The extended Lunar New Year holiday is officially over meaning millions of people in China are returning to work. The holiday was originally supposed to run from January 24th to January 30th but government officials extended the holiday in an effort to control the spread of a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Some provinces pushed the holidays’ end date to February 2nd others asked businesses not to resume working until February 10th. The outbreak has killed at least 1010 people and infected more than 42,000 across the globe, this means the coronavirus death toll has surpassed the number killed by SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome during the 2002-2003 outbreak.
The majority of cases of this new coronavirus are in China where the illness originated but the second-largest outbreak is on board a cruise ship docked in Japan at least 135 people on the ship have been diagnosed with the virus.
#XiJinping dons the mask and gets his temperature checked on the #CCTV news tonight. He’s in #Beijing, not the epicentre #Wuhan, but this is the first time he’s been publicly seen at a hospital since the #outbreak. pic.twitter.com/lOj4VxWPCV— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) February 10, 2020
China is reeling under the effects of the deadly coronavirus as the number of fatalities are on an increase. The virus has killed more than 1000 in China after hard-hit Hubei province reported 103 new deaths. Hubei’s health commission has also confirmed another 2,097 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.
The Chineses President Xi Jinping called for more “decisive” measures to tackle the outbreak in a rare visit to a frontline hospital. He also paid a visit to the medical workers and patients affected at a hospital in Beijing.
Thousands of others on board remain under strict quarantine and haven’t been allowed to leave the ship. The Chinese government announced over the weekend it’s cracking down on what it called medical-related crimes.
People could face jail time and even the death penalty if they’re discovered refusing quarantine attacking medical personnel or destroying property at medical facilities.