China's Foreign Ministry Says US Should Not Overreact to Coronavirus Outbreak

No deaths have been reported in the USA and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

China's Politburo Standing Committee said the virus has been "a major test of China's system and capacity for governance" and called for improvements to public health care.

Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global health emergency over the outbreak. The Hospital Authority said Tuesday he had existing health conditions but did not give details.

Messonnier said 167 specimens have tested negative, and the CDC is awaiting the results of another 82 suspected cases.

The United States, which flew people out last week, is planning "a handful more flights" while Russian Federation was due to start evacuating its citizens from Wuhan on Monday.

To help meet demand, the European Union office in Beijing said member states have shipped 12 tons of protective equipment to China, with more on the way. Xi threatened punishments for those who neglect their duties will be punished, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Taiwan on Monday flew home 247 of its citizens from Wuhan and had sent three passengers for treatment after they were found to have fever or sore throats.

Researchers reported that the woman showed no symptoms while she was visiting the country, not falling ill until she was on a flight back to China.

Medical teams from the People's Liberation Army were arriving in Wuhan to relieve overwhelmed health workers and to staff the new 1,000-bed hospital.

Outside of China, the prevalence of the virus remains far lower, but more than 185 cases have been reported in over two dozen countries and territories.

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".

All Hubei schools are postponing the start of the new semester until further notice.

"We expect to see more cases of person-to-person spread", said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The virus, which originated in Wuhan, is said to have been transmitted to humans from animals, particularly bats.