More than 2,000 people globally have been infected with a new coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China, where 56 people have died from the disease, according to figures released on Sunday. President Xi Jinping said that China was facing a “grave situation”.
Transportation curbs continue to widen, with the northern city of Tianjin to shut all inter-province shuttle buses from Jan. 27. It will halt all group tours, both at home and abroad, from Monday.
The World Health Organisation this week stopped short of calling the outbreak a global health emergency, but some health experts question whether China can continue to contain the epidemic.
On Saturday, Hong Kong declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China, while Australia confirmed its first four cases, Malaysia confirmed four and France reported Europe’s first cases on Friday. Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, although some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of such screenings.