Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday shut down public transport in a bid to prevent outbreak of the fatal coronavirus that has so far claimed 17 lives.

In an emergency warning issued by the Transport Ministry, all long-distance public transportation including buses and ferries were suspended as part of the decision.

Additionally, all public transportation using the city as a transit will change their routes.

Residents of Wuhan, where the virus is originated, have also been advised not to leave the city.

The virus with pneumonia-like symptoms has infected a total of 571 people so far

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