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n 95 masks, CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Other governments are working on plans to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, which has been quarantined since Jan. 22. Officials shut down the airport and public transportation and have forbidden people from leaving. As many as 13 other cities had enacted similar measures. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
n 95 masks - Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in as the death toll rises in China. The mayor of Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak that’s killed 81 and sickened at least 2,700 others, has offered to step down amid mounting criticism over the local government’s handling of the illness. In an interview with state media CCTV, Mayor Zhou Xianwang defended the city’s lockdown but said the handling of the crisis was “not good enough.” “We locked down the city to cut the spread of virus, but it’s likely we’ll leave a bad reputation in history,” he said, according to Reuters. “As long as it helps contain the spread of virus, I’m willing to resign as a form of apology. Wuhan’s party chief, Ma Guoqiang, and I will take whatever the responsibility it comes.”
n 95 masks, CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK STRANDS 100 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL CHILDREN IN WUHAN: REPORT Zhou said more than five million people left Wuhan before the unprecedented lockdown went into effect on Jan. 22, but it wasn’t clear how many had left ahead of the Lunar New Year versus how many fled the virus. He said it’s likely another 1,000 suspected cases of the virus will be confirmed by experts, and that Beijing’s strict policies about sharing information were partly to blame for a delayed response.
n 95 masks - Zhou said Beijing’s officials have to approve the information before it is released to the public, putting a hindrance on what could be released and when. His comments come as Premier Li Keqiang arrived in the city to take control over the outbreak management, sending a message that the central government would be playing a larger role in response efforts. On the ground, Wuhan’s medical workers are low on protective suits while residents search for face masks. Wang Jiangping, the vice minister of industry and information technology said the city is burning through 100,000 single-use protective suits per day, but that factories are operating at just 40 percent capacity due to the holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal. He said the city had purchased enough outside supplies for approximately two more days.
n 95 masks - CRUISE LINES CANCEL DEPARTURES FROM CHINA AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Despite the lockdown, Ma said the city has plenty of meat, eggs and milk for residents. It was not clear how much longer officials had planned to keep the city shut down, but South China Morning Post reported over 4,000 residents who had left were attempting to return home. Wuhan’s culture and tourism bureau was reportedly calling for airlines and hotels in other areas of the country to help them until the lockdown was lifted.