China locks down more cities, restricting 56 million people

A woman wears a mask as an employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

Some 56 million people are now affected by transport bans around the epicenter of China’s virus outbreak as five more cities announced travel restrictions on Saturday to contain the disease.

The rules include closing public transport links and access to highways in the cities, local authorities said.

A total of 18 cities now have some sort of travel restrictions in central Hubei province.

Hong Kong declares Wuhan virus outbreak an “emergency”, extends school holiday closures until February 17.

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