According to reports, there are at least 53 New Zealand nationals in Wuhan, although the actual number could be higher, depending on the movement of the people around the time that the quarantine was first imposed.
Four Chinese provinces, including Shandong and Heilongjiang in the country's industrial rust-belt region, have asked companies not to start work before February 10.
The World Health Organisation has recommended not banning flights from China. Early on, numerous patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. South Korea, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and other European countries were also trying to get their citizens out.
Earlier this week the Centres for Disease Control in the U.S. said to "avoid non-essential travel".
Pakistan is suspending all direct flights to Chinese cities days after four of its students tested positive for the new coronavirus.
He said charges had been applied to evacuees in the past, and said not all Australians in Wuhan would choose to be evacuated.
As for the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that the government has already prepared two charter planes to fly to Hubei to bring Filipinos home.
Wilbur Ross, the USA commerce secretary, suggested on Thursday that the viral outbreak in China might offer an unexpected benefit for the U.S. economy: it could encourage American manufacturers in China to return to the United States.
Dr. Tedros, who met with Mr. Xi in Beijing this week, was effusive Thursday in praising China.
When asked whether parcels from Wuhan can spread the virus, Hou said the risk of transmission by parcels is very low.
So far, 99% of confirmed cases are still in China. "So we have a lot of systems in place in public health to watch out for that".
Still, Dr Benjamin Cowling, professor for public health at the University of Hong Kong and a World Health Organization consultant, told Al Jazeera that the decision by several countries to evacuate their citizens are based on their "concern for the well-being of their citizens".
There's also been criticism around people who may not be sick stuck in detention for two weeks.
A study by 35 health specialists, a lot of them Chinese, made public Thursday said the Wuhan virus is closely related to a SARS-like virus derived from bats.
"I also want to stress that for Christmas Island, we will be ensuring there will be support provided directly to the Christmas Island community completely separate and quarantined from the support that is being provided in the quarantine zone", he said.
That's all I have for this hour, but I'll be back with more updates in our later newscast.
Statistics from China indicate that just over 2% of people infected have died, suggesting that the virus may be less deadly than the coronaviruses behind the 2002-2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), as well as Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers).