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Coronavirus: Suspected infected residents dragged from homes – China declares war on virus

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The coronavirus epidemic has swept through China and resulted in the Chinese government increasing its efforts to contain the virus. Video footage shows suspected coronavirus sufferers appear to be dragged from their homes to be put into isolated hospitals and shelters. BBC’s China correspondent Robin Brant explained the deteriorating situation in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

He said: “Two weeks into this national emergency Wuhan is a city completely cut off.

“China’s leaders are calling it a war to defeat the outbreak.”

The video footage showed officials forcibly removing people who have been suspected of carrying the virus.

All three people who were removed from the home in the video resisted the efforts of those in protective suits but were dragged regardless.

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The BBC journalist admitted the broadcaster had not yet been able to verify the video.

He closed by saying: “Life in China’s commercial capital, like its many of its other vast cities, is still on hold.

“Shanghai is normally home to 24 million people but most of them are nowhere to be seen.”

The Vice-Premier leading the government’s response to the 2019-nCoV epidemic, Sun Chunlan, reportedly instructed Wuhan officials to go door to door in search of those with the virus.

The doctor who attempted to issue warnings about the deadly coronavirus in December has died of the disease.

Dr Li Wenliang was initially told to “stop making false comments” about the virus and his death has led to widespread anger in China.

Dr Li Wenliang contracted the coronavirus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital.

He had issued a warning to fellow doctors on December 30 about the virus.

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