China's Xi warns virus is 'accelerating', country facing 'grave situation'
BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping warned China was facing a 'grave situation' given the 'accelerating spread' of a new SARS-like virus that ...Wuhan authorities put the city and its 11 million inhabitants under effective quarantine on Thursday - with provincial authorities in Hubei later expanding the transport ban to at least 18 cities. Advertisement Advertisement Regions far from the epidemic epicentre, such as Beijing, have also started to clamp down on the flow of people, as the death toll from the virus rises to at least 41. China on Saturday night confirmed that total cases from the outbreak have reached 1,372 cases, as of 6pm local time, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The state media also reported China will suspend both domestic and overseas Chinese group tours. Starting Monday, all overseas group tour services, including hotel and plane ticket bookings, from Chinese travel agencies will be suspended, CCTV said. Domestic tour groups were suspended from Friday, it added. The country's capital on Saturday also said it would suspend buses that entered and exited the city boundary, on top of closing tourist attractions and cancelling large-scale events during the Lunar New Year holiday. "As long as we have steadfast confidence, work together, scientific prevention and cures, and precise policies, we will definitely be able to win the battle," Xi told a meeting of the elite Politburo Standing Committee, according to Xinhua. For full coverage and latest developments on the Wuhan virus outbreak: Read more: CNA
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