Wuhan is the city where the virus originated is the capital of Hubei Province, It is the largest city of central China. According to wh.gov.cn, Wuhan population in 2020 is expected to be 11,121,200 (11 million), the ninth most populous city in China. The land area is 8494 sq.km. The city was originally three different towns with the Han River merged with the Yangtze River. Covid-19, a novel coronavirus that caused the Corona pandemic, was first identified in Wuhan in December 2019. Wuhan lies at the confluence of the Han and Yangtze rivers, 600 miles upstream, in central China, was known through the West as a major industrial city. Wuhan into the three districts of Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. Wuhan is popular for scientific and technological development parks, over 350 research institutes in three development zones, also popular for its virology lab called Wuhan Institute of Virology.Wuhan city UN Urban Agglomeration Population Prospects - 1950 to 1935
Wuhan Size and Population
Wuhan jurisdiction has over 13 administrative regions including Jiangan, Jianghan, Qiaokou, Hanyang, Wuchang, Qingshan, Hongshan, Caidian, Jiangxia, Dongxihu, Hannan, Huangpi and Xinzhou. The district governs 156 sub-district offices with 1 town and 3 townships. At the end of the year 2019, the Wuhan city population was 11,121,200, an increase of 131,000 over the previous year, of which the urban population was 9,024,500, accounting for 80.49% of the total population (resident population urbanisation rate), an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the the previous year end. The registered population of the city was 9,064,000 at the end of the year. The number of registered births was 114,600, and birth rate was 12.8% the deaths were 51,200, and the death rate was 5.7%, the natural growth rate was 7.1%.
The Yangtze River and Han River cross vertically and horizontally through the urban area, forming the three towns of Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang, commonly known as the three towns of Wuhan. According to History, By the year 1800 during the British controlled region, this was a financial and merchants center, later it became the second biggest financial in China after Shanghai. Wuhan was China's industrial powerhouse, producing silk and cotton, iron and steel, and tea products. By 1850, Wuhan has has become a massive city with approximately 1 million of population, the people lived in the three towns half the size of the London, the world's largest city at the time. In the year 1900, American magazine Collier's published an article about the Yangtze town of Wuhan, calling "the Chicago of China". As Wuhan became more industrially city globally, its role as an export powerhouse gave the city national power. In 1938, Wuhan fell to the Japanese rule, the most of the Wuhan industry was physically dismantled and transported further up the Yangtze to the final Nationalist capital of Chongqing, where it was to form the backbone of China's wartime industry. After the war, the foreign exports were severely reduced, Wuhan slowly retained its position again as research and technological center with inland port along the Yangtze. Wuhan has notable institutes of higher education including the Wuhan University, which was founded as Ziqiang Institute in 1893 and designated a university in 1928, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (1953).