The number of people killed by a new virus in China has risen to 25 – and overall cases to 616, the country has said.
It comes as millions of people prepare to travel domestically and abroad for the country’s lunar new year celebrations which begin at the weekend.
The city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated, is in lockdown.
All its transport networks – including rail, buss, subway and ferries – have been suspended, and residents have been ordered to wear masks in public places and at work.
“To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science,” said Gauden Galea, the World Health Organisation’s representative in China.
“It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work.”
Source : Sky News