Transcript for China has more than 1,400 cases of coronavirus and 42 deaths
That leads us to our next Next, the staggering number of people dealing with this crisis around the world. Those on travel lockdown in China alone at a key holiday time, the lunar new year, greater than the populations of New York, London, and Paris combined. ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is in Hong Kong tonight. Reporter: Tonight at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the crisis is escalating. Dozens of workers in Wuhan with heavy machinery racing against time to build a brand-new 1,000-bed hospital in just ten days. And now a second 1,300-bed facility in the next 15. The space desperately needed. Hospitals teeming with patients, and staff stretched thin. In China alone, there are more than 1,400 cases and at least 42 deaths. As more than 400 medics who worked on sars and ebola deployed to deal with a rapidly growing emergency. Wuhan and 16 other cities in a travel lockdown. That's a total of 50 million people ordered to stay in place. That's the population of the states of New York and Texas combined. The U.S. Government evacuating the majority of consulate employees and families from Wuhan and is reportedly working on a charter flight to get all remaining Americans out. The term "Cabin fever" is probably coming into play here. Reporter: Here, it's the Chinese lunar new year, the country's biggest holiday. New year worshipers have gathered here to pray for good luck in the year of the rat. But people have also been warned about gathering in large places like this, and so most people here are wearing these kind of protective masks. The list of cases outside mainland China also growing, with more than 35 cases in 13 countries or territories, including France. Ian Pannell joins us live from Hong Kong. Ian, this has been declared a virus emergency in China, and president XI now making public remarks highlighting the gravity of the crisis? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, Tom. All schools closed here until mid-february. As president XI tries to get this under control, appointing a top team to handle the outbreak. This shows how grave a political as well as a medical crisis this is for China amid lots of highly unusual criticism of the handling of this on Chinese social media. Ian Pannell reporting from that region tonight. Thank you.
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