Tokyo: China has extended the Lunar New Year holiday to help contain the virus, now spreading around the world. The national new year holiday has been extended by three days to Sunday.
This was informed by the State Council on Monday.
On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and centre of the outbreak.
The number of deaths in Hubei province has climbed from 56 to 76, with four deaths elsewhere.
In a bid to slow the spread of the respiratory virus, the government had previously locked down hard-hit Hubei, a province in central China that is at the outbreak’s epicentre, in an unprecedented operation affecting tens of millions of people.