Wuhan City, the epicenter of the latest coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province, on Monday started building shelter hospitals with an estimated total of 3,400 beds for patients showing mild symptoms of coronavirus.
More than 17,400 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with the majority in China. The death toll is now at 425 in China, an increase of around 65 from Sunday.
Chinese scientists said they have more evidence the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan in December, likely originated in bats. She has stopped short of ordering the complete closing of the border, citing the "unique" situation of the "very close relationship" between people in the territory and mainland China.
The patient who died in Hong Kong was a 39-year-old man who had traveled to Wuhan, the mainland city that has been the epicentre of the outbreak, before being hospitalized.
The death toll in China from the novel coronavirus outbreak climbed to 425, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) said on February 4.
Xi presided over a special meeting of the top Communist Party body for the second time since the crisis started, telling the Politburo standing committee on Monday the country must race against time to curb the spread of the virus.
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Outside mainland China, at least 180 cases have been confirmed, including two fatalities, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
A handful of countries like Australia also imposed an entry ban on Chinese travellers shortly after the United States ban. As many as 9,000 medical workers could join the bigger walkout Tuesday to demand closure of the border across which tens of thousands of people continue to travel daily.
In Malaysia, a plane carrying 133 people from Wuhan landed in Kuala Lumpur where the passengers were screened and quarantined for 14 days, the longest period the virus is thought to incubate.
In Wuhan, patients were being transferred to a hastily built 1,000-bed hospital that will act also as a de facto isolation facility.
Chinese official do not know exactly how the virus could have been transmitted from animals to people, but believe open-air markets in China, where wild and domesticated animals are sold, may be a contributor.
Robert Webster, an infectious-disease expert at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, told The Associated Press on Sunday that "it sounds and looks as if it's going to be a very highly transmissible virus".