Guards in Coronavirus-hit town shut down train station in quarantine of city

This footage shows China’s military guarding a train station at Wuhan as the nation tries to contain a coronavirus epidemic.

In the clip, the guards are seen standing in formation outside the station, wearing face masks to try to prevent them from inhaling the virus.

Wuhan is the centre of the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which was classified as a new type of virus by the World Health Organisation on January 9.

The city was placed on lockdown at 10am local time and police have shut down public transport and deployed roadblocks to stop people from leaving the city.

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Officially there have been more than 500 cases of the new coronavirus and 17 patients killed.

The deadly virus has jumped between animal vectors to infect humans, with a possible intermediate being bats which are sometimes eaten as soup in China.

It is now known that the virus is airborne and can spread between humans making it a lot more dangerous.

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China's National Health Commission said the 17 victims were aged between 48 and 89 and had chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

There are fears this epidemic could be as bad as the 2002 outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

SARS was another type of coronavirus that killed nearly 800 people within weeks.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of a common cold.

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According to the WHO, they are:

• Respiratory symptoms

• Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

• Breathing difficulties

In more severe cases, the virus can cause:

• Pneumonia

• Severe acute respiratory syndrome

• Kidney failure

• Death

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