In Beijing, the Forbidden City, the Lama Temple, and the Earth Park, the National Museum, the National Library, the Museum of Art and the Prince Kung Mansion will be closed on Saturday.
"It's a special year, a little sad for me. We are not going to see our family and the atmosphere is uneasy, with all the people wearing masks in the street," said Zhang Ping, a 35-year-old woman who received a message from the Chinese government recommending that she better stay at home.
The virus causing the Wuhan pneumonia belongs to a family of microorganisms, the Coronaviridae, which look like spikes rings.
“The spikes on the viral envelope help them bind to cells... Once inside, they turn the cell into a virus factory, using its molecular conveyor belt to produce more viruses,” CNET explained.