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China Cancels New Year Celebrations & Quarantines City In Fear Of Deadly Virus Outbreak!

Chinese authorities are pulling out all the stops to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak — including canceling New Year celebrations in major cities.

According to CCTV, China’s state television network, officials in Wuhan shut down public transportation starting Thursday, attempting to quarantine about 25 million people by preventing them from leaving the area or using buses, subways, or ferries.

So far, at least 17 deaths have been confirmed in China, with over 630 people infected. There have been cases reported by travelers from countries outside of China, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, and the United States — and it sounds like authorities are extremely worried this pneumonia-like virus can’t be contained.

Later Thursday, Wuhan and Beijing, another major Chinese city, banned all large gatherings over the coming Lunar New Year festival — the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar — in an increased effort to stop the outbreak.

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Some citizens fear the decision to cancel the celebrations is the latest indication that authorities are having trouble controlling the outbreak, following the extreme censorship of any criticism or skepticism on social media, according to The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, some outspoken doctors have warned the spread of the virus is inevitable. Guan Yi, a virologist who helped identify severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, estimated that this case could be 10 times bigger than the SARS outbreak because that virus was transmitted by only a few “super spreaders” in a more defined part of the country.

He told Caixin magazine from self-imposed quarantine after visiting Wuhan:

“A bigger outbreak is certain… We have passed through the ‘golden period’ for prevention and control. What’s more, we’ve got the holiday traffic rush and a dereliction of duty from certain officials.”

Ahead of the holiday, which sees locals traveling back to their hometown — the biggest human migration in the world — authorities said the virus was mild and could not be transmitted between humans. But that all changed this week when the number of patients infected by the virus, which reportedly began in a Wuhan food market selling exotic animals for consumption, started to rapidly increase.

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The extreme measures come a day after a World Health Organization committee met to decide whether to declare the virus a “public health emergency of international concern.” The decision was postponed until at least Thursday, with officials declaring they needed more information to proceed.

Airports around the world have put special screening measures in place to detect passengers arriving from China with fevers. In Wuhan, residents are reporting empty shelves in stores and expressing fear and frustration that the government isn’t telling them the full story.

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Texas Health Officials Investigating Possible Coronavirus Patient

Physicians in Brazos County, Texas, are investigating the possibility that a patient who recently returned from Wuhan, China, may be infected with the novel coronavirus. If the patient tests positive, they would be the second confirmed case in the United States.

Report: China Ignores Signs of Wuhan Virus in Environmentalist’s Pneumonia Death

The founder of China’s oldest environmental organization and his wife died of “severe lung disease” amid the spread of a novel virus that causes pneumonia, but tested neither of them for the virus and failed to isolate any potential contacts, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday.

China Lockdown Extends to Five Cities, 20 Million People over Wuhan Virus

Chinese authorities added four cities to their lockdown of Wuhan, home to a deadly new virus spreading rapidly, on Thursday afternoon, bringing the total population within the transport shutdown zone to about 20 million people.

North Korea Bans All Foreigners in Response to Chinese Virus

North Korea’s communist regime banned all foreign visitors from entering the country on Tuesday as a precaution against the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China, according to tourist companies who operate in the country. 

China Quarantines Entire City as Deaths from Mystery Virus Almost Double in 24 Hours

As the fast-spreading “novel coronavirus” makes its way across the globe, China is locking down the virus’ city of origin in a desperate attempt to control the outbreak. Even with these precautions, it looks like a perfect storm is brewing for a pandemic. As the Chinese state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported, the city of Wuhan…

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China ‘Handles’ Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media

Local police in Wuhan, China, revealed they had “handled” the cases of eight individuals accused of publishing statements not approved by the Communist Party on social media regarding the deadly respiratory disease that recently originated in that city, Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed on Tuesday.

Hong Kong Confirms First Wuhan Virus Case, Endangering Protests

Hong Kong confirmed its first case of a mystery coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday after weeks of expanding its power to isolate potential patients and amid warning the virus could evolve to be deadlier.

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HOUSTON, Texas — A physician tasked with developing a vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus-type illnesses says this latest virus is the third variant since 2002. The doctor expressed concern about the frequency of new coronavirus contagions.

China Expands Quarantine Powers, Mayor Says ‘Stay Away’ as Wuhan Virus Toll Nears 500

The mayor of Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China where a new form of coronavirus spreading globally originated, told potential visitors to avoid the city Tuesday as health officials warned the virus could mutate the more rapidly it spreads.

CBP Enacts ‘Enhanced Health Screening’ as Chinese Coronavirus Comes to U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials implemented “enhanced health screening” for travelers arriving at key U.S. airports from Wuhan, China. The action by CBP officials follows the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States on Tuesday.