China is reported to have barred ships from entering the port of Wuhan.
The Wall Street Journal quoted a tug captain Zhang Yong as saying: “There isn’t a central order to stop ships, but more than a dozen that were supposed to call [at Wuhan] over the past two days are held down river.”
Although inland, Wuhan, which is in Hubei province, is a major trade hub on the Yangtze River. China has now put the city, and other parts of Hubei, into virtual lockdown as it struggles against what the Chinese leadership has termed a grave problem.
Train stations and airport were shut down, while the city bus, subway, ferry and shuttle bus were also suspended. Cars were being monitored before their inhabitants were allowed in or out.
Seven other cities in the Hubei province have also been quarantined In light of the outbreak.
A Huanggang port official stated that containers that are boarded on ships are being sprayed and the river is also facing congestion as the ships are anchored. The crew on the ship has been advised to stay on the ship and customs people are asked to wear masks before boarding the ship.