The President of China Xi Kinping has had government officials come together for a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year holiday to warn the public that the spread of the fatal virus is ACCELERATING!
The President has stated that this is a “grave situation” for China according to the state television.
The coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected almost 1,300 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan, and travel restrictions have already been implemented in multiple cities. The crisis has become so severe that a second emergency hospital is having to be built from scratch within days in order to deal with the rate of infection. The new hospital is said to handle 1,300 patients. Specialist military medical teams have also been flown into Hubei province, where Wuhan is located. The urgency reflects concern both within China and elsewhere about the spread of the virus which first appeared in December.
A coronavirus is a family of viruses which include the common cold.
Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, lead to shortness of breath and some patients needing hospital treatment.
There is no specific cure or vaccine.
“The streets are pretty much empty,” said Mustafa Siddiqui, a businessman in Wuhan. “No-one’s going outside.”