Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province Hubei, has been under quarantine ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus on January 23.
With a population of 11 million, the city has been experiencing food shortages, an overwhelming number of patients, and several evacuations of foreigners from the city, reported the Business Insider.
Despite its low fertility rate, however, the virus has reached global panic, with many countries suspending flights and cautioning citizens to avoid the country.
According to a Business Insider report, the death toll has reached at least 213, with more than 9,700 people infected as of early Thursday, Jan 30.
"There's the spread of infectious disease, then there's the spread of panic," Amira Roess, a professor at George Mason University, told the media. "They have very different mechanisms."