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Where Did they Go? Millions Left City Before Quarantine

The travel patterns from Wuhan broadly track with the early spread of the virus to other cities. The travel patterns from Wuhan broadly track with the early spread of the virus to other cities. |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: February 09, 2020 01:28 PM

SHANGHAI (AP) - The coronavirus virus has claimed more than 800 lives and sickened over 37,000.

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Chinese officials have quarantined Wuhan, the central city where the first cases were reported. But during the first big wave of migration for China’s Lunar New Year festival, city officials said some 5 million possibly infected people left the city.

An Associated Press analysis of domestic travel patterns using map location data from Chinese tech giant Baidu shows where they went.

The travel patterns from Wuhan broadly track with the early spread of the virus to other cities.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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