Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak in December, the disease has infected more than 70,000 people and has reached a death toll of 1,868 people in mainland China.
According to analysis done by CNN, travel restrictions, of varying degrees are still being enforced in various provinces and cities across mainland China including Hubei, Liaoning, Beijing and Shanghai affecting over 780 million people. These restrictions, which appear to be China’s main effort to control the disease, include everything from self-quarantines to limits on who can come and go from neighborhoods.
Some of the strictest measures can be found in four cities in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak:
- The cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, Shiyan and Xiaogan have completely sealed off all residential complexes and communities.
- The use of non-essential vehicles on local roadways is also banned.
- Residents in each city receive daily necessities from neighborhood and community committees as they are not permitted to leave their homes.
Despite the continuation of its spread, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said that the virus is not as deadly as SARS or MERS, both of which are related to the current coronavirus, and more than 80% of patients “have mild disease and will recover.” Reports say it could take up to 18 months before a coronavirus vaccine is available.
Here’s a look at where the cases are throughout mainland China, according to WHO data. These numbers may differ from those reported by Chinese health officials, who report updated totals at different times than the WHO.