Beijing's pledge to slay the "devil" coronavirus has won the trust of the World Health Organization (WHO) but confirmation of another 1,459 cases - taking the total to 5,974 in China - only fueled public alarm worldwide.
- Airlines around the world suspended or significantly cut back service to China.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, over 56 million people in roughly 20 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, are prevented from traveling. All but one were in Hubei.
The number of confirmed new cases also grew steadily to 7,711, the National Health Commission said.
The pathogen is believed to have been spawned in a market that sold wild game, spreading far and wide by a Lunar New Year holiday season in which hundreds of millions of Chinese travel domestically or overseas.
Japan's infection rate grew to 11 after three Japanese citizens among more than 200 on an evacuation flight Wednesday tested positive.
Indonesia will soon evacuate its citizens from the virus-hit Hubei province in China as the Chinese government has said it is ready to facilitate the evacuations, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday.
"We are in a truly new situation".
"The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, 'Welcome home to the United States, ' " said Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer.
Insurers Covermore, Australia Post, AHM and Medibank said while there are exclusions over claims due to "an epidemic, pandemic or outbreak of an infectious disease", travellers who catch the virus overseas will be covered for medical treatment if their policy includes that.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about 210 Americans had been flown out of Wuhan.
The Federal government is planning to quarantine Australians evacuated from Wuhan on isolated Christmas Island.
"Since he recently returned from China, we have shifted him to isolation ward as per the government guidelines", Dr Vikas Suri had told ANI.
Several countries in Asia are battling the virus on a second front - the spread of online rumours about affected areas and the number of deaths.
China's efforts to halt the virus have included an extension of the Lunar New Year holiday, and the closure of all schools and universities.
Most street traffic in and around Wuhan has been banned.
Or it may hint that there are many more cases going unreported.
"I have no choice because I need to buy food". The WHO director-general has traveled to China and noted the country's response to the outbreak during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
"We're very much involved with them, right now, on the virus that's going around", Trump said of China before signing a trade deal at the White House on Wednesday.
The company relies on factories in China that make their iPhones and AirPods, as well as supplier located near Wuhan.
Like the similar Sars and influenza viruses, the new coronavirus is thought to be particularly a risk for elderly and people with pre-existing illnesses.