"According to recent clinical information, the virus' ability to spread seems to be getting somewhat stronger", Ma told reporters.
Nearly 2,000 cases of a new viral respiratory illness have been confirmed since an outbreak began last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It said three government agencies issued the warning Sunday. Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea each reported one new case Sunday, while Thailand reported three new cases. It was originally thought to be spreading from only animals to people in central China, but there are now indications it is also spreading among people. A third person, who is a close relative of one of the other two, has also been confirmed to have the virus. Without symptoms, a person may not know they have the infection, but still be able to spread it. Anyone who's sick can't enter here.
The same measures are announced for two more cities in Hubei province, Xiantao and Chibi.
Officials said they expected to see the virus arrive in Canada and that, unlike the SARS outbreak of 2003, they are much more prepared.
"Our front-line health-care workers are the best in the world and have procedures in place to keep people safe", Tory said.
He added that the risks posed by possible mutations remains unclear.
What is the virus, and how is it changing?
Scientists have identified the illness as a new kind of coronavirus.
Most coronaviruses cause only mild symptoms, similar to those of the common cold.
Occasionally, viruses can mutate and become more unsafe, resulting in a new strain.
France has decided not to take the temperatures of arriving passengers because it "provides a false sense of safety", the health minister said.
France ponders repatriating citizens from Wuhan amid virus
The agency said people feeling ill should immediately contact its emergency call center by dialing "1339" to receive assistance. Outside of China and the US infections have been confirmed in South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam.
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This new virus causes severe acute respiratory infection.
China's military has dispatched 450 medics, many with experience combating infectious diseases, to help treat patients in Wuhan, where hospitals are overwhelmed and medical supplies like goggles and masks running low.
There is no specific cure or vaccine.
Ma Xiaowei, director of the National Health Commission (NHC), said at a press conference that the one-week Lunar New Year holiday from January 24 to 30 is the best time to allow massive isolation and disinfection to take effect.
Chinese President Xi Jinping described the situation as "grave" on Saturday.
The outbreak has overshadowed the start of the Lunar New Year, which is typically a festive time of year, with public events cancelled and many tourist sites shut.
PARIS (AP) - The French government was meeting Sunday to decide whether to repatriate some 800 French citizens who are living in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly virus.
But the disease also spread by air travel, and several countries are dealing with handful of cases. The HCA has been contacted for further details.
The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late previous year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.
"A dedicated number should be made available for people to call, otherwise how could you not expect them to turn up at hospital and put other people at risk?"