Hubei is a province in Central China, whose capital is the infamous Wuhan
. The Hubei province counts nearly 60 million residents. Hubei rose to international prominence for the outbreak of an epidemic
due to a new strain of coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2
, which causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19
. From Wuhan, the outbreak spread to the province of Hubei and further expanded to the rest of the world, causing a global pandemic
The name Hubei literally means, "north of the lake", in reference to its position in regard to the Dongting Lake and was formerly known as Hupeh.
The correct pronunciation of Hubei in Chinese is Hoo-bay