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China isolates 8 cities as corona virus 2019-nCoV hotspots expand


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Chinese authorities announced the first death from the new corona virus 2019-nCoV outside Hubei Province, which is the source of the deadly disease, bringing the total confirmed deaths to 19, and as the virus accelerated, the authorities in Hubei Province ordered the closure of 8 cities, including The capital, Wuhan, has a travel ban, the South China Morning Post reported.

Seventeen deaths of the new virus were recorded in Hubei Province, but one case was recorded in Hebei Province, near Beijing, for an 80-year-old man who died on Wednesday, but the cause of death has not been confirmed to date.

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It turned out that the man was a resident of Hebei, and had been visiting his relatives in Wuhan for more than two months, according to the newspaper “Hebei Daily”, a mouthpiece of the Communist Party in the province, noting that the health authorities had removed 76 people who had been in close contact with him, and it was not found that an injury None of them.

The Chinese city of Wuhan, which is the source of the spread of the new Corona virus 2019-nCoV, has suspended its foreign trips and rail services, in a bid to contain the spreading disease.
Exit from the Chinese city is almost no longer possible, as the China International Television Network reported on Wednesday that the authorities have even suspended travel by buses, subways and ferries, saying that citizens cannot leave the city without special reasons.

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For its part, the World Health Organization called on the international community to prepare for a possible development of the new corona virus 2019-nCoV into a pandemic, noting that it is too early to declare a global emergency and that it does not recommend any other restrictions on travel or trade.

The director general WHO, Tedros Adhanom, said Thursday that the organization’s emergency committee is again divided over whether the emergence of the new corona virus should be considered an international emergency.

He added: “There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China, but this does not mean that it is unlikely. The situation in China is an emergency now, but the matter has not yet evolved into an emergency at the global level, it may become so at a later time.”

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He continued: “The decision should not be taken as evidence that the organization does not think the situation is dangerous, or that we do not deal with it seriously, nothing is excluded, we follow this disease minute by minute every day.”

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