Stringent travel restrictions imposed in China in an attempt to control the new coronavirus only “modestly” delayed the virus’ spread in mainland China, a new study has found.
The study published on Friday in the journal Science found that the travel ban imposed on Wuhan, China after the virus was detected late last year only delayed the overall epidemic progression by three to five days in the country’s mainland.
Beginning on Jan. 23, Chinese officials placed Wuhan — believed to be the epicentre of the virus — under strict lockdown. In the days and weeks following, more than 50 million people across the country were placed under quarantine, as health officials scrambled to contain the viral outbreak.
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