About 300,000 people left the Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak of a new coronavirus, before the city was isolated, Chinese media reported on Thursday (23).
The Xin Jing Bao newspaper informed that 16 trains left for Beijing, while another 42 and 26 went to the Chinese cities of Changsha and Guangzhou, respectively.
Earlier on Thursday, Wuhan banned its citizens from leaving the city and disrupted all local public transport. China's Ministry of Transport has also ordered the suspension of all buses and ferries to the city, saying that those already on their way to Wuhan should return immediately.
The unknown type of viral pneumonia was first reported in Wuhan in early January and has been confirmed by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a new type of coronavirus, currently labeled 2019-nCoV or new coronavirus.
The virus has also been detected in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and the United States. At least 17 people have died from the virus and more than 600 have been infected so far.
(tagsToTranslate) 300,000 people left Wuhan before isolation (t) City of origin of the coronavirus had 300,000 people traveling outside before isolation