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Hong Kong, Jan 25 (Canadian-Media): A state of emergency has been declared in Hong Kong due to the five cases of the new illness and to close primary and secondary schools for two more weeks after the Lunar New Year holiday, media reports said.
The outbreak of Coronavirus which began in Wuhan in central China had spread to the rest of the country and overseas.
A marathon in Hong Kong expected to draw 70,000 participants on Feb. 9 has been cancelled.
Expansion of transportation bans has been extended to 16 cities, with three more added Saturday, holding a population of more than 50 million people suffering from the virus.
Chinese authorities have cancelled a host of Lunar New Year events, and closed major tourist sites and movie theatre.
Australia and France have announced people infected with virus.
Growing economic fears due to the widening crisis caused slumping of stocks and shares Friday on Wall Street, The Dow Jones, S&P 500, health care companies, along with those in financial institutions, airlines and other tourism and travel industry businesses.
Medical teams are being brought from outside Hubei to help handle the outbreak.
Ongoing Coordination efforts going on by the Ministry of Commerce to supply more than 2 million masks and other products from elsewhere in the country.
Wuhan will build a second dedicated hospital with 1,300 beds after the completion of the first 1,000 bed hospital.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said it is expecting more Americans to be diagnosed with the virus.
Still, "CDC believes that the immediate risk to the American public continues to be low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly," said the agency's Dr. Nancy Messonnier.