China locks down epicenter of virus outbreak; nearly 600 infected

China locks down epicenter of virus outbreak; nearly 600 infected

AsiaOne-·2020-01-23 10:32

BEIJING - China is putting on lockdown a city of 11 million people considered the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 and infected nearly 600 people, as health authorities around the world work to prevent a global pandemic.

The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

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