Around the world, more than 1,400 people are already infected with the mysterious virus
The United States is organizing a charter flight on Sunday to take US citizens and American diplomats from Wuhan, the Chinese metropolis, which is at the epicenter of the outbreak of the mysterious coronavirus that has already killed 41 people in China. This was reported on Saturday by the Wall Street Journal.
On Saturday afternoon, this information was confirmed by the State Department. The interlocutor of the Voice of America said that the organization of the removal of people was dictated by anxiety about the health and safety of US citizens, including employees of the US Consulate General in Wuhan.
In connection with the evacuation from Wuhan, the functions of the consulate will be transferred to the US diplomatic missions located in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang.
Chinese President Xi Jinping commented on a report of rising death rates from coronavirus, saying that China was facing a “difficult situation”. Around the world, the disease has already been diagnosed in more than 1,400 people.
Chinese authorities have announced tightening of transportation rules due to rising incidence. The Didi Chusin transport company, the Chinese counterpart of Uber, has announced the end of intercity travel from Beijing starting on Sunday. The authorities of the Chinese capital will stop the movement of buses inside the metropolitan province.
State-owned television company CCTV, citing the China Tourism Industry Association, announced the termination of group tourism both within China and internationally. The ban will start on Monday.
Wuhan authorities have announced a complete ban on private car traffic in the city center since Sunday, which further paralyzes the life of the 11 millionth city, which has been in quarantine since Thursday. Almost all flights have been canceled at Wuhan Airport; roadblocks have been established at the exits from the city.
The authorities in Hubei, where Wuhan is located, have almost completely prohibited traffic. The region is home to 59 million people.
Currently, more than 1,400 cases of coronavirus have been detected worldwide, most of them in China (1,372 people). Hong Kong authorities have announced an emergency mode in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus. Cases have also been reported in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, France, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Nepal.
Starbucks, an American coffee chain, has closed all establishments in Hubei during the Lunar New Year celebrations in China over the next week. McDonald’s has closed all of its restaurants in the five largest cities in Hubei.