New Zealand Chinese Travel and Tourism chair Simon Cheung estimated 300 tour bus drivers were temporarily jobless and said many had turned to Uber driving to make a living.
Meanwhile, China said it may postpone its annual congress in March, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of the outbreak.
The new figure brought the death toll in the country to 1,770.
Most cases are still in Hubei, where almost 2,000 were reported Monday.
Supplies of the commodity have become extremely scarce, with often only low-quality imports still available.
Top WHO experts, including from the United States, have joined the fight against the novel coronavirus in China that has claimed 1,770 lives, as Beijing stepped up its efforts by deploying 30,000 more medical staff in the worst-affected Wuhan city to contain the spread of the epidemic. "It is a responsible approach to assist global efforts to contain this disease, and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands", Health Minister David Clark said.
Wuhan has accounted for 71 per cent of the province's total cases and 77 per cent of deaths. Of the 70,000-plus cases in mainland China, 10,844 people have been treated and released from hospital.
The number of reported new cases of coronavirus in China's Hubei province rose on Monday after two days of falls, as authorities imposed tough new restrictions on movement to prevent the spread of the disease which has now killed more than 1,700 people.
The ship, owned by Carnival Corp., has been held in the Japanese port of Yokohama with 3,700 passengers and crew on board.
In Wuhan, where the COVID-19 was believed to have originated, the proportion of severe cases among all the confirmed cases fell to 21.6 percent on February 15, from a peak of 32.4 percent on January 28. The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship was due to end Wednesday.
On Monday morning (NZT) the number of confirmed cases of the disease worldwide was around 69,300, of which about 68,500 were in mainland China. The Defense Department confirmed on Sunday (Feb 16) that two charter planes with around 400 Americans from the cruise ship will be arriving at two military bases: Travis Air Force Base, California and Kelly Field/Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. An 80-year-old man who was visiting Paris with his daughter, who also tested positive for the virus, was hospitalized after falling ill, according to France's health minister, Agnes Buzyn. On the Diamond Princess, several other governments are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the vessel, with Canada, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong poised to follow Washington's lead.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an experts meeting to discuss measures to contain the virus in his country, where one person has died and more than a dozen cases emerged in the past few days without any obvious link to China.
The turning point for the novel coronavirus epidemic has been reached and the number of new outbreaks is declining, the state-run China Central Television reports, citing Wang Xinghuan, head of Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital, Bloomberg reports.