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Outbreak: 45 new fatalities in China

China found itself increasingly isolated over the weekend, with the United States and Australia leading a growing list of nations to impose extraordinary Chinese travel bans.

DISINFECTED. This handout photo taken and released by the Indonesian Embassy on February 2, 2020,  shows officials in full protective gear disinfecting Indonesian students as they disembark upon arrival at Hang Nadim international airport in Batam, following their evacuation from the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. AFP
The epidemic has ballooned into a global health emergency with cases in more than 20 countries.

The eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou restricted the movement of residents and closed roads on Sunday in the most drastic steps taken by authorities outside the epicenter of a deadly virus.

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Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, authorities said in the city of 9 million, while 46 highway toll stations have been closed.

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Zhejiang province has the highest number of confirmed cases outside central Hubei province at 661 confirmed infections, with 265 of those in Wenzhou.

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The city—which is more than 800 kilometers away by road from Wuhan, the epicenter—has also cancelled public events and closed public places like swimming pools, cinemas and museums.

Wenzhou’s metro line and public transport have also been suspended as have inter-province buses.

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Schools and universities will not resume classes until after March 1, and authorities said enterprises should not resume work until after Feb. 17—except government institutions and administrative departments which will start work on Feb. 9.

The virus has infected more than 14,000 people across China and caused 304 deaths. 

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Topics: China , United States , Australia , Wenzhou , Hubei , Wuhan
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