China seals off more cities as virus toll rises
January 24, 2020 - China is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 13 cities home to more than 36 million people. The cities are Wuhan, where the illness has been concentrated, and 12 of its neighbours in central China’s Hubei province.
The vast majority of cases of the new coronavirus have been in and around Wuhan, but people who visited or had personal connections to infected people were among the scattered cases counted beyond mainland China. South Korea and Japan both confirmed their second cases Friday and Singapore confirmed its third. Cases have been detected in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the United States, Thailand and Vietnam.
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