International governments are taking action, airlines are cancelling flights, and infectious cases keep increasing.
Currently, 17 countries outside of China have cases of infected patients, calling governments to act on the matter.
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.
The situation in Wuhan, China
Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is a city-based in Hubei province in China. The city itself is in lockdown, with public transport at a standstill and minimal operations of trains or planes in and out of the city.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, over 56 million people in roughly 20 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, are prevented from traveling.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the outbreak is an emergency in China, but that it is still too early to call it a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO has, however, described the global risk as being high.
Updates around the world as of Wednesday 29 January:
1. Kazakhstan to halt air and train travel with China
The Central Asian nation has suspended air and rail traffic with neighboring China as of February 1 and 3, respectively. The country will also “suspend the issuance of visas for Chinese citizens as of February 3 amid the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.”
No cases of the coronavirus have yet been reported in Kazakhstan.
2. U.S. has five reported cases and starts evacuating nationals
The U.S. has deported 201 nationals out of Wuhan on a chartered flight. The flight first flew into Anchorage, Alaska, for a health screening test and refueling of the aircraft. All passengers passed the health test and traveled on to Southern California.
3. Chinese women’s football team in solitary confinement in Australian hotel
China’s national women’s football team that was traveling to Australia has been isolated in a Queensland hotel. The team had been traveling from Wuhan to Australia on January 22, all team members are said to be in good health.
4. International airlines suspending flights to China
Indonesia’s Lion Air group, Malaysia’s Malindo Air and Air Asia, British Airways from the U.K., the U.S.’ United Airlines, South Korea’s Air Seoul, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Eva Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa from Germany, and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, have suspended their flights, or are considering doing so, either to and from Wuhan, or other Chinese cities.
5. China expert says the outbreak has yet to reach its peak
Respiratory expert, Zhong Nanshan, who is in charge of China’s team of experts for the control and prevention of the virus, said the outbreak would probably peak in seven to 10 days.
Zhong stated that larger numbers of cases will arise in the coming weeks, and stated “There are two keys to tackling the epidemic; early detection and early isolation. They are the most primitive and most effective methods.”
6. Apple is bracing itself for impact to its business
The company relies on factories in China that make their iPhones and AirPods, as well as supplier located near Wuhan. Apple is bracing itself for massive uncertainties and challenges for the production of its products.