Travelers from China express virus spread worries

US Citizens returning from visiting family in China for the Lunar New Year holiday describe what it’s like in the country right now and traveling during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. (Jan. 30)

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Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with a colorful parade | AFP

Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with a colorful parade, as the viral illness outbreak has led to the cancelation of Lunar New Year festivities in Beijing, along with temporary closures of Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai’s Disneyland and a section of the Great Wall. IMAGES

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Few passengers bound for Wuhan amid virus lockdown | AFP

It’s the Lunar New Year and typically hundreds of millions of passengers would be busy travelling across China, bound for family celebrations. But there are few passengers heading to Wuhan, as the major transport hub comes under a lockdown with authorities rushing to contain an outbreak of a SARS-like virus.

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China’s Deadly Coronavirus Could Spread Even Faster During the Lunar New Year

China has effectively quarantined Wuhan — the city of 11 million people at the center of a new coronavirus outbreak that has rapidly infected hundreds — by canceling planes and trains out of the city.

The citywide lockdown comes during the Lunar New Year, a weeklong holiday when hundreds of millions of people travel domestically and internationally from China. The World Health Organization met Wednesday to determine whether the outbreak currently amounts to an international health emergency, and will issue a decision Thursday.

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Malaysians craft giant incense sticks by hand for Lunar New Year | AFP

Thousands of giant incense sticks, some mounted with dragon heads, line the walls of a Malaysian workshop where they are being made by hand before the Lunar New Year holidays. In the rural town of Kubang Semang, the workers spend months crafting the sticks — some as tall as two metres (6.5 feet) — before sending them to stores. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITESN°1NZ94P

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China warns virus could mutate and spread as death toll rises | AFP

A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and already reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warns, as authorities scramble to contain the disease during the Lunar New Year travel season.

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Anxiety rises in China, abroad as virus spreads

Officials at China’s airports are checking passengers for fevers as the country seeks to control the outbreak of a new virus. There are 278 confirmed cases of the disease, which threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Jan. 21)

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Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year fairs get a protest makeover | AFP

Protest-themed Lunar New Year fairs have sprung up across Hong Kong to raise money and morale for the city’s pro-democracy movement despite stiff resistance from local authorities and pro-Beijing politicians.

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Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year holiday | AFP

An outbreak of a mysterious virus has not deterred millions of people in China from packing into crowded trains as they head home for the Lunar New Year. of timelapse outside Beijing Railway StationN°1O23M8

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SARS-like virus spreads in China | AFP

A mysterious SARS-like virus has spread around China — including to Beijing — authorities said Monday, fuelling fears of a major outbreak as millions begin travelling for the Lunar New Year in humanity’s biggest migration.

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Chinese travellers unconcerned about SARS-like virus amid information clampdown | AFP

As fears that the SARS-like virus in China will spread during the Lunar New Year holiday, when hundreds of millions of Chinese move around the country or overseas, only a minority of travellers leaving Beijing expressed concern amid strict government control of information about the virus. The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. N°1NW33HN°1NX33Y

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Taiwanese restaurants gear up for Year of the Pig

Pig themed decorations and Chinese lanterns adorned the streets of Taiwan and Hong Kong ahead of the Year of the Pig. For the new year, some restaurants are drawing inspiration from the shape of the pig in their signature steamed buns. The Lunar New Year starts on February 5th. The pig is the twelfth sign of the Chinese zodiac and represents wealth.

Hong Kong protesters demand release of jailed Chinese lawyer

Pro-democracy activists stage a protest outside Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, demanding the release of Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang who has been jailed for 4.5 years for state subversion. Some demonstrators use ‘fai chun’ — traditional Lunar New Year decorative red papers– with protest messages.