China to shut public Transport over Coronavirus
A Chinese city of nearly nine million people, is to temporarily shut public transport as it tries to halt the outbreak of a new strain of the virus.
Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week
when millions of Chinese are travelling for the upcoming Lunar
New Year holiday.
The Government of China to shut public transport over Coronavirus spread.
The respiratory illness has spread to other parts of China, with
some cases in other countries including the United States.
There are more than 500 confirmed cases and 17 people have
Known for now as 2019-nCoV, the virus is understood to be a
new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans.
The Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that killed
nearly 800 people globally in the early 2000s was also a
coronavirus, as is the common cold.
Meanwhile, after a day of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, the
World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency committee has
announced it would not yet declare a “global emergency” over the
The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, said more
information was needed about the spread of the infection.
The committee of health experts will meet again on Thursday.
A global emergency is the highest level of alarm the WHO can
sound and has previously been used in response to swine flu,
Zika virus, and Ebola. (BBC)