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China: Wuhan to cancel all Lunar New Year celebrations

21 January 2020

China: Wuhan to cancel all Lunar New Year celebrations

China: Wuhan to cancel all Lunar New Year celebrations as unidentified virus continues to spread January 21, 2020


Officials in Wuhan (Hubei province) announced on Tuesday, January 21, that all celebrations and public gatherings related to the Lunar New Year would be canceled due to the ongoing outbreak of an unidentified coronavirus in the area. Lunar New Year events in Wuhan were set to begin on Saturday, January 25, and continue through Saturday, February 8. This decision comes after Chinese health officials confirmed the first human-to-human transmission of the virus on Monday, January 20.


As of January 21, 291 cases of the virus have been confirmed, along with six deaths due to pneumonia caused by the virus. Cases outside of Wuhan have been reported in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangdong province, with suspected cases reported in Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, and Shandong provinces. Health officials in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan have also confirmed cases of the virus. 


Fever screenings were implemented at Wuhan International Airport (WHU) to prevent the potential spread of the viral pneumonia on Wednesday, January 15, after cases linked to the outbreak in Wuhan were reported in Thailand and Japan. Individuals will be subject to temperature tests before boarding their flights and those displaying fever symptoms will be quarantined as a precaution. Fever screenings have been implemented at airports worldwide for passengers traveling from Wuhan, including in the US at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) (New York state) and California state's San Francisco International (SFO) and Los Angeles International (LAX) airports. 


Further spread of the illness is possible over the near term, particularly during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. 

Source: Asian Health This week in Asia