Killer coronavirus outbreak sparks panic buying in locked-down Wuhan ahead of Lunar New Year 

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Shoppers in Wuhan have been filmed fighting in a shop over vegetables after the city of 11million was locked down amid an outbreak of a deadly new virus.

The coronavirus epidemic, which has killed 17 people and sickened around 600, broke out days before the Lunar New Year's Day on Saturday when families gather for reunion feasts.

Pictures - Epicentre - Outbreak - Show - Shelves

Pictures from the epicentre of the outbreak show empty shelves in supermarkets and throngs of residents queuing to pay for their grocery.

Accounts on Weibo, the country's equivalent to Twitter, indicate that the price for some leafy greens have surged to more than 10 times their original prices and locals are fearing that the provincial capital would run out of food after all means of transport were cut off yesterday.

Ezhou - Huanggang - Cities - Today

Ezhou and Huanggang, two nearby smaller cities, are going into lockdown today.

The provincial market watchdog today acknowledged that the city was facing shortage of vegetables and the phenomenon was caused by panic buying.

Chen - Zhuan - Representative - Hubei - Provincial

Chen Zhuan, a representative from the Hubei Provincial Market Management Bureau, demanded all farmers' markets and supermarkets conduct price checks on their products and keep the food prices at a 'stable' level.

China's central government has also issued the province one billion yuan (£110million) as an emergency relief fund to help the local authorities tackle the alarming health crisis.

Government - Wuhan - Construction - Company - Coronavirus

The government of Wuhan has reportedly ordered a state-run construction company to build a dedicated coronavirus hospital in six days in a desperate bid to curb the outbreak.

The new fatal virus, which emerged in Wuhan last month, has killed at least 17 people, sickened around 600 and spread to 10 countries and regions outside of mainland China.

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Its symptoms are typically a fever, cough and trouble breathing, but some patients have developed pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening infection that causes inflammation of the small air sacs in the...
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