China has put another city into lockdown in a bid to try and stop the spread of a deadly new virus which has emerged in the country.
According to Authorities in Huanggang, it would today suspend its public buses and trains as well as ordering cinemas and internet cafes to close their doors.
This is coming on the heel of Wuhan – the city at the center of the outbreak – nearing the end of its first day in lockdown, with all flights out of the city canceled and residents told not to leave.
Viral videos have shown chaos in Wuhan today with a government worker using gas to disinfect park, traffic building up on a blocked highway and people scrapping over food in a crowded supermarket.
According to reports, travelers have spread the coronavirus to seven countries already. European health officials have also said ‘further global spread is likely’, adding it’s likely to make it to Europe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to decide the next line of action is expected to meet again today to consider whether it is an international emergency.
Scientists had warned as many as 10,000 people could have been infected in Wuhan alone and said they couldn’t rule out the virus already being in the UK.
Speaking with journalists, Wuhan’s Health Commission said the city is ‘witnessing a fast-growing trend of fever patients’ and hospitals are facing bed shortages because of the virus.
Meanwhile, the British Government has stepped up measures to stop it being brought into the country, with passengers on the last flight from Wuhan last night being channeled through a separate area of London’s Heathrow airport.
The virus, which can cause pneumonia, has never been seen before so is poorly understood, but scientists now suggest it may have spread to humans from snakes.