China’s President Speaks For The First Time On Deadly Virus

Photos from inside the intensive care unit at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan show medical workers caring for critically-ill patients this week

China’s president Xi Jinping warns killer coronavirus is accelerating as doctor dies and US evacuates its citizens from hotspot Wuhan after death toll jumps to 41 with 1,281 cases and 56 million on lockdown

  • The Wuhan coronavirus has now infected more than 1,280 people around the world with most cases in China
  • Major cities and towns in China are cancelling public transport and closing roads to try and stop the spread
  • President Xi Jinping spoke following an emergency meeting to warn the spread of the killer virus is worsening 
  • State-run China Global Television Network reported that a doctor, Liang Wudong, 62, had died from the virus 
  • Hospitals in Wuhan, the centre of the devastating outbreak, have been ‘overwhelmed’ this week, experts said 
  • Chinese New Year celebrations planned for the next week have now been cancelled in Beijing and Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday declared a virus emergency in the Asian financial hub this morning
  • Wuhan residents have likened the situation in the city to ‘doomsday’ as patients overwhelm hospitals in area

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