China extends Lunar New Year holiday as new virus toll rises

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"Strict travel restrictions have been imposed in Wuhan and a number of other cities in Hubei province", Australia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Health officials said the virus has since become transmissible between humans.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told Andrew Marr it was a "fast-moving situation" and the Foreign Office was working with Chinese authorities. Health workers check drivers and passengers' body temperature in effort to contain novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and surrounding areas of China People arriving at the global terminal at Toronto's Pearson Airport wear masks following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, travelers wearing face masks walk with their luggage at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in southern China's Hubei province.

Tony, from the United Kingdom, told BBC News he was en route to Wuhan when travel restrictions were first published by the British government. People returning to the city from the Wuhan area should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, a city notice said.

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But she said there was no need for Americans to panic.

British scientists have said that it may not be possible for China to contain the virus.

Hubei's health authorities separately reported 323 new confirmed cases of the virus, which first emerged in the provincial capital, Wuhan, in late December.

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that they are aware of the reports and that "confirmatory testing is pending". Mr Wajngarten had dinner with his boss, Mike Pence, Mr Trump and the president's daughter Ivanka on Saturday night in Florida .

The country reported two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus strain on Monday and Friday and is keeping close tabs on those that may have come in contact with such people.

It also has struck at possibly the worst time for China, when hundreds of millions of people are travelling across the country or overseas to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, China's most important festival.

China has flown specialist military medical teams into Hubei province and state newspaper the People's Daily reported that a second emergency hospital was under construction, as the virus continues to spread. The city is a major transportation hub in China, with trains that run throughout the country as well as an worldwide airport. More than 1,400 new beds have been added.

Various reports said 18 cities in Hubei are now on lockdown, effectively implementing travel restrictions on 56 million people.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that a Wuhan market where animals including rats, snakes and hedgehogs were reportedly sold is "highly relevant" to the outbreak, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

Animal rights groups called for the ban to be made permanent, saying it could end the possibility of future outbreaks.

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