At a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year holiday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned of the "grave situation" posed by the coronavirus outbreak and promised more measures were coming from the government to address and contain the virus.
In the US, public-health officials are urging people to wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes - the usual precautions taken during flu season, which is in full swing right now and hitting Washington state hard.
In Wuhan, China's military has dispatched 450 medics, many with experience combating infectious diseases, to help treat patients in the city, many of whom reported hours-long waits at overwhelmed hospitals.
The government also reported five cases in Hong Kong, two in Macao and three in Taiwan. Small numbers of cases have been found in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Australia.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had 63 patients under investigation, with two confirmed cases, both in people who had traveled to Wuhan.
The US State Department said on Sunday it will relocate personnel at its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private US citizens on a January 28 flight to San Francisco.
It said that in the event there are not enough seats, priority will be given to to individuals "at greater risk from coronavirus", a new respiratory disease that has sickened 1,975 people and killed 56, nearly all in Wuhan.
An Ethiopian student in Wuhan told The Associated Press that it was becoming hard to buy food and the situation was worsening.
The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late previous year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing. Our school didn't arrange anything ...
On Saturday, Hong Kong declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China.
In the semi-autonomous southern city of Hong Kong, Disneyland announced Sunday it had closed as a precaution following the government's declaration of an emergency to combat the crisis.
There are three known cases of the coronavirus in France, the first European country to be affected by the outbreak.
So far, all of the deaths have been in China. The Health Ministry said he did not exhibit any symptoms on his flight.
"That's the only hope my daughter can get out of the city", she said.
In Wuhan, social media videos show patients in overcrowded hospitals. The 62-year-old physician worked at the ear, nose and throat department at Hubei Xinhua Hospital.
Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, January 25, 2020.
Fifteen more people have died and at least 688 new cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, according to the National Health Commission. That includes 17 deaths, mostly involving people who had underlying health conditions that weakened their immune systems. Some cases are mild, with others causing cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever. It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.
As health experts try to identify the virus amid growing alarm, the number of infections exceeds 40.
If the virus is detected in British Columbia, he said the case would be sequenced to make sure it is real.
Long-distance bus services entering and leaving Beijing, the capital of 20 million, were suspended on Sunday.
The virus has now spread to more than a dozen countries, sickening 1,200 and killing 41.
The agency is now not advising people to wear face masks.