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Coronavirus: President Xi warns of 'grave situation' as infection spreads

China is facing a “grave situation” and the spread of the deadly coronavirus is “accelerating”.

That was the stark assessment of the Chinese president as the number of deaths from the outbreak rose to 41.

Authorities there are taking drastic action to try to control the disease – 56 million people are under lockdown, all regional bus services into Beijing have been suspended and the country’s New Year celebrations dramatically scaled back.

Sky’s Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire in Beijing and has this report.

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43 comments

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    Yeahh yeahh get down china ahahhaa

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    China is definitly lying about the numbers

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    Quarantine China and sort it out please

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    They’re bringing in Govt medics so it’s not reported or leaked that there are over 10,000 cases!

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    Too little too late. China's Food Hygiene (Wet Food Markets) are the blame. This should not be acceptable to the rest of the World, China is going to send us all to an early grave. F.U.

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    Why on earth would leaders visit epicentre! Giving them illness wouldnt help

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    Bet that Greta can solve it.noooooot

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    The millennium bug has come late !!

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    I wonder what effect this is having on Chinese restaurants and takeaways around the world. I won't be getting one until this has blown over, assuming that is does.

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    On a lighter note, The Factory of the World is temporary closed.

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    Well…Greta wanted people to stop flying/consuming…in all fairness…shouldn't this viral outbreak be named after Greta???

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    Watch this:


    90,000 infected – looks legitimate. If true and each infected person another 14 infected and so on and on

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    corona virus

    sees label

    made in china

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    its being taken very seriously yes… how about the lack of border closures!

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    Stop flights to and from China for a year, oh I forgot that money comes before British people's lives.

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    The Chinese Government created this for chemical warfare. Some idiot brought this over to the fish market.

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    Xi is action, best wishes for everyone affected <3

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    I was so ready to visit China Disneyland… now I’ll have to spend my money on 20 pairs of AirPods and a fresh fade

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    I ordered a package online couple days ago and tracker says it's enroute from China. Should I not open it up when it arrives? What if someone infected packed my box? What should I do?

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    I will be so disgusted if this is bio warfare

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    One hospital was not enough so we decided to build another.

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    No more EBay items for me delivered from China!

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    Why should the rest of the world have to suffer for China's pointless propaganda attempts to save their reputation because of 1. The fact they were in denial and handled this awfully and 2. Their attempts to cover up this awful reaction and look better on the world stage. Everyone already knows this regime is immoral, corrupt and evil so there is no reputation to salvage anyway. This regime should get over themselves and concentrate on saving their peoples lives and doing all they can to stop it spreading elsewhere. I would say they should face UN sanctions but the suffering would predictably be saddled on the chinese people who do not deserve it.

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    Is it awful to ask if anyone has turned into a zombie yet? Sry

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    Now trump needs to destroy the wall

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    When xi say is a grave situation, than is a big big problem,! And to lock down 12cities of mln people. The situation is very worse

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    This might be a bio-chemical weapon made in USA that only attacks YELLOW people. Just look back 2003 when USA economic crisis with Invasion to IRAQ, same trick SARS releases to CHINA. This is a very good way to drag enemy back. Why WUHAN, I think because it's the geocentroid of CHINA, and why LUNAR NEW YEAR, the timing is good to use the commuting to spread the disease. What is the motivation ?? Well, now USA has a trade war with CHINA, and is going to have a hot war with IRAN…

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    Chinese virologists knew it was Corona once they discovered traces of lime in the victims' bloodstream.

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    i hope xi jingping contracts and dies from the coronavirus too.

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    It is PIG EBOLA, the same that happens to pig is happening to humans. https://youtu.be/72a3GXukut0 PREPARE

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    THEY TRIED TO CHANGE THE QURAN THEY GOT A VIRUS.
    THEY OPPRESSED THE UIGHUR THEY GOT A VIRUS.
    THIS IS A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD.

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    0:14 well at least we'll finally regain parity with their population.

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    Australian fire 90% comments: Poor animals don't deserve this
    China coronavirus 90% comments: Jokes and memes, 0% Care for people there

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    Toronto just got a case today. China needs a travel ban!

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    God bless countries without boarders ? O really , left wing snowflakes and planes will bring disaster to your home .

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    Hello to countries with open borders

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    after the Ebola outbreak american are creating new disease for chinese,

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    Some of friend in chine living they are telling this virus now 25 million people have more than 40k people already death on the street ever where is death body security moving very big place making with big machine for death body put in earth and closing one nurse was telling this virus if change mutasion second part afther that sory evey one will die i am not sure about this information if any body know this pls let me know

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