At least four other provincial cities are seeing clampdowns on transport.
World Health Organization officials announced Thursday that they will not be declaring a public health emergency of worldwide concern, or PHEIC, in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China, despite the fact that isolated cases have surfaced in several other countries. "I wanted to go home", said a 28-year-old man surnamed Fang who works in the property industry.
Such sweeping measures are typical of China's authoritarian communist government, though the effectiveness of a lockdown against the outbreak remains uncertain.
The Wuhan coronavirus is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market, with experts suggesting the virus was passed to humans from snakes or wolf cubs.
"Certainly, that's what happened with the SARS outbreak in 2002".
"These larger-scale epidemics can have a more pronounced near-term impact". It said this marks the first such cases in Vietnam.
Airport authorities in the U.S. as well as many Asian countries, including Japan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea, stepped up screening of passengers from Wuhan.
Some experts say it may not be as deadly as some other coronavirus types such as SARS, which killed almost 800 people worldwide during a 2002-03 outbreak that also originated from China.
According to an update that Chinese health officials gave to the emergency committee, 25% of the cases to date have had life-threatening disease and 17 people have died. The disease sickened about 438 Canadian patients and caused 44 deaths in the Toronto area. "It is this that allows them to infect other species including humans", he said. "This included not only things like flying and eating in restaurants, but also activities like workplace and school attendance", he wrote.
Those findings mirrored what officials from the World Health Organization described during a Wednesday news conference.
Air Canada wouldn't speculate on the potential impact from coronavirus.
Part of that decision hinged on the fact there's been no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China so far.
The first case of the new virus was confirmed on December 31, and it has since been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
"To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science", Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization's representative in China, told The Associated Press in an interview at the WHO's Beijing office.
Other alleged cases of coronavirus-such as the ones reported in the United Kingdom, Brazil, or Mexico-are still being investigated, Ghebreyesus remarked.
He said: "Covering your mouth while sneezing, washing your hands, and not putting your hands to your mouth before washing them, could help limit the risk of catching any respiratory virus". "It was not directly related to the specific epidemiology in the city", Houssin said.
A traveler who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico City on Wednesday night was transported to a hospital for medical evaluation after he showed signs of being sick.
"Industry is monitoring the issue", said Tourism Industry Association of Canada spokeswoman Marcela Diaz in an email.
Tour operators are alert, but aren't battening down the hatches just yet.