China extends New Year holiday to February 2 over virus fears

People wearing masks walk through an underground passage to a subway in Beijing, China, on January 21 2020. China has confirmed human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people.
People wearing masks walk through an underground passage to a subway in Beijing, China, on January 21 2020. China has confirmed human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people.
Image: REUTERS/Jason Lee

China will extend the Lunar New Year holiday to February 2 to try to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the state council said on Monday.

The virus has killed at least 80 people and infected thousands.

The holiday, which sees hundreds of millions of people travel around the country to visit family, was due to finish on Thursday.


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