Millions around the globe usher in the Chinese New Year of the Rat - except in China

Mail Online | 1/25/2020 | Jemma Carr For Mailonline
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As the clock struck midnight, millions of Chinese people around the world ushered in the Lunar New Year, marking the start of the Year of the Rat.

Celebrations rang out from Los Angeles to Pyongyang, but in China itself streets remained on lockdown.

Beijing - Officials - Events - Bid - Spread

It comes after Beijing officials announced major events will be cancelled in a bid to control the spread of the killer coronavirus.

The death toll in China rose to 41 today from 26 a day earlier and more than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

Wuhan - City - Lockdown - Thursday - Flights

Wuhan, a city of 11 million, has been in virtual lockdown since Thursday, with nearly all flights at the airport cancelled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town.

Some 56 million people are now subject to restrictions on their movement as authorities expand travel bans in central Hubei province, now affecting 18 cities.

Lunar - New - Year - New - Year

The 2020 Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, will start from today and ring in the year of the rat, the first of the 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese calendar.

But as the country's citizens are poised to celebrate their most important holiday of the year, temples have locked their doors, major tourist destinations have announced emergency closures and restaurant reservations are being cancelled.

Shanghai - Disney - Resort - Response - Prevention

Shanghai Disney Resort posted on its website: 'In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown.

'We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and... announce the reopening date upon confirmation.'

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