China's Hubei bans vehicle traffic to curb spread of coronavirus

A man wearing a face mask is seen on a street in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus, February 14, 2020. (Reuters)

The government of Hubei province, the center of China's coronavirus outbreak, said on Sunday a ban will be imposed on vehicle traffic across the province to curb the spread of the virus.

In a published document, it said police cars, ambulances, vehicles carrying essential goods, or other vehicles related to public service would be exempted.

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It added that the province will carry out regular health checks on all residents in the province. It also stated that companies cannot resume work without first receiving permission from the government.

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