Wuhan is running low on food, hospitals are overflowing, and foreigners are being evacuated as panic sets in after a week under coronavirus lockdown
- The epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, a city in the Chinese province of Hubei with a population of 11 million, has been under an unprecedented quarantine since January 23.
- The coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 170 people and infected more than 7,700 worldwide as of Thursday morning.
- In just a week, the city has experienced food shortages, an overwhelming number of patients, and several evacuations of foreigners visiting the city.
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The epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, a city in the Chinese province of Hubei with a population of 11 million, has been under an unprecedented quarantine since January 23.
The coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 170 people and infected more than 7,700 worldwide as of Thursday morning. The novel coronavirus has surpassed the number of confirmed cases from the SARS outbreak (5,327 cases), which also originated in China and killed nearly 800 people worldwide.
SARS, which stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome, is also in the same viral family as 2019-nCoV.
In just a week, the city has experienced food shortages, an overwhelming number of patients, and several evacuations of foreigners visiting the city.
Developments in the coronavirus outbreak and how city is coping paints a picture of panic, as Wuhan ends its first week under quarantine:
People crowd into hospitals seeking treatment for coronavirus symptoms, which mirror that of pneumonia or the flu.
As hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with patients, the city is attempting to build two hospitals to accommodate the influx.
China is sending in military doctors and medical staff from other provinces to assist local doctors and nurses with a staggering number of patients.
Hospital staff in Wuhan are treating so many people simultaneously that they began to wear diapers because they don't have time to use the bathroom.
As transportation in and out of the city is on lockdown with the quarantine, there are reports of shelves being empty at supermarkets.
City officials shut down local transportation like buses and trains and encouraged residents to stay home amid the outbreak.
Foreigners are leaving Wuhan in droves as they evacuate the epicenter of the outbreak.
Several countries have issued travel warnings to citizens thinking of going to China as a whole, not just the city of Wuhan.
The coronavirus outbreak caused cities across the country to cancel their celebrations of the Lunar New Year.
The disease takes not only a physical but an emotional toll on patients as they are forced to be separated from their friends and families in isolation.
The city is experiencing a shortage of protective gear to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Wuhan is not the only city on lock down.
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