January 25, 2020 / 8:56 AM / 24 days ago

China's Sanya city shuts down all tourist sites to prevent spread of virus outbreak

BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) - China’s Sanya city in the southern island province of Hainan has shut down all tourist sites in the city to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the city government said on Saturday.

Sanya is one of the favourite tourist destinations during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which lasts until Jan 30.

Earlier on Saturday, Hainan capital Haikou city said it would start a 14-day centralised medical observation for tourists from the central Hubei province, centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The virus, which originated in the central city of Wuhan late last year, has killed 41 people and infected more than 1,300 people globally.

Reporting by Muyu Xu, Judy Hua and Tony Munroe; Editing by Michael Perry

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