efe-epaBy Victor Escribano Beijing

Three Chinese cities with a total population of around 18 million people have been put on lockdown Thursday as authorities scramble to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus as hundreds of millions prepare to travel across the country to celebrate new year.

Authorities closed down public transport and urged people to stay at home in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak and the capital of Hubei province with a population of 11 million. EFE-EPA