There are already eight quarantined cities in China for the new coronavirus

China has expanded the cancellation of transport to eight cities in the province of Hubei, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak that has caused 25 deaths among the 830 infected diagnosed, with the aim of minimizing the risk of infection.

The authorities of the cities of Wuhan (capital of Hubei, of 11 million inhabitants and origin of the outbreak), Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Xiantao, Qianjiang, Zhijiang and Lichuan issued circulars informing of the mobility restrictions, the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post said today.

Yesterday, the municipal government of Huanggang – located about 60 kilometers from Wuhan and separated from Ezhou only by the Yangtze River – announced that from midnight local time (16.00 GMT) on Thursday would remain all local public transport suspended and long distance and "temporarily closed" the railway station.

"All cinemas, internet cafes and indoor meeting places, as well as places of tourism and entertainment in Huanggang City will be closed", notes the statement, which also announces the closure of the central market but does not establish any timetable for the reopening of the aforementioned locations.

Wuhan suspended from "10.00 local time (02.00 GMT) yesterday" urban public transport, subway, ferry and long-distance passenger transport "and closed the airport and train station indefinitely to leave the city. As in Huanggang, no one can leave Wuhan without "special reasons."

Also, the shared taxi service Didi (similar to Uber) will stop operating at 12:00 local time (04.00 GMT time) today at the request of the Wuhan command center in charge of containing the epidemic.

The symptoms of the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV provisionally by the World Health Organization (WHO), are in many cases similar to those of a cold., but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (difficulty breathing).

For its part, WHO opted on Thursday for not declaring an international emergency at the time of the outbreak, although it asked China to "increase surveillance" in an epidemic "of high regional and global risk."

Wuhan builds a hospital with 1,000 beds for infected

On the other hand, Wuhan authorities have begun to build a "special" hospital with 1,000 beds for infected patients, the state newspaper Diario del Pueblo reported today.

In a message posted on its Twitter social network account (platform censored in China), the newspaper said it is expected that The works conclude on February 3.

The construction – indicated the source – follows "the model of the hospital built in Beijing in seven days to combat acute and severe respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003". In the video posted next to the message, you can see dozens of excavators and other construction vehicles working on an esplanade.

Also, the state press reported the creation of a emergency research team to fight coronavirus the cause of Wuhan pneumonia, which until midnight on Thursday (4 pm GMT yesterday) had infected 830 people in China. The objective of the investigation will be the location of the original source, the performance of rapid tests and the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

The team will be led by the renowned expert Zhong Nanshan, a 83-year-old doctor who stood out for his role in the SARS crisis 17 years ago.

Closure of public spaces

One of the icons of Chinese historical and cultural heritage, the Forbidden City in Beijing, will close its doors until further notice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes Wuhan pneumonia, which has already left at least 25 dead among the 830 infected in the Asian country.

The state news agency Xinhua reported today that the monument –completed in 1420, seat of the imperial throne until 1911 and World Heritage by UNESCO – will remain closed "in an effort to prevent contagion and stop the spread" of the said disease.

It is not the only monument of interest closed for the same reason, since the Park of the Earth and the Temple of the Lamas They will remain closed during the Chinese New Year celebrations, which begins this Saturday.

Similar measures affect the National Museum, the National Library, the National Museum of Art and the Prince Kung Mansion.

Arrives in Korea and Japan

South Korea and Japan Each one has confirmed this Friday the diagnosis of a new case of the new Chinese coronavirus, which has left 25 dead and more than 830 affected.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of South Korea (KCDC), a South Korean man, 55 who has been working in the Chinese town of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, has tested positive for the virus.

The KCDC has pointed out that the man visited a chinese clinic last week, before catching a plane to the Gimpo International Airport, west of Seoul, on Wednesday night, Yonhap news agency reported. With this diagnosis, those affected by the coronavirus in South Korea have risen to two.

For its part, the Ministry of Health of Japan has confirmed that a 40 year old man Coming from Wuhan and traveling on the country, he has been hospitalized in Tokyo and tested positive for coronavirus. It is stable.