More than 2000 people are infected with a new coronavirus, most of them in China.
56 people died from the disease while 1975 are infected.
The United States has started evacuating its citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the situation is serious during a politburo meeting on Saturday.
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The transmission ability of the virus is getting stronger and the infection could continue to spread, according to China’s National Health Commission.
The transmission capacity of the virus is being strengthened and the infection could continue to spread, according to China’s National Health Commission.
Minister Ma Xiaowei speaking to the press said that knowledge of the virus was initially limited, and the risks regarding possible mutations are still unclear.
The incubation period is 14 days, but the virus remains infectious even during this period, unlike the coronavirus responsible for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which between 2002 and 2003 spread globally from China and killed nearly 800 people.
The measures to contain the virus mainly consist of a series of travel bans in the areas most affected, cancellation of major events, closure of cinemas, theaters, theme parks, tourist areas and strengthening of medical structures that currently seem to be collapsing.
The outbreak of the virus occurred during one of the worst times of the year, coinciding with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.
The virus is believed to have originated in one of the so-called wet markets, the controversial markets where it is possible to buy wildlife, and other animals to be consumed.
On Sunday, China announced a national ban on the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants and e-commerce platforms.