Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 - Wuhan, Hubei

Major Chinese city goes into lockdown as new virus death toll rises to at least 17 - Wuhan, Hubei

The death toll from China's coronavirus has jumped to at least 17 as of Thursday, January 23, 2020. Amid heightening concerns, officials in Wuhan-- the outbreak's epicenter-- announced a partial lockdown of the city in efforts to contain the outbreak. Wuhan is the capital of the Province of Hubei and the seventh most populous Chinese city, with a population of 11 million.

The virus, which first emerged in December 2019, has killed at least 17 people in China between the ages 48 and 89-- most of whom had underlying health concerns.

All fatalities so far were reported in the Province of Hubei.

Moreover, it has affected over 570 people including in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, and the United States. 

In east China's Zhejiang province, 17 new cases were confirmed, bringing the number of verified cases to 27 in the area.

In Hubei province, among the confirmed cases of the coronavirus were medical workers. Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang admitted that such cases could have been prevented, and they have given a "profound lesson" to people.

"This shows that we didn't get to know enough about the virus at the beginning," he said.

Northeastern China's Jilin province reported its first confirmed case today, January 23, after a 42-year-old woman returned from Wuhan.

In addition, Macao confirmed a fresh case of the infection as well, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the city to 2.

As of 02:00 UTC (10:00 LT) on Thursday, January 23, the Chinese authorities have closed off Wuhan-- a major port city with an 11 million population. All public transport including planes and trains were put on temporary suspension.

The decision to prohibit travel came before the Lunar New Year celebration which starts on January 25, when hundreds of millions travel. According to air traffic data, around 30 000 people fly out of Wuhan per day. 

Furthermore, officials urged residents not to leave the city unless there is an urgent reason, avoid densely populated areas, and minimize public gatherings.

The coronavirus is in the same family of outbreaks as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Chinese health officials also confirmed that it can be transferred through human to human contact.

In efforts to contain the infection, many airports across Asia and the US have also improved the screening of incoming passengers. 

Featured image credit: Bruce Detorres

Comments

C. Paul Barreira 2 months ago

So what does "lockdown" mean, in fact?

Jamal Shrair 2 months ago

Is Wuhan Coronavirus a Biological Weapon (Man-Made Virus Attack)? W-Coronavirus seems to be a synthetically modified virus designed to infect human beings on a global scale. It is a biological weapon. All the hallmarks are present. But, what can we do to prevent this kind of doomsday scenario from spreading and more serious ones happening?

Clutch Cargo 2 months ago

I've read other news accounts of far larger numbers of deaths, 112,000 deaths and 2.8 million infected according to one report. I don't know how accurate any of the news I'm reading is, but when you hear that China is locking down 4 cities with a total of 20 million plus people....it does make me seriously wonder just how much the MSM isn't reporting. Quarantining 20 million people seems very unusual if only 14 people have died. Also, there appear to be far more countries reporting cases of this Corona Virus, yet little mention of those new outbreaks. One other thing...many Videos of people lying in the streets, as if they just dropped dead while they were walking, seems to show an outbreak far worse than being reported. Prayer Up!!

Bill H 2 months ago

We lose far more people to people who text and drive than have lost to this disease at this point. 99.9% of these things fizzle. Less than 100 unfortunate individuals will pass but the world will go on. This is not "Contagion".

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