Beijing: A "wartime emergency" has been declared in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang province, following the escalation of the coronavirus infections.
City officials said on Saturday that tough measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease following the confirmation of COVID-19 infection in 17 new people.
While the coronavirus is thought to have started spreading in Wuhan, China, since the end of last year, the incidence of the disease in that country has not increased significantly since February-March.
Due to this, China is not even in the top 20 countries in the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection and deaths.
More than 85,000 people have been confirmed infected in China so far, with 4,600 people dead, according to Johns Hopkins University data.