Coronavirus leaves ships waiting at Wuhan

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China has started holding back some ships from calling at the city of Wuhan, a major trade hub on the Yangtze River, as the country seeks to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. Wuhan, an industrial city of 11 million people, is an important river port that handles close to 1.5 million containers a year, along with thousands of tons of coal, steel, crude and fertilizer cargoes. The port also handles tens of thousands of passengers and tourists. Some containers are being sprayed before they are loaded onto the ships and there is some congestion up the river as ships stay anchored. Container carriers are still arriving, but crews are asked to stay onboard and captains ask customs officials to wear protective gear before entering the ships.  Ship insurers said that ports could be quarantined if the virus spreads.

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