China put two cities at the epicenter of a new coronavirus outbreak on lockdown on Thursday (January 23) as health authorities around the world scramble to prevent a global pandemic. Most transport in Wuhan was suspended on Thursday (January 23) morning and people were told not to leave. Hours later, state media in neighboring Huanggang said it was imposing a similar lockdown. With hundreds of millions passengers travelling ahead of Lunar New Year, health officials fear transmissions could sky rocket. Beijing airport was a sea of masks as passengers took any precaution to avoid the flu-like virus.