Day One: The Lockdown
In the early hours of January 23, China announces that all air, road and train links out of Wuhan will be suspended.
The virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 500, authorities say, just as millions of people are criss-crossing the country to reunite with friends and family for the Lunar New Year holiday.
The news comes as a shock, and most don’t even try to flee Wuhan before the order comes into force at 10 am.
But the few locals out on the streets do seem to be obeying the new rules that masks must be worn in public.
The railway station prepares to close later that day, with police chasing the last travelers out of the building.
The usually bustling airport is deserted. Even the officials tasked a few hours ago with testing passengers for signs of fever have gone.
A handful of travelers are stuck, and an airport employee says she does not know when her shift will finish in the confusion.
The expressway into town is empty, as are the rest of the roads in the metropolis.
Wuhan has just been cut off from the world and its people, terrified of being infected, are confining themselves to their homes.