The Chinese Foreign Ministry has called on the United States not to overreact to the coronavirus outbreak and instead to work with China in combating the virus, China's People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday.
A plane carrying Malaysians from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province where the illness has been concentrated, arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning, and the 133 people on board were to be screened and quarantined for 14 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus.
The Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 362 people and infected more than 17,000 other people in more than 24 countries since the first cases were reported in December.
But officials are preparing for the possibility that this could be the next pandemic that the world will have to face.
Kerala's Government described the outbreak as a "state calamity" and said it would implement strict measures to stop the virus spreading further.
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The pathogen also affected Chinese stock markets as it slumped nearly 9 per cent on reopening on Monday amid the virus outbreak. The victim was a 44-year-old Chinese male from the city of Wuhan who arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong on January 21.
The Group of Seven industrialised democracies are trying to find a common approach for dealing with the fast-spreading new coronavirus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.
Wuhan also plans to convert three existing venues, including a gymnasium and an exhibition center, into hospitals to receive patients infected with the virus, the headquarters for the epidemic control said late Monday. Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that flights entering the country from China will be rerouted - at no additional cost to the passenger - to seven airports designated for screenings.
"The U.S. government hasn't provided any substantial assistance to us, but it was the first to evacuate personnel from its consulate in Wuhan, the first to suggest partial withdrawal of its embassy staff, and the first to impose a travel ban on Chinese travelers", Hua said. All Hubei schools are postponing the start of the new semester until further notice.
He said they were now operating at "between 60 and 70 percent capacity".
A number of those under observation recently returned from China aboard two specially-equipped Air India flights sent to the country evacuate Indian citizens, many of them students studying overseas. The Chinese government is apparently striving to do just that.