Footage Shows People Dropping To The Ground In China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Wuhan, which has been identified as the city where the deadly coronavirus started, has been placed into lockdown.
Now footage, reportedly filmed in the city, has emerged showing people dropping to the ground while emergency workers walk around in hazmat suits.
Yesterday images were shared online showing panicked residents stocking up on food and other essentials while the city remains in lockdown.
One clip shows a man lying on the ground while medics attempt to help him.
Other clips show packed hospitals - as hundreds of people turn up to be tested.
Officials have said a brand-new 1,000-bed hospital will be built in just six days in an attempt to keep up with demand.
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The hospital is being built around a holiday complex on the outskirts of the city, Changjiang Daily reports.
The news outlet claims the hospital is designed to 'solve the shortage of existing medical resources', adding that the buildings will be prefabricated, potentially reducing construction time and costs.
At least 26 people have died following the outbreak, which is said to have originated in a food market.
Authorities in Wuhan have suspended all public transport in and out of the city to try and stop the virus from spreading, while New Year celebrations planned for this weekend have been scrapped.
A report in the Washington Post claims Wuhan Railway deleted a social media post from earlier this month that claimed 300,000 people had left the city.
Meanwhile, in the UK Public Health England announced that 14 people have been tested for the virus, with five of them testing negative and the remaining nine still awaiting results - but the risk of the coronavirus to the UK population is still 'low'.
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: "The chief medical officer has revised the risk to the UK population from 'very low' to 'low' and has concluded that while there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country, we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them.
"The UK is one of the first countries to have developed a world-leading test for the new coronavirus.
"The NHS is ready to respond appropriately to any cases that emerge."
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