ANOTHER Chinese city is put on coronavirus lockdown: Officials close roads into Wenzhou and tell its nine million citizens to stay inside – as death toll in country hits 304

Sunday, February 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

Authorities virtually shut down eastern city of Wenzhou – 500 miles from Wuhan
The 9million-strong metropolis has seen roads closed and people shut in homes
China has embarked on unprecedented efforts to contain deadly coronavirus
Ten days after locking down Wuhan, similar draconian measures in Wenzhou

2 February 2020

China has imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre of a coronavirus epidemic, as its death toll from the disease soared to 304 and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines.

The events added to deepening concern about the potential for the virus to spread further and more rapidly, as governments around the world closed their borders to people from China.

Authorities virtually shut down the eastern city of Wenzhou – some 500 miles from Wuhan and containing 9million people, closing roads and confining people to their homes.

Since emerging out of Wuhan late last year, the coronavirus has infected nearly 14,500 people across China and reached 24 countries.

Most of the infections overseas have been in people who had travelled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of 11 million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province.

The man who died in the Philippines was a 44-year-old from Wuhan, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the epidemic a global health emergency.

China has embarked on unprecedented efforts to contain the virus, which is believed to have jumped to humans from a Wuhan animal market, and can be transmitted among people in a similar fashion to the flu.

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