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, more than 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 countries around the world. Coronavirus charts how the outbreak occurred and investigates whether a cover-up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread more quickly.

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

Scientists are engaged in a race against time to develop a vaccine. Coronavirus explains why health authorities are taking this virus so seriously. With exclusive access, the documentary goes inside the high security laboratory involved in key coronavirus research.

Credits (Click to expand)

reporter

SEAN NICHOLLS

producers

NAOMI SELVARATNAM

JANINE COHEN

 

researchers

PATRICIA DRUM

ECHO HUI

 

editor

MICHAEL NETTLESHIP

 

assistant editor

JAMES BRAYE

MARIAM ZAHR

 

camera

RYAN SHERIDAN

 

sound

ROBERT MACKAY

 

additional research

KEVIN NGUYEN

 

archive producers

MICHELLE BADDILEY

NATASHA MARFUTENKO

 

designer

LINDSAY DUNBAR

 

digital producer

LAURA GARTRY

 

social media producer

HARRIET TATHAM

 

digital designer

GEORGINA PIPER

 

legal

SEBASTIEN MAURY

 

publicity

PAUL AKKERMANS

 

promotions

LAURA MURRAY

 

sound mixer

EVAN HORTON

 

colourist

SIMON BRAZZALOTTO

 

post production

JAMES COGSWELL

 

additional vision

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (AFP)

ANONYMOUS VIA STORYFUL

AP ARCHIVE

CCTV

CHINAFILE VIA STORYFUL

GETTY IMAGES

J-IDEA, IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

REUTERS

STEPHEN MCDONELL/ BBC

TIM MCLEAN

YING WANG

WUHAN AIHEIMA CULTURE MEDIA COMPANY

 

theme music

RICK TURK

 

titles

LODI KRAMER

 

program assistant

LYDIA CHU

 

production manager

WENDY PURCHASE

 

supervising producer

MORAG RAMSAY

 

executive producer

SALLY NEIGHBOUR

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