Coronavirus: President Xi warns of ‘grave situation’ as infection spreads

China is facing a “grave situation” and the spread of the deadly coronavirus is “accelerating”.

That was the stark assessment of the Chinese president as the number of deaths from the outbreak rose to 41.

Authorities there are taking drastic action to try to control the disease – 56 million people are under lockdown, all regional bus services into Beijing have been suspended and the country’s New Year celebrations dramatically scaled back.

Sky’s Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire in Beijing and has this report.

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