Timeline: How China's new coronavirus spread

Timeline: How China's new coronavirus spread”

Hospitals in the city have made similar pleas.

"The transmissibility shows signs of increasing and the "walking source of infection" [where patients have few signs of disease] has made it hard to control and prevent the disease".

This new virus causes severe acute respiratory infection.

Vehicles carrying emergency supplies and medical staff for Wuhan would be exempted from tolls and given traffic priority, China's transportation ministry said on Saturday.

Beijing will deploy another 1,600 medical professionals to Wuhan today and tomorrow to help the city cope with the growing number of coronavirus patients, Chinese Health Minister Ma Xiaowei said in a rare Sunday news conference.

"The community needs to understand that it is being well handled", Hazzard said, urging calm.

While the Australian government doesn't have a consulate in Wuhan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it was working with their Embassy in Beijing and their consulate in Shanghai to provide support to Australians in the affected region.

Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the #CoronavirusOutbreak battle in Wuhan, dies from the virus at age 62.

Taiwan has temporarily suspended visa applications for all Chinese nationals, and has banned entry for Chinese nationals from Hubei Province, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Sunday. Schools in Hong Kong that are now on Lunar New Year holidays will remain closed until February 17.

China cut off trains, planes and other links to the city Jan' 22, and has steadily expanded the lockdown to 16 surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million - greater than that of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined.

Overseas, confirmed cases were reported in Thailand (4 including 2 cured), Japan (2 including 1 cured), the Republic of Korea (2), the United States (2), Vietnam (2), Singapore (3), Malaysia (3), Nepal (1), France (3) and Australia (1). Experts have attributed the outbreak to a new strain of coronavirus that has since spread across China and overseas.

"To address the insufficiency of existing medical resources", Wuhan is constructing a hospital modeled after the Xiaotangshan SARS hospital in Beijing, Wuhan authorities said in a Friday notice. The post was later removed.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened an emergency committee of members and advisers to assess the situation and decide if it warranted declaring a public health emergency of global concern.

The virus itself is a new, or "novel" coronavirus - a family that normally affects animals, but there are a handful of known variants that infect humans. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and coughing.

In Hong Kong, leader Carrie Lam said her government would raise its response level to emergency, the highest one, and close primary and secondary schools for two more weeks on top of next week's Lunar New Year holiday.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, though some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of such screenings and of the lockdown.

Lunar New Year celebrations for the year of the rat, which began on Saturday, have been cancelled in many Chinese cities.

Officials have pledged to intensify their efforts to contain the virus, and announced that the sale of all wildlife in China would be banned from Sunday.

Sanya, a popular resort destination on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, announced that it was shutting all tourist sites, while the island's capital city, Haikou, said visitors from Wuhan would be placed under 14-day quarantine in a hotel.

On December 31, China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province.

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