"The people most responsible is the World Health Organization, and the World Health Organization head [who was in] Beijing has strongly commended the actions taken by the Chinese government ..."
"The whole world needs to be on alert now", Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies programme, said during a press conference in Geneva.
"That team is still being pulled together", Dr. Ryan said.
But he said it could take up to a year for the vaccine to be available on the market.
The comments provide some foreshadowing of a WHO meeting on Thursday, where experts around the world will determine whether the new coronavirus poses a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC).
"I have made a decision to reconvene the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the new #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) tomorrow", Tedros said on Twitter.
In more extreme cases, the new coronavirus can cause lower respiratory tract illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
In China alone, the death toll rose by 26 in just one day, and the total number of infected people rose to 5,974 as of Wednesday.
A second coronavirus case is identified in Canada. The vast majority of cases are in China.
Three suspected coronavirus cases in Mexico tested negative. The third patient is a B.C. man whose results still need to be verified by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
Ontario International Airport was designated about a decade ago by the US government to receive repatriated Americans in case of an emergency overseas, Wert said. So far, 250 Canadians have registered with the federal government in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Australians infected were in other parts of China.
"This is the best possible outcome", state health commissioner Adam Crum said in a statement.
State officials had said the plane could carry up to 240 passengers, and Zink said they were prepared for that number.
The figures come from renowned medical school John Hopkins University, who have been collating data from all over the world.
"We try and balance how to protect these people, how to respect their rights, how to be the least restrictive as possible and still be very careful about evaluation they go under so that everybody is safe", said Braden.
"We will look at what we can do. There are many countries looking at different ways to help out", he said. "It is a complex situation". Experts are still trying to determine how effectively the virus spreads among people, and whether people who are not showing symptoms yet are contagious.
Officials put Wuhan on lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
China has now banned all wildlife trade, after the virus was linked back to a seafood market in Wuhan which sells wild animals as food.
All the passengers had already been through two screenings in China and were screened twice more in Anchorage by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In little more than a week, coronavirus has claimed more fatalities in China than SARS, the deadly superbug that originated in that country in 2002.
The suspected cases were reported in Jakarta, Manado in South Sulawesi, Bali and Sorong in West Papua, among other locations, according to the ministry. "We've seen no obvious lack of transparency".