63 million People On Lock Down As Coronavirus Spreads Across 13 Countries
62.8 million people have been placed on partially or fully lock down as President Xi Jinping say China is facing a grave situation of the rapid spreading epidemic of the deadly new coronavirus.
More than 50 people are dead — all in China — as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout outside Mainland China and 13 other countries including:
Hong Kong: 5 cases
Macao: 5 cases
Thailand: 5 cases
Australia: 4 cases
Malaysia: 4 cases
Singapore: 4 cases
France: 3 cases
Japan: 3 cases
South Korea: 3 cases
Taiwan: 3 cases
United States: 2 cases
Vietnam: 2 cases
Nepal: 1 case
There are now 16 cities that have been either fully or partially locked down, affecting some 62.8 million people — nearly the same population of the United Kingdom (66.4 million as of mid-2018).
Nearly 2,000 cases have been confirmed in mainland China. More than 40 confirmed cases have been identified in 13 places outside mainland China. And 62.8 million people have been affected by Beijing’s attempts to either partially or fully lock down affected cities.
Beijing will deploy 1,600 medical professionals to Wuhan to help the city cope with the growing number of coronavirus patients, Chinese Health Minister Ma Xiaowei said in a rare Sunday news conference.
Another 1,000 workers are on standby, Ma said.
Authorities acknowledged that Wuhan, a city 11 million people and ground zero of the outbreak, and much of Hubei province are facing manpower and medical supply shortages.