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China locks down second city affecting 18m people

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
23rd Jan 20 12:00 pm

The Chinese government has locked down a second city on Thursday to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

There is no known cure for coronavirus only the symptoms’ can be treated, thus far 25 people are confirmed dead and more than 600 are infected.

Wuhan home to around 11m people was shutdown on Thursday morning to include public transport and the airport, residents are unable to leave the area.

The second city of Huanggang which is thought to hold around 7m people has also been placed on lockdown. Public transport will stop from midnight on Thursday.

News agency BNO News said, “Officials say Huanggang, which is next to Wuhan and has a population of 7m, will shut down its transportation system at midnight and citizens should not leave the city.

“All public venues are closed.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have expressed their concerns and are debating whether or not to declare an international public health emergency over coronavirus as the disease is an “evolving and complex situation.”

Gauden Galea, the World Health Organisation’s representative in China said, “To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11m people is new to science.

“It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work.”

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for China. A FCO spokesman said, “In light of the latest medical information, including reports of some person-to-person transmission, and the Chinese authorities’ own advice, we are now advising against all but essential travel to Wuhan.

“The safety and security of British nationals is always our primary concern and we advise British nationals travelling to China to remain vigilant and check our travel advice on gov.uk.”

Andrea Leadsom the UK’s business minister said the virus was a “huge concern” for the world.

She added, “We are now routinely checking all flights from Wuhan, obviously this is a huge concern for the world but in particular for that city in China, which I understand is now in lockdown, and we will of course be guided by all of the advice that comes from the world health authorities and also from the evidence that’s coming out of China itself.”

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