

China coronavirus: Lockdown measures rise across Hubei province

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Lockdown measures are increasing across China's Hubei province to try to control the spread of a new virus that has left 18 people dead in the country.

Wuhan, Hubei's capital of 11 million people where the virus first emerged, has no trains or planes in or out.

At least five other provincial cities are seeing clampdowns on transport.

There are more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus, which has spread abroad, with Singapore and Vietnam the latest affected.

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Thursday's events as they happened

The new strain of coronavirus is believed to have originated at a market in Wuhan. One resident of the city said the atmosphere there felt like "the end of the world".

The lockdowns come as millions of Chinese people travel across the country for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Coronavirus: Death toll rises as virus spreads to every Chinese region

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China.

Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January.

Infections have also spread to at least 15 other countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) are again meeting in Geneva to consider whether the virus should be declared a global health emergency.

Various countries have implemented evacuation and quarantine plans for nationals wanting to return from China, where the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan.

Russia has decided to close its 4,300km (2,670-mile) far-eastern border with China in an attempt to stop contagion.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named Germany, Vietnam and Japan, as places where people had caught the virus from others who had visited China.



Duterte to impose temporary ban on travelers from Wuhan, entire Hubei province – Go

President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to impose a temporary travel ban on travelers coming from Wuhan City, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the entire Hubei province in China, his former aide and now Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said.

In a statement on Friday, Go said he recommended to the President the imposition of a temporary travel ban on visitors coming from the said areas to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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