A planned flight to bring 200 British nationals back to the United Kingdom from coronavirus-hit Wuhan is unable to take off as planned on Thursday.
The fact that two of the three new confirmed Japanese cases showed no symptoms underscored the scale of the challenge for health workers.
More than 7,700 people in China have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus and 170 of them have died.
For now, the only treatment available for those who catch the virus is "supportive care", Tam said. However, according to the report, no bats were sold at the Huanan seafood marker - where the virus originated - so there could be another animal in the middle of the chain, passing the disease from bat to human.
China has cut off access to Wuhan - the epicenter of the outbreak, trapping more than 50 million people.
China's highly developed online shopping and home delivery businesses were important in ensuring those confined to home by choice or by order could get food and other essentials.
"The Chinese authority will not let anyone who might be infected on the plane", she told the committee.
"The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time".
"The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, 'Welcome home to the United States, ' " said Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer.
A third case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Victoria, taking the national toll to nine. But as a precaution, the U.S.is beefing up its checks on returning global travelers beyond the five airports initially announced, to encompass 20 entry points.
Four cases have been confirmed in NSW.
Three of Japan's confirmed cases were among a group of evacuees who returned on a government-chartered flight from Wuhan on Wednesday. It did not say where those infected were being treated or explain how or when the family traveled from Wuhan to the UAE.
Some airlines have halted all flights to China as a result of the outbreak, including British Airways and several Asian carriers, while Air Canada is only cancelling select flights to China.
The Foreign Office said a number of countries' flights had been unable to take off as planned.
American cited plunging travel demand to the region from the West Coast.
The vast majority of the cases also are in China, primarily in Hubei province, where Wuhan has been placed under a virtual lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. The departures would be arranged in consultation with China.
The citizens would be sent for 14 days to a quarantine center on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean which has been used to hold asylum seekers and foreign criminals facing deportation.
Australia, Finland and Singapore were among those reporting new cases, as the number outside China topped 70. The patients, who are receiving treatment in Hanoi and Thanh Hoa provinces, are all in stable condition, Do Xuan Tuyen, deputy minister of health, said in a statement.
The team will be kept in isolation in a Brisbane hotel until Wednesday next week.
Russian Federation has signed an order to close the border between them and China.