In Wuhan, the city of around 11 million people, 6,000 taxis will be assigned to different neighbourhoods to help people get around if they need to, the the English-language China Daily newspaper said.
The patient is a man in his 50s who had recently visited Wuhan, and felt sick after his return to Canada on January 22.
The revenue on the Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve, which fell on Friday this year, raked in only around 3 million yuan (about 430,000 US dollars), or less than one-tenth of last year's figures, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Saturday.
Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, associate medical officer of health, said the actions being implemented locally and internationally are based upon what was learned from SARS and other viruses such as MERS. Most of the fatalities have been in elderly patients, many with pre-existing conditions, the World Health Organization said. "His condition seems to have improved for a few days before getting worse again, at which time he contacted health authorities and was placed in isolation on Saturday for tests and treatment", the KCDC said.
In making its decision not to declare a global public health emergency, WHO officials cited a limited number of cases overseas, and strong, preventative containment measures in China.
The CDC said the first USA case was confirmed on Tuesday and also involved someone who recently returned home after a visit to Wuhan. Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong reported their first cases Thursday.
By the end of Friday, a total of 41 people had died and 1,287 cases had been confirmed in 30 provincial-level regions.
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But 15 of the 17 were over 60, and more than half suffered from other chronic diseases including Parkinson's and diabetes. Officials said Friday that a Chicago woman in her 60s has been diagnosed with the virus, and they're monitoring 63 other possible cases across 22 USA states.
China's National Health Commission has ordered nationwide measures to detect and isolate people carrying the virus on planes, trains and buses across the country.
Wuhan is throwing up a 1,000-bed prefab hospital to deal with the crisis, to be completed February 3. The city is rushing to build a 1000-bed hospital by Monday, state media said. Three of those cases were confirmed in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.
The patient, who was initially quarantined, recovered and was discharged.
The senator also said that although Alaska is a shipping and cargo hub for much of the world, "the likelihood of a virus getting on a package and being able to live is very very low, nearly probably, they said, zero". Thailand has reported five cases; Australia has reported four; Singapore, France, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia three; Vietnam, South Korea and the US two each; and Nepal one.
Passengers who traveled on China Southern Airlines flight CZ321 from Guangzhou at the relevant time are also being contacted as a precaution.
Nepal said a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had the deadly disease.