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HOW THE DEADLY EPIDEMIC SPARKED A GLOBAL EMERGENCY

It's likened to a scene from an apocalypse. Empty streets, overflowing hospitals and an overwhelming sense of fear in a city of 11 million people placed in "lockdown".

In China, almost two thousand people have died as a result of coronavirus with tens of thousands more infected. Authorities are resorting to extreme measures to try to halt the contagion.

The outbreak of the deadly virus in the city of Wuhan has triggered a global emergency with patients being diagnosed in 26 countries. Fifteen cases have been reported in Australia. To try to contain the spread, Australian authorities have effectively sealed our borders to people travelling from China.

This terrifying program charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread.

In interviews filmed on smartphones, Chinese activists and Australians trapped in the lockdown explain what they are going through.

Here in Australia, scientists are engaged in a race against time to develop a vaccine. Four Corners has gained exclusive access to the high security laboratory involved in key coronavirus research.

This comprehensive report explains why health authorities are taking this virus so seriously.

A Four Corners Story

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation