Three cities – home to more than 18 million people – are now on an unprecedented lockdown as China scrambles to contain the deadly new coronavirus outbreak that has already left at least 17 people dead, in and around the central city of Wuhan.
As cases spread to more countries – five people are being tested for the virus in Scotland – and one in Belfast – as a precaution.
But in the last hour – the World Health Organisation has said it’s too soon to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.
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Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.