While departures were banned, trains and planes were still allowed into the city - although there were no train tickets available on booking sites into Wuhan from most major cities and few flights available over the next few days.
"The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of global concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I am only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all the evidence", Tedros said.
Authorities in Huanggang ordered indoor entertainment venues including cinemas and internet cafes to close and were asking citizens not to leave other than under special circumstances.
So far, the outbreak has sickened 584 people, 575 of whom were in China.
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, a total of 444 cases of novel coronavirus-related pneumonia and 17 deaths had been reported in Hubei Province, according to local authorities.
"A bigger outbreak is certain..." The virus has frightened millions of Chinese who are traveling for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which starts on Saturday.
Officials noted the outbreak is "still evolving", and they don't yet know the source of the virus or how it spreads. Also, everyone in public places must wear masks.
"We are co-orientating with Health Protection Scotland a daily Incident Management Team to continue to monitor the situation as it develops, including on the number of any potential cases going forward".
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"Passengers should take precautions such as practising good hand hygiene, personal and respiratory hygiene, and to minimise contact with birds and animals in markets in Wuhan or elsewhere in China".
Around 584 cases have been reported to the World Health Organization, including 17 deaths, with 575 of the overall cases and all the deaths reported in China.
Meanwhile, the head of Quebec's public health authority said in fact five people in that province are now under surveillance for possible exposure.
A spokeswoman for the University of Glasgow said that while there was a partnership agreement with Zhongnan University in Wuhan, "all our Chinese students on this programme (in Glasgow) are now studying at the university and in good health".
Health authorities were taking extraordinary measures to prevent additional person-to-person transmissions, placing those believed infected in plastic tubes and wheeled boxes, with air passed through filters.
Another strain is Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), which kills around three or four in every 10 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts suspect that the virus was first transmitted from wild animals but that it may also be mutating. Mutations can make it deadlier or more contagious. "This is clearly an extraordinary and novel event that poses risks to [other countries] through worldwide spread and which requires a coordinated global response", he told ScienceInsider.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said: "This is a global news story and there will be significant public interest in knowing that this virus will be kept under control".
"But it has not yet become a global health emergency".
Many countries have already set up screening sites at their major airports, canceled flights inbound from Wuhan, and are advising the public on what symptoms to keep an eye out for. Instead, it's likely that the disease affects older people more severely, which was also true in the SARS outbreak.