Authorities are hunting for 2,000 people who recently flew to the United Kingdom from the Chinese region of Wuhan to check they have not been affected by the deadly coronavirus. Beijing's Forbidden City museum announced it is also closing indefinitely to prevent the spread of the disease.
Travelers are checked by security personnel wearing hazardous material suits at the entrance to the underground train station in Beijing, China, on January 24, 2020.
News of the case came after Chinese authorities said they were treating 1,287 patients with the virus, while the death toll has risen to 41.
The number of confirmed cases in Australia of the new coronavirus has reached four, with NSW officials confirming three men have tested positive for the virus. She is in her 60s, is not believed to have been contagious when she traveled, and is in stable condition.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said: "Australia has world-class health systems with processes for the identification and treatment of cases, including isolation facilities in each state and territory, these processes have been activated". Moreover, when you read about the cases of people who were admitted, it's evident that they could have been spreading the virus for weeks.
The World Health Organization on Thursday opted not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency yet, with a divided committee ultimately declaring it was "too early" to make such a declaration.
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As of Friday, China's National Health Commission had confirmed 875 cases of coronavirus infection nationwide, with 26 deaths. Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing to help prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak .
Human-to-human transmission has been observed in the virus.
The Minnesota Department of Health issued an alert to doctors and other health care providers in the state this week asking them to alert authorities about any patients with respiratory symptoms or fevers who recently traveled in Wuhan, China.
Several provinces have been testing patients who meet the proper criteria, but so far, all tests have been negative.
While coronaviruses are common causes of colds, new strains are troubling for public health officials because they can spread rapidly among people who have no immunity to them, and they sometimes cause more severe illnesses.
A public health hub has been set up at Heathrow, staffed by a rotating team of seven clinicians, but there are no plans to introduce blanket temperature screening of travellers because it can take seven to 10 days for symptoms to appear. "We will act in a precautionary way as we learn more", Chant said.
Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China. The CDC advised that no Americans take nonessential travel to Wuhan, and to take appropriate public health precautions such as wearing masks and washing hands while traveling to other regions of China. Another posting showed a local effort of 4,000 volunteer drivers who have been helping distribute supplies around the city to hospitals and medical staff.
Elsewhere, the Great Wall has been closed along with Disneyland in Shanghai, where all cinemas have been closed.
In Jingzhou, a city just west of Wuhan also under lockdown, Wang Xin, visiting for the new year holiday from Shenzhen, told the Guardian that he was about to leave the city but started to feel sick on Friday and has now been told to isolate himself at home for 14 days.