Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

Beijing suspends interprovincial buses to prevent virus spread


Beijing has suspended interprovincial bus services from today to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that causes Wuhan pneumonia, which at the moment has caused 56 deaths among the 1,975 infected people diagnosed in China.

The local government announcement does not specify when services will be restored.

Among the measures announced by the local authorities are the temperature control of the passengers in 55 subway stations, including those with transshipment to the train stations and on the Beijing International Airport line.

The state news agency Xinhua explained that those travelers with abnormal body temperature will be hospitalized, since fever is one of the first symptoms of the disease.

Beijing’s subway and bus stations have also begun cleaning and disinfection, a routine that every bus and wagon must follow daily.

For its part, the cleaning and disinfection services carry out three rounds per day through the entrances and exits of the stations, the escalators, the vending machines, the bathrooms and other common areas of some 400 metro stations in the capital.

At the moment, Beijing has been diagnosed with at least 51 patients with Wuhan pneumonia, according to the official Global Times.

The symptoms of the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV provisionally by the World Health Organization (WHO), are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath ).

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