The sudden restrictions — announced after the official death toll nearly doubled — could upend the travel plans of millions of Chinese citizens, who travel in huge numbers during the Lunar New Year holiday.
The authorities are scrambling to contain a rapidly spreading outbreak, restricting travel in 13 cities including Wuhan, the center of the mysterious outbreak. The new virus has sickened more than 800 people in China.
The authorities said two people have died outside of the epicenter of the mysterious outbreak, one of whom lived more than 1,500 miles away. More than 800 people in China have been diagnosed with the new disease.
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