Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded Wuhan's train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 a.m. They performed a genetic analysis of the virus and looked for similarities with genetic information from other kinds of viruses and potential host species.
"Normally Wuhan is a great place to live and we are proud of our work - specialists here have developed a guide for coronavirus diagnosis and treatment".
Authorities in Huanggang, in Hubei Province, which is around 50 miles southeast of Wuhan, suspended bus and train service and temporarily closed enclosed venues like movie theatres and internet cafes, the city's public television said, according to Reuters.
The unknown type of pneumonia was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.
Qatar's Ministry of Public Health issued national guidelines for dealing with new cases of coronavirus, with alerting all hospitals in the country to report any suspected respiratory infections, especially of travelers returning from the affected countries in a 14-day period of their arrival.
Officials in Hong Kong reported the territory's first two cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and one case was reported in the nearby city of Macau.
That has left Wuhan natives like Bruce Lu, who works in Beijing but travelled back home for the Lunar New Year, in a state of limbo. At least 17 people have died from it in less than a month. Their average age was 73, with the oldest 89 and the youngest 48.
"It's one person coming in from China".
Analysts have predicted the reported cases will continue to multiply.
Speaking in Parliament, the Hancock said there were no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom so far.
The deadly Chinese coronavirus, which has so far claimed 17 lives and infected over 550 people, likely resided in snakes before being transmitted to humans, according to a new study that may help design better defensive strategies against future outbreaks of the deadly pathogen.
Travel by train and air from Wuhan are now banned, though it's still unclear exactly how many people are being allowed to enter and leave the city by vehicle. She said everything was normal then, before human-to-human transmission of the virus was confirmed. Mutations can make it deadlier or more contagious. In numerous infected, the disease is minor and may be diagnosed.
Also Wednesday, the WHO put off deciding whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency because it needs more information.
Members are meeting again on Thursday.
A global emergency is the highest level of alarm the World Health Organization can sound and has previously been used in response to swine flu, Zika virus and Ebola.
Such sweeping measures are typical of China's authoritarian communist government, though the effectiveness of a lockdown against the outbreak remains uncertain. North Korea has banned foreign tourists, a step it also took during the SARS outbreak and in recent years because of Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping five USA cities conduct health screenings for passengers travelling from China: Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY.
Or the Chinese doctor who in 2003 spread SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, to four different countries.