Five million residents left Wuhan before coronavirus lockdown, mayor reports

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About 5 million residents left Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus originated, before it was placed under lockdown because of the epidemic during the Lunar New Year holiday, according to a report. Mayor Zhou Xianwang said about 9 million people remained in the city after the lockdown was imposed Thursday, the South China Morning Post reported. Of the 2,700 people under observation in Wuhan, about 1,000 were likely to be confirmed cases. As of Sunday, the city had 533 confirmed cases, the news outlet reported. Meanwhile, the Chinese State Council has extended the holiday to Feb. 2 to curb the spread of the virus, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The holiday was initially supposed to last until Jan. 30.

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