China still mostly closed down as virus deaths pass 1,000
BEIJING — China remains mostly closed for business as the daily death toll from a new virus has topped 100 for the first time, pushing the total above 1,000.
Despite the official end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday, many people remain at home, with around 60 million people under virtual quarantine. A Chinese official said the restart of business poses a risk of further spreading the virus but the country has little recourse.
Authorities in Hong Kong evacuated people from an apartment block where four were found to be infected, raising fears the virus may be spreading through plumbing.