The disease caused by the new virus, also referred to as Wuhan Pneumonia, has already claimed the lives of 17 people, as of January 22.
Outside mainland China, cases have been detected in the United States, Thailand, Japan, Macau and South Korea. In Africa, the loss of health care workers to Ebola resulted in thousands more deaths of mothers and babies, hindered work on other diseases such as preventing and treating malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, reduced vaccination rates and fewer surgeries, the World Bank said in a report.
On Wednesday, 22 January, the United Kingdom government said flights from Wuhan to London would be isolated in a corner of Heathrow airport's Terminal 4, where a health team would screen patients before they were allowed to enter the country.
China has confirmed that the virus has reached the stage of human-to-human transmission, increasing its potency to spread quickly.
Regarding suspected cases, 715 patients have been discharged while more than 300 patients remain on medical watch.
"We already know that the disease originated from a market which conducted illegal transaction of wild animals", Gao Fu, director of the Chinese centre for disease control and prevention, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Scientists are warning that it's growing in strength and passing from person to person right as the Lunar New Year travel season really ramps up. More than 8,000 people fell sick and just under 800 people died, a mortality rate of under 10%.
Chinese leaders have ordered resolute efforts to curb the spread of the virus, calling for putting people's safety and health as the top priority and taking effective measures to curb the spread of the virus. SARS was previously linked to similar markets, particularly the sale of civet cats, a delicacy in some parts of China. He also urged the public to avoid crowds and minimize large gatherings. Share benchmarks were mostly higher both in Asia and in Europe.
As the number of confirmed deaths and infections has risen, so has concern worldwide about the disease spreading to other countries.
The Wuhan New Coronavirus Infected Pneumonia Prevention and Control Headquarters said it would cancel public events that were not "necessary".
The deputy head of China's National Health Commission, Li Bin, told reporters in Beijing earlier that experts from Taiwan had been invited to visit Wuhan and the island was being provided with information.
In an effort to prevent additional US cases, public health officials have already rolled out extra screening at major airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and NY.
Will the virus spread further?
"We are looking for fever and acute respiratory illness, along with recent travel to Wuhan, China, within 14 days prior to symptom onset or was in close contact with someone who was ill and had recently travelled to Wuhan". She was later confirmed to have the coronavirus during a check in Seoul.
The National Health Commission announced measures on Wednesday to curb the spread, including disinfection and ventilation at airports and bus stations as well as inside planes and trains.
Sheahan's research suggests the drug also works against multiple coronaviruses-which provides hope that it could also work against the type circulating in Wuhan, though testing would be required to confirm that hypothesis.
There are various possible outcomes of the meeting.