Eight Chinese city governments announced on Jan. 23 that they have initiated a quarantine to curb the outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia.
Major sightseeing locations were also shut down by local authorities to avoid mass gatherings of people as the disease, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, continues to spread.
Meanwhile, five more provinces announced their first diagnosed cases—meaning the only regions that remain free of the disease are Qinghai and Tibet.
Heymann explained that patients infected after handling animals at the fresh food market in Wuhan that is linked to the outbreak belong to the first generation. Patients who were infected through contact with an initial patient, belong to the second or third generation.
Quarantined CitiesThe central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started in December, has 11 million residents. Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday local time, the city was under lockdown, with all public transportation, including subways, ferries, and intercity buses suspending operations. The city’s airports and train stations were also closed.
A few hours later, governments of nearby cities within Hubei Province—Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Zhijiang, Xiantao, Lichuan, and Qianjiang—also announced their quarantines.
ClosingsWorried that the virus can easily spread in crowded places, local governments around China also closed down famous tourist sites.
During the Lunar New Year festivities, when the entire country goes on public holiday from Jan. 24 to Jan. 30, people often go to temples to burn incense and wish for good luck in the new year.