Government officials in Wuhan, China are suspending all public transportation, including buses, trains, airplanes and ferries, to better combat the coronavirus outbreak, from Thursday morning Beijing time.
Officials are also asking citizens not to leave the city unless there are special circumstances. Additionally, people in public places will be required to wear masks to prevent exposure to the illness, local officials said.
The actions came after public health officials said earlier in the day that deaths from China’s new virus, which is believed to have started in Wuhan, rose to 17.
China’s National Health Commission said Thursday there were 571 cases of the new coronavirus as of midnight local time on January 22.
Pakistan has started to monitor the Chinese travellers coming to the country. The NHS has also altered health association about the outbreak.