Senator Risa Hontiveros said Philippine authorities should consider a month-long travel ban for any person who "came from or have passed through" Wuhan to prevent the spread of the deadly disease into the country.
China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on Friday, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll from the disease climbed to 25.
Hospital staff outside the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center.
Those infected display symptoms ranging from the common cold to severe lung infections, and current countermeasures, like the wearing of face masks, mass disinfection and temperature screening of travellers, have thus far been unable to stop the spread.
The state-run Beijing News said the capital had cancelled events including two well-known lunar new year temple fairs.More news: US Denies UK Extradition Request for Diplomat's Wife
"I don't know the results yet". Wuhan usually is one of China's busiest airports, with some 600 scheduled flights per day. Chinese leaders tried to mollify the public by reassigning the Beijing party secretary and began daily announcements about new cases.
"If we all work as one, we can contain the virus in Wuhan and add no more cases exported from Wuhan, so as to stem the virus nationwide", Gao said.
He was not concerned about potential food shortages in a prolonged shutdown.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down Friday in at least 10 cities with a total of about 33 million people.
The measures have rendered the city of 11 million an eery ghost town, with streets and shopping centres deserted, and stores shuttered at a time normally marked by festive gatherings and shoppers out enjoying China's most important festival.More news: France, US agree to extend talks over digital tax
But the pathogen, known by its technical name 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has caused nationwide alarm, with surgical masks selling out at many outlets in Shanghai, Beijing and other cities.
Xiaotangshan Hospital consisted of prefabricated structures and Xinhua reported Friday that Wuhan was building the new facility based on the same model. The prefabricated structure, slated for completion February 3, is modeled after the Xiaotangshan SARS hospital in Beijing. Dozens of excavators and trucks were filmed working on the site by state television.
To discourage nationwide travel, the government has said all tickets for rail, air, road, or water transport could be exchanged for a refund.
Thermal cameras scanned passengers arriving at Beijing's West Railway Station.
Officials said the virus has sickened more than 800 people in China and has led to the deaths of 25 people as of Jan 23. This is quite high but it may be because authorities are not aware of milder cases of the disease.
"Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on their return to the United Kingdom", it adds.More news: Meghan Markle’s dad: She owes me for what I’ve been through
Beijing has been praised for its response, in contrast to SARS, when it took months to report the disease and initially denied World Health Organization experts any access. The Forbidden City, the palace complex in Beijing that is now a museum, announced it will close indefinitely on Saturday.