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China extends Lunar New Year holiday to Feb 9 in effort to contain coronavirus

2020-2-3 10:38:01 点击数:

The government of Shanghai, a metropolis of 25 million people and a global business centre, extended the holiday by an additional week within the city to Feb. 9, sports stadiums and religious events ordered closed accordingly.

China has detected at least 14,380 coronavirus cases in the mainland, with another 31 cases in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

At least 136 have been reported abroad. The death toll from the respiratory illness has risen to 304. 328 people have been cured and discharged from hospital.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday has been formally extended to February 13 in Hubei Province in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the province's capital city of Wuhan.

Hubei provincial government says the extension also applies to people who are from other Chinese provinces but stayed in Hubei during the holiday.