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Eerie scenes from Wuhan as death toll from coronavirus rises to 80

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Travis Berry | 28 January, 2020, 00:30

China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from travelling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 deaths, the government said Monday.

The latest coronavirus or 2019-nCoV outbreak that began in the city of wuhan in China has spread across the country and has claimed over 81 lives and infected over 2,794 so far.

The Lunar New Year is usually a time for travel by millions, but many have had to cancel plans.

A US-bound flight is scheduled to leave Wuhan today with consular staff and some American citizens.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology Wang Jiangping reported at a press conference that his government had to buy more than 220,000 overseas medical protective suits.

Stock markets around the world were down sharply Monday as the lockdown in Chinese cities was expected to stifle travel, shopping and business for millions of people.

In Shanghai, Chinese government have sprayed residential areas with disinfectants to curb the spread of the virus.

With China battling with the deadly coronavirus outbreak, an eerie video of Wuhan showed empty streets and deserted shops in the city.

Wuhan's mayor Zhou Xianwang said around five million people had left the stricken city during the new year travel rush in January, highlighting fears the virus could spread further.

On December 31 China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in Hubei province.

Universities, primary and secondary schools, and kindergartens across the country will postpone the start of the semester, said a State Council General Office circular.

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National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei said on Sunday the incubation period could range from one to 14 days, and the virus was infectious during incubation, unlike SARS.

In Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, 76 of the deaths reported so far have been recorded.

The disruption to industry and consumer spending threaten to depress Chinese economic growth that Beijing is struggling to shore up after it sank to a multi-decade low of 6.1% a year ago.

"If you don't report yourselves, don't blame others for reporting you". Japan was preparing to fly its nationals out of Wuhan.

However, he added that the slow response from local officials was likely the result of "deeply entrenched issues", ones that may have actually been exacerbated by Xi's much vaunted anti-corruption campaign.

The youngest patient is a 9 month old girl in Beijing.

On Saturday, China officially ordered nationwide "measures to identify and immediately isolate suspected cases of a deadly virus on trains, airplanes and buses".

Making that task more hard is the fact that the virus can be spread before any symptoms appear, Chinese health authorities said Sunday, meaning carriers may not realize they are infected before they transmit the virus to others.

A month ago, few outside China may have heard of Wuhan, yet the city - and a small wildlife market within it - has managed to impact countries the world over; a sign of just how connected we all are in a globalized world. The ban does not cover residents.

The epidemic has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that originated in China and killed almost 800 as it spread around the world in 2002 and 2003.

Chinese authorities announced a temporary ban on the trade of wild animals Sunday and called on the public to refrain from eating wild animal meat.

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