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China Extends Lockdown on Millions in Coronavirus Outbreak

BEIJING – Chinese officials on Friday extended transport restrictions in the outbreak’s epicentres, Wuhan, to at least seven additional cities.
A total of around 26 million people are currently affected by the lockdown.
Wuhan, which has the majority of cases, also announced Friday that it would build a designated hospital with space for 1,000 beds to cope with the epidemic.
Authorities in Hubei, the province where Wuhan is located, said on Friday that they have sought greater financial support from the central government.
Chinese officials have scrambled to contain the virus, which has hit during the high-travel season of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Some holiday celebrations have been suspended in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading further.
Officials are the World Health Organization (WHO), who are closely monitoring the situation, have warned of a potential public health emergency. Airports around the world have begun screening passengers for the virus.
Chinese officials have suspended all public transport in Wuhan and are checking city inhabitants for the coronavirus
In spite of a rising death toll in China, the World Health Organization said it was “too early” to declare an official international health emergency. The Chinese government on Friday said there had been at least 26 fatalities and 830 cases of the virus in total so far.
On Friday, Japan’s health ministry confirmed a second case of coronavirus infection in a man who had been living in Wuhan.
The man, who is receiving treatment in Tokyo, said he had been wearing a medical mask during his travels.
Other cases have been reported in US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam.
South Korea confirmed its second case of the virus on Friday as well.
China also confirmed a second death from the virus outside the Hubei province.
The symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, shortness of breath and coughing, which can overlap with seasonal flu and cold symptoms.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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