South Korean city and provincial governments will operate an emergency quarantine system around the clock, including during the Lunar New Year holiday which begins later this week.
"As till now, all confirmed cases of this new coronavirus infection are traced back to the Wuhan sea food market in China, it is highly likely that virus is of animal origin". Cases were also reported in Beijing and the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The first case of infection was also recorded in Japan.
In a statement, the World Health Organization said "there is evidence of limited human-to-human transmission."While now there is no clear evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, we do not have enough evidence to evaluate the full extent of human-to-human transmission", the WHO said".
In the USA, airports in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles have taken additional measures to prevent the outbreak from spreading, including temperature screenings. In Wuhan, 170 people remain treated at the hospital, including nine in critical condition, the city health commission said. Last year, more than 60,000 passengers arrived in the USA from Wuhan, the vast majority coming through those three airports. Three people have died so far because of the infectious virus experts have classed as a strain of coronavirus, causing USA authorities to launch screenings on passengers arriving from the region.
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Most people think that taking some protective measures will be enough to keep the virus at bay.
The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that has pneumonia-like symptoms.
China's National Health Commission said on Sunday it will step up prevention efforts, but acknowledged it still doesn't know the source of the virus.
The new virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan.
The patient visited his family in Wuhan from December 29 to January 4, and began to exhibit symptoms on January 3.
At the moment, 41 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in Wuhan. The patients, who have a history of travel to Wuhan, have been hospitalized and are in stable condition.
Three other cases were reported overseas - two in Thailand and one in Japan. In addition to Wuhan, two cases have been confirmed in Beijing and another in Shenzhen.
The World Health Organisation said in a tweet yesterday that some of the new cases appear not to be linked to the Huanan seafood market, believed to the centre of the outbreak.