Coronavirus ‘will infect 350,000 people in Wuhan ALONE’: Scientists dramatically increase estimate as China locks down FOURTEEN cities and races to build 1,000-bed hospital in FIVE DAYS to deal with the crisis

Friday, January 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

The Wuhan coronavirus has infected more than 900 people and killed 26 around the world so far this month
Major cities and towns in China are cancelling public transport and closing roads to try and stop the spread
Hospitals in Wuhan, the outbreak’s centre, have been ‘overwhelmed’ this week, experts said
The government has ordered the six-day construction of a new hospital in Wuhan to deal with the virus
Chinese New Year celebrations planned for the next week have been cancelled in Beijing and Hong Kong
Report shared with MailOnline suggests 250,000 people – up to 350,000 – will have caught virus by February
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By SAM BLANCHARD and VANESSA CHALMERS
DAILYMAIL.COM
24 January 2020

China’s deadly new virus could have infected 350,000 people in a single city by the end of the month, according to experts who warn doctors are only diagnosing one in every 20 cases.

China went into lockdown today as authorities and businesses scrambled to shut tourist attractions and public transport systems in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed at least 26 people.

Construction workers are putting in huge efforts to build a new hospital from scratch in Wuhan – the city at the centre of the outbreak – within just five days, after being order to do so by the government.

In a drastic turn of events, part of the Great Wall of China and Disneyland in Shanghai were closed today as authorities desperately try to stop people spreading the Wuhan coronavirus.

Thirteen cities, home to around 40million people, are reported to have followed Wuhan’s example and gone into some form of lockdown in the past 24 hours with public transport halted and roads closed.

And a report written by researchers from England, Scotland and Florida, has predicted that a staggering 250,000 – potentially up to 350,0000 – people may be infected just in Wuhan by the beginning of February.

A second patient was diagnosed in the US today – a woman in Chicago – and 63 other people in 22 states are being monitored for possible cases . Across the Atlantic, British authorities have tested 14 people but all were negative – a small number of other people are expected to go through tests today.

Other shocking developments in the outbreak today include:

Four people in Australia have been quarantined – two in Queensland and two in New South Wales – for testing
Nepal has confirmed its first case of the infection, making it the 10th territory outside of China to do so
Chinese New Year celebrations planned for this weekend have been cancelled in Beijing and Hong Kong
Officially, at least 900 people around the world have been infected with coronavirus and 26 have died
Japan has confirmed its second case and a fifth patient was diagnosed in Thailand today, Friday
Footage has emerged reportedly showing military personnel guarding a train station
Videos from inside hospitals show patients crammed into overcrowded corridors and laid on the floor
Photos have emerged of Chinese construction workers starting urgent building of a new hospital

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