"We know our colleagues in Ontario will continue to work with their local health officials and the federal health authorities to ensure every measure is taken to prevent the spread of this virus", reads a joint statement from Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry. SARS killed around 800 people around the planet.
Infections from the virus have now been found on four continents, including a few cases in Australia, France and the USA, among travelers who had recently been in China. The Hong Kong resident with fever symptoms had been to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of the outbreak, and returned home via high-speed rail.
At least 10 cities in central Hubei province are facing travel restrictions, including Wuhan.
A number of people who have arrived in recent days from China are likely carrying the Coronavirus, Health Authorities said.
President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported by state broadcaster CCTV, came at a meeting of Communist Party leaders convened on Lunar New Year - the country's biggest holiday whose celebrations have been muted - and underlined the government's urgent, expanding efforts to control the outbreak. It added that more 3,000 beds would be made available for suspected and confirmed cases of the virus.More news: Miami Heat acquire Andre Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies
The World Health Organisation this week stopped short of calling the outbreak a global health emergency, but some health experts question whether China can contain the epidemic.
Australia confirmed its first four cases. Wild and often poached animals packed together in Chinese markets are blamed as incubators for viruses to evolve and jump the species barrier to humans.
"While this situation poses a very serious public health threat, CDC believes that the immediate risk to the US public is low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly", Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Friday during a call with reporters. They will reopen February 17.
The nationwide death toll rose to 56 after 15 new deaths, most in Hubei. A man in his 50s tested positive for the new virus, he also recently travelled to Wuhan, China.
Philippe Klein, a French doctor at the International Clinic in Wuhan told France Info that the community of French expats are "fearful of the spread of the virus" and are "respecting the Chinese authorities instructions to stay indoors and avoid outside contact where possible".More news: Chartered flight to repatriate Canadians stranded in Wuhan delayed
Travel restrictions have been put in place in multiple major cities in China, grounding planes and trains, and blocking roads and tunnels.
A couple wears masks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus as they walk at Jingshawn park, in Beijing, Jan. 25, 2020. Only authorized vehicles would be permitted, the reports said.
Shanghai Disneyland was closed from Saturday.
NSW Health said the third man arrived in Sydney on China Eastern Flight MU749 on January 20, which touched down at 11:35am.More news: LG and ZTE withdraw from MWC due to coronavirus-related concerns