Deaths have been increasing on daily basis due to Coronavirus Outbreak in China, the total number of deaths rose to 81 on Monday the local media has reported, businesses shut down and holiday extends due to the deadly spread of the virus.
The Lunar New Year is usually a time for travel by millions, but many have had to cancel plans.
Thousands of foreigners have also been ensnared in the lockdowns, triggering a scramble from some countries to orchestrate evacuation flights from Wuhan for their citizens.
Zhou Xianwang confessed that his government did not "timely" release the information about the crisis and there was a human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus on a large scale within the city, The Daily Mail reported. They may also carry major downsides in the long run, Xi Chen, a public health expert at Yale University, pointed out that lockdowns not only have negative economic repercussions but also break down the "social cohesion that binds people at this special moment".
In Shanghai, Chinese government have sprayed residential areas with disinfectants to curb the spread of the virus.
Wuhan is the center of the outbreak and people there and in several other cities face strict restrictions on movement as the government tries to prevent the virus from spreading. Wuhan's mayor has said that thousand more cases of coronavirus are expected in the near future with nearly 11 million residents in it, the city is under a complete lockdown right now.
January 13: A woman who had travelled to Thailand from Wuhan becomes the first case reported by the World Health Organization outside China.
Hong Kong has banned all travel from China's Hubei province, whose capital Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus' spread, starting Monday indefinitely.
The cut in industrial and consumer spending threatens to slow down Chinese economic growth, which Beijing is struggling to support after plummeting to a multi-year low of 6.1% last year. All were Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore two days earlier.
"If you don't report yourselves, don't blame others for reporting you". The outbreak will affect all the China-based companies but the biggest impact will be on travel, hotels, and restaurants, according to forecasters.
China's health minister, Ma Xiaowei, said the country was entering a "crucial stage" as "it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger".
A nine-month-old baby in Beijing was among those infected, authorities said, making her the youngest person to have been confirmed to have contracted the virus. The ban does not cover residents. Japan was preparing to fly its nationals out of Wuhan.
Most people affected are in China, however, cases have also been reported in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Macau, the U.S., France, Canada, and Australia.
The outbreak, which killed 56 people and infected almost 2,000 across China, is believed to have originated in a living animal market in Wuhan.
Wuhan is building two hospitals for the growing number of patients, one with 1,500 beds and one with 1,000 beds.
The newly identified coronavirus is believed to have originated late previous year in a Wuhan market illegally selling wildlife.
The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine.