China locks down cities and suspends overseas tour groups as number of coronavirus cases soars

Quentin Fottrell
China locks down cities and suspends overseas tour groups as number of coronavirus cases soars

The number of coronavirus infections has spiked. The pneumonia-causing illness that infects the respiratory tract is now responsible for 82 deaths in China, up from 56 the day before, and at least 2,744 infections, up from 1,975, health officials in China said Monday. On Saturday, the trade association of Chinese travel agencies also said that it would suspend overseas tour groups and flight/hotel vacation packages for Chinese citizens, effective Monday.