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BBC News 22 Jan 2020

Coronavirus: China warns against travel to virus-hit Wuhan


Chinese authorities have urged people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of a new virus outbreak that has killed nine.

Those living in the city of 8.9 million people have also been told to avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings.

The new virus has spread from Wuhan to several Chinese provinces, as well as the US, Thailand and South Korea.

There are 440 confirmed cases, with the origin a seafood market that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals".

"Basically, do not go to Wuhan. And those in Wuhan please do not leave the city," said National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin in one of the first public briefings since the beginning of the outbreak.

The number of people killed by the coronavirus has risen to 811.
That is more than the death toll during the SARS epidemic 17 years ago.
All but two of the deaths are in China, where criticism is growing over a shortage of medical supplies and the leadership's handling of the crisis.
Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown is in Hong Kong with more on the political repercussions.
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Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports from London.

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