Coronavirus Updates: SH Companies to Open No Earlier Than Feb 9

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first came to the attention of the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019, after a number of suspected pneumonia cases were reported in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. One week later, the mystery illness was confirmed to be a new strain of coronavirus, the same family of diseases as severe accute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). 

Wuhan, a city of over 10 million people, went into lockdown on Thursday, January 23, in order to curb the spread of the virus. Yesterday it was announced that the Chinese New Year holiday will be extended until February 2 in order to contain the spread of the respiratory disease. The death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 81, with more than 2,800 confirmed cases reported. 

Schools of all levels in Shanghai are to re-open no earlier than February 17 at all levels, while companies are not allowed to resume work before midnight on February 9 (excepting companies involved in ensuring urban operations, epidemic prevention and control, supermarkets, food supply and other related industries), as stated by Gu Honghui, deputy secretary-general of Shanghai municipal government at a media briefing yesterday. 

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