The U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter of the outbreak has announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. Public events and tourist attractions in Beijing were also canceled out of precaution.
The outbreak of the new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China prompted renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species.
The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as how risky it is and how easily it spreads between people.
Lockdown of Wuhan because of novel coronavirus outbreak there resulted in empty roadways Prime Minister Abe announces evacuation airlift for Japanese nationals in Wuhan, China Novel Coronavirus outbreak health workers try to help a patient in Wuhan, China Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, in Wuhan, China, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Many Lunar New Year celebrations have been cancelled. Earlier in the week, many Chinese had already gone to their hometowns to be with family or boarded planes for vacations overseas. It will halt all group tours, both at home and overseas, from Monday.
In France, the lead doctor at a Paris hospital treating two infected patients said the illness appears less serious than comparable outbreaks of the past. Lam also said that direct flights and trains from Wuhan would be blocked.
Business is going on as usual at the hotels inside Hong Kong Disneyland, however, CCTV reported.
Other confirmed cases were in Orange County, California; Washington state; and Chicago.
Victoria's acting Chief Health Officer Angie Bone said the patient is not in intensive care.
Various reports said 18 cities in Hubei are now on lockdown, effectively implementing travel restrictions on 56 million people.
"Short of the government getting her out there's no getting out", she said.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, with severe cases progressing to pneumonia.
As of Saturday afternoon, 31 people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had been tested for the deadly flu-like virus, but all tests have come back negative, according to the Department of Health (DoH).
After a slow start when the first cases were diagnosed in December, Chinese officials have sought to demonstrate a strong response to the outbreak - unlike during SARS, when they downplayed the threat for months.
"Life is of paramount importance".
British scientists have said that it may not be possible for China to contain the virus.
Officials are trying to trace around 2,000 people who have flown to the United Kingdom from Wuhan in the past fortnight. More than 1,400 new beds have been added.
"A public health hub will be set up in Heathrow from today".
State-run news media posted photos of the first hospital under construction, with swarms of bulldozers smoothing a dirt field. The ministry also ordered eggs, fish, beef, pork and other staples to be released into Wuhan from food reserve centers.
In Beijing, officials announced that temperature screenings would be held at subway stations.