The streets of Wuhan were mostly abandoned amid the strict shut down as officials confirmed the death toll has now risen to 41

    The city where the deadly coronavirus broke out has been reduced to a 'ghost city' as China locked down 56 million people in a desperate attempt to tackle the virus.

    Eerie footage shows the streets of Wuhan abandoned amid the strict shut down as officials confirmed the death toll has now risen to 41.

    More than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling live animals, including bats and marmots.

    The video, shot by an American woman yesterday, shows just a handful of people on the streets in the city of 11 million.

    The video, shot by an American woman yesterday, shows just a handful of people on the streets in the city with a population of 11 million
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    It also shows a seemingly abandoned school and the inside of a small grocery store, which is still operating, before cutting to an empty shopping centre.

    The filmer is heard saying: "We're definitely not at panic mode yet."

    She explains that the small store she's in is stocked as normal "despite the lockdown," adding: "But if the lockdown persists then we might have an issue in, say, two weeks."

    A school appears to be abandoned amid the Government-issued lockdown
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    Footage also shows the inside of a small grocery store, which is still operating
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    Later in the footage a parcel office is pictured closed with a sign explaining that they are closed until next month.

    Chinese authorities have imposed travel restrictions stopping citizens from leaving Wuhan and 10 other cities in an effort to control the outbreak.

    An estimated 56 million people are on lockdown in China to stop the coronavirus spreading, according to reports.

    More than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling live animals, including bats and marmots
    (Image: Newsflare)

    A parcel office is pictured closed with a sign explaining that they are closed until next month
    (Image: Newsflare)

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    Public transport has also been closed across 18 cities in the country.

    The death toll from China's coronavirus outbreak increased on Saturday to 41 from 26 a day earlier.

    The epidemic has halted celebrations for Chinese New Year and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced all official visits to China have been cancelled as part of emergency measures.

    The death toll from China's coronavirus outbreak increased on Saturday to 41 from 26 a day earlier
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    The epidemic has halted celebrations for Chinese New Year and Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced all official visits to China have been cancelled as part of emergency measures
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    Medical supplies are very tight in Wuhan and an official is appealing for more medical supplies, such as masks and protective suits, from both domestic and overseas providers.

    The number of confirmed cases in China stands at 1,287, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

    The virus has also been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, Malaysia, France, the United States and Australia.

    Medical supplies are very tight in Wuhan and an official is appealing for more medical supplies, such as masks and protective suits, from both domestic and overseas providers
    (Image: Newsflare)

    The number of confirmed cases in China stands at 1,287, the National Health Commission said on Saturday
    (Image: Newsflare)

    Health officials have teamed up with Border Force agents and airlines to try to track down 2,000 people who have recently flown into the UK from Wuhan.

    So far, tests on 14 people in the UK have come back negative.

    The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed: "There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad, and the risk to the public is low.

    "The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community."

    Sourse: www.mirror.co.uk

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