Time 6 Jan 2020

A Mysterious Virus In Central China Has Infected Dozens, Raising Fears Of A New Epidemic


An unidentified form of pneumonia has broken out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, prompting authorities to quarantine those infected and raise hospital alerts.

The Chinese province of Hubei has reported no new local cases of COVID-19 for the first time since the outbreak began.
Wuhan in Hubei province is where the coronavirus outbreak originated in December last year.
The number of deaths in Hubei province is steadily declining with eight people dying on Wednesday.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports from Beijing.
Commuters with face masks travel by ferry in Hubei, China, Sunday, March 15.

Passengers commute by crossing the Yangtze river in Jiangxi province bordering Hubei province -- the epicenter of the country's COVID-19 outbreak -- to Jiangzhou province.

Mainland China reported a drop in new coronavirus infections on Sunday, but major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai continued to wrestle with cases of infected travelers arriving from abroad.

China has tightened checks on international travelers, with the capital Beijing ordering 14 days in its quarantine facilities for anyone arriving from aboard, starting Monday.

China's death toll in the outbreak stood at 3,213 by Sunday, up 14 from the previous day. In Hubei, there were 14 new deaths, 13 in Wuhan.

Last week, Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba pledged to donate two million protective masks for distribution across Europe.

Supplies donated to Laos and South Korea by China's central province of Hunan included 100 infrared sensors, the official Xinhua news agency said.

New York Times China correspondent Amy Qin has been reporting from inside Wuhan, China for almost a week. The city is on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. She joined CBSN AM to talk about her experience.
A bag-making factory in north China's Shanxi Province has been using its production line to manufacture disposable protective masks since February 22, postponing a 30,000-bag order from South Korea.

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