NSTworld: China has quarantined cities and shut major tourist attractions from Disneyland to the ForbiddenCity and a section of the GreatWall as it scrambles to stop a deadly SARS -like virus from spreading further. Wuhan Virus coronoavirus
BEIJING: China has quarantined cities and shut major tourist attractions from Disneyland to the Forbidden City and a section of the Great Wall as it scrambles to stop a deadly SARS -like virus from spreading further.
Here is a rundown of the measures taken so far in an unprecedented quarantine effort:Public transporthas been stopped in 18 cities in central Hubei province, with train stations shut, events cancelled and theatres, libraries and karaoke bars closed in some locations.
The epicentre of the outbreak is provincial capital Wuhan, the biggest city on lockdown, where the government has halted all travel out of the Yangtze River metropolis of 11 million.Workers take the body temperature of passengers before they enter the subway station outside the Beijing Railway Station in central Beijing. -Reuters
Wuhan residents have been told to stay home and authorities are restricting car traffic in the city centre. There are few flights available to the city, deepening the isolation.Similar quarantine measures are being taken in the other, smaller cities. These include strict controls on weddings and funerals, temperature screening of people as they arrive and the suspension of online taxi services.
More than 56 million people in total are affected by the city shutdowns.A medical staff member (left) wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, takes the temperature of a man (R) at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. -AFP
Beijing will suspend long-distance bus services entering and leaving the capital of 20 million people from Sunday due to “requirements of epidemic prevention and control,” the official People’s Daily newspaper reported.Wuhan and Beijinghave cancelled public events that usually attract hundreds of thousands of people to temples during the New Year holiday.
Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has asked China’s 1.4 billion citizens to forego New Year gatherings and confine themselves at home until all is clear.To discourage nationwide travel, the government also said all tickets for rail, air, road, or water transport could be refunded.
Members of staff wearing masks are seen outside the Shanghai Disney Resort, that is closed today during the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, in Shanghai. -ReutersOn Saturday, China said it will suspend both domestic and overseas Chinese group tours, state media reported Saturday, as it ramps up efforts to contain the new SARS-like virus.
Underscoring fears that the virus could spread further, overseas Chinese tour groups will be suspended from Monday while domestic trips have already been halted.Tourists from Hubei in Haikou, capital of the island province of Hainan, were told by the city government they had to spend 14 days in a hotel for centralised medical observation, and were forbidden to leave.
The historic Forbidden City, a sprawling imperial palace in Beijing that is one of the country’s most revered cultural sites, closed on Saturday.Other famous landmarks including a section of the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs and Yinshan Pagoda are also not open to visitors.
Shanghai Disneyland said it would shut for an indefinite period “to ensure the health and safety of our guests and cast.”Security guards wearing protective facemasks to help stop the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus which originated in the central city of Wuhan, stand at the exit of the Forbidden City (back) in Beijing. -AFP
Women’s Olympics football qualifiers scheduled for Feb 3-9 in Wuhan have been moved to the eastern city of Nanjing.China’s film box-officeearnings for Lunar New Year’s Eve on Friday were just one-tenth of last year as people shunned crowds.US coffee chain Starbucks said it would shut all its stores in Hubei during the Lunar New Year festival for the “health safety” of staff and customers.
Staff in full bodyprotective suits were seen checking the temperatures of people entering a subway station in Beijing on Friday.The country has ordered sterilisation and ventilation at airports and bus stations, as well as inside planes and trains, while travellers are being screened for fever.
Temperature screening checkpoints have been set up in 387 Chinese railway stations, according to state news agency Xinhua.People walk outside an entrance to the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall, which is closed to visitors, according to a notice in its tickets office for the safety concern following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, near Beijing, China. -Reuters
Health authorities are urging people to wash their hands regularly, avoid crowded places, get plenty of fresh air and wear a mask if they have a cough.In Wuhan, city authorities have made it mandatory to wear a mask in public places.In response to skyrocketing demand for masks – starting to sell out at pharmacies and on some popular websites – China’s industry and information technology ministry said it would “spare no effort in increasing supply.”
In Wuhan, authorities are rushing to build two new hospitals in just weeks as a rising number of patients are infected by the new coronavirus.A medical staff member (left) wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, takes the temperature of a man (R) at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. -AFP
The first facility is expected to be in use by Feb 3 and will have a capacity of 1,000 beds spread over 25,000 square metres, according to state media. The second one will have 1,300 beds.Dozens of excavators and trucks were filmed working on the site by state broadcaster CCTV.
Xinhua said the two new hospitals in Wuhan would be similar in size to the temporary facility that was built to tackle SARS in Beijing in 2003, when 650 people died from the disease in the mainland and Hong Kong.Its construction began after reports surfaced of bed shortages in hospitals designated as dealing with the outbreak, which has now infected over 1,600 people across China. - AFPRead more: New Straits Times »
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