UNSTOPPABLE Coronavirus – FIFTH Chinese city placed on lockdown as experts warn killer bug ‘nearly impossible to contain’

Thursday, January 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

Alahna Kindred Abe Hawken
23 Jan 2020

CHINA’S government has put five cities on lockdown after the coronavirus outbreak killed at least 17 in the country.

Nearly 20million people in Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou and the smaller cities Chibi and Zhijiang – all in the Hubei province – have been banned from travelling as experts fear the deadly virus is becoming impossible to contain.

But residents have have blasted authorities for waiting a month to put the city on lockdown.

Locals in Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million, have been told not to travel, to avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings despite Chinese New Year being two days away.

Latest figures suggest the number of coronavirus cases in China has risen to 616.

The virus could now be declared a global health crisis after cases of the mystery bug previously quadrupled in just four days.

Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops have been out on the streets patrolling the railway stations as authorities have banned travelling on subways and ferries.

The airport and train stations have been shut down to outgoing passengers travelling after 10am local time.

John Spencer, chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the US Military Academy Modern War Institute, said it is impossible to shut an entire city down.

He told Wired: “It would be nearly impossible to be effective, even if you threw the entire Chinese military at it.

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