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80 people killed from China's coronavirus

Central Hubei province is at the heart of China's new virus outbreak, which has killed at least 81 people and infected more than 2,700 people across the country and has spread overseas, including Thailand, the United States, and Australia.

With the number of confirmed cases in the country approaching three thousand, and at least 80 deaths, China has placed nearly 60 million people on lockdown, with full or partial travel restrictions on 15 cities across Hubei, the central Chinese province of which Wuhan is the capital.

With tens of millions of Chinese ordered to stay put and many others opting to avoid travel as the new coronavirus spreads, the travel sector around the globe is taking a heavy hit during the Lunar New Year, one of the biggest holiday seasons.

Thousands of foreigners have also been ensnared in the lockdowns, triggering a scramble from some countries to orchestrate evacuation flights from Wuhan for their citizens. Much of the province, home to almost 60 million people, is under some kind of travel restriction.

In Shanghai, Chinese government have sprayed residential areas with disinfectants to curb the spread of the virus.

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Eerie scenes from Wuhan, the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. That lockdown has expanded to 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-control measures ever imposed.

According to sources in the Health Ministry, two samples from Multan have been sent to Hong Kong for confirmation as there are no laboratories in Pakistan equipped to diagnose the pathogen, the report said on Sunday.

A few cases linked to people who travelled from Wuhan have been confirmed in a dozen countries, from Japan to the United States, where authorities said they had 110 people under investigation in 26 states.

The central government said Monday it would extend the national holiday, initially due to end on January 30, for three days to limit population flows.

December 31, 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) is notified by China that several cases of pneumonia caused by an unknown virus were reported in Wuhan City, in the central province of Hubei.

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The virus is believed to have emerged late previous year in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, at a seafood market illegally selling wildlife. The travel industry is more reliant on Chinese travelers now than it was then. Japan also was preparing to fly its citizens out of Wuhan. The biggest impact will be on travel, hotels and restaurants but Chinese retail spending, factory output and investment also would suffer if the outbreak and quarantines last, forecasters say.

However, he added that the slow response from local officials was likely the result of "deeply entrenched issues", ones that may have actually been exacerbated by Xi's much vaunted anti-corruption campaign.

Chinese health authorities said the new coronavirus had infected 2,744 people and killed 80 as of midnight Sunday.

China's health minister, Ma Xiaowei, said the country is entering a "crucial stage" as "the virus's ability to spread appears to be increasing". Events to celebrate the Lunar New Year are cancelled by Beijing, while Hong Kong declares the virus an emergency and restricts links to the mainland.

January 5: China rules out recurrence ofthe severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus that killed over 770 people across the world in 2002-03.

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On China's heavily censored social media, officials have faced mounting anger over the virus, which is thought to have come from a market where wildlife was sold illegally.

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