Popular Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chixing has announced that it will halt all inter-city travel to and from the capital city of Beijing in a bid to contain the coronavirus and prevent it from spreading any further, starting from January 27.
Amid coronavirus outbreak, China’s Didi says will halt inter-city services to and from Beijing https://t.co/uHNoIXcQyu
— ZAQS Politics News (@ZaqsPolitics) January 27, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, located 1,131 km from Hong Kong and according to Reuters, over 40 people have died from the virus and a further 1,400 people have been infected globally.
On Sunday, January 26, the Centre for Disease Control in Arizona announced that a fifth patient had contracted the disease. This brings the total amount of reported cases in the US to five people. According to 9news, A 21-year-old woman has become the fourth person in New South Wales in Australia to test positive for coronavirus. Reports of a South African couple trapped in the Chinese town of Wuhan have also surfaced in recent days, although it remains unclear if they had contracted the virus.
According to the Centre for Disease Control, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including cats, bats and camels.” They then go on to say “Many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting the virus likely emerged from an animal source.”