China has also closed several tourism attractions and cultural sites including Beijing's Forbidden City, which saw 19 million visitors past year.
Screening has now been expanded to two more airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Chicago O'Hare.
Adrian Brown has more from Hong Kong. The latest affected countries are Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.
"When you have this viral soup and you have a collection of pigs, poultry and bats as you had in that market in Wuhan it's a ideal incubator of diseases", he said. Now, Wuhan, the city at the heart of the epidemic has locked down its population of 11 million and is not allowing them to travel.
And residents in Huanggang, 45 miles away, have also been told not to leave the city other than under special circumstances.
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There is evidence that the virus is passing from person to person. According to Gulf News approximately 1,400 people are now under medical observation due to symptoms that might mean they are carrying the virus.
"All our Global Positioning System and hospitals across the country have had a letter from the chief medical officer and the medical director at NHS England and us at Public Health England, so that if somebody does present and they are anxious, if they do meet our criteria, that they will be put somewhere where they won't infect other people while they're assessed and while we can get them tested".
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, sneezing and coughing.
The 17 people who died in China were aged from 48 to 89, and had pre-existing health conditions, Chinese health authorities precised Thursday.
The patient is being looked at as a precautionary measure, with tests to rule out the coronavirus expected to take several days.
The symptoms appear to be less aggressive than those of SARS.
Neighboring Huanggang and the city of Ezhou have also had a number of services shut down.
"It's hard to compare this disease with SARS", said Zhong Nanshan, a scientist at China's National Health Commission at a press conference this week. "But it has not yet become a global health emergency". The two cities have a combined population of around two million people.
The city's tourism and culture department cancelled all group tours until February 8, according to state media, as well as all large public events for the Lunar New Year holiday. Countless travelers will have also left Wuhan between the time of the first known infection and the enforcement of the travel ban. The mysterious virus is thought to have originated in one of the city's fish markets. The market has been closed since January.
When Should You go to the Hospital, Get Tested for Coronavirus? Enough people have recovered in the community. We've seen that in China, they went up and down, they're starting to get back to some normal life.
S-corps and partnerships, entities with filing deadlines that were set for March 16, aren't included in the deferment. Many states are extending their filing deadlines to match the new deadline for filing federal returns.
According to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker, there are 471,518 confirmed cases across the world and 21,293 deaths. By the end of Wednesday, a total of 541 imported cases have been reported, Mi said.
On March 19, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the country's borders will be closed pff to all visitors. With infections rising quickly, Australia has ordered curbs, such as the forced closure of pubs, restaurants and cinemas.
Starbucks is also spreading some love to healthcare workers, paramedics, officers, and firefighters with free coffee until May 3. They are planning to launch the daily limits at noon until they give out as many pairs as possible.
If that should not be possible, every effort will be made to have a suitable event to honor graduating students at a later date. Madison College officials have said they are trying to best ensure that students, staff and faculty stay safe and healthy.
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