China announced announced a complete travel ban on Wuhan residents amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected more than 550 others throughout the country, CCTV reported on January 22.
The ban was issued by the outbreak command authority. Over the past datys, Wuhan has been the epicentre of the virus. Urban buses, subways, ferries and long-distance passenger transport have been suspended in the city.
Flights and trains departing from Wuhan are also temporarily suspended. There is no info when the services would resume.
The notice added that private cars but said “citizens should not leave the city unless there are special conditions”.
The Wuhan population is 11 million.
The released notise says that the ban is to “best prevent and control the epidemic of the new type of coronavirus infection, effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, and curb the spread of the epidemic” to “ensure the safety and health of the people.”