Coronavirus: new containment measures in China, one dead in Hong Kong

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Like Wenzhou, the cities of Taizhou and three districts of Hangzhou, in eastern China, have put in place containment measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The will to cut itself off from the epicenter of the virus spreads as the virus spreads. Two large cities in eastern China, several hundred kilometers from the epicenter of the ongoing epidemic, have announced movement restrictions on residents to limit the spread of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

The municipality of Taizhou and three districts of Hangzhou (about 150 kilometers south-east of Shanghai), only allow one person per household to go out once every two days to do their shopping. Some 9 million people in total are affected. Taizhou also announced that it will suspend 95 rail connections to the city starting on Tuesday.

All housing complexes can only keep one pedestrian access road open, and each person will have to present an identity document at each entry or exit, according to the same source.

425 dead in mainland China

In the districts concerned in Hangzhou, the seat of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and capital of the wealthy province of Zhejiang, additional measures include the wearing of a mandatory mask, as well as identity and temperature checks.

These restrictions follow similar measures announced Sunday in Wenzhou, 9 million people, also located in Zhejiang.

Residents are now obliged to stay at home, and can only go out there once every two days to go shopping. Public transport is suspended. And the main roads are almost entirely closed to car traffic.

Zhejiang has so far 829 confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus. This is the highest number outside of Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic that has already killed 425 people in mainland China.

First fatal case in Hong Kong

A 39-year-old man infected with the new coronavirus has died in Hong Kong, authorities announced on Tuesday, becoming the first death linked to this epidemic in the semi-autonomous territory and the second outside mainland China.

A spokesman for the hospital administration said that the victim was a Hong Kong resident who went on January 21 to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of this viral pneumonia, before returning to the megalopolis two days more later.